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City of David Ir David

City of David Harp entrance

The City of David (Ir David) is an archeological site situated just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. This small area, today largely covered with modern homes, speeding taxis and tourists, was the entire city of Jerusalem in the time of King David. Here Jerusalem first became a Jewish city and the First and Second Temples stood. ... Read More »

Gush Etzion, Southern Gateway to Jerusalem

The Lone Oak Tree of Gush Etzion (Refael Yaniger)

Gush Etzion is a large collection of settlements in the Judean Hills, 15 minutes south of Jerusalem. Despite being ‘over the green line,’ there is almost universal consensus among Israelis that it is part of Israel and will remain as such under any possible future political arrangement. Why such a near-universal agreement on one group of settlements? It comes from ... Read More »

Day Tour of Israeli Beer


Explore the Growing World of Israeli Micro Breweries You know about Israeli wines, but what about Israeli beers? The micro-breweries in Israel make some of the best brews in the world winning awards in European taste tests, and growing quickly. The breweries are often in places of astonishing natural beauty accompanied by fine food and music. On this day you will visit several ... Read More »

Shilo: Jewish Center Before Jerusalem

mishkan model, tabernacle model, timna, israel

Shilo: Home of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Before the ark of the covenant was lost to the Philistines and recovered, before the Jewish people were united in the Land of Israel under a single kingship, before the eternal heart and center of the Jewish people met it’s fulfillment in the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, Shilo stood for over 400 ... Read More »

Jerusalem Tours

Beautiful temple mount Jerusalm

All you need to know to about Jerusalem tours A tour of Jerusalem will turn your stay in the city to be meaningful and memorable. Jerusalem tours can be in many ways and styles. there are private tours and group tours; general tours, or Jewish muslim or christian jerusalem tours; Private or group tours; tours to Jerusalem with children or ... Read More »

The Holy land Israel

Israel the Holy Land

The places where the prophets walked, where the Bible stories happened. Sites that will touch your heart, that will inspire you to connect to something bigger. Your Trip to the Holy land Make holiness and spirituality part of your trip to Israel. Even if you’re not a believer in ‘holiness’ yourself, including holy sites in your Israel trip will help make it ... Read More »

Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit

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Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit Israelis love their wild-flowers. In preschool the children learn the names of the most common flowers, with stories and songs about them. A number of wildflowers have been protected by law for many years. Yet until recently Israel had no ‘national flower.’ In 2013 the Kalanit (Anemone) was chosen. The name ‘Kalanit’ comes from ... Read More »

Connect to the History of Israel

Connect to Israel's history

Connect to the History of Israel A trip to Israel gives you a chance to gain new levels of understanding and connection to the history of Israel. Historical and Biblical Stories Come to Life Visiting the places where the Bible happened, can be a unique and inspiring experience. Follow in the footsteps of King David as he fled from king ... Read More »

Enjoy the great weather in Israel

Part 1 of the Israel National Trail (Shvil Yisrael)

The Weather in Israel – Enjoy it all year round! The winter in Israel is full of nice and bright days. In the summer you can enjoy refreshing water activities. With good planning any time of the year is a good time for your Israel trip, and good planning is exactly what we are here for. Read More »

Spring, Wild Barley and Counting the Omer in Israel

Wild Barley stalks growing in a field in Israel

Spring in Israel Every year between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot religious Jews do a strange ritual of counting every night. The ‘counting of the Omer’ starts the night after Passover and ends the night before Shavuot. But what is an ‘Omer’ and why do we count them? Why this time of year? And what is the connection to ... Read More »