Dubbed as the “first luxury lifestyle hotel in Jerusalem,” the 194-room Mamilla Hotel opened in the spring without the fanfare of a grand opening. Though the opulent hotel has already attracted its share of big-name local and international celebrities, such as Israeli-born, Hollywood actress Ayelet Zorer (“Angels and Demons”), it actively promotes itself as the “centerpiece of Jerusalem’s cultural, architectural and urban fabric.”
The Israeli Philharmonic, now in its 74th year, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its musical director, Zubin Mehta, this season with concerts featuring leading conductors and soloists from around the world. The Philharmonic will give the premiere performance of Indian composer Naresh Sohal’s “The Divine Song,” in honor of Mehta on Feb. 3. ... Guitar Gems 2009, the 4th International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, is taking place in Netanya this week.
Lufthansa, the largest foreign carrier serving Israel, announced last week a partnership with low-cost carrier JetBlue.
JetBlue passengers originating in 11 U.S. cities and San Juan, Puerto Rico, will enjoy one-stop reservations and seamless baggage transfer to Lufthansa’s network of more than 400 destinations worldwide, according to a release.
The King David, flagship hotel of the Dan Hotels Corporation, has been recognized by Fodor’s Travel, the foremost name in travel publishing, as a 2009 Fodor’s Choice selection. It is the only Israeli hotel to be chosen by Fodor, for service, quality, and value in 2009.
Moshav Mevo Modi’im — Looks can be deceiving, and that is definitely the case at this semi-rural community known as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s moshav.
When, over Sukkot, my husband and I brought our second graders to the moshav, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, my first thought was “this looks kind of dumpy.”
Given the moshav’s popularity with music lovers and those seeking Shabbat hospitality, I was expecting the huge green lawns and tidy houses of a well-heeled kibbutz.
A tourist’s first visit to Israel typically has a predictable itinerary: the Western Wall, Masada, Tel Aviv. Return visitors are often keen to experience different sites, ones they missed the first time. But in the last five years, a wide range of attractions all over Israel have undergone such extensive renovation or expansion that they are worth a repeat visit.
KIbbutz Lotan, Israel — Just north of Eilat’s mega-resort sprawl lies one of Israel’s most physically stunning regions. With a landscape of stark red and brown mountain cliffs, the Arava rift valley straddles the length of the border with Jordan all the way up to the Dead Sea.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the furthest thing from Joseph Fteha’s mind when he sought to sue the family next door to his elderly mother’s house for building their garage over her property line. True, the property was in East Jerusalem, his late Palestinian father’s native city. But what did a boundary dispute there between him and the Arabs next door to his mother’s property have to do with Middle East politics?