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Everything You Need to Know to Ride a Taxi in Israel

May 1st 2015

Israelis are statistically far less likely to own cars than Americans are. As a result, taxis and other forms of public transportation are used by a much higher percentage of the locals here. Obviously, tourists are also a major market for taxi services in Israel. Here’s what you should expect from the experience of taking […]

Everything You Need to Know to Ride the Jerusalem Light Rail

April 29th 2015

The Jerusalem Light Rail  system (“HaRakevet HaKala” in Hebrew) first began operating in August 2011. If one of the Light Rail’s 24 stops is close to where you need to go, it can be a great way to get from one end of the city to the other, often much faster and more pleasant than […]

Everything You Need to Know to Ride a Public Bus in Israel

April 27th 2015

Public buses are everywhere in Israel, as Israelis from all sectors of society depend on them to get around. There are approximately 20 bus companies operating in Israel. Some, such as Metrodan in Beersheva or Rama-Golan in the Golan, operate regionally. The major bus companies are Egged, which runs routes countrywide but especially in the […]

Experiencing Lag BaOmer in Israel

April 20th 2015

Most Jewish holidays are celebrated, albeit with variations, similarly both in and outside of Israel. However, there’s one ancient holiday that’s celebrated dramatically differently in Israel – that holiday is Lag BaOmer. Visitors who travel to Israel for this festival of campfires and mysticism just may find themselves discovering new aspects of their own tribal […]

Experiencing Israel’s 3 Newest Holidays

April 19th 2015

Although most Israeli holidays are rooted in Jewish tradition, with echoes dating back to the times of the Bible, each spring, Israel observes three holidays that commemorate significant 20th-century events. Visitors to Israel who travel here during this time of year have the opportunity to connect with the homeland in ways that may be unfamiliar […]

5 Attributes that Make a Tour Guide Great

April 15th 2015

Israel takes tour guide licensing very seriously. Before they can get licensed, tours guides in Israel are required to attend close to 600 hours of lectures, to participate in 80 field trips and to pass the written and oral exams administered by the Ministry of Tourism. These are just the minimum requirements for governmental certification. […]

Tzfat’s Pedestrian Mall

April 15th 2015

Jerusalem Street (Rechov Yerushalayim) forms the nerve center of Tzfat. It’s where the busy, modern city, the Old City and the Artists’ Quarter converge. Known in Israel as a “midrachov,” Jerusalem Street is a pedestrian mall, so you won’t find any dangerous or disruptive car traffic here. Moreover, the Tzfat midrachov is situated at the […]

Why a Trip to Israel Isn’t Just Another Travel Adventure

April 7th 2015

Walk into any travel agency or click on any general travel site on the internet, and your head will soon be swimming with dozens, if not hundreds, of potential destinations that are some combination of exotic, relaxing, affordable and/or exciting. There are so many wonderful places in the world to see. But a trip to […]

5 Amazing Israeli Brew Pubs and Microbreweries to Check Out

March 30th 2015

Israeli wines win international competitions on a regular basis. But did you know that craft beer-making has been gaining traction in Israel in recent years as well? Here are five amazing Israeli microbreweries to check out, many of which offer in-house restaurant-pubs and fun factory tours. Dancing Camel Brew-master David Cohen was living in the […]

6 Ubiquitous Israeli Beverages You Have to Drink While You’re Here

March 28th 2015

Every country has its own distinctive taste sensations, and Israel is no different. Here are six drinks you’ll want to try while you’re visiting. Arak Hard liquor that tastes like licorice? That’s arak, the clear, unsweetened, flavored spirit sold all over Israel. At 40 to 120 proof, it packs a punch. Reminiscent of Greek ouzo, […]

Visiting the Burial Places of Israel’s Prime Ministers

March 26th 2015

Israel tour participants seeking to memorialize the country’s deceased prime ministers can visit their tombs at locations including Mount Herzl and Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev. Four Greats at Mount Herzl  What Arlington National Cemetery is to the United States, Mount Herzl is to Israel. Also known as […]

Israel’s Film Scene

March 24th 2015

How to Tap Into Israel’s Film Scene, Past and Present With subtitles, assigned seating, intermissions that often take place at inopportune moments and kosher candy at the snack bar, going to the movies in Israel is something special. Israeli films have been garnering accolades overseas in recent years, and the country is doing what it […]

Israel’s Greatest Modern Poet

March 22nd 2015

Following in the Footsteps of Yehuda Amichai, Israel’s Greatest Modern Poet Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) is best known for writing romantic free verse in contemporary Hebrew, a language he learned as a child born to a Jewish family in Germany. He is considered by many to have been the greatest poet of contemporary Israel. Amichai’s work […]

Eilat Dolphin Beach

March 20th 2015

Dolphin Reef Beach At Dolphin Reef Eilat, there are no scheduled dolphin performances with tricks and costumes, but plenty of opportunity to interact with dolphins in their natural habitat. Dive, swim or snorkel with them, or just spend the day on the facility’s private beach and enjoy watching the dolphins from the floating docks! The […]

Touring the Legacy of Menachem Begin

March 9th 2015

Menachem Begin was Israel’s 6th Prime Minister. Born and raised in Poland, he identified as a passionate Zionist his whole life. As a young man, he was a peer leader in Poland’s Beitar, a right-wing Zionist youth movement. He was arrested in Poland for his Zionist-related political activities and, upon release, made aliyah to pre-state […]

Israel’s Top 7 Annual Live Music Festivals

March 9th 2015

If it’s live music you’re craving, Israel has you covered. From the Negev Desert to the mountains of Tzfat in the Galilee, Israel’s music scene is both brisk and bustling. Here are our picks for the best music performance festivals in Israel. The Oldest Music Festival in Israel For three days in August, the Negev […]

Where to Check Out Israel’s Thriving Dance Performance Scene

March 7th 2015

There’s so much more to Israel than ancient ruins and holy sites. Israel is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, innovative nation that loves its tech, leisure, commerce, lifestyles, gastronomy and culture. Israel has received much international acclaim in recent years for many of its cultural exports, but perhaps no Israeli artistic discipline is as universally praised as […]

3 Places to Experience the Life of David Ben-Gurion

March 6th 2015

David Ben-Gurion, born David Grün in Poland in 1886, was a leader of the Zionist movement in Mandate-era Palestine and became the first prime minister of Israel in 1948. Under a towering portrait of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl, it was David Ben-Gurion who declared the independence of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 […]

Landmarks from the Controversial Life of Moshe Dayan

March 5th 2015

You may know Moshe Dayan only as the iconic Israeli defense minister in the 1960s who wore a black patch over his left eye. A visit to these sites will help you learn much more about the life of one of Israel’s most prominent and divisive historical figures. Dayan was born in 1915 on Kibbutz […]

Top Sites for Bird Watching in Israel

March 4th 2015

Thanks to the country’s location at the junction of three continents, hundreds of millions of birds representing thousands of species fly over Israel every year. This phenomenon makes Israel an excellent destination for birding enthusiasts. Below are three spots that are considered to be especially amazing for checking out the fowl in flight. Birds of […]

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