Travel Advice

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What to Wear for a Day in the Old City of Jerusalem

How to dress for an all day hike, with religious sites, scorching sun, and a water tunnel at the end? Here’s my guide to preparing for a tour in the Old City of Jerusalem. … Read More

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Why You Should Keep Your Plans to Visit Israel

The news looks scary. Here’s why you should keep those plans to visit Israel this summer. … Read More

Where to Stay and for How Long in Israel, Your Itinerary

Figuring out where in Israel to stay and for how long is complicated. I break it down here and make it simple. … Read More

Staying Safe in Israel: Security Awareness

Israel is a surprisingly safe place to travel, but the challenges here may be different to what you’re used to. Here’s everything you need to know to stay safe on your visit. … Read More

Staying Safe in Israel, Summer and Winter, Advice and Resources

Ten teenagers on a school hike were recently killed in a flash flood. The most dangerous thing for a tourist in Israel is the weather. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe. … Read More

When is the Priestly Blessing on Passover and Sukkot in Jerusalem

Twice a year, during the intermediate days of Passover and again on Sukkot, masses of people descend on the Western Wall plaza to be blessed simultaneously by hundreds of priests, Cohanim. Here’s the formula so you’ll always know which day it’s on. … Read More

How Much Should I Tip in Israel?

One of the most common questions I’m asked as a tour guide in Israel is, “How much do I tip …?” Here’s the answer for the most likely cases! … Read More

The Jewish Calendar and Your Israel Trip

If you don’t plan your trip to Israel with the Hebrew calendar in mind you may be in for some rude surprises! Here’s everything you need to know. … Read More

7 Rules for Packing for Your Israel Tour

Packing for a trip to Israel can involve some unique challenges. These seven simple rules will help you make sure you bring everything you need, and nothing you don’t. … Read More