Like Christmas and New Year, Valentine’s Day in Israel isn’t as commonly celebrated as it is in much of the Western world. While this may be comforting for many singles who cringe at the sight of anything red and pink, hopeless romantics of the Holy Land won’t find the usual array of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates or googly-eyed stuffed animals anywhere on February 14th. For those wishing to inject a little more romance into an otherwise average day in Israel, we have some easy suggestions for you this Valentine's Day.

Sunset Bike Ride on the Beach

shutterstock_528282457No bike? No problem. With Tel-O-Fun bikes readily available at multiple stands around the city, you’ll be able to rent bikes by the hour to enjoy the 14 kilometres of Tel Aviv’s beaches. When you get tired, hop off your bikes to enjoy a stroll by the water and enjoy a spectacular Mediterranean sunset.

Stroll Through Old Jaffa

shutterstock_554627308The Old City of Jaffa is a unique city full of charm and surprises, making it the perfect place for a romantic evening. The ancient stone buildings, meandering alleyways, and chic galleries make this a perfect dreamy date destination. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants by the harbour to the sound of gently lapping waves and the sight of the sun setting behind rows of sailboats.

Picnic & Boat Ride in Hayarkon Park

shutterstock_698891233In the north of the city, you’ll find one of Tel Aviv’s best kept secrets: Hayarkon Park. Pack a light lunch of fresh local breads and pastries (don’t forget the amazing Israeli wine!) and picnic in the park by the lake. Rent a boat or paddleboat and venture out into the waters to get a panoramic view of the peaceful park and its gardens.

Spend a Romantic Evening Indoors


Looking to slow things down a bit after a hectic week? We get that. While Netflix & PJs may be you & your partner’s go-to easy evening inside, why not opt for a change of scenery with a getaway in one of Tel Aviv’s most luxurious boutique hotels? The Norman is located right next to the thrilling Rothschild boulevard, but with the gorgeously decorated rooms, a world-class bar, a gorgeous rooftop infinity pool, and mouth-watering fine dining, why would you even want to leave the hotel?

Nothing Says "Be My Valentine Like Roses

shutterstock_692854465Why get your lover a dozen red roses when you can enjoy 19 acres of 400 varieties of roses from around the world? The Wohl Rose Park in Jerusalem a public garden located across from the Knesset. The park won awards as one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the world, so we’re sure it will be the perfect place to impress your honey.

Visit a Winery

shutterstock_145599823Israel’s north has no shortage of wineries to visit. You can easily spend a day touring the different wineries in the Carmel region with your loved one. Many wineries also offer tours of their facilities and tastings of the different varieties of wine they produce. Imagine yourself taking in beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea with a glass of wine in one hand and your loved one’s hand in the other while Cupid shoots an arrow overhead. (Okay, we can’t promise you Cupid, but the rest we can definitely take care of!)

Helicopter Tour for Two

shutterstock_1015577404Wine sounds nice, but you’re the kind of couple that wants to add some excitement to each outing. Why not take a helicopter tour of the Carmel and Galilee regions? Get a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and land next to Château Golan Winery where you can enjoy dinner together. Professional tip: this is a great place to pop the question, and after an unforgettably romantic day together, we can almost guarantee that she’ll say yes!

Relax by the Dead Sea

shutterstock_145798055So maybe slathering mud all over your body isn’t the romantic getaway you were thinking of, but we promise you won’t regret a Dead Sea spa experience! Pamper yourselves at the lowest point on earth with a couple’s massage. You’ll both end the day feeling rejuvenated and thoroughly relaxed, and you can even take the experience home with a visit to a Dead Sea cosmetics shop where you’ll be able to purchase all the mineral-rich skin care products that this area is famous for.

See Flowers Bloom in the Desert

shutterstock_405520864Every year in the month of February, the Negev desert hosts the Darom Adom festival, where the landscape of the northern Negev blooms with thousands of red anemones, Israel’s national flower. This is truly a remarkable sight to see, and with only four weekends a year where you can witness this spectacle, you won’t want to miss it! The festival also features poetry readings and concerts to appease those creative romantics.

Stargaze in Mitzpe Ramon

milky-way-stars-night-skyA tried-and-true classic, stargazing in Mitzpe Ramon is an unforgettable activity that can be done at any time of the year, but isn’t Valentine’s Day the perfect excuse to take a short roadtrip out to the desert? Grab your partner in crime and a thermos full of something warm, and enjoy the silence of the desert under a blanket of stars at the first international night-sky park in the Middle East.


Need some help planning a perfect getaway with your loved one? You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day – contact our travel experts today!

In the planning stages of a trip to Israel and worried about all the things you might not know about? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for those important Israel travel tips so that you can be sure to have a seamless vacation.

No trip to Israel is complete without a visit to the Dead Sea, a true wonder of nature! Before you go, there are a few interesting things you should know about this incredible place.

Essential Facts

  • The Dead Sea sits at 1,388 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point on earth!
  • The high salt concentration means that people can easily float on the sea’s surface. Just lean back and relax on the sea with a book or newspaper, no effort required.

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  • Due to the high salt content, there are no animals or sea life to be found in sea, and that is why it is called the “Dead” Sea.
  • Even though it’s called a sea, it’s actually a hypersaline lake.
  • The water is almost 10 times saltier than ocean water, so don’t get it in your mouth or eyes!
  • Water flows into the Dead Sea from the Jordan River, but no water ever flows out of the sea.
  • The Dead Sea is disappearing at an alarming rate. In 1930, the sea’s surface was 1050 km2 and now it is around 600km2. Some experts say that unless drastic measures are taken to preserve what is left of this natural wonder, the sea could disappear in our lifetime.

Health Benefits

  • The water of is very high in minerals, and therefore it has become a major centre for health research and treatment.
  • The salt from the sea is very bitter, but it has a variety of skincare benefits. The salt and minerals from the sea can treat psoriasis, cellulite, acne, hives, and many other skin ailments.

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  • The mud that comes from the seabed surrounding the Dead Sea is also great for your skin. For an amazing natural spa experience, spread the mud all over your body and bathe in the sea. You’ll walk out feeling like a baby!
  • The air around the Dead Sea is healthy too! It is low in pollen and allergens, making it the perfect location for those with asthma.

The Dead Sea in History

  • Asphalt naturally rises to the surface of the water, and this asphalt used to be used by ancient Egyptians in the mummification process.

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  • It was one of the world’s first health resorts, built for King Herod the Great.
  • Historically, the Dead Sea was one of Cleopatra’s favorite places. She even ordered resorts and cosmetic factories be built along the shores.
  • The Dead Sea is over 3 million years old!

About the Area

  • The Dead Sea is at the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley, which passes through 20 countries and extends almost 4000 miles.
  • Hungry? On the way to the Dead Sea, you’ll be surrounded by date palms, 618 acres to be exact.

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  • The weather there remains warm all year round, and annual rainfall in the region is less than 50 millimeters.
  • Highway 90 is the world’s lowest road and it runs along the Israeli and West Bank shores of the sea.
  • Since the Dead Sea is located at such a low point, the sun’s UV rays are weaker in this region, making it harder to burn. So float on without worrying too much about those harmful UVs!

You've got the facts, now are you ready for the experience? Book our Relaxation day tour, or if you're pressed for time combine your Dead Sea tour with a visit to Jerusalem or Masada.

Thanks to a mild winter, Israel doesn’t experience the holiday season like other countries. Christmas is never white and you won’t find massive lighting decorating the main streets. However, this doesn’t mean that the holiday season in Israel is any less exciting. With Hanukkah and Christmas usually falling within the same couple of weeks in December, there are multiple events around the country to please even the most hardened Grinch.

Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the miraculous burning of oil on the ancient temple’s menorah for eight days when there was only enough oil for one. Therefore, you will find exciting events happening on all nights of the holiday.

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The Old City of Jerusalem is always spectacular to visit, but the festival of lights makes it an even more special experience with all the lit Menorahs around the city. Visit the Western Wall on any night of Hanukkah to take part in the lighting of the 2-meter-high bronzed Menorah. Lighting takes place every night of the holiday at 4:30pm, except for Friday at 3:30pm and Saturday at 7:00pm.

If you’re in the north, make sure to stop by Haifa for any of the Holiday of Holidays events taking place throughout the month of December. Go to discover different cultural events surrounding the major holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan. There are different concerts, exhibits, shows, and antique fairs to keep you busy for even longer than eight days! Even farther north in the scenic city of Safed, you will find events for the whole family during Hanukkah, many of them focusing on artistic, historical, and religious activities. Check out their calendar of events for more details.


Make sure to stop by any of the bakeries around the country to sample some mouth-watering sufganiot (donuts). Get the classic jelly-stuffed donut or opt for a fancier version topped with chocolates, nuts, candy, or anything else the master bakers have come up with this season! If you’re in Tel Aviv and want to get into the spirit of the holiday, you don’t need to trek all the way to the capital; celebrate Hanukkah like a local and light the menorah in Gan Ha’atzmaut (Independence Park).

For those wishing to experience Christmas in Israel, there are still many unique options for you too! Head over to Bethlehem for the famous Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity. Get the full experience of the birthplace of Jesus by joining our Christmas Eve tour, which includes an unforgettable Christmas Feast!


If you’re in Nazareth, there will be special events all month in preparation for Christmas. Stop by the Christmas Market for a street fair and the lighting of the Christmas tree between December 17th – 22nd. You can also go and watch the Christmas Parade on December 23rd, starting at 3:00pm. Take part in a special Christmas Mass at the Basilica of Annunciation on December 24th, or visit any of the Catholic churches during the evening of December 25th.

While Jaffa is magical year round, it is even more of a special visit around Christmas time. Since Jaffa is home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, the meandering alleyways of this old city are decked out with lights, menorahs, and Christmas trees. The official lighting of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Christmas tree is on December 17th and 6:00pm at the Clock Tower.

Interested in celebrating Christmas in the Holy Land? Don’t miss out on our exclusive Christmas Eve tour!

One of the best parts about traveling is sampling the unique international flavours of a new destination. For this, Israel does not disappoint. Though most Israelis can’t agree on what dish is the most Israeli, everyone can definitely agree on one thing: you won’t leave this country hungry.

Unsure where to begin your culinary journey through Israel? Here are the top ‘must-eats’ from around the country.


There is nothing that Israeli’s won’t put inside a pita. Unlike it’s Middle Eastern cousins, the Israeli pita bread isn’t thin or large. An Israeli pita is round and usually opened like a pocket and then stuffed with more staple Israeli foods. The pita bread might just be the foundation of Israeli food – it’s versatility allows it to be featured during any meal of the day, and it pairs beautifully with almost any other food on this list. Dip it, rip it, or eat it plain, but pita is unavoidable when visiting Israel.



Over the past few years hummus has become a trendy food that everyone loves. Though you can find endless variations of hummus in virtually any grocery store around the world, there is nothing better than the original. Israeli hummus is made up of a few simple ingredients blended together, but the real magic happens when it is served hot on a plate topped with foods like sautéed mushrooms, lemon juice, more chickpeas, spices, fava beans, or eggplant, among others. It is meant to be eaten as a main dish, and scooped up with raw onions or pita bread. Just make sure you have some napkins handy.



Many Middle Eastern countries have falafel as a menu staple. This fried ball of chickpeas is a sure crowdpleaser. It can be eaten on a plate accompanied by salads, hummus, pita, and potatoes, or if you’re after the classic, eat it stuffed into a pita and accompanied by chopped salad, pickled vegetables, and a generous drizzle of tahini.



What seems like a random assortment of foods stuffed into a pita is actually a delicious sandwich loved by Israelis. Like falafel, a pita is stuffed with fried eggplant, boiled sliced egg, salad, hummus, and tahini. If you’re feeling brave, you can opt for adding amba, a pickled mango sauce with Iraqi origins that adds spice and tang to any food.



Though much of Israeli cuisine is veggie-friendly, the noticeable standout is Shawarma. You can’t miss the shops that sell shawarma on the streets of Israel; you’ll notice them first by the scent and second by the huge hunk of meat being grilled on a rotating spit. The meat is shaved and can be served as a plated dish and accompanied by other foods, or in true Israeli fashion: in a pita.



You’ll probably spend more time trying to learn how to pronounce the name of this food than you will devouring it. Shakshouka is a traditional Arab and Israel breakfast dish cooked and served in a large cast iron pan. It consists of eggs poached in a flavourful spiced tomatoes sauce. It isn’t unusual to add other ingredients to the mix, like eggplant, artichoke hearts, or salty crumbled cheeses.


Another breakfast staple, Jachnun is a Yemenite shutterstock_749013946import and classic Saturday morning food. It is prepared by rolling out puff dough very thinly, and then adding butter to every layer as it is rolled into a cylinder. Then, it is left to cook overnight. By the time it is ready to eat, it is a light brown colour and tastes sweet and flaky. It is traditionally served with a boiled egg and skhug – a sauce made of crushed tomatoes.



shutterstock_320812586A traditional Palestinian-Arabic pastry soaked in sugar and syrup and stuffed with cheese. It is tinted orange and garnished with rose water and crushed pistachio. You can often find it in the shouks – or markets around the country. The texture is unique, as the pastry is made up of long thin noodle that add an amazing crunch.



Israel’s climate allows it toshutterstock_356552303 grow a large variety of produce, but none more iconic to the region that the Sabra, also called cactus fruit or prickly pear. The fruit is very popular in Israel, and in fact, the fruit has taken on a national identity, as Israelis are often referred to as Sabras (some say it’s because they seem prickly on the outside but are soft and sweet on the inside).


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Unlike the salads you have come to know and love, Israeli salads don’t normally start with a bowl of leafy greens. In fact, there are many of type of Israeli salads, some are cooked, some raw, some are spicy and some are sweet, but all are delicious. Baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant dip), cooked beets, chopped tomato and cucumber, tabbouleh, or cooked spicy carrots are only a few examples of what you might get. It is normal for there to be a spread of dozens of small salad plates at the table with any meal for you to pick on before or with your main.

Pressed for time and still want to sample all these mouthwatering foods? Contact us for help organizing a culinary tour!

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has recently named Mitzpe Ramon the first international night sky park in the Middle East. The IDA works towards the prevention of light pollution and the conservation of night skies around the world. The distinction recognizes the Mitzpe Ramon nature reserve as a hub for the preservation of the environment.

Shaul Goldstein, the General Director of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority acknowledged that “the recognition will enable the preservation of the important values represented by the Ramon Crater in ecological, scientific, cultural and experimental terms for the general public.”

Mitzpe Ramon is the perfect destination for a unique desert experience. Located in Israel’s Negev desert, the Ramon Crater is a geological wonder that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The crater itself allows for a range of exciting activities, such as hiking the many trails, jeep tours, and wildlife discovery. Of course, the Ramon crater is only the beginning; the desert of the Negev offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration!


As wondrous as Mitzpe Ramon is during the day, there is nothing that can be compared with experiencing the stillness and absolute silence of the desert at night. Only a short drive away from the centre of Israel, you can trade in the 24/7 hustle and bustle of city life for a tranquil stay in the desert. Grab a blanket, bring your family and friends, and lay back and appreciate the unforgettable phenomenon that is the uninterrupted night sky of the desert.

There are accommodations to suit every type of traveler around Mitzpe Ramon. You can opt for full luxury and comfortably enjoy all that the desert has to offer, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose to sleep beneath a canopy of stars and pitch a tent in the desert, Bedouin-style.

Whichever way you choose to explore the Mitzpe Ramon crater, Mazada tours is there to help guide you through the planning stages. We’re happy to create a personalized itinerary that suits your tastes, level of adventure, and travel style. Take the stress out of planning your peaceful desert getaway and contact us to begin building your perfect escape.


The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles and the Feast of the Booths. In 2017, it occurs 4 October through 11 October. It commemorates the 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert after the Exodus. During this time, the Israelites lived in temporary, portable structures.


"On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook" (Lev. 23:40), and "You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt" (Lev. 23:42-43).


It is therefore customary for Jews to build temporary structures during this holiday, and you will see them popping up throughout Israel.  This structure is called a sukkah. They are built with a least three sides, and the roofs are thatched to provide protection from the sun during the day but still allow the stars be to be seen at night. Children and adults alike enjoy decorating the sukkah, and people will spending time eating and even sleeping in the sukkah.


During this time, you will also see people with the four species: palm, myrtle, willow (lulav), and citron (etrog).   In Tel Aviv, you can check out the Four Species Fair at Kikar Rabin on 2-4 October this year. Here, you can find Sukkah decorations as well as the four species, plus a general festive atmosphere. In Jerusalem, you can find these items at the Machane Yehuda market (also known as “the shuk”).  The largest sukkah in Israel is erected each year in Safra Square in Jerusalem, so this is something you definitely will want to check out!


Most businesses are closed the first and last days of the holiday. Mazada Tours will continue to offer tours throughout the holiday. We would love to see your Sukkot pictures! Please tag us on Instagram with #MazadaTours so we can share in your Israel experience.


Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday!


Active vacations

Running is growing in popularity both in Israel and abroad as a great way to get fit, relieve stress, and even socialize in the form of running clubs. Why not combine your love of running with international travel? Israel offers many races which are a great way to see the country in a different way. Due to the extreme heat in Israel, the running season kicks off in the fall and continues through spring, avoiding the summer months.


The Bible Marathon offers races from 5k to 42.2k. It takes place on 6 October 2017. It follows the path mentioned in the Book of Samuel, where the man of Benjamin ran from the battlefield at Even Ha’ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh – exactly 42 km, the distance of the modern marathon.


The Tel Aviv Night Run occurs this year on 31 October 2017. This is a 10 km urban run through the city that never sleeps. It brings in an estimated 25,000 runners.


Further south, you can participate in the Eilat Desert Marathon on 17 November 2017. The route offers breathtaking views, and begins in the desert and ends on the shore of the Red Sea.

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2018 kicks off with the Tiberias Marathon on 5 January 2018. You will run along the beautiful shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).  There will even be a “pasta evening” the night before the race so runners can get their fill of carbohydrates.


The Tel Aviv Marathon will be on 28 February 2018. If you like flat courses, Tel Aviv is a great place to run. This marathon bills itself as a “nonstop party in a nonstop city.”


On 9 March 2018, you can take part in the Jerusalem Marathon. Jerusalem is in the Judean Hills, so runners should be prepared for some inclines along the course as you take in thousands of years of history.  Coming with kids? There will also be a 1.7 kilometer “family race.”


The 215 kilometer Mountain  to the Valley Relay Race will be on 26-27 April 2018. As the name suggests, the race starts in northern Israel and extends to the Yizrael valley. It’s divided into 24 segments ranging from 5-12 kilometers each, and teams take turns running each leg of the journey.


While you’re visiting Israel, of course, you will want to take advantage of Mazada Tours convenient services! We offer airport pick-up and private car transfers, domestic flights (such as to your race in Eilat), and of course, tours! Enjoy our one-day organized tours that depart daily, and let us arrange your hotel accommodations for you – after all, you’ve already got plenty to do with your race training schedule!


We look forward to hearing from you at [email protected] .


We are excited to announce that Mazada Tours is offering several new full-day and half-day day tours! Read on as we highlight our new tour offerings.


Full day tours in Israel

Jewish Heritage of Jerusalem Tour

We are continuing our very popular Jerusalem Old and New Tour, and now adding a Jerusalem Heritage of Jerusalem tour for those tourists who are less interested in seeing the Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  On this tour, participants will visit the Tomb of King David, the Kotel, Davidson Center, Ammunition Hill, Har Herzl, Yad Vashem, and more. It is a day filled with history, spirituality, and meaning. You will love it!


Safed and Golan Heights Day Tour

This tour offers participants the chance to visit Safed, one of the four holy cities in Israel and center of Kabbalah. Visit ancient synagogues and the famous Artists Quarter. Next, continue on to the Golan Heights and Mitzpe Gadot. Learn about the history while overlooking the beautiful Hulu Valley before returning to your point of departure.


Israel Heritage Day Tour

This day tour is focused on the history of the modern State of Israel.  You will start your tour in Tel Aviv, where you will visit Independence Hall to hear Ben Gurion’s famous speech declaring the new state. Next, drive to the Latrun to visit the Armored Corps Memorial Museum before continuing on to Ben Gurion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Finally, visit a secret underground ammunition factory that had been disguised as a kibbutz in Rehovot.


Tel Aviv Day Tour

This has been a popular request by many of our clients, and we are happy to now offer an organized day tour of Tel Aviv! Explore the Diaspora Museum, Rabin Square,  Old Jaffa, and Neve Tzedek on this amazing tour of the White City.


New Half Day Tours

In addition to our popular Bethlehem Half Day Tour, we now offer a Jerusalem Old City Half Day Tour and a Jericho Half Day Tour! These are perfect for those who are short on time but want to take advantage of every minute while they are in Israel

Maybe you’re still just considering making the trip to Israel (what are you waiting for?!) or maybe you’ve already booked with us – regardless, it’s not unusual to have some questions about traveling to the Middle East, particularly if it’s your first time! We’ve compiled this list of information and tips so that you can rest assured and feel completely comfortable with your travels to the Holy Land.


Electricity in Israel operates at 220 volts. Depending on what you are bringing with you to Israel, you may need a converter or you may just need an adapter. An adapter simply changes the plug shape so that it will fit into the electrical outlet. A converter, however, changes the voltage level of the appliance. Anything with a motor such as a hair dryer will require a converter, otherwise it may overheat.


Even though Israel is a very small country (roughly the size of New Jersey), the weather can vary tremendously. The summers tend to be very hot regardless of where you are in Israel. The winters in Tel Aviv can be mild (although rainy), but there can be snow in Jerusalem and the north even features as ski resort. The Negev desert in the south can also get cold at night. Wearing layers is often a good idea so that you can adjust as the temperature may change throughout the day.


The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Shekels come in bills (for example: 200, 100, 50, 20) and coins (10, 5, 2, 1). An agora is 1/10th of an Israeli shekel, but it only comes in 10 agorot and 50 agorot (1/2) coins.


The temperature in Israel is measured in degrees Celsius. 24 degrees Celsius is about 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


The official languages in Israel are Hebrew and Arabic, but most people also speak English. There are also many French and Russian speakers in Israel. Some basic Hebrew phrases that you may like to use during your travels:

Shalom – Hello/Good-bye

Todah – Thank you

Bevakesha – Please/You’re Welcome

Kamah Zeh Oleh? – How much does it cost?

Mayim – Water

Mazgan – Air Conditioning

Eifo Ha Sherutim? – Where is the bathroom?

Ken – Yes

Lo – No

Ma nishma? – How are you?

Besder – Okay

Tov – Good

Slicha – Excuse me

Lehitraot – See you later


Some people are taken aback by seeing soldiers with guns on the street in Israel, but you have nothing to fear. This is typical and should reassure you of the safety of traveling within Israel. It is normal to have your bag checked when entering shopping malls, bus terminals, museums, and holy sites.  Israel is an expert in maintaining security.


Shabbat (also called Shabbos, or the Jewish Sabbath) occurs from Friday at sundown to one hour after sunset on Saturday (25 hours). During this time, public transportation stops, though taxi cabs and the sherut (shared taxi) service continues. Depending on what city you are in, you may find that many establishments also are closed. As Tel Aviv is a very secular city, you will not have any difficulty here finding restaurants and supermarkets that are open, and things mostly continue as normal. In Jerusalem, however, there is a siren that can be heard signaling the start of Shabbat, and most things are closed. In certain neighborhoods of Jerusalem, it is best to avoid driving during Shabbat.  At some hotels, there may be a “Shabbat elevator” which will stop at every floor without you needing to push a button.


Isn't every place to eat in Israel kosher?  It may surprise you, but the answer is no. If you keep kosher, keep an eye out for the kosher certificate displayed at kosher restaurants.

What to Wear

In general, you can probably wear what you are accustomed to wearing in your home country. When visiting religious sites, however, it is best to make sure that your shoulders are covered and to dress conservatively. Head coverings may also be appropriate.


We hope this guide is helpful to you! For any other questions you may have, we are more than happy to answer. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] .