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IBM Israel Software Lab (ILSL)

Shefayim Facility Visitor Information

Local Accommodations

Visitors to the ILSL Shefayim site can stay at one of the following hotels located in Tel-Aviv:


International flights land at the Ben Gurion Intl. Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. The airport is 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Tel Aviv and 20 miles (35 km) southeast of Shefayim. The drive from the airport to the Shefayim site of the IBM Israel Software Lab should take about 40 minutes. Local time in Israel is GMT + 2 hours.

Note: Some airport and public transportation services are limited on the Sabbath, between Friday from about 5 P.M. to Saturday at 6 P.M.

Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport

To find out more about the buses that serve Herzliya, go to the main Egged Web site.

As you exit from the terminal building, look for the supervised taxi stand. Give your destination to the dispatcher and he will direct you to the correct taxi. The fares from the airport are fixed, so the driver should not use the meter.

Rental Car
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and other local firms have offices at the airport.

Driving Instructions

From the Airport
Follow the signs to Route 1 West to Tel Aviv. Route 1 becomes Highway 20 (also known as the Ayalon Highway). Stay northbound on the Ayalon Highway and pass all the Tel Aviv exits until you reach the exit for Highway 5 westbound. Exit onto Highway 5, and soon after exit onto Highway 2 northbound. After about eight km, exit towards Shefayim. After you turn right at the exit, take a left at the roundabout and then immediately turn right. To your left you will see the Shefayim commercial center. In the next roundabout, continue straight followed by a left turn. Find a parking spot. The entrance to the building is to the right side of the complex. Take the elevator to the second floor and follow the signs to the IBM Worklight offices.

Shefayim Map

The Hutsot Shefayim Commercial Center is located adjacent to Kibbutz Shefayim, about five km northwest of Herzliya. For more details, see this map of Shefayim.

Shefayim General Information


  • European power is 220 V/50 Hz. Most, but not all ThinkPad AC adapters will accommodate this; check before leaving. You will need a Europe/US outlet adapter. These can often be found in US airport shops or can be ordered from
  • The dress code at the IBM R&D Labs in Israel is generally very casual. Ties at IBM R&D Labs in Israel would be rather unusual, and jeans and T-shirts are common.
  • The work week in the IBM R&D Labs in Israel and throughout Israel is from Sunday to Thursday.