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Northern Israel’s Boutique Mystique

Small hotels can pay big dividends in the Galilee.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

The cast of the hit Fox- TV series “House” got a little northern exposure, so to speak, last month when it toured the Galilee region.

While hunky Jesse Spencer (Dr. Chase) valiantly attempted to walk on water in the Sea of Galilee, Amber Tamblyn (Dr. Masters) was admiring the beautiful rings and bracelets she had purchased the day before in Safed’s captivating Artists’ Colony.

The Prima Galil Hotel.

Top Summer Cultural Events For The Whole Family

06/09/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem

♦ June-July 28: “Jerusalem Season of Culture.” Highlights include International Philosophy Festival; Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour; evening performances in the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market every Monday during July, and Renee Fleming finale concert on July 28. For more details: www.jerusalem-culture.com

♦ July 7-16: International Film Festival, featuring 200 local and international films, which are screened at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. One of the most sought after tickets in town.

Israeli Hotels Putting Families First

New set summer perks for parents and kids at spots across the country.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

What if you were able to check in to a top Israeli hotel this summer, wave goodbye to the kids at the front desk and minutes later find yourself nurturing a fruity Mediterranean cocktail by the sun-kissed pool? A mirage? Nope, it’s the real deal.

A large number of quality Israeli hotels are now offering summertime family vacation packages with perks, including indoor and outdoor happenings for kids, chill-out spa and poolside experiences for parents and sumptuous culinary experiences for the entire clan.

Splashing it up at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel.

For Kid’s Sake

Mini Israel and Deer Land let children blow off a little steam.
Israel Correspondent
06/09/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Summer vacation in Israel lasts eight hot weeks, and parents are always on the lookout for places where their family can have fun and the kids can burn off some energy.

To stay informed about family-friendly activities, English-speaking Israelis rely on a few trusted sources. Every Friday we check the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, whose entertainment magazines include listings of events all around the country.

Rock-wall climbing and bungee jumping at Deer Land. Photos by Michele Chabin

Going Back To Basics With The Bedouins

For those looking for something a little different, spend a night sleeping under the big black canvass of a Bedouin tent.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

 It seemed like a crazy idea at first — to take the children out to the desert and spend the night at a Bedouin camp sleeping inside a big black tent. But within minutes of arriving at our remote destination and after being greeted in classic Bedouin hospitality-style with a refreshing cup of sweet tea, our initial fears were put to rest.

Almost at once the tranquil serenity of this nomadic lifestyle succeeded in wiping away (some of) the stresses of our city life.

A Bedouin musician plays a stringed instrument at Chan Hashayarot (Caravan Inn) near Beersheva. Photos by Ruth Eglash

Israel Travel June 2011

The Family Travel Issue From roughing it in a Bedouin tent to getting coddled at the top hotels. Plus, funky beach towns near Tel Aviv and high-end kosher taking hold in culture capital.
06/09/2011 - 20:00
Israel Travel June 2011

Toward A Song Of Freedom

Can art break barriers and build bridges between Israel and Egypt? It’s a long shot but some Israeli writers and musicians hold out a glimmer of hope.
Israel Correspondent
05/31/2011 - 20:00

Like a lot of other Israelis, and Jews, around the world, I watched the unfolding people’s revolution in Egypt earlier this year with a combination of admiration and trepidation.

There were dueling thoughts inside my brain. My inner New Yorker couldn’t help humming “Could be … who knows…,” the shout of hopeful anticipation from West Side Story; but it was soon drowned out by my outer Jerusalemite paranoia, which kept asking, “But is it good for the Jews?” “Is it good for Israel?”

Writer-filmmaker Etgar Keret, left, and singer Achinoam Nini right.

When September Comes…

Palestinian statehood, growing isolation for Israel and a ‘new chapter’ for the region.
Staff Writer
05/31/2011 - 20:00

In seeking United Nations recognition as an independent state — bypassing a negotiated settlement with Israel — Palestinians are tapping into the Arab clamor for self-determination and threatening to isolate Israel on the world stage, according to several Israeli analysts.

“Unfortunately, we are on the brink of a severe crisis,” said Yoram Meitel, chair of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Foreshadowing of September? Palestinians breach Israel’s border fence with Syria during Nakba Day protests last month.

For Israel, The Time To Act Is Now

A leading Israeli think tank founder says the country’s leaders should ‘drive’ the peace process.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

When Christian fundamentalists predicted that May 21 would mark the end of the world, Jews laughed. We know that the end of the world won’t happen until September, when the Palestinians bring their declaration of the statehood to the UN General Assembly. Or when the Iranians get the Bomb. Or whenever President Obama utters the word “1967” and is not referring to Haight-Ashbury or Carl Yastrzemski.

Old allies, old reality: Bibi Netanyahu and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. getty images

The Year Of Thinking Biblically

A plea for adaptability and openness in a world increasingly colored, as in the Bible, in stark black and white.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

When Christian fundamentalists predicted that May 21 would mark the end of the world, Jews laughed. We know that the end of the world won’t happen until September, when the Palestinians bring their declaration of the statehood to the UN General Assembly. Or when the Iranians get the Bomb. Or whenever President Obama utters the word “1967” and is not referring to Haight-Ashbury or Carl Yastrzemski.

How can we not rejoice at what we saw in Tahrir Square, the author writes. getty images
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