Israel Travel

Israel’s Most-Accessible Sites

05/15/2012

In response to questions from The Jewish Week, Access Israel has compiled a list in English of the top five most accessible places for tourists with disabilities:

Making Israel Accessible

Improvements made over the past few years have made Israel more handicapped-friendly than ever before.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/15/2012

British-born Israeli STEVE BLOOMBERG will never forget the unpleasant experience he had a few months ago while visiting the northern city of Tiberius on the shores of Lake Kinneret.

“All I wanted to do was use the bathroom,” he begins. “But after trying a few places, I discovered that the city center, which is the heart of the tourist area, does not have even one accessible toilet!”

Gan Hanadiv has smooth pathways for people in wheelchairs.

Mapping The Shuk

Self-guided tour offers sounds, smells and tastes of Mahane Yehuda market, one bite at a time.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/15/2012

When Uzi Eli was 5 years OLD, HIS grandfather decided it was high time for the little guy to stop breastfeeding. But the young Eli, who was born and raised in rural Yemen, went on a nursing strike and refused to eat any food at all.

“My grandfather was a holistic medicine man and he tried all different ways to make me eat, but I refused everything,” recalls Eli. “Then he found me a goat and let me take milk from her.”

Eli Bashar’s acclaimed cheese shop. Photos by Tovah Lazaroff

Tel Aviv’s Push For Art Tourism

Israel’s cultural capital is putting artists front and center in 2012.

Israel Correspondent
05/15/2012

Tel Aviv — In the past few years, Tel Aviv has been dubbed a top travel destination for everyone from beach lovers to gays and lesbians, but until relatively recently few overseas tourists traveled to the city specifically to take in its contemporary art scene.

“The Tin Man” sculpture, part of Tel Aviv Art Year 2012.

Israel Travel May 2012

Tel Aviv’s push for art tourism, new map helps tourists navigate the Shuk, tourist sites becoming more handicapped-friendly, and more.

05/15/2012
Israel Travel May 2012

Tourism’s Mixed Picture In ‘11

A near-record year for foreign travel was hurt by the Arab Spring and Europe’s debt woes.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/07/2012

First, the good news: The Israel Hotel Association reported that foreign tourism in 2011 nearly paralleled 2010’s record-breaking season, when close to 3.5 million visitors flocked to the Holy Land.

Now, the bad news: The Arab Spring and the ongoing economic turmoil in the Euro Zone continue to take their toll on travel to Israel.

Rimonim Galei Kinnereth Hotel’s Ben Gurion Suite, left. Below, Dan Tel Aviv Hotel’s Lobby Lounge.

Israel ‘Then And Now’

A travel writer who has trekked the world over considers the Jewish state as a travel destination, and notes the changes in its tourism industry.

Staff Writer
02/07/2012

Like the peripatetic medieval native of Italy known as Benjamin of Tudela, who spent a decade visiting and writing about Jewish communities on three continents, Pittsburgh native Ben Frank has spent a major part of his life traveling around the Jewish world. A publicist and former newspaper reporter, current resident of Palm Beach County in Florida and former resident of Westchester County here, he has written a series of travel guides, including books devoted to Europe, Russia and Ukraine, as well as the Caribbean and South America.

In “The Scattered Tribe,” veteran travel writer Ben Frank chronicles his visits to a variety of Diaspora communities.

Old-World Charm In The New Jaffa

The makeover of Israel’s oldest port makes it well worth a visit.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/07/2012

It used to be the place you simply arrived at if you walked too far along the Tel Aviv city coastline. But now, after vigorous renovations that have taken the best part of five years to complete, the ancient port of Jaffa has been renewed and transformed into a bustling tourist site that is well worth a visit in its own right.

The Jaffa clocktower.

A Day In The German Colony

Historic buildings, boutiques, kosher restaurants and an old-school cinema make the southern Jerusalem neighborhood a lively destination.

Israel Correspondent
02/07/2012

Jerusalem — After spending so much time and money to get to Israel, many vacationers rush around the country in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible.

But sometimes you just need a day to unwind, and the German Colony, a neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, is a good place to do it.

Many houses in the area are more than a century old.

Israel Travel February 2012

The Jaffe makeover, a day in the German Colony, wine tourism’s grape expectations, and more.

02/07/2012
Israel Travel February 2012
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