Holy Land Travels: Church of the Beatitudes

churches in israel

Israel is also known as the “Holy Land.” If you are a devout Christian and your purpose for traveling to Israel is mostly religious, then you are likely to put a check on the Mount of Beatitudes on your Holy Land travel bucket list. What and where is the Mount of Beatitudes? … Read more

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

Kursi – The Miracle of the Swine

Kursi – The Miracle of the Swine

Kursi (also known as Kursi National Park), along the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is identified in Christian tradition with Gadarenes, where the Miracle of the Swine took place, according to tradition. A large church and monastery stood at the site in the Byzantine period. It was destroyed by invading Persians … Read more

Haifa Shopping Malls

Haifa Shopping Malls

Here is the Israel Inside Out guide to Shopping Malls in Haifa Grand Canyon Opened in 1999, Grand Canyon is the largest shopping mall in northern Israel. It has three floors with 220 stores and businesses, including of which approximately 80% are chain stores. Inside the mall has a 4000-square meter spa, … 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

Amirim

Amirim

Yes, there is such a thing as a vegetarian and vegan village — so to vegetarian and vegan fans, rejoice! You can find that in Israel. Amirim (which means “treetop” in Hebrew) is an entirely vegetarian and vegan village located near Zefat. Located 650 meters (2,132 feet) above sea level on a … 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