Category: visiting Israel

Visiting Jerusalem

Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and it is located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains. The city is known as a Holy place to people who follow Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. People love taking their holiday in Jerusalem because the weather is mild year round. While the temperatures do get chilly during the winter months, it is not extremely hot in the summer. Let’s see what visiting Jerusalem is all about.

Everyone who thinks that there is nothing available in Jerusalem except religion would be quite wrong because this city is filled with art and culture as well. The Israel Museum is located in Jerusalem and there are multiple buildings on the 20 acres of land. There are many exhibits and collections on display at the museum including the Dead Sea Scrolls that can be found at the Shrine of the Book section of the museum.

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Best time to visit Israel

Israel is a year-round destination, which experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with mostly warm and cloudless days. Generally, travelers can expect lengthy, hot summers and cool, rainy winters. The best time to visit Israel is in spring or autumn when temperatures are high but not overbearing.

Weather and Seasons

The Israeli winter months (November through February) are the coldest and you can expect some snow in the northern portions of the Golan Heights and perhaps some occasional snow in Jerusalem. During this time of the year, the Israeli coastal regions experience most rainfall, though, in areas like Eilat, the temperatures will still be reasonably pleasant.

Jerusalem, like elevated regions, is wonderful to visit in the summer months of June, July, and August with temperatures in the 80s and when the evenings are welcoming and the chance of rain is minimal.

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The American Bride getting married in Israel

The wedding gown was packed, our suits were in garment bags and all other wedding-related items were jam-packed in our suitcases ready for the wedding. However, we had one stop before the hall — JFK Airport. The American bride getting married in Israel, my sister Tzivia.

In January 2016 my sister got engaged to an Israeli who lived with his family on the Upper East Side, eight blocks from our house. As soon as the engagement was announced, the issue of where the wedding would take place was immediately discussed. Problem was only that the guy first had to pass the TASC (formerly GED) exam, but he did, thanks to the support and practice tests from, a great online learning platform!

The couple told everyone that they wanted to get married in Israel. At first, it was a shock especially because 90 percent of my family and friends live in America. Nevertheless, everyone agreed after they explained their motivation for wanting to get married in Israel, and all of our problems were solved. Continue reading “The American Bride getting married in Israel”

Some More Good Reasons To Visit Israel

Tel Aviv-Yafo

In many ways the New York City of Israel, Tel Aviv is the center of modern Israeli life. From its gorgeous beaches on the Mediterranean Sea to the corporate high-rises that mark the skyline, Tel Aviv is a crucial destination for any trip to Israel. So check out some more good reasons to visit Israel.

Tel Aviv, founded by Jews in 1909, was built by the ancient port city of Jaffa (Yafo). Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the world, is even mentioned in the Bible. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into the same municipality soon after the State of Israel was founded.

A trip to Tel Aviv must include time spent relaxing on the beach or walking on the Tayelet (boardwalk) as well as some time exploring the many clubs and restaurants throughout the city. The city is also home to the Diaspora Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which holds a large collection of Israeli and international art, and the Palmach Museum, which celebrates the historic heroic actions of the Palmach, an elite unit in the pre-state underground defense forces. Finally, Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv is an important and moving plaza that serves as a memorial to prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated in 1995, and to the values of peace and unity that he represented.

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A few Good Reasons to Visit Israel

So many places to visit, so many things to do! A few Good Reasons to Visit Israel


The Galilee & Golan Heights

The Sea of Galilee, or the Kinneret, is Israel’s largest body of freshwater and serves as the country’s primary water source. In the surrounding area, the majestic mountains of the Golan Heights provide a beautiful view of the Galilee and northern Israel as well as a strategic outlook over Syria and Lebanon. A hike in the Golan Heights is one of the most exhilarating experiences Israel has to offer. In addition, if you are a skier, Israel prides itself on having not only beautiful beaches but also a wonderful ski resort on Mount Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain.

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Summer in Israel? Plan that Visit Now

What are you doing this summer? Do you want to participate in an archeological dig? Study in a yeshiva environment? Work on a kibbutz? Hike and climb the length of Israel? Well, if you’re thinking about spending the summer in Israel? Plan that visit now!

Check out this sampling of programs in Israel (more programs will be presented during the coming months), and share with us some of your favorite experiences from your past summers in Israel. BTW, every program puts stress on your security while in Israel.

Destination Israel is the comprehensive Israel program information portal designed to help students find the Israel program that’s right for them.

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Going for a year to Israel

Rewind three years. I had just entered high school and so much was on my mind. Not only did I have to adjust to a new school, but I had to adjust to a heavier workload. In addition, the dread of college loomed, although most of us tried to ignore it, and the possibility of going for a year in Israel rested on the horizon.

I did not grow up overly Zionistic and I had never been to Israel. It never even occurred to me to spend an entire year in Israel. Even though some of my peers spoke about the awaited year, I shrugged it off as a waste of time. I wanted to get on with my life, start college, and enter the real world.

College presented the opportunity to break out of New York’s Jewish bubble and the chance to delve deeper into my other interests like history, literature, and music while discovering new areas of study. I figured I would have enough Jewish studies in the next four years of high school. Little did I know that my view about this would soon change drastically. Continue reading “Going for a year to Israel”