Your ultimate guide to Israel

Discover the best events, things to do, restaurants, music and nightlife in Israel

Two cities. One break
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Two cities. One break

A fusion of past and future, the ancient city of Jerusalem and the contemporary cultural hub of Tel Aviv complement each other to give Israel its unique personality. No trip to Israel is complete without a stopover in Jerusalem: the Holy City bursting with history, politics, and a deeply rooted religious connection; while missing the shining White City of Tel Aviv with its sensational Mediterranean seascape and even more unmatchable nightlife would be a shame. So how do you choose between the two? Well now, with the two cities less than an hour’s car or train ride apart, you don’t have to! Whether starting your morning in Jerusalem and ending the day off with a crazy night out in Tel Aviv, or grabbing an authentic Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv and hitting up Jerusalem for a history-packed afternoon, we’ve come up with a 24-hour guide for both options. Either way, you’ll visit both cities in a day with our guides to two cities, one break.   Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Morning: Israeli breakfast is a rite of passage for those visiting Tel Aviv and whether you head to a place that sticks to the classics (eggs, chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a range of house-made spreads) or veers away from the norm with options like shakshuka, bourekas or jachnun, we guarantee you'll be tied over for the rest of the day. So, if you’re looking for some serious a.m. fuel for the jam-packed double city day, head to Claro in the Sarona compound for an authentic Israeli breakfast prepared by Ran

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The best Tel Aviv restaurants
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The best Tel Aviv restaurants

Tel Aviv is saturated with so many delicious restaurant options that it's painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. Well, we've done the leg work. Here are our top picks of the best Tel Aviv restaurants. If you've already tackled the Tel Aviv foodie scene, head south to the White City's little sister and enjoy the best Jaffa restaurants. Or, if Tel Aviv was merely a short pitstop on you're crosscountry adventure, the best chef restaurants in Israel offer fine dining from North to South, East to West.

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The top things to do in Jerusalem
Things to do

The top things to do in Jerusalem

From the Wailing Wall to Yad Vashem and everything in between, squeezing thousands of years of history into a few days isn’t an easy task, but we were up for the challenge. And, not to toot our own horn, but our list of top things to do in Jerusalem also includes modern destinations and foodie Meccas, all of which you can feasibly see on the same trip. Remember – while Jerusalem might be ancient, it’s red hot as far as its hotel, tech and culinary scene go. Here’s a look at all the museums, religious sights and fun things you should add to your Jerusalem to-do list.

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The best Israeli art galleries
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The best Israeli art galleries

From photography and sculpture to painting and multimedia works, Israeli art galleries are rife with burgeoning talents and veteran artists, championing both local and international names. For even more art exhibits and specialized lectures on modern-day muses, spend a day at one of Israel's museums or even go to Ein Hod, a unique artists' village in northern Israel, and one of the country's top attractions.

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The top hotels in Israel
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The top hotels in Israel

From brand name luxury Israel hotels like the Ritz Carlton and King David to boutique hotels like Montefiore hotel or The Norman, Israel has some truly outstanding hospitality picks. Whether you plan on heading to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa or anywhere in between, here are the best hotels in Israel to rest your head at night - because after a day of shopping, sightseeing, eating and partying, you can’t lay down just anywhere.

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100 reasons why we love Israel
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100 reasons why we love Israel

Israel’s inventions, quirks, talents and a healthy dose of chutzpa, have helped the country and its people flourish – putting them on the map as a creative, dynamic and memorable powerhouse. We’ve rounded up 100 reasons to love this ever-inspiring place we call home:   1 Four bodies of water bless one small country: the Mediterranean Sea, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Each delivers its own unparalleled experience. We recommend playing a game of Matkot on Gordon Beach at the Mediterranean, floating at Ein Bokek beach at the Dead Sea, tanning at the Red Sea’s North Beach, and relaxing alongside Hukuk Beach at the Sea of Galilee.   © Shutterstock         2
 Israel has 137 official beaches. Most have nicknames based on the specific ‘types’ who grace their sands for about seven months out of the year.   3 Visitors to Jerusalem can connect with the world’s Abrahamic faiths by visiting the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, all for free.   4 One of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century was accidently discovered in the remote caves overlooking Qumran by a passing Bedouin shepherd. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain the oldest copies of parts of the Bible in existence, and have been invaluable to scholars.   5 Its residents are no strangers to strife, but Israel is consistently rated one of the happiest countries in the world.   6 In the early 70s, American astronaut Neil Armstrong visited w

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Eating with locals @EatWith Jerusalem
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Eating with locals @EatWith Jerusalem

Welcome to the future of dining... EatWith is a simple website with a simple goal: to bring chefs and foodies together, one meal at a time.   The concept is threefold:   1. Browse menus: EatWith has a variety of available cuisines from over 600 talented hosts in hundreds of cities worldwide   2. Book a seat: with a range spanning from food entrepreneurs to home chefs, hosts are eager to have diners join them at their tables   3. Enjoy your experience: communal tables invite guests from all walks of earth to share meals and conversation   © Lior Horesh EatWith is especially interesting in Israel, as the opportunity to host or experience a family Shabbat is added to the traditional EatWith agenda. Jerusalem has jumped on the bandwagon with chefs and homecooks sharing their homes with hungry guests. Here are a few foodie options hot on the market right now:   Traditional "Shabat" dinner (with Chen, Alon and Beeri): This Jerusalem family has a passion for cooking, hosting and drinking wine. They base their cooking on ancient recipes from Jewish-North African cuisine, using fresh, local and season ingredients. Whether visiting from Tel Aviv or halfway across the planet, coming to this beautiful house in one of the most ancient neighborhoods in modern Jerusalem and taking part in a traditional Shabbat ceremony is a not-to-miss experience for any traveler. Price: NIS 368 per person   © Amir Menachem A royal brunch buffet (with Chef Atalya): Chef Atalya

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Underwater Eilat: diving down south
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Underwater Eilat: diving down south

Eilat is one of the top vacation spots in Israel due to the beautiful beaches of the Red Sea. It is known as one of the most beautiful places for diving in the world, due to its coral formations containing over 250 species of coral and over 1,200 species of fish. The warm weather year round makes it an ideal spot for those looking to escape the cold. Visitors from around the world travel to Eilat to marvel at the underwater paradise. There are options for beginners and experienced, certified divers alike to try diving in the glorious crystal clear blue waters. We’ve collected some options for those looking to submerge in the southern waters.   Shulamit’s Eilat Diving Adventures   © Shutterstock Shulamit’s is perfect for anyone looking to learn or advance their diving skills. They teach in small groups of up to four people so that every student gets the personal attention and customized level they need. Courses are taught in English, Hebrew, German, French, and Russian, making diving accessible to almost every traveler. The dive center is located in a quiet Eilat neighborhood, but just a 5-10 minute drive to various dive sites along Eilat’s South Beach. Students will have the opportunity to dive at various coral reef sites during the course.   Contact: 54-4758525 Address: 34 HaTsaftsefa St, Eilat Price: Guided dives NIS 200-300, courses vary from NIS 290-1350 Manta Isrotel Diving Center Structured according to the most “user-friendly” training systems known, Manta

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The juice of Jerusalem: wineries in and around the Holy City
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The juice of Jerusalem: wineries in and around the Holy City

Wineries in and around Jerusalem compete to put the best glass on the Shabbat table. Ranging from small boutique labels to large enterprises, Jerusalem’s wine scene has something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Wine has been produced on the hills of Jerusalem for thousands of years, making locals experts in the craft. After touring the Old City, stop by one of these wineries to sample the flavors from the fruit of the vine. Here is a list of some of the best wineries local to Jerusalem:   Teperberg 1870 © PR       Founded in 1870 in Jerusalem’s Old City, Teperberg was one of the first family wineries established in Israel in the modern era. Now located in the Judean Mountains, Israel’s main tourist wine route, the winery is housed on Kibbutz Tzora. Teperberg combines its age-old production skills with modern tactics, bringing history and experience into every bottle. They offer a range of products, including table wines known as Efrat series, higher-end wines in the Silver, Terra, and Single Vineyard labels, and dessert wines. Temperberg is Israel’s fourth largest winery, and exports first class wines to over 22 countries, winning many international awards.  A staple of Jerusalem since before Israel’s conception, Teperberg 1870 crafts a wholly Israeli wine.   Contact: 02-9908080 / http://www.teperberg1870.co.il/ Address: Kibbutz Tzora, Tsor’a   Kerem Montefiore Winery Kerem Montefiore is a small boutique winery located in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, with a beaut

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The top festivals in Israel
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The top festivals in Israel

Israel hosts a range of festivals year-round, from north to south. Spend a weekend listening to local and international jazz talents on the Red Sea, discovering emerging Israeli artists at Fresh Paint, or staying up all night during Tel Aviv's 24-hour mix of culture and craziness on White Night. The fun and opportunities are endless. You can even join the Israeli version of Burning Man. Dive into the top ten annual Israel festivals below. Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair - Early November The Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair has become a mainstay on Tel Aviv and all of Israel’s calendar of events, not only attracting locals, but also internationally-esteemed artists and curators looking to see what’s ahead for Israel’s art scene. The fair is constantly changing and adding new elements to its annual offering, keeping participants and visitors on their toes. Emerging artists selected by a panel of international curators, gallery owners, art critics and collectors, are given the opportunity to display and sell their work. Contact: http://www.freshpaint.co.il/enAddress: Venue changes every year but is always in Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural epicenterPrice: NIS 45-55 DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival - Spring (usually May) Tel Aviv’s largest film festival screens over 100 new documentary films from Israel and all over the world in this ten-day extravaganza. Screenings take place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, but some are shown for free in a range of funky venues

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Eating and drinking in Israel

The best Jaffa restaurants
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The best Jaffa restaurants

Tel Aviv’s humble little sister is growing up to be something special. Jaffa (known locally as 'Yafo') is chock-full of authentic, delicious restaurants, local designer boutiques and a burgeoning nightlife scene – but, we are here to talk about the food. Although Tel Aviv restaurants are all the rage right now with the blossoming vegan scene and new chef restaurants, Jaffa restaurants are growing quicker than their oranges. Here’s the lowdown on the best places to dine in Jaffa, including where to eat the tastiest specialities, butteriest baked goods, and even where to score the best spices. If you're on a budget or eating on the go, be sure to pick up some of Jaffa's best authentic street food instead.

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The best Jerusalem restaurants
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The best Jerusalem restaurants

Whether or not you’re kosher, Jerusalem restaurants offer a wide range of options that are both mouthwateringly delicious and suitable for a plethora of palates. Unlike many of the world’s other top destinations, in the Holy Land, you’ll find fantastic culinary experiences that aren’t solely expensive (thanks in large part to the city’s unparalleled markets). Here’s a look at the best restaurants in Jerusalem and what the thriving restaurant scene has to offer.

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Tel Aviv Nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City
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Tel Aviv Nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City

Israel’s cultural capital is renowned for many things, but it only takes a weekend in the White City to recognize its two main local pastimes: beach and booze. As the sun starts to set, Tel Avivians migrate from the shores of the Mediterranean to the streets of Dizengoff, Rothschild, Hayarkon and Allenby for happy hour cocktails before a big night out on the town. Choosing from the wealth of fantastic bars in Tel Aviv can be overwhelming, so we’ve drunk the city dry looking for the best cocktail bars around. Here’s our insider’s guide to Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City.

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Sarona Market picnic picks
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Sarona Market picnic picks

Not sure what to do in Tel Aviv this weekend? Sarona Market offers all the goodies that foodie dreams are made of. This ‘au courant’ urban market stretches over 8,700 meters and hosts over 90 shops, including organic produce stalls, delicious bakeries, fromageries and eateries by Israel’s top chefs. With this unique guide to a food-lover’s essentials, you’ll never want to leave the market. But, the day is still young. Grab your perfectly packed picnic basket and dine in the Sarona Compound or head off for a day of family fun at the beach or Park HaYarkon.

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Jerusalem nightlife: the best bars and nightclubs
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Jerusalem nightlife: the best bars and nightclubs

Many things come to mind when people think about Jerusalem, but it doesn’t tend to include nightlife. This, however, is quickly changing as the historic city – thanks to great hotels, restaurants and a bustling tech scene – is attracting a new crop of urban savvy tourists and denizens who may not have left the confines of Tel Aviv in the past. Whether you prefer to sit back with a glass of exquisite wine or are looking to dance the night away to live music on Ben Yehuda street, we’ve rounded up the best of Jerusalem nightlife: bars and clubs.

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The best of Israel

The best Israeli markets
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The best Israeli markets

One advantage of Israel's sunny skies nine months of the year is the plethora of outdoor shopping and specialty markets vending everything from local souvenirs to Middle Eastern antiques, foodie delicacies, and handmade goods by local craftsmen. The Israeli market (or 'shuk') is a fabulous way to spend your day, among other top attractions you’d be mad to miss. From the Carmel market to Mahane Yehuda, we've mapped out a host of places to shop 'till you drop…with the sun on your back. If you find yourself with a post-haggling adrenaline rush, release that energy at one of Israel's many festivals happening nearby.

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The best museums in Israel
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The best museums in Israel

While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accept the task. Ranging from reigning establishments like the Israel museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to more experimental museums like the Design Museum Holon and the Herzliya museum for contemporary art, these institutions are among the top Israel attractions, offering inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture. Feeling artsy? Let us also point you to some of the best Israeli art galleries for some additional inspiration.

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The best kosher restaurants in Israel
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The best kosher restaurants in Israel

Israeli kosher food goes way beyond your deli classics or your bubbe’s Shabbat signatures. From Asian to Italian, street food to fine dining, there’s nowhere aside from Israel where you’ll find the level of diversity and quality when it comes to kosher food (and wine!). To help you cover all of your kosher cravings, we’ve rounded up the best Rabbi-approved kosher restaurants in Israel. 

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The best Jewish art galleries and museums
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The best Jewish art galleries and museums

Israeli art galleries are chock-full of local and international Jewish art, boasting talents from all walks of life who use Jewish motifs, biblical inspiration and ancient symbolism in their progressive works. Museums and galleries from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem host both burgeoning and veteran artists, showcasing their work in innovative and interactive ways. Here are our top choices for all those art lovers and Judaica enthusiasts out there.

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The best chef restaurants in Israel
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The best chef restaurants in Israel

Since its inception, immigrants from far flung locales have sought refuge in Israel, bringing with them recipes from their homelands and flavors from their upbringings. This melting pot of cultures has not only inspired a new Israeli cuisine, it has also given birth to some of Israel's most celebrated local chefs. These top chef restaurants in Israel are the fruits of their labor and indulgent treats for anybody who can swing a reservation. Equally appealing, but easier on the wallet, Tel Aviv's street food scene broadcasts the same cultural melting pot at a quarter the price (with top local chefs behind-the-scenes as well). Our list of the best kosher restaurants in Israel also features renowned chefs. Just take your pick.

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The best beaches in Israel
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The best beaches in Israel

Israel's beaches are more than just a place to lay out and tan. Hitting the sand is a lifestyle - where friends meet, families frolic and gym rats get fit. It’s a nexus of Israeli life, buzzing every day of the week. With access to four seas: the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, each of the beaches in Israel offers a distinct experience. Here's your guide to the country's coastline, including the legendary beaches in Tel Aviv.

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Swimming against “Strong Currents”
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Swimming against “Strong Currents”

1966: Gordon gallery opens its doors, quickly making a name for itself as Tel Aviv’s top Israeli art space. 2012: Gordon Galley 2, its modern younger sister, bursts onto the art scene with contemporary art for the next generation. 2016: the Gallery receives the perfect 50th anniversary present: a third space in South Tel Aviv.   © PR       Amon Yariv, owner of the gallery and co-curator of the exhibition alongside Michal Freedman, explains: "The new space was designed to allow the gallery—which represents the best of Israeli contemporary artists—to develop a diverse international plan and enable a dialogue with leading international artists.” And so, with the unveiling of a new gallery space comes the unveiling of a brand new exhibition. “Strong Currents” is the most recent project by FAILE, the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Since their pioneering project, “A life” (from which the anagram FAILE was derived), the dynamic duo has worked with a wide range of multimedia materials and techniques. From printmaking and painting, to stenciling and even prayer wheels, FAILE explores those things that divide us as a cultural: religion, authority, and most recently, consumerism.   “This show finds us in a year of exploration in the studio,” Patrick Miller explains. He goes on to describe their artistic approach, which starts with an investigation in abstracting the painting process that FAILE often employs. “All our work st

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Director's cut: A pre-festival taste of DocAviv
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Director's cut: A pre-festival taste of DocAviv

Israel's largest Documentary Film Festival presents "Docaviv Cinema - Hatikva Quarter" Ready. Set. Action. With more than five months to go until DocAviv 2017, film buffs are getting antsy. Though submissions for the festival are open at this time, the only international Documentary Film Festival in Israel dedicated exclusively to documentary cinema decided to give the public a “cinema sampler” to tie them over until May.   Throughout the month of December, DocAviv will host a series of special weekly events every Thursday at Beit Dani in the Hatikva Quarter of Southeast Tel Aviv. Events include screenings of award-winning documentary films, live music, meet and greets with esteemed filmmakers and Channukah activities for the entire family…all for free! © PR         Here’s a taste of what to expect:   Dimona Twist (Dec 1, 17:30) – Film (best documentary film from the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival) A fragmented look into the lives of seven displaced female immigrants as they try to integrate into a new homeland in the Negev in the fifties and sixties.   Raving Iran (Dec 15, 20:30) – Film Due to unexpected circumstances, a pair of struggling DJs from Tehran get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realize their dreams despite police claims against the morality of their beats.   VocaTikva (Dec 1) – Performance A special gala performance of a-cappella compositions performed by local vocalists from the Hatikva neighborhood.   VORTEX (Dec 29, 12:00) – P

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Comic relief: Yair Garbuz' "I am Painters"
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Comic relief: Yair Garbuz' "I am Painters"

Carnival, circus, comedic.   These are the best words to describe the humorous – sometimes grotesque – style of painter, Yair Garbuz. His third solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (his last being 23 years ago) will take place in the Marcus B. Mizne Gallery, Marc Rich and Gabrielle Rich Gallery, and the Main Building and is by no means any exception. Garbuz received the 2015 Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Artist, and as they say, "good things come with age"; in "I am Painters," the veteran artist's virtuosity and ease with the Hebrew language and painting styles alike are more solidified than ever.   © PR Curated by Ellen Ginton, "I am Painters" showcases Garbuz' works from the past five years, narrowing in on the integral part of his artistic style: humor. In the current exhibition, he tackles this theme from two different directions: visual and linguistic. Garbuz disguises himself in other painters, imitating modern artists from the Western world such as the iconic Edward Hopper, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Elizabeth Peyton. The brilliant artist manages to maintain integrity while referencing a diverse range of painting styles that span hundreds of years and thousands of kilometers. From Egyptian and Greek vases, to the Middle Ages, Russian avant-garde, abstract, surrealism and art on the periphery, Garbuz' "I am Painters" forces the audience to delve deeper into the understanding of humor through imitation as a sort of satirical theatrical

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Book club - December pick: "The Invisible Book"
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Book club - December pick: "The Invisible Book"

From the acclaimed international singer-songwriter, Keren Ann Zeidel, and photographer-video artist, Elinor Milchan, comes your child's new favorite picture book. Pick up a copy of "The Invisible Book" this Channukah for the perfect winter read.   SYNOPSIS: The invisible story takes place in an invisible world, where lived an invisible girl and an invisible boy. As they express their growing love for each other, their surroundings and themselves slowly become visible, till their invisible love becomes invisible no more.   © Elinor Milchan       © Elinor Milchan     Although "The Invisible Book" has yet to be translated to English, with such a heartwarming plot and captivating pictures to match, the Hebrew hit children's book is bound to reach international audiences and languages soon enough. For now, the Hebrew version will be available in Israeli bookstores as of the December 8. Read on to find out more about the two women behind the magic.     Keren Ann Zeidel (born March 10, 1974) is a sound designer, singer, songwriter, composer, producer and engineer based largely in Paris, Tel-Aviv and New York.She has released six solo records up to date, and  has been called a "Norah Jones for Velvet Underground fans” by The Guardian for her album, "101." She has received praise from Rolling Stones and all major music critics in France, the United States and Israel.   Album titles include: "101" (2011), "Keren Ann" (2007), "Nolita" (2005), "Not Going Any

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Israel by area

The best things to do in the Negev
Things to do

The best things to do in the Negev

Easily one of the most overlooked treasures in Israel, the Negev desert is home to some truly jaw-dropping geological wonders. Vineyards, hiking trails, nature reserves and even camel rides make it as appealing for families as it is for couples or those traveling on a budget. The Negev is also the area to which Israelis regularly flock for festivals, yoga retreats and other special events. Here’s to getting lost in the desert as you check out our curated list of the best things to do in the Negev.

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The Galilee - top attractions
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The Galilee - top attractions

Located in the North of Israel, the Galilee is as popular with tourists as it is with locals who flock to the area to enjoy sea, sand and sun (well, technically, the sea of the Galilee is a lake…). In between working on your tan, there’s a seemingly never-ending treasure chest of historical and archeological wonders to ogle – no Instagram filter needed. Plus, the Galilee boasts a handful of family-fun recreational activities like rafting down the Jordan River. We’ve rounded up the absolute best sites in the Galilee that you won't want to miss.

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Ancient Israel: the lesser known archaeological sites
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Ancient Israel: the lesser known archaeological sites

Dating back thousands upon thousands of years, the archaeological sites of Ancient Israel are rife with intrigue and Jewish history. We all know about the top Israel attractions and world-renowned religious landmarks like the Wailing Wall and natural landscapes like the Dead Sea, but what about Israel's stranger features? From biblical giants and vegetarian utopias to Harry Potter's grave and prehistoric cavemen, welcome to the lesser known archaeological sites of the Holy Land.

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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards
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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards

In recent years, Israel has become known for its thriving wine economy, which is most evident in the Golan Heights and Galilee regions where farms and both large scale and boutique vineyards have set up shop. Wine, of course, is nothing without accompanying nibbles, so it's only fitting to find culinary treasures in the area as well – all of which make use of locally grown farm fresh produce. The gems can be difficult to pinpoint as an outsider, however, so we’ve prepared a list of not-to-be-missed restaurants and vineyards in the area.

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Sights and attractions in Israel

Baha'i Gardens
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Baha'i Gardens

The Baha’i gardens are built on 19 terraces, beginning at the foot of the mountain and ascending towards its summit. The main axis points towards Acre, a historically and religiously important city to the Baha'i. At the center of the exceptionally beautiful and meticulously maintained gardens stands the Shrine of the Bab, the burial place of the religion's founder, whose golden dome illuminates the grounds. Various sections of the gardens are separated by gravel paths, trimmed hedges and flower beds, which are carefully tended to by a dedicated gardening team. The gardens offer splendid views of the Haifa Bay, the Galilee and the Mediterranean. It's possible to tour independently, but for an enlightening experience, join the free guided tours (every day but Wednesday). Reservations are not necessary. As the Baha'i Gardens are a Holy place, visitors are asked to dress modestly, keep the place clean and respect its special character.

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Tower of David (Citadel)
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Tower of David (Citadel)

Jerusalem's Citadels, known locally as the "Tower of David," is an archaeological structure that bears years of history. Inside the medieval fortress is a museum that houses permanent exhibitions telling the story of Jerusalem through specialized cultural events, activities, and tours. During the spring months, the exhibition “The Kaiser is Coming!" is on display, featuring archival images and history of Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany in 1898. Also, don't miss the brand new Night Spectacular: a sound and light show projected onto its stone wells telling the rich story of Jerusalem.

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Dead Sea
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Dead Sea

This most peculiar body of water is located at the lowest point on the face of the earth (approximately 422 meters below sea level). Its extremely high salt concentration (33.7%!) makes it one of the saltiest seas on the planet. The Dead Sea is also chockfull of skin-friendly therapeutic minerals that reputedly combat the effects of aging and skin ailments. Pack your beach bag and head to the popular Kalia Beach, which has changing rooms, showers, lounge chairs, shady areas, a snack bar and a lifeguard. Indulge in a free mud bath, and slather yourself with the gooey mineral mud from head to toe for a great photo op. 

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Masada
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Masada

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Masada marks the spot where 1,000 Jewish rebels entered one of the final episodes of the Great Revolt against Rome two millennia ago. Instead of fighting, the rebels chose to commit suicide. The scenery surrounding Masada is just as dramatic as its backstory, with Herod’s palace overlooking an immense gorge and the expanse of the Dead Sea. It’s no wonder that Masada continues to be one of Israel’s biggest tourist sites.

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher
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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Built on the site revered by Christians as the location of Jesus' resurrection, the church has been a location of pilgrimage since the 4th century. Christians of all denominations and people from around the world can be seen visiting its various frankincense laden vestibules and chambers.

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The Wailing Wall - The Kotel
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The Wailing Wall - The Kotel

No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to the Kotel. Considered to be the holiest place for the Jewish faith, a short walk through the Old City of Jerusalem will lead you to this sacred site. Be sure to write a wish or personal note on a scrap of paper and slit it in the cracks of wall as visitors have for years. The Kotel is the pulsing center of the historically amazing Old City of Jerusalem.

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New in town

Jasmino
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Jasmino

As all the restaurants and eateries in the city are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, polished, and sealed with a neat bow, an authentic initiative feels like a breath of fresh air. Such is Jasmine, the new snack bar opening next week under the guidance of restaurateur Shaul Tevet. Perched on Allenby - the busy nightlife hub, Tevet promises locals a quality street food establishment that draws the drunk munch crowd. The new pearl will serve up simple, yet sensational, charcoal grilled options in grab-and-go pitas. The four options include: kebabs, chicken, housemade sausage, and spicy veal heart. All of these come with salad and pita, hot peppers, grilled onions and tahini. Be the first in your group to swing by this hot spot magnet, then tell all your friends. The more the merrier.

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A-Wa
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A-Wa

From the first time A-Wa hit the stage a year ago, the three Yemenite girls have been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows, and making people dance. From hipsters to families, from festivals to clubs, young and old, Polish, French, Israeli, and all over, their grooves are contagious. If you missed them last month in Tel Aviv, now’s your chance to catch them for a special encore performance at Jerusalem’s premier concert venue – the Yellow Submarine. 

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The Poli House Hotel, Designed by Karim Rashid
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The Poli House Hotel, Designed by Karim Rashid

Offering a terrace with a rooftop pool and views of the city, The Poli House Hotel is located in Tel Aviv's Nachalat Benyamin Crafts Fair. The hotel has a spa centre and fitness centre, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.All units are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Each comes with a private bathroom, which includes bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. The Poli House Hotel features free WiFi in all rooms.The hotel also offers room service and free use of bicycles. Shenkin Street is 50 metres from The Poli House Hotel, Designed by Karim Rashid, while Meir Park is a 5-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Ben Gurion Airport, 24 km from the property.

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Belle & Sue
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Belle & Sue

As Israel’s first online retailer, Belle & Sue broke boundaries entering the market six years ago. Today this sister duo has opened a chic storefront on Shenkin Street. Belle & Sue regularly hosts highly popular sample sales and stocks colorful brands like Mara Hoffman and Jeffrey Campbell. Here you’ll find cheerful and colorful bucket bags by State alongside a large selection of Cheap Monday denim and clothing. In addition to women's and men's clothing, Belle & Sue offers a gorgeous summer smattering of tableware by NYC-based lifestyle line ODEME. Pop into Bell & Sue for the latest fashion and cute household accessories.

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The 2nd International Jerusalem Jazz Festival
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The 2nd International Jerusalem Jazz Festival

After an extremely successful launch of their first edition last year, jazz will fill the galleries of the Israel Museum yet again this December. Under the artistic direction of Israeli trumpet sensation Avishai Cohen, the 2nd International Jerusalem Jazz Festival hits the Holy City. The three-day festival features five original productions, inspiring artistic collaboration, pop-up performances throughout the galleries, master classes, jams at the Yellow Submarine and a special performance by none other than Avishai Cohen himself. “This year, we chose artists who can take the performance experience to great heights — creative artists who compose music without compromises, with a personal statement and a lot of spirit, and artists who are shaping the future of the contemporary jazz scene, who know where jazz came from and are paving its way forward. The artistic program is made up of various styles that make up the world of jazz, as well as the musical worlds that dialogue with it" – Avishai Cohen

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