Hirbat Midras Pictures

Hirbat Midras Pictures

Hirbat Midras (also known as Horbot Midras, Khirbet Midras, or Hurvat Midras — “Midras” can also be spelled as “Madras”) was a significant population center in Second Temple times and many scholars believe that it is also the site of the home and grave of the Prophet Zechariah. It is now located … Read more

The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum recently reopened after a multi-year renovation program. According to the guide, overall the new museum is around twice the size of the old museum. The Israel Museum is simply spectacular. The main part of the museum consists of three main sections – Fine Arts, Archaeology and Jewish Art and … Read more

Jonathan’s Favourite Places in Israel

Jonathan’s Favourite Places in Israel

Most tourists who have been to Israel would confess that it is nearly impossible to choose only a few favorite places, so expect that in the future there will be another list of more favorite places in the country. Meanwhile, this article lists the favorite places by categories. 1. Holy Place For … Read more

Jerusalem Winter Wonderland – Snow in Jerusalem

railroad track covered in snow

Jerusalem (or the entire Israel for that matter) isn’t known for snowy winters. However, in recent years major snow storms and overall inclement weather can brought practical inconveniences and headaches. After a week of very atypical winter storms all over Israel with sandstorms, fierce winds, huge amounts of rain (and sadly flooding) … Read more

Jerusalem Shopping

Jerusalem Shopping

There are several major areas to go shopping in Jerusalem – from the local and bespoke to the mega shopping center.  Old City There are many craft, books and souvenir shops in the Old City. It is definitely the place to pick up a memento. Check out the Cardo and some of … Read more

Essential Jerusalem Tour

Jonathan’s Essential Jerusalem Tour

This is a tour of Jerusalem that I have used successfully with many friends and business colleagues. It takes 2-3 hours and is best done in the early evening as it gets cooler as the evening stretches into night. However, if you are only around during the day, bring a hat, lots … Read more

Jerusalem Voted as an International Travel Destination

Jerusalem Voted as an International Travel Destination

The travel site TripAdvisor has awarded its Travelers’ Choice 2011 Travelers’ Choice 2011 awards and placed Jerusalem in 13th place. Overall Cape Town was placed first and Jerusalem was placed higher than many famous cities such as Venice, Florence, Prague and San Francisco. This award for Jerusalem follows the recent Lonely Planet award … Read more

Beit Guvrin – The Underground Judea

Beit Guvrin – The Underground Judea

Beit Guvrin National Park has a remarkable collection of man-made caves, many of which date back 2,200 years. Located in the Shfela or Lowlands of Judea, one hour southwest of Jerusalem, the park encompasses the ruins of two ancient cities: Maresha and Beit Guvrin or Eleutheropolis as it was called in Roman-Byzantine … Read more

Old City Ramparts Tour

Old City Ramparts Tour

One of the best things to do in Jerusalem is the Old City Ramparts walk – it is also a great children’s (of almost all ages) activity. The Ramparts Walk is considered one of the hidden gems in the city — from locals and tourists alike. It’s not because it is usually … Read more

Cycling in the Jerusalem Hills

Cycling in the Jerusalem Hills

An Introduction to Cycling in the Judean Hills The Judean Hills are just 40 minutes from Jerusalem (or 50 minutes from Tel Aviv) — but you feel like you’re several worlds away from the city with the area’s postcard-pretty landscapes that are comparable to those in Switzerland. Aside from their natural beauty, … Read more