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What Is a Bat Mitzvah?

Bat Mitzvah Girl and Mom

What Is a Bat Mitzvah? A common misconception is that a Bat Mitzvah is an event. That it’s something you do, like a ceremony in the synagogue or a big party with dancing and a DJ. Or maybe it’s a huge, opulent show with the Bat Mitzvah girl or the Bar Mitzvah boy as the star, like this: But a ... Read More »

Can Women Take the (Israeli) Heat?

Woman Desert Hot Sweaty

You’re at school or the office and a funny thing happens. A man gets up and turns the A/C on. Five minutes later a woman walks over and turns it off. This little pantomime routine will likely repeat a few times throughout the day. Although most of us are nodding in recognition, I was never willing to take it as ... Read More »

Birds of Israel: Birding in the Holy Land

Tristram's Grackle Starling Bird Massada Israel

WHAT IS BIRDING? Birders go out into nature (or urban nature) to find extraordinary and interesting birds. It’s a hobby that takes patience, knowledge and skill. In addition to being fun, these hobbyists help increase the base of scientific knowledge about the habits, migration patterns, and much more about the bird species they find. Also, it’s a great way to ... Read More »

Eastern Gush Etzion Day Tour

Herodion nachal Tekoa

THE ‘OTHER’ GUSH ETZION Beauty, history and adventure come together in the little known eastern half of Gush Etzion. Just a ten minute drive from Jerusalem, one drives to the edge of the desert and finds a starkly enchanting view. Here is what one can expect to see on a day tour of Eastern Gush Etzion. HERODION: BURIAL SITE OF HEROD ... Read More »

Hebron Tour

Hebron Tour

Hebron: Ancient and Holy City Hebron is a city holy to three faiths, with a rich and varied history. Here is the burial place of the patriarchs and matriarchs and the opening to the Garden of Eden, where generations of Jews lit candles and prayed outside the entrance to the burial complex during centuries of exclusion from the premises. This is ... Read More »

Hanukkah in Israel

"Colorful dreidels2" מאת Adiel lo - נוצר על ידי מעלה היצירה. ברישיון CC BY-SA 3.0 דרך ויקישיתוף.

Magic in the Streets Every year during Hanukkah people come from all over the country to tour certain neighborhoods where the hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) is lit in little glass boxes outside the doors of the homes. This creates a magical atmosphere of light and warmth on the the otherwise cold and dark wintry streets. Why Outside? The original text in ... Read More »

Holidays In Israel

Jewish Calendar on Green Field

Planning Around the Holidays in Israel In planning your trip one of the first things you need to do is to select the dates for your trip. The rest of your plans will be built on this basis. There are a few things to be aware of when choosing dates, other than your personal considerations such as school vacations and ... Read More »

How to Get Around During Your Israel Trip

Transportation Israel Map

What are the Options You’ll probably want to use a combination of ways to get around during your trip, both for convenience and cost. The possibilities include public transportation, taxis/cabs, hired cars with drivers, a guide who will transport you in their vehicle, or renting a car. Each method has it’s pluses and minuses. We’ll go through some of them ... Read More »

8 Money Saving Tips for your Israel Trip

Penny with Flowers image

  Saving Money: When to Save and when Not to Save Everybody wants to save money. On your trip to Israel don’t get fleeced, but also don’t be cheap on the things that will really take away from your experience. Here are 6 tips on ways to save money and 2 tips on where to avoid the less expensive option. How ... Read More »

Download Free Trip Planning Workbook

Banner Workbook Cover

The Insite Israel Trip Planning Workbook This handy workbook will help you to make the most of your time in Israel, save money, achieve your goals and have tons of fun. Sign up here and get your free copy. No spamming or selling your information. We promise. Read More »