Cherry Picking Season in Israel

basket of cherries

Over the past decades, agrotourism (agriculturally based tourism) is a worldwide trend that offers city dwellers a chance to escape the urban jungle and experience rural life. Israel is no exception to this trend. The flourishing agrotourism industry in the country is a clear indication of its success in agriculture. It is … Read more

Tel Dan

Tel Dan

Tel Dan is one of the special places in Israel. It is a place of incomparable beauty – where you can get close to (but not go in) a relatively fast flowing (in Israeli terms) stream that is one of the sources of the Jordan. It is really outstanding. A photographer’s dream. … Read more

Beit Shearim – The Catacombs

Beit Shearim – The Catacombs

An Introduction to Beit Shearim Located on the edge of the lower Galilee and 20 kilometers east of Haifa, Beit Shearim was the seat of the Sanhedrin and the home of many renowned rabbinic sages in the late 2nd century C.E. This Roman-era Jewish village thrived from the 1st century C.E. until … Read more

Gangaroo

Gangaroo

Gangaroo (or Gan Garoo) – It sounds like “kangaroo” and it’s a sort of wordplay that means the “Kangaroo Park.” Opened in 1996, it is run by the kibbutz Nir David and is a fully accredited zoo.  An amazing park dedicated primarily to kangaroos, and more broadly, antipodean animals. The kangaroos are … Read more

Gamla

Gamla

Gamla is an ancient Jewish city on the Golan Heights. It was fortified during the time of the Great Revolt of the 1st century CE and is known as the Masada of the North. As a site it is less well preserved than Masada and it really does resemble its name (Gamal = … Read more

Zefat – The Mystical City

Zefat – The Mystical City

Zefat (also known as Safed, Safad, or Zfat) in the Upper Galilee is Israel’s highest city (at an altitude of 2,790 feet or 850 meters) and probably its coldest. The hilltop city of Zefat embodies great charm and quirkiness. Steeped in Jewish heritage, Safed is the home of venerable ancient synagogues and a thriving … Read more

The Saar Waterfall

The Saar Waterfall

The Saar Waterfall or Saar Falls (also spelled as Sa’ar Falls) is a waterfall located in the Golan Heights. It is part of the Hermon Nature Reserve. Its size, beauty and accessibility make the Saar Waterfall one of the most beloved waterfalls in Israel. The “making” of the falls Like many waterfalls, … Read more

Akko – Charm and History in a Walled City by the Sea

Akko – Charm and History in a Walled City by the Sea

Akko (or variously Acre or Acco) While Akko’s history spans over 5,000 years, it is mainly the Crusader and Ottoman periods that stand out because of  the way that they molded the city, both above and below ground. Acre’s rich history has meant that several cultures have played an important role – … Read more

Hula Lake Bird Sanctuary

Hula Lake Bird Sanctuary

Israel is located on one of the main bird migration routes and is a paradise for bird watchers with several observatories along the migration route along the Great Syrian African Rift Valley (Road 90 in modern language) in the Upper Galilee. The main observatory is on the Hula Lake (Agmon HaHula Reserve), … Read more

The Jewel of the Galilee – Safed

The Jewel of the Galilee – Safed

Historic Safed For travelers who are interested in exploring some of the history and cultural sites of Northern Israel, Safed — also known as “Tzfat,” “Tz’fat”, “Tsfat,” “Tzefat,” “Zfat” or “Zefat” — is a fascinating city. Safed’s history dates back to the times of the First Temple and Safed was mentioned by … Read more