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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 »

Eastern Gush Etzion Day Tour

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

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 »

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 »

Choosing a Private or Group Israel Tour

What’s the difference? There are two main ways to do professional tours in Israel. One is to plan a tour, and then fill a bus with passengers and split the costs among them. The other is to hire a guide and transportation specifically for your smaller group, such as your family, friends or colleagues that you’re traveling with. Choosing whether ... Read More »

Planning Ahead for your Israel Trip

Plan Ahead Sign in Picture Frame with "D" extending out of frame

When to Start Planning Starting to plan your trip to Israel 3-6 months in advance can save you a lot of headaches later. The more you plan ahead the more flexible and care free you can be during your vacation. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you have solid plans it’s much easier to make changes and go with the flow ... Read More »

Choosing a Good Israel Tour Guide

A guide will take you to amazing places

Having a Good Tour Guide is Really Important! Israel tour guides have a bit of a bad reputation, reflected in this clip from the Simpsons. Courtesy of Don’t Settle! When you are picking a tour guide, whether you are finding them directly or being referred through an agency, you need to make sure they are a good fit. The ... Read More »