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Katzrin, Capital of the Golan

Katzrin (Qazrin), ‘capital of the Golan’, with 6,725 people living there, makes an excellent base for exploring the central Golan and stocking up on picnic supplies. Founded in 1977, it is the region’s only real town. The lively little commercial center, Merkaz Eitan, is a classic 1970s complex that was spruced up considerably in 2013 – adding a tile-covered sculpture that is as whimsical as it is colorful. In addition to a bank and some eateries, it has a first-rate museum. Everything closes on Shabbat. Map.

Golan Archaeological Museum (04-696 1350; http://www.mpkatzrin.org.il; Merkaz Eitan; adult/child 19/16NIS, incl Ancient Katzrin Park 28/20NIS; 9am-4pm Sun-Thu, 9am-2pm Fri)

Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin
Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin

A real gem! Highlights include extraordinary basalt lintels and Aramaic inscriptions from 30 Byzantine-era Golan synagogues; coins minted during the Great Jewish Revolt (66–70 CE); a model of Rujum al-Hiri, a mysterious Stone Age maze 156m across, which was built some 4500 years ago; and a film (available in English) that brings to life the Roman siege of Gamla. Wheelchair accessible. Situated 100m west of the Merkaz Eitan commercial centre, next to the library.

Ancient Katzrin Park (04-696 2412; http://parkqatzrin.org.il; adult/child 26/18NIS, incl Golan Archaeological Museum adult/child 28/20NIS; 9am-4pm Sun-Thu, 9am-2pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat, closes 1hr later in Aug )

To get a sense of life during the Talmudic period (3rd to 6th centuries), when the Golan had dozens of Jewish villages, drop by this partly restored Byzantine-era village, whose highlights include a basalt synagogue and an audiovisual presentation on Talmudic luminaries (not shown on Saturday). On Jewish holidays such as Passover and Sukkot and in August, there are reenactments by actors in period costumes. Situated 1.6km east of Merkaz Eitan.

Kesem Hagolan (Golan Magic; 04-696 3625; http://www.magic-golan.co.il; Hutzot HaGolan Mall, Katzrin Industrial Zone; adult/child 25.50/20.50NIS; screenings 9am-5pm Sat-Thu, 9am-4pm Fri )

An excellent introduction to the Golan, this center takes you on a half-hour virtual journey around the region, projected on a 180-degree panoramic screen (in English hourly on the half hour). Also has a 1:5000-scale topographic model of the Golan. Situated in the shopping mall 2km east of Merkaz Eitan, next to the Industrial Zone.

Golan Heights Winery (04-696 8435, 04-696 8409; http://www.golanwines.co.il; Katzrin Industrial Park; tasting 10NIS, incl tour 20NIS; 8.30am-at least 5.30pm Sun-Thu, 8.30am-2.30 or 3.30pm Fri, last tour 4pm or 5pm Sun-Thu, 1.30pm or 2pm Fri )

Golan Heights Winery
Golan Heights Winery

Winner of many international awards, this outstanding winery offers guided cellar tours (advance reservations highly recommended) and wine-tasting. The shop sells more than 40 wines bottled under its Yarden, Gamla (Gilgal), Hermon and Galil Mountain labels. All wines are kosher but, mercifully, not mevushal (flash pasteurised).

Sleeping

Golan Garden Hostel (072-230 3565; http://www.golangarden.com; 13 Hofit St; dm 100NIS, d without bathroom 285NIS)

Golan Garden Hostel
Golan Garden Hostel

Katzrin finally has a hostel. Opened in 2013, this place – run by super-friendly Alon and Milou – has a chill-out lounge with bean-bag chairs, dorm rooms with four or six beds, a hammock on the back terrace, and guitars and drums for guests to play. Situated 1km southeast of Merkaz Eitan – take Si’on and then Gilabon St. Laundry costs 15NIS, including drying. Rents out camping equipment (eg a sleeping bag for 15NIS a day).

SPNI Golan Field School (04-696 1234; http://www.natureisrael.org; 2 Zavitan St; r 438-504NIS, additional adult 140-164NIS, child 98-114NIS )

SPNI Golan Field School
SPNI Golan Field School

Housed in an unpretentious, 1970s complex on the edge of town. The 33 simple rooms, all with fridge, can sleep up to nine and so are a good option for families and groups of friends. Does not rent individual dorm beds. Sometimes (eg on Jewish holidays) offers free group hikes. Situated 1km from Merkaz Eitan – head down Daliyot St and then turn left on Zavitan St; follow the signs to ‘Field School’.

Eating & Drinking

Fast food (hummus, shwarma, bad pizza and the like) is available in Merkaz Eitan – except on Shabbat, when your eating options shrink to two restaurants 2km or 3km east of Merkaz Eitan in the Industrial Zone.

Co-op Shop (Lev Katzrin Mall; h8am-9pm Sun-Thu, 7am-2.30pm or 4pm Fri )
Picnic supplies for a hike or Shabbat.

Golan Brewhouse (04-696 1311; http://www.beergolan.co.il; Hutzot HaGolan Mall, Katzrin Industrial Zone; mains 49-126NIS; 11.30am-11pm daily)

Golan Brewhouse
Golan Brewhouse

This pub-restaurant, with a circular wooden bar and panoramic windows, serves red meat, chicken, fish, soup, salad, veggie mains and some damn fine microbrews.The  brewhouse Beer Sampler (14NIS) gets you a whisky tumbler of each of the  Brewhouse’s four beers (an amber ale, a pilsner, a Doppelbock and a wheat beer), brewed in the copper vats in the corner. For 48NIS you can sample 200mL of each and munch on olives and sauerkraut.

Meatshos (04-696 3334; http://www.meatshos.co.il; Katzrin Industrial Zone; mains 65-169NIS, 15% off Mon-Thu ; noon-11pm Mon-Sat)
Renowned for its flavorsome steaks, chops, kebabs and hamburgers (400g to 750g),  all made with Golan-raised, kosher-slaughtered (but not certified) 1½-year-old calf and lamb. Also serves Salokiya boutique wine (red/white per glass 42/32NIS), made right on the premises. Situated at the far northern end of the Industrial Zone next to the fire station, 1km past the Golan Heights Winery.

Pub Savta (Ancient Katzrin Park; h9pm-2am or later Sat-Thu)
Inside the archaeological site, this beer pub is popular with both locals and young Israeli travellers.

Information

Information Center (04-696 2885; http://www.tourgolan.org.il; h9am-4pm Sun-Thu)
Run by the regional council, this tourist information office has brochures and free maps in Hebrew, English and Russian, and can supply information on accommodation, hiking and winery visits. Situated in the shopping center 2km east of Merkaz Eitan, behind the round fountain next to Kesem HaGolan.

SPNI Hiking Information (04-696 5030; http://www.teva.org.il; SPNI Golan Field School, 2 Zavitan St; h8.30am-5pm Sun-Thu)
Free consultations with experienced SPNI guides about Golan hiking options. You can also phone with questions.

Transport

Katzrin is the Golan’s public transit hub. Rama buses (1 900 721 111;  http://www.bus.co.il) head to virtually every part of the Golan, as well as to Tiberias, Hatzor HaGlilit (near Rosh Pina) and Kiryat Shmona.
Bus 57 follows the Sea of Galilee’s eastern and southwestern coasts (eg Kursi) on its way to Tiberias; bus 52 goes to Tiberias via the lake’s northwestern coast (eg Capernaum). To get to Neve Ativ, Majdal Shams and other places near Mt Hermon, you have to change in Kiryat Shmona. Egged bus 843 (49.50NIS, four hours, one or two daily) links Katzrin with Tel Aviv. On weekdays there are departures from Katzrin early in the morning and from Tel Aviv at 4pm.

Hiking

The southern Golan – the area between Katzrin and the Sea of Galilee and the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee from the east – has some excellent hiking.

Yehudiya Nature Reserve

One of the most popular hiking areas in all of northern Israel, the 66-sq-km Yehudiya Nature Reserve (Meshushim entrance 04-682 0238, Yehudiya entrance 04-696 2817; adult/child 22/10NIS; h7am-4pm or 5pm Sat-Thu, 7am-3pm or 4pm Fri ) offers walks suitable for casual strollers as well as experienced hikers, especially those who aren’t averse to getting wet. Mammals you might encounter include  gazelles and wild boar; its cliffs are home to birds of prey as well as songbirds.Most  of the trails follow three cliff-lined wadis, with year-round water flow, that drain  into the northeastern corner of the Sea of Galilee. Wadi Yehudiya and Wadi Zavitan are both easiest to access from the Yehudiya Parking Lot (Chenyon Yehudiya), which is on Rte 87 midway between Katzrin and the Sea of Galilee.

Wadi Meshushim, easiest to get to from the Meshushim Parking Lot, is situated 2.8km along a gravel road from Rte 888, which parallels the Jordan River. The parking lot is 8km northeast of the New Testament site of Bethsaida. The rangers at both entrances to Yehudiya (pronounced ‘yeh-hoo-dee-yah’) are extremely knowledgeable and can point you in the right direction, as well as register you, for your own safety.

The only map you’ll need is the excellent color-coded one provided at ticket booths. At both entrances, snack counters sell sandwiches and ice cream. Stick to marked trails – people have fallen to their deaths while attempting to negotiate treacherous makeshift trails, and there’s an army firing zone east of Wadi Yehudiya (across Rte 87).

New Upper Yehudiya Canyon Trail

New Upper Yehudiya Canyon Trail
New Upper Yehudiya Canyon Trail

This new circuit, which replaces a trail closed by a cliff collapse, takes 2½ to three hours. Blazes are red, then black. The trail begins at the basalt ruins of the pre-1967 Syrian settlement of Yehudiya, built – as its Arabic name hints – on the remains of a 3rd- and 4th-century Jewish village. To get there from the Yehudiya Parking Lot, cross the highway via the tunnel in the lot’s southern corner.

One section of the New Upper Yehudiya Canyon Trail involves 20 to 40 minutes of walking in water 50cm to 1m deep. A variant is the Yehudiya Waterfall Trail (red blazes; 45 minutes one-way from park HQ).

Upper Zavitan Canyon Trail

Upper Zavitan Canyon Trail
Upper Zavitan Canyon Trail

This three-hour circuit offers great views of 27m-high Zavitan Waterfall, spectacular in the rainy season. The descent begins at the ruins of the Arab village of Sheikh Hussein, northeast of the Yehudiya Parking Lot. An easy trail with blue, then black, then red, then blue blazes, the path heads downstream to link with the Lower Zavitan Canyon Trail and, eventually, Meshushim (Hexagons) Pool.

If you begin hiking after 11am, don’t plan on making it all the way to the pool. Branches of the Upper Zavitan Canyon Trail can be picked up near Katzrin and on Rte 9088 between Katzrin and Katzrin Darom Junction.

Meshushim (Hexagons) Pool

Meshushim Pool
Meshushim Pool

Surrounded by extraordinary, six-sided basalt pillars (thus the name), this chilly (19°C), 7m-deep pool makes for a refreshing dip. Getting there from the Meshushim Parking Lot, which has changing rooms, requires a delightful, 20-minute downhill walk; getting back up takes 30 to 40 minutes. The Stream Trail (Shvil HaNahal), which hits Wadi Meshushim further upstream (and has a 3m cliff ladder), takes 20 to 30 minutes downhill. Begin these routes before 2pm (3pm during daylight savings).

At the pool, remember that there is no lifeguard – and jumping and diving are absolutely forbidden (people have died here from hitting their heads). It’s possible to hike down to Meshushim Pool from the Yehudiya Parking Lot (four to six hours, depending on your route) but transiting from Wadi Zavitan to Wadi Meshushim involves a steep ascent and then an equally steep descent; and getting back up to your car (assuming you have one and parked it at Yehudiya) could be a problem. This route cannot be started, in either direction, after 11am.

Sleeping

Yehudiya Camping Ground (Orchan Laila; 04-696 2817; http://www.campingil.org.il; Yehudiya Parking Lot; per person incl next-day park admission 50NIS; 24hr)

Yehudiya Camping Ground
Yehudiya Camping Ground

Open year-round, this well-lit camping area is securely fenced (against wild boars and jackals) and has hot showers, barbecue pits and shade constructions. If there’s no one around, just make yourself at home and pay in the morning. Bags can be left at the information desk (when it’s open); nearby there are lockers (10NIS) for valuables.

Transport

Rama buses 52 and 57 (10 daily Sunday to Thursday, six on Friday), which connect Katzrin with Tiberias, stop at the Yehudiya Parking Lot (20 minutes from Katzrin). Egged bus 843, linking Katzrin with Tel Aviv, also passes the Yehudiya Parking Lot.A bus schedule is posted to the right of the Yehudiya snack counter.

Tower of David Nightly Light Show Spectacle Gallery

Sound and Light at the Citadel
The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

Tower of David Light Show
Tower of David Light Show

Innovative techniques and a sophisticated computer system operate 20 projectors, 10 video players, 14 computers and 14 loudspeakers. All this in addition to some 10 kilometers of cable and two projection rooms. The Night Spectacular, the first of its kind in the world, is for everyone – tourists from Israel and abroad, families, speakers of all languages and all Jerusalem lovers.

Information about the Show
* Show runtime: 45 minutes. Please dress warmly – the show is open air.
* The show begins with a walk through the courtyard followed by the viewing of the main performance.
* The Night Spectacular is wheelchair accessible.
* The Night Spectacular will not take place in the event of extreme weather conditions.
* The museum and the permanent exhibition are closed at 16:00 (During July-August at 17:00).
* No photography allowed during the performance in all areas of the citadel.
* Due to the nature of the show – late entrances are not allowed.

Admission Fees

The Night Spectacular Two in one*: Museum Admission + The Night Spectacular
Adult 55 NIS 70 NIS
Senior (Israeli Citizenship)/Student 50 NIS 55 NIS
Child 3 to 18 45 NIS 55 NIS
Soldier/ disabled 30 NIS 40 NIS

* Combination Ticket: A discounted price for a combined ticket to the Night Spectacular and a visit to the Tower of David Museum during the day. The day-time visit can take place any time within a year of the purchase of the ticket. Entrance to the Night Spectacular must be booked in advance through the museum reservation center or at the box office. The Museum is closed to visitors during late afternoon and evening hours and  during the showing of the Night Spectacular.

* Tickets by advanced booking at the Reservation Center: +972-2-6265333, direct Line (Israel only): *2884.
* On the night of the show tickets are subject to availability.
* Group booking: +972-2-6265327, +972-2-6265311, groupsales@tod.org.il
* Please note, cancellations will be accepted until 10 am on the day of the show. On Saturdays cancellations must take place by Thursdays at 10 am, at the Reservation Center (Sunday to Thursday 08:00-16:00).


Entertainment in Israel

day-tours  GIFMany say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.

High culture is catered for by a fine modern opera house, several theaters, and a busy dance and performing arts center. Popular culture is supported by myriad bars, clubs and live music venues. Elsewhere, there is far less going on. Down on the Red Sea coast and in Sinai, entertainment is largely limited to bars and nightclubs.

Information
The Jerusalem Post and the English-language edition of the newspaper Ha-Aretz, both of which are available throughout Israel, carry daily entertainment listings. Both also have extensive cultural supplements on Fridays with detailed listings of events for the week to come. There is also an English-language listings magazine Time Out Tel Aviv published every two months and available free at certain bars and hotels. Tourist offices also have abundant events magazines.

Classical Music

Classical Music
Classical Music

The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center.

The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians.

In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.

Click here for more and complete information about classical music in Israel.

Opera

Jerusalem Opera Festival - Nabucco
Jerusalem Opera Festival – Nabucco

Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.

Click here for all Opera related articles and lists of Operas in Israel.

Rock, Jazz and Blues

Jazz in Israel
Jazz in Israel

Local rock bands of variable quality perform most nights at Camelot and Ha-Bima Club, and also at Mike’s Place, which is a foreigner-friendly bar down on the seafront. Benchmark is a relative newcomer featuring live music in the bar-saturated area of Nakhalat Binyamin. This might be good or bad, depending on your point of view. At one side, it’s good, because everything is in a few places, but on the other side it’s very disappointing compared with the rest of the world.

For hardcore fans who are prepared to travel, Barbie mixes Israeli rock with Russian hard rock. Cafe Henrietta, Coffee House and Green Racoon, all of which are in  central Tel Aviv, all feature jazz at least one night a week.

Click here for an overview about anything to do with rock, jazz and blues music in Israel.

Click here for the rest of the modern music in Israel.

Bars and Clubs

Tel Aviv night life
Tel Aviv night life

In Tel Aviv, the main cluster of bars is in the Nakhalat Binyamin district, particularly around the southern end of Rothschild Avenue and AAL illenblum. The venue that has young hipsters queuing outside every night is Nanuchka, a rowdy but classy bar-restaurant with surreal decor and a permanent party vibe. Around the corner, the splendidly named Betty Ford is a New York-style bar with a SoHo-style buzz. There are also plenty of good late-night spots around the Cinematheque on Ha-Arbaa Street and up in the Old Port area, which is where you’ll find Hannah’le, a bar with a wooden deck jutting out over the water.

Also up at the Old Port are a couple of super clubs, including long-time favorite the Fifth Dimension. However, perhaps the most fascinating and singular club is Ha-
Hamman, a strikingly beautiful, converted Turkish bathhouse in Jaffa. For something more casual and laidback, there’s Mike’s Place down near the seafront in central Tel Aviv or the Gordon Inn, a local pub with a pool table and a reliably
friendly crowd.

In Sinai, bars and clubs are generally found in the many resort hotels.

Dance

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater
Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater

The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal.

In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.

Click here for a list of dance related articles.

Theater

Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
Eilat’s Isrotel Theater

Plays in Israel are almost always performed in Hebrew (or, less commonly, Arabic), although some of the bigger theaters such as Tel Aviv’s Ha-Bima Theater and New Cameri Theater (and Jerusalem’s Sherover Theater) have headphones providing English-language translation for some performances, though there are a lot of performances in English as well. Productions, in all cases, range from revivals of the classics of world drama (both old and modern) to first-run stagings of new Israeli plays.

There are several theater festivals throughout the year in Israel, the most exciting of which is the Acre Fringe Theater Festival, which stages some performances in the city’s subterranean Crusader halls.

Click here for all theater related articles.

Cinema

Cinema City Jerusalem
Cinema City Jerusalem

Foreign films shown in Israel are not dubbed, but carry Hebrew subtitles. Cinemas
are plentiful, especially in Tel Aviv, where complexes such as the Rav-Chen 1–5 are
modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. They tend to screen first-run Hollywood
fare. The Cinematheques, of which there is one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv, specialize in art-house and independent films, as well as holding themed seasons
and retrospectives.

Israel’s biggest movie theater complex is Cinema City, which has 21 auditoriums and three 3D screens.

  1. Cinema City Jerusalem (8/20/2016) - Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
  2. Davidson Center (8/19/2016) - The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
  3. Ein Yael (8/20/2016) - Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
  4. Entertainment for Children in Israel (9/28/2016) - In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks. On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
  5. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  6. Family and Children Tour 10 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch.
  7. Family and Children Tour 12 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, Negev and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German, and Dutch.
  8. Festival BeShekel 2016 Festival BeShekel 2016 – Two days for Free – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Thousands of people descend on Monfort Lake Park in North Israel for a free 2-day festival. Founded in 2001, famous bands like Nechi Nech, Yemen Blues, and Yuval Dayan, perform alongside smaller local bands. There are also loads of events for the family, including shows, face painting, stalls, and lots of other activities.
  9. Haifa Film Festival 2016 – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - The Haifa International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place every autumn (between late September and late October), during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, in Haifa, Israel. The festival was inaugurated in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel.
  10. International Center Mary of Nazareth (8/18/2016) - Modern multimedia technology portrays the Virgin Mary’s role in salvation history at the Mary of Nazareth International Center, just across the street from the towering basilica that commemorates her agreement to become the mother of the Son of God.
  11. Jewish Film Festival 2016 Jewish Film Festival 2016 – December 2016 (9/15/2016) - The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque explores a range of topics connected to the issue of Jewish identity are examined including: faith, art, culture, philosophy, music, food, lifestyle in Israel and in the Diaspora and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.
  12. Katzrin, Capital of the Golan (10/9/2016) - Katzrin (Qazrin), ‘capital of the Golan’, with 6,725 people living there, makes an excellent base for exploring the central Golan and stocking up on picnic supplies. Founded in 1977, it is the region’s only real town. The lively little commercial center, Merkaz Eitan, is a classic 1970s complex that was spruced up considerably in 2013 – adding a tile-covered sculpture that is as whimsical as it is colorful. In addition to a bank and some eateries, it has a first-rate museum. Everything closes on Shabbat.
  13. Kings City Eilat (8/15/2016) - Biblical amusement park. Caves depicting stages in King Solomon's life, an elevator to underground biblical scenes, 3-D movies, Hippopotamuses that spray water, water slides, mazes, an arcade and more. The park is closed on Saturdays and holidays.
  14. Jerusalem Day 2019 May 2019 – Jerusalem Day 2019 (2/7/2019) - Jerusalem Day is the day we celebrate the independence of the holy city, celebrations include huge parties, concerts, street parties and more! To get an idea of what Jerusalem Day looks like, check out last year’s list of events
  15. Sahek Ota, Emek Hefer (8/20/2016) - This huge fun park is the only water park in Israel that operates all year round, with water parks in the summer, and heated pools and play areas in the winter. Plenty of great activities for the kids, with an extreme water park, fair rides, video games, mini golf, the Himalaya Bridge, a gymboree, and other great things to enjoy! There’s also a small museum.
  16. Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 – February 2017 (9/8/2016) - Every year, for 4 weeks in February, the Shaon Horef Cultural Festival transforms the streets of Jerusalem into a lively cultural venue full of surprises as thousands of young people come together for this exciting series of cultural happenings with more then 100 free events.
  17. Sounds of the Old City 2017 – March 2017 (9/8/2016) - Sounds of the Old City is a festival of international music inspired by the Old City quarters which are a focal point of Jerusalem’s culture and tourism. It allows visitors the exposure to the musical traditions found in the Old City of Jerusalem where special melodies both ancient and modern, played on a range of instruments and ensembles, create a collage of beautiful music.
  18. The French Film Festival The French Film Festival – March 2017 – April 2017 (9/8/2016) - French film is the most popular foreign film in Israel after English-language film, consistently drawing the largest number of viewers, with a larger number of films being brought to Israel from France than from any other country.
  19. The Opera at Zappa - Pretty Woman The Opera at Zappa – Pretty Woman – September 2016 (1/7/2016) - Opera and movies is a winning combination. From Pretty Woman to The Fifth Element, from James Bond to Mission Impossible opera has served as a great soundtrack for the great movies of all time. An evening of operatic soundtracks from La boheme to La traviata with an addition of great film songs from Goldfinger, Breakfast at Tiffnay’s and more.
  20. The Tour from Hell (10/1/2016) - This tour was the tour from hell ... for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.
  21. Tower of David (8/19/2016) - Fortress within the walls of the Old City which is a complex of towers surrounded by a wall and a moat. The archaeological park in the courtyard of the fortress contains ancient remains. The Tower of David museum on the history of Jerusalem operates in the halls of the fortress. A special night show on the story of Jerusalem throughout the generations takes place in the evenings in the courtyard of the museum.
  22. Tower of David Nightly Light Show Spectacle Gallery (10/5/2016) - The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

Spectator sports
Football is by far the most popular sport throughout the Holy Land. Two teams from Jerusalem play in Israel’s premier league, Beitar and Ha-Poel, and matches take place in the new Teddy Stadium at Malkha in West Jerusalem.

Basketball is the next most popular sport. The Jerusalem team, Ha-Poel, plays in the Sports Arena near the Teddy Stadium, while the Maccabee Tel Aviv plays at the Yad Eliahu Arena just off the Ayalon highway.

Swimming

Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016
Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016

Almost all the large hotels have outdoor swimming pools; the YMCA in Jerusalem
also has an indoor pool. You can also swim all year round at the Jerusalem Swimming Pool, in the German Colony district, south of the center. The Red Sea is warm enough for year-round swimming, although most resort hotels also have swimming pools. Swimming in the Mediterranean is fine in summer but it’s too cold
from around October to April.

Children

In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.

But there is so much more for children and their entertainment.

Directory

CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • Einav Cultural Centre, 71 Ibn Gvirol St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 521 7763.
  • Felicia Blumenthal Centre 26 Bialik St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 620 1185. http://www.fbmc.co.il
  • King Hussein Cultural Centre Omar Matar St, El-Muhajareen, Amman. Tel (06) 473 9953.
  • Performing Arts Centre 19 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 692 7777.
  • Royal Cultural Centre Al-Malekah Alia St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 566 1026.
  • Targ Centre Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem. Tel (02) 641 4250. http://www.klassi.net/targ
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art 27 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 696 1297. http://www.tamuseum.com

OPERA

ROCK, JAZZ AND BLUES

  • Barbie 52 Kibbutz Gayulot St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 518 8123.
  • Benchmark37 Nakhalat Binyamin St,Tel Aviv.
  • Cafe Henrietta 186 Arlozorov St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 691 1715.
  • Camelot16 Shalom Aleichem St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 629 8666.
  • Coffee House88 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 0565.
  • Green Racoon 186 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 529 8513.
  • Ha-Bima ClubBasement, 2 Tarsat St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 2174.
  • Mike’s Place86 Herbert Samuel, TelAviv.Tel (052) 670 965.

BARS AND CLUBS

  • Betty Ford 48 Nakhalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 0650.
  • Big Fellow Irish Pub Abdoun Circle, Amman. Tel (06) 593 4766.
  • Cave Bar Behind the Visitors’ Centre, Petra. Tel (03) 215 6266.
  • Champions Amman Marriott, Isam el-Ajlouni St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 560 7607.
  • Fifth Dimension Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (052) 242 5891.
  • Gordon Inn 17 Gordon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 523 8239.
  • Ha-Hammam 10 Mifraz Shlomo St, Jaffa. Tel (03) 681 3261.
  • Hannah’le Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 488 4884.
  • Living RoomMohammed HusseinHeikal St, Amman.Tel (06) 465 5988.
  • Nanuchka28 Lilenblum St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 516 2254.

DANCE

  • Jerash Festival Jerash Festival Office, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 567 5199. http://www.jerashfestival.com.jo
  • Suzanne Dellal Centre 5 Yehieli St, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 5656.
  • YMCA King David St, Jerusalem. Tel (02) 569 2692.

THEATER

CINEMA

  • Century Cinemas 3rd Circle, Jebel Amman, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 461 3200.
  • Cinema CityGilot Junction, Tel Aviv.Tel (1-700) 702 25.
  • GalleriaAbdoun Circle,Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 593 4793. Rav-Chen 1-5
  • Opera Towers, 1 AllenbySt, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 510 2674.
  • Tel AvivCinematheque 2 Sprinzhak St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 606 0800.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

  • Jordan International Stadium Shmeisani, Amman.
  • Teddy Stadium Agudat Sport Beitar, Malkha, West Jerusalem. Tel (02) 678 8320.
  • Yad Eliahu Arena 51 Yigal Allon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 537 6376.

SWIMMING

  • Jerusalem Swimming Pool 43 Emek Refaim St. Tel (02) 563 2092.

CHILDREN

  • Children’s Museum 1 Mifratz Shlomo St, Holon, Israel Tel (03) 650 3000.
  • Mini Israel Kibbutz Nacsho, Latrun, Israel Tel (08) 922 2444.
  • Ramat Gan Safari Zoo Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 631 3531.

Entertainment for Children in Israel

In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.

But there is so much more for children and their entertainment.


  1. 120 Minute Walk around West Jerusalem (9/14/2016) - The heart of West Jerusalem, centered on Jaffa Road, was largely developed during the years of the British Mandate (1917–1948). So, while it is nowhere near as ancient as the Old City, it does carry a weight of recent history related to the founding of the Jewish state of Israel. Aside from the scattering of historic buildings and monuments, this is also the heart of the modern city, with pedestrianized streets of cafés, restaurants and shops, cultural centers and busy markets. It is a highly rewarding area to explore.
  2. 120-Minute Walk around the Old City Walls (9/14/2016) - The Old City of Jerusalem may occupy a relatively small area geographically, but its compactness and uneven topography make it a frequently confusing place to explore. One good way to gain an overview is to take to the ramparts and view the crush of alleys, domes and towers from the top of the walls that enclose them. Visitors can walk along two sections of wall: from Jaffa Gate clockwise to St Stephen’s Gate, and from Jaffa Gate anti-clockwise to the Dung Gate. The section between St Stephen’s Gate and the Dung Gate is closed to the public. Many steep flights of steps mean that this is not a walk for the elderly or infirm.
  3. 18 Zoos in Israel (8/22/2016) - Here you can find a collection of 18 zoos in Israel. Behind each zoo you see a telephone number you must use before you are going to visit the zoo.
  4. 24 Clean Beaches In Israel (8/22/2016) - If you’re out there wondering if any of Israel’s gorgeous beaches are environmentally friendly, wonder no more! 21 beaches – and 3 marinas – in Israel have recently been awarded the Blue Flag by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) for environmental excellence! So, yes, you can swim, surf, and frolic knowing you’re in safe, environmentally clean hands!
  5. 27 Amusement Parks (8/20/2016) - Twenty seven amusement parks for the family, from the north to the south of Israel.
  6. 38 Amusement And Theme Parks in Israel (8/23/2016) - Someone said that there are not many amusement parks in Israel. Ah! She was so wrong. Here we have 38 amusement and theme parks.
  7. 52 Churches in Jerusalem (9/1/2016) - A post about churches mainly in Jerusalem, Israel. Here we talk about the well known and the unknown churches and monasteries in Jerusalem and direct surrounding of this ancient city.
  8. 9 Farm Tours For Families (8/20/2016) - We have nine farm tours for people with families, but it's more then okay to come without children too. This collection of farm tours is special, because it covers a variety of farm types. Please consider the farm tours in the south (desert).
  9. Abandoned Historical Elizabeth Hotel in Tiberias (9/5/2016) - In 1929, Hotel Feingold (later named Elizabeth Hotel) was officially opened with 80 guest rooms and a theater and a cinema. The inauguration party of the Elizabeth Theater was the colorful event of the decade in Tiberias, and maybe throughout the duration of the British mandate that time. Jews and Arabs, religious leaders and the senior leadership of the mandatory power came to see this beautiful and luxurious hotel. Today the building is almost a wreck.
  10. Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival Oct 2016 (9/5/2016) - The Abu-Gosh Festival is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene. The Festival has existed in its present layout since 1992, and it takes place twice a year – on Succoth and Shavuoth – lasting between three to five days each time.
  11. Al-Aqsa Mosque (9/2/2016) - The Al-Aqsa Mosque, constructed 20 years after the nearby Dome of the Rock, has a spacious interior, divided by columns into seven aisles, allows room for more than 4000 Muslims to worship. According the Muslims, the whole area of the Temple Mount, including all its minor domes, chapels and colonnades, is regarded as a mosque. For Muslims, it's Islam’s third holiest site (after Mecca and Medina).
  12. Allenby street, Tel Aviv (8/21/2016) - Allenby Street stretches from the Mediterranean sea in the northwest to HaAliya Street in the southeast. It was first paved with concrete in 1914. During the day, it is a commercial street with many small businesses and clothing stores. At night it becomes a hub of nightlife, known for its cafes, pubs and restaurants.
  13. Amirim near Mountain Meron – The Battle between Fruit and Wine (10/7/2016) - West of Tsfat, antenna-topped Mt Meron (1204m), Israel’s second-tallest peak (after Mt Hermon), looms over the Dalton Plateau and scattered Jewish, Druze and Arab villages. Until recently, the area was planted with deciduous fruit trees such as pear and apple, but more and more land is being given over to grapevines for the thriving wineries of Ramat Dalton, sometimes called (with some exaggeration) the ‘Israeli Napa Valley’ or ‘Israel’s Tuscany’. Oh, one word of warning! This is the 'land of the not-meat eating communities'.
  14. Ancient Sebastiya, rooted from Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine Cultures (9/21/2016) - The ancient city Sebastiya is rooted from Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine Cultures. Currently, Sebastiya is falling under Palestinian rule, located about 12 kilometers northwest of Nablus, to the east of the road to Jenin. Currently, only two religions are making claims: the Christians and Muslims alike honor a connection to John the Baptist. The Romans used this site to worship the Roman empire! And earlier then all of them, this site was being used for the worship of Phoenician gods by the Canaanites (Baal and Astarte).
  15. Arad, the Town where there is nothing to do, except … (10/7/2016) - A popular base for those visiting nearby Masada, Arad sits on a high plateau between Be’er Sheva and the Dead Sea. There are no sights worthy of mention in the town. With other words, when you're looking for a place to eat or sleep when you're visiting the Dead Sea, this is the town for you.
  16. Arava Antelope Ranch (8/22/2016) - They imported 140 antelopes from four species: Kudu, Blesbok, Impala and Springbok. Besides the above mentioned antelope species, we keep also eland gemsbok, addax, wildebeest, Nubian ibex, barbary sheep, mouflon (Cameroon sheep), pygmy goat, red deer and Sika deer, and the highly endangered African wild ass.
  17. Archaeology Museums in Israel (8/23/2016) - Israel is a country with a rich history. That's an understatement. It's a country built and grown of an unbelievable unique and exotic history, which made Israel as it is today and influences civilizations today
  18. Avdat National Park (8/21/2016) - Avdat, also known as Abdah and Ovdat and Obodat, is a site of a ruined Nabataean city in the Negev desert in southern Israel. It was the most important city on the Incense Route after Petra, between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE
  19. Avraham’s Well (8/22/2016) - The well is 12 feet across and 50 feet deep. Its top 28 feet are lined with stones, set, probably, at the time of the Byzantine settlement. After that it is hewn in bedrock. In 19th-century representations, one sees grooves in the stones, made by the ropes of the water haulers.
  20. Baila Brazil – November 2016 (9/7/2016) - The dance company that was founded by three friends from the slums and favelas is wowing audiences all over the world in a show pulsatingwith Brazilian soul. Baila Brazil (Bal’e de Rua) that began in the neighborhoods and favelas of Uberlandia, a smallish town in the center of Brazil, is making its Israeli debut with a show that’s a fascinating journey to the heart and soul of Afro-Brazil.
  21. Banias Spring (8/17/2016) - A peaceful spot for prayer and reflection, Caesarea Philipi is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Israel. See where Jesus cured the woman from Paneas and asked the disciples who they thought he was. Visit the Crusader tower and a still-active water mill.
  22. Battles through time at the Valley of Ayalon (8/22/2016) - Historically and archeologically, this 40 sq km. (15 sq.mi.) valley is a very important area. A tour in the valley is a succession of stories about biblical, historical and modern events and battles over the two traditional roads to Jerusalem.
  23. Be’erotayim (8/22/2016) - Two Wells, Ezuz - A desert Oasis named after Moses and Aaron. Remains from the Bronze and Iron Age periods, Nabatean period, and Ottoman railway. An oasis south of Nitzana, where its two wells (named after Moses and Aaron) gave the name of the place as "two wells".
  24. Beaches of Eilat (10/26/2016) - Beaches and water sport are the dominating swimming activities in Eilat and in this article you will see what you can do here and what beaches we are talking about. In Eilat, there are two types of beach/water-tourists; those who love to swim in the Red Sea and those who prefer the water pools of their hotel.
  25. Be’er Sheba (8/21/2016) - The capital of the Negev, the Old City, the university, the Turkish railway station, and the Bedouin market represent only a part of the colorful mosaic offered by the city of Be’er Sheba, a city full of life and proud of itself, as you will be told by any of its 185,000 inhabitants.
  26. Bedouin Chicken Market (8/21/2016) - This is the gallery about the Bedouin Chicken Market in Be-er Sheva. They call it the Bedouin trade market, like the Bedouin Goat Market. and the 'normal' Bedouin market. And it's not only chickens they 'trade'! When you as tourist visit the market and you're female, please dress appropriate to avoid problems (cover your head, elbows and knees).
  27. Beit Alpha Synagogue (10/20/2016) - No one was more surprised than the members of Kibbutz Heftzibah when they went out to dig an irrigation channel in 1928 and uncovered a stunning, Byzantine-era (6th-century) mosaic floor. Further excavation revealed the rest of the Beit Alpha Synagogue, whose extraordinarily mosaics are among the most evocative of ages past ever found in Israel. The three mosaic panels depict traditional Jewish symbols such as a Torah ark, two menorahs (seven-branched candelabras) and a shofar (ram’s horn) alongside a spectacular, 12-panel zodiac circle, a pagan element if there ever was one. At the bottom, above inscriptions in Aramaic and Hebrew, Jacob (holding a knife) is shown about to sacrifice his son Isaac, alongside the ram that God (represented by a hand from heaven) sent to be sacrificed in the boy's stead; each character is labelled in Hebrew. A 14-minute film (in six languages), projected above and onto the mosaic, provides an excellent introduction. Wheelchair accessible.
  28. Bejart Ballet Lausanne Bejart Ballet Lausanne – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Two programs presented by one of the best dance companies around the world. The Bolero is one of Bejart’s all time masterpieces and Ballet for Life was created to commemorate the untimely death of Freddie Mercury, Jorge Donn (a dancer in the Bejart company) and designer Gianni Versace, all of whom died too young for love.
  29. Ben-Gurion House in Tel Aviv (8/21/2016) - One of the smallest museums and likely the most overlooked is Ben-Gurion House, a historic house museum at 17 Ben-Gurion Boulevard that served as an additional residence for Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Visitors can see Ben-Gurion’s library, his family’s sleeping quarters and the study where he worked. Take a free guided tour of the house and learn about Ben-Gurion’s life work.
  30. Ben-Gurion’s Grave (8/21/2016) - David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973), Israel’s first prime minister, dreamed of settling the Negev and making the desert bloom. Practicing what he preached, after he retired he moved to the Negev and became a member of Kibbutz Sde Boker and a shepherd. The state of Israel fulfilled Ben-Gurion’s wish to be buried in the Negev he loved, rather than in Jerusalem like Israel’s other leaders. The tomb of David and Paula Ben Gurion, surrounded by a beautiful arid-land park, offers a breathtaking view of the Tsin Valley.
  31. Bet Yerah, House of the Moon (8/21/2016) - The archaeological site of Bet Yarah ('house of the moon', also known as Khirbet Kerak) is not mentioned in either Biblical or Egyptian records, but excavations here have uncovered evidence of a settlement dating from the Bronze Age right through to the period of Arab rule. There are well-preserved remains of fourth- and fifth-century AD baths, and also the remains of a Roman fort from the third century AD. There is also a fifth-century three-aisled synagogue and a Byzantine church.
  32. Bethany (9/21/2016) - This was the city where Jesus found friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. It's also the place where Jesus resurrected Lazarus from death and finally, it's the place where we can find the Tomb of Lazarus.
  33. Bethlehem (9/2/2016) - Bethlehem, is located at about 9km south of Jerusalem and is celebrated by billions of Christians all over the world as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. In Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a cave normally used for animals. Here the local shepherds came to worship the baby, and here the Three Wise Men from the east came to pay homage and present their gifts
  34. Bethlehem’s Manger Square (8/20/2016) - The site of Christ's birth may well have been a cave, much like the cave in which his body was buried, or a stable, among the animals. In either case, it was a place provided by others. He entered the world as he left it, without wealth or status.
  35. Biblical Zoo (8/20/2016) - A family destination and Israel’s biggest tourist attraction, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo covers over 62 acres of stunning terrain in the south of Jerusalem. The park centers on a vast man-made lake complete with waterfalls and side pools, surrounded by spacious lawns and shaded beauty spots with 2,200 animals and different 271 species.
  36. Birkat Hakohanim – the Priestly Blessing – October 2016 (9/8/2016) - In Israel, the priestly blessing takes place daily in every synagogue across the country. But twice a year, once during Passover and once during Sukkot, a mass priestly blessing is held at the Western Wall.
  37. Capernaum (8/21/2016) - At Capernaum – known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1) – “walking where Jesus walked” takes on a thrilling new meaning. As you sit on the stone benches of Capernaum’s ancient synagogue, you’ll be reminded that right here, Jesus taught (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and healed a man possessed by an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-27).
  38. Carmel Market (8/21/2016) - The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv is one of the must-sees in Tel Aviv. If you want a taste of the real Israel, this is the place to go. It’s also an amazing place to visit, and the sights, sounds and smells make it a place you won’t forget in a hurry.
  39. Catholic Church of St. Catherine (8/20/2016) - The Church of St. Catherine is a Catholic church and Franciscan monastery connected to the mostly Orthodox Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The church is said to be built on the site of Christ's appearance to St. Catherine of Alexandria and his prediction of her martyrdom (c.310 AD).
  40. Catholic Pilgrimage, 8 days (8/29/2016) - A fascinating 8-day Catholic Pilgrimage tour for individuals and groups, combining visits to sacred Christian sites with other historical attractions. For options and other relevant information, ask Wim and see his rates.
  41. Catholic Tour Israel – 3 days (8/23/2016) - This tour is for Catholic visitors to the Holy Land. It will bring you to the Sea of Galilee in the footsteps of Jesus, followed by Nazareth, Haifa and Jerusalem. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  42. Catholic Tour Israel – 5 days (8/23/2016) - This tour is for Catholic visitors to the Holy Land. It will bring you to the Sea of Galilee in the footsteps of Jesus, followed by Nazareth, Haifa, Acre and Jerusalem, where we stay for two days. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  43. Chai Negev (8/23/2016) - Chai Negev is an educational activity center located in Kibbutz Revivim – one of the first settlements in Ramat Negev. At Chai Negev the goal is to bring children closer to the natural world around them in a way that is direct and enjoyable in order to raise their awareness of their environment and heighten their sensitivity to what goes on in it.
  44. Children’s Memorial (8/20/2016) - This unique memorial, hollowed out from an underground cavern, is a tribute to the approximately 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Holocaust. Memorial candles, a customary Jewish tradition to remember the dead, are reflected infinitely in a dark and somber space, creating the impression of millions of stars shining in the firmament. The names of murdered children, their ages and countries of origin can be heard in the background.
  45. Chorazin – the Cursed City (9/2/2016) - People of the city Chorazin lived within sight of Bethsaida and Capernaum, two of the other cities in what has become known as the “evangelical triangle”, because most of Jesus teachings and miracles occurred there.
  46. Church of Notre Dame, Luxurious Guesthouse and Pilgrim Center (8/30/2016) - Opposite the Old City, this historic, Vatican-owned guesthouse and pilgrim center built in the 19th century is an 8-minute walk from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Tower of David history museum.
  47. Church of St Catherine of Alexandria (8/30/2016) - The midnight Mass beamed from Bethlehem to television viewers worldwide on Christmas Eve is celebrated in the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria. This 19th-century church adjoins the 6th-century Church of the Nativity, built over the cave where Jesus was born.
  48. Church of the Nativity (10/3/2016) - The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.
  49. Church of the Twelve Apostles (8/21/2016) - Well worth a visit, this beautiful red-domed church is a major landmark along the Sea of Galilee. It was built in 1925 by the Greek Orthodox Church and has an interior of beautiful icons. The garden here is a shady spot to escape the heat of the midday sun.
  50. Cinema City Jerusalem (8/20/2016) - Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
  51. Circolombia Circolombia – August 2017 (9/7/2016) - Circolombia give us a peak into authentic Colombia. A circus of senses, combining song and dance throughout the show . The company presents us with the life-style of the streets of Colombia, where for many young people, music, dance and in recent years circus, are a substitute for dangerous street life.
  52. Cirque Éloize Cirque Éloize – November 2016 (9/7/2016) - A young, energetic, breathtaking, sinister and dream like show in which the circus meets the hustle and bustle of city life replete with young people full with love and hate and street battles.
  53. Gate of the Chain Clair, the Red Headed Ghost of Jerusalem (9/26/2016) - Or the sick who became a ghost? The change of title depends on your perspective of a very funny and mysterious (at first) story I've to tell you about a recent so called low-budget tour in September 2016.
  54. Classical Israeli-Gems Tour, 10 Days – from $767 per person all in. (10/4/2016) - This tour is for visitors to the Israel. It will bring you to Jerusalem, followed by Jericho, Bethlehem, Masada, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Tel Aviv and visit 65 sights. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch. This is an Israeli Gem tour and that means that the guide will show you the special side for each sight of the tour. This is now the normal tourist tour.
  55. Classical Israeli-Gems Tour, 7 Days – from $537 per person all in. (10/4/2016) - This tour is for visitors to the Israel. It will bring you to Jerusalem, followed by Masada, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Tel Aviv and visit 44 sights. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch. This is an Israeli Gem tour and that means that the guide will show you the special side for each sight of the tour. This is now the normal tourist tour.
  56. Classical Music in Israel (9/28/2016) - The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center. The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians. In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.
  57. Coral Beach Nature Reserve (8/15/2016) - Coral Beach Nature Reserve, south of Eilat, borders on a 1200-meter coral long reef, which both divers and snorkelers enjoy (equipment rental on-site). Behind the 3-4 meter deep primary reef, with its colorful garden-like formations and fish, is a sand bar and then the magnificent 35-meter deep coral wall. There are over 270 species of coral in this underwater jungle and over 2,500 species of underwater life – some unique to the Red Sea
  58. Crocodiles at Hamat Gader (8/22/2016) - The crocodile farm is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. Nearly 200 alligators, crocodiles, caimans and the endangered Indian gharial live in the various enclosures in the farm. The large, mature adults are housed in an open pond area where floating bridges crisscross to allow visitors to see the toothy predators up close. In addition, alligator feeding in shown during the summer months.
  59. Crocoloco Crocodile Farm (8/15/2016) - The Crocoloco Crocodile Farm at the Ein Hatzeva Junction in the Arava is a unique desert farm for growing African Nile crocodiles, which combines both agriculture and tourism. The farm was established in 2006, and raises crocodiles which will be exported to Europe.
  60. Map of Middle East: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria Crossing the borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel (10/8/2016) - The borders between Israel and the two countries with which it has signed peace treaties, Egypt and Jordan, are open to both tourists and locals. The borders between Israel and the two counties which it didn't sign any peace treaties, Syria and Lebanon, are not open to anyone. This article tells about all the relevant and detailed information you need to access Egypt and/or Jordan for tourists.
  61. Culture Square (8/21/2016) - Tel Aviv is Israel’s culture city. Most of the museums, orchestras, theaters, art galleries, dance venues and music halls come with an entry fee, however. To get a taste of the city’s arts scene, head over to Culture Square at the end of Rothschild Boulevard.
  62. Curtain Up Modern Dance Festival – November 2016 (9/6/2016) - For independent choreographers not working with a company, Curtain Up Festival is the event they can get out there and be discovered by more people. The Curtain Up Festival is a celebration of all on­stage arts: performers, producers, costume designers and more.
  63. Custom Tours specially made for you (8/24/2016) - The listed tours in this page is only a set of samples or templates for you to choose and/or mix with. Using those templates, you can easily create a itinerary, which will suit you, you family and/or group. Ask Wim to help you out.
  64. Cycle Kinneret 2016 – November 2016 (9/6/2016) - If you want to participate in the a race around the beautiful Kinneret but you are not one to jog­ Sovev Kinneret is the one race to attend. With 5 different routes to choose from, this event is truly suitable for anyone who likes to ride their bicycle. Available routes are: 65 Km (Full race around the Kinneret), 31 Km, 10 Km (Short lanes, meant for families and easy cyclers), 16 Km Mountain bike basic and the 30 Km Mountain bike challenge.
  65. Cycle Tel Aviv 2016 – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Cycle Tel Aviv is an annual event, happening around the holiday of Sukkot, where the weather is perfect for a ride. As the biggest cycling event in our country, Cycle Tel Aviv presents 3 different routes for you to choose from: The 8Km route for beginners or families, the 21Km route for bicyclers in good shape, the 40km route for experienced riders, and the master­ cycling route of 60Km. For cycling lovers­ this is the festival of the year!
  66. Damascus Gate (8/26/2016) - This most imposing of Jerusalem’s gateways also faces north and is named for the grand city from which Jerusalem’s rulers once came. It is always a busy thoroughfare, thanks to the bustling markets within. Below the 16th-century gate, archaeologists have uncovered part of the entryway built by Emperor Hadrian in the second century CE.
  67. Dance in Israel (9/28/2016) - The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal. In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.
  68. Davidson Center (8/19/2016) - The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
  69. Day Tour Jerusalem (4/14/2019) - This tour is for any visitors to Jerusalem (or locals). This tour will bring you to all the important and well-known touristic sights the Jerusalem has to offer. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  70. Day Tour Sea of Galilee (8/23/2016) - This tour is for any visitors to Sea of Galilee (or locals). This tour will bring you to all the important and well-known touristic sights the Sea of Galilee and suroundings has to offer. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide.
  71. Dead Sea (8/20/2016) - Known in the Bible as the “Salt Sea” or the “Sea of the Arabah,” this inland body of water is appropriately named because its high mineral content allows nothing to live in its waters.
  72. Deir Rafat Monastery (8/30/2016) - Deir Rafat also known as the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Palestine and of the Holy Land, is a Catholic monastery in central Israel. Located to the north-west of Beit Shemesh, between Givat Shemesh and kibbutz Tzora to the south and Kfar Uria to the north, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.
  73. Dig For A Day (8/20/2016) - Great Family Activity – Participate in an actual excavation in underground caves from the time of the Maccabees and tour through the ancient subterranean city of Maresha. Excavations are done at the Hellenistic or Second Temple Period.
  74. Dizengoff Center (8/20/2016) - Dizengoff Center is a shopping mall at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street in Tel Aviv. The mall is named for Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. Dizengoff Center, designed by Israeli architect Yitzhak Yashar, was Israel's first mall. The center was built on the site of the Nordiya neighborhood.
  75. Dizengoff square (8/21/2016) - Dizengoff Square or Dizengoff Circus is an iconic public square in Tel Aviv, on the corner of Dizengoff Street, Reines Street and Pinsker Street. One of the city's main squares, it was built in 1934 and inaugurated in 1938. The square, built in 1934, was part of the original urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, and was designed by architect Genia Averbuch.
  76. Dizengoff Street (8/21/2016) - It’s Tel Aviv’s most famous boulevard, and over the years its fortunes have risen and fallen. Today it’s once again in the top spot as one of the city’s best streets to visit
  77. Dom Polski (9/1/2016) - Polish Catholic Monastery Albatiah Aqbat St. The name means: Polish Home. The monastery is subordinate to the Head of the Polish church in Warsaw, and a hostel for pilgrims is operated on site. The monastery is a large structure on Third Wall Street and an orphanage on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. The nuns commemorate Elizabeth, a Christian saint from the beginning of the 13th century who, after she was widowed at age 20, donated her capital to the poor and hospitals, and after her death became a symbol of Christian charity.
  78. Drinking & Nightlife in the Holy City Jerusalem (10/1/2016) - Jerusalem’s city center has loads of bars. The best are in the Mahane Yehuda Market area and in the vicinity of Zion Sq, on Rivlin, Ben Shatah, Helene HaMalka and Dorot Rishonim streets. East Jerusalem bars tend to be inside hotels, while the Old City is almost as dry as the Negev. You need some kind of manual in order to know what you can and can't do in the old city of Jerusalem, but when you know, nobody can't stop you having fun in a safe way.
  79. Dung gate Dung Gate (8/26/2016) - Jerusalem’s Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites.
  80. Eating in Tel Aviv (9/13/2016) - Tel Aviv’s eating scene is both varied and exciting. Coinciding with the boutique makeover that the city is undergoing, there is a rising crop of ‘chef restaurants’ (i.e. those run by celebrity chefs), as well as an ever-growing number of swanky brasseries. But don’t worry if you're on a budget – there are still plenty of cheap street-food eateries and kiosks to choose from.
  81. Ecce Homo (9/2/2016) - The Ecce Homo Arch has a connection to St Paul. After Paul was seized by Jews while visiting the Temple, it was from the Antonia fortress that soldiers ran to rescue him and prevent a riot. And it was on the steps leading to the fortress that Paul addressed the crowd and avoided being flogged by announcing to a surprised tribune that he was a Roman citizen. Map.
  82. Eco-Tourism Tour, 12 days (11/6/2018) - Passionate about the environment? Tour Israel’s nature reserves, learn about farming in harsh conditions and visit sustainable-agriculture communities. This tour is focusing on Israel as an introduction tour. Nothing specialized, we try to make an attempt to show you as much as possible. I refer to the more specialized ecotours of Israel to see a specific aspect of the beauty of Israel in the other tours.
  83. Eifman Ballet Eifman Ballet – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Boris Eifman and his exceptional dancers return once again to the Opera House with two programs that have won accolades and acclaim in Israel and abroad: Red Giselle, Eifman’s own modern version of the classic Giselle ballet and Tender is the Night , which was enthusiastically received here in the company’s most recent visit.
  84. Eilat Botanical Garden and Organic Farm (8/20/2016) - A botanical garden in a city that gets virtually no rain? Yes, right near the entrance to Eilat, spread over wild desert hills, the Eilat Botanical Garden grows in the midst of the first organic farm in Israel. Filled with 1,000 species of fruit trees, ornamental trees, herbs, shrubs and flowers from around the world, with viewpoints overlooking the Red Sea and the Edom mountains, the garden has sign-posted paths, a reconstructed stream, lakes, waterfalls and stone and wood buildings to explore.
  85. Eilat, the Pearl of the Red Sea (9/9/2016) - Eilat is a very popular tourist destination for local and international tourists from all over the world. It's home to 48,946 people, has in average 360 sunny days a year. Temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and 21 °C (70 °F) in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 79 °F). That and the beaches, coral reef, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for all tourists.
  86. Eilat’s Camel Ranch (8/26/2016) - Camel Treks. Cart trips (donkey) in the Eilat Mountains. Rope Park Eilat. Between heaven and earth high above the ground with about 700 meters of routes and 3 degrees of difficulty is our rope park.
  87. Eilat’s Isrotel Theater (8/15/2016) - Eilat's Isrotel Theater is a magnificent theater that hosts performances every evening. The Isrotel Theater hosts the famous and spectacular show - WOW that combines acrobatics, dancers and artists from around the world. WOW created by the famous Israeli artist Hanoch Rosen, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Eilat, you simply should not miss it.
  88. Ein Bokek Day Tour (9/13/2016) - This day tour is about Ein Bokek, which is sandwiched between the turquoise waters of the southern Dead Sea and a dramatic tan bluff, the strip of luxury hotels is the region’s main tourist zone and a 'secret' canyon. Ein Bokek has the area's nicest free beaches, and is the Dead Sea’s main center for treating ailments such as psoriasis, arthritis and respiratory conditions with naturally occurring minerals and compounds.
  89. Ein Feshkha (Einot Tsukim) (10/9/2016) - These spring-fed freshwater ponds and the lush greenery around them were a favorite holiday spot of Jordan’s King Hussein in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the oasis and its veritable forest of salt-resistant plants, including tamarisks and reeds, are an agreeable place to spot birds and take a cooling dip, though the pools (open Friday and Saturday late March to November) can be crowded.
  90. Ein Gedi Reserve (8/20/2016) - The oasis of Ein Gedi on the shore of the Dead Sea combines a wild, natural setting, history and archaeology. Nakhal David and Nakhal Arugot flow year-round through deep canyons surrounded by lush vegetation – a sharp contrast to the surrounding desert.
  91. Ein Karem (8/23/2016) - In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighborhoods - Like an island in a sea of green forest in southwest Jerusalem, Ein Kerem has charming stone houses adorned with arches, churches whose bells chime in the clear air and lovely paths paved with stone.
  92. Ein Prat Nature Reserve (8/20/2016) - Ein Prat Nature Reserve The spring of En Prat emerges into a natural rock pool and creates a welcoming oasis in the upper Prat Stream. Antiquity sites dot the stream banks, including monasteries and a second-century BCE aqueduct. Mediterranean, arid-land and water-loving vegetation fill the reserve, and among the animals is a herd of gazelles.
  93. Ein Tzukim Nature Reserve (8/20/2016) - Ein Feshkha, also known as Einot Tzukim, is the lowest nature reserve in the world, located in the Judean Desert alongside the shores of the Dead Sea, in the Megilot Region. The reserve, due to its location at the lowest point on earth, and on the shores of the mineral rich and saline Dead Sea set on much of the land that has been reclaimed since the Dead Sea shrunk, is relatively unique. It also features some archaeological gems.
  94. Ein Yael (8/20/2016) - Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
  95. Ein-Carmel (8/18/2016) - The site and workshops are always open but on the first Saturday of every month an art fair takes place at the site. Metal, wood and glass are just some of the materials used by the artists. The site is "kids-friendly" and while the adults wander around the workshops and sculpture garden, kids can chase the peacocks and enjoy nature. The beach is only a few minutes away by car so you can make a whole day out of it. Ein-Carmel offers something that most museums and art centers lost- simplicity, uniqueness, and pure art!! Highly recommended!!!!
  96. Entertainment for Children in Israel (9/28/2016) - In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks. On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
  97. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  98. Eretz Yisrael Museum (8/21/2016) - Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) Museum - This is a stunning museum spread across a beautiful campus in the Ramat Aviv district of the city, overlooking the center of Tel Aviv. The Eretz Israel Museum has an amazing array of displays relating to archaeology, judaica, ethnography, history and culture and arts and crafts, each housed in a pavilion, of which there are many spread across the museum site, centered around an archaeological site.
  99. Ethiopian Patriarchy Deir Al Sultan (9/1/2016) - Ethiopian Patriarchy Deir Al Sultan St. The Ethiopian Church has about 25 million believers and they trace the origins of their faith to King Solomon and Queen Sheba. Despite being the oldest Christian church in Africa, the appointment of the Ethiopian was only in 1959, by Coptic Pope Kirill V and since the Ethiopians have been released from the auspices of the Coptic Church. There is a property dispute in Jerusalem between the communities. Head of the church in Jerusalem is an Archbishop, one of the ten Archbishops of the Ethiopian Church
  100. Experience Eilat’s Mountains (8/26/2016) - Experience Eilat's Mountains wll take you on a fantastic journey through the mountains of Eilat. Experience in Eilat's Mountains will take you on jeep tours, hiking, or with an assortment of vehicles into the desert accompanied by stories from the Bible.

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