Israel Travel

An Ale Of A Trend

American immigrants fire up Israel’s burgeoning micro-brewery industry.

Special to The Jewish Week
09/13/2011

They gave it all up for a nice, hand-crafted cold one. It would be almost impossible to believe that an inventive Washington, D.C., caterer who created culinary events for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, an NYU-trained lawyer cum high-tech maven and a successful New Jersey accountant would actually chuck their lucrative careers in order to serve up boutique beers to thirsty Israelis and curious tourists in metro Tel Aviv.

The scene at Jem’s Beer Factory in Petach Tikva.

Cruise Travel To Israel Up

06/10/2011

Cruise travel to Israel is expected to reach an all-time high this month, according to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The ministry is expecting 50,000 tourists to arrive in the Israeli port cities of Ashdod and Haifa in June. Cruise travel to Israel jumped 250 percent in 2010, with the arrival of nearly 170,000 cruise visitors. Nearly 70,000 cruise visitors arrived in Israel between January and April of this year, a 37 percent jump over the same period last year.

El Al Summer Family Discounts

High-End Kosher Taking Hold In Tel Aviv

It’s been a long time coming, but gourmet kosher restaurants are now taking their place in the city’s food scene.

Israel Correspondent
06/10/2011

Tel Aviv — When Sandra Elias visited
Tel Aviv as a kid back in the 1980s, she remembers going back to the same handful of restaurants every year. It wasn’t because they were anything special. For the kosher observant, they were the only game in town. Only Jerusalem had real options for kosher dining.

“There really was no variety” in Tel Aviv, Elias said.

Merkado, a Latin American meat restaurant in the Azriella towers. Photos by Joshua Mitnick

Tunneling Through Jewish History

Walk along a Second Temple road oward the Holy of Holies.

Israel Correspondent
06/10/2011

Jerusalem — Almost  every tourist who comes to Israel pays a visit to the Western Wall, but relatively few take the time to tour the Western Wall Tunnel adjacent to the plaza.

Ancient halls and cisterns greet visitors deep under the Western Wall.

Northern Israel’s Boutique Mystique

Small hotels can pay big dividends in the Galilee.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/10/2011

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

06/10/2011

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
06/10/2011

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
06/10/2011

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
06/10/2011

 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.

06/10/2011
Israel Travel June 2011
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