Activities

Passover, Easter visitors flock to historic Jordan River

Passover, Easter visitors flock to historic Jordan River

The Jordan River baptismal site of Qasr al-Yahud was much more crowded than usual on Monday, April 15, less than a week before Passover and Easter. To find out why both Christians and Jews were gathering here on this day — the 10th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar — ISRAEL21c joined a fascinating tour […]

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Explore the land of Israel with a hiking group

Explore the land of Israel with a hiking group

A growing number of organized hiking groups help you hoof it into nature, whether a self-guided one-day trek or a 65-day chauffeured hike. Visitors to Israel looking for an outing slightly more adventurous than another museum, archeological site or outdoor market can take advantage of the growing number of organized hiking groups. There is no […]

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Young Professionals Taste Chassidic Life in Crown Heights

Young Professionals Taste Chassidic Life in Crown Heights

Weekend gathering immerses men and women into the richness of Judaism The visible group of young men and women crossed the street in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., stopping at a shop called Primo Hatters. “This is where the rabbis get their gear,” said their guide, Rabbi Mendy Levertov. “To you, the hats […]

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The American pioneers who tried to take Tel Aviv by storm

The American pioneers who tried to take Tel Aviv by storm

For old-fashioned New England architecture, look no further than Tel Aviv’s American Colony, with its tales of pilgrimage, disease and broken dreams. “Pilgrimage” isn’t the first word that springs to mind when thinking of Tel Aviv. But for a few brave Americans back in 1866, it certainly was. They were 157 men, women and children, […]

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Jerusalem is fastest-growing tourism destination in world

Jerusalem is fastest-growing tourism destination in world

The city had 37% increase in international tourists compared to last year, and the numbers continue to grow. Jerusalem is the fastest-growing tourism destination among 100 cities, and is expected by the end of the year to break its own record by achieving a 38 percent growth in tourism. Israel’s capital city had a 32% […]

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Overseas train, bus, and ferry journeys made simple

Overseas train, bus, and ferry journeys made simple

Operating in 18 developing countries, with more to be added, Bookaway helps worldwide travelers pre-arrange ground transportation ahead of their trip. When honeymooning in the Philippines, Noam Toister and his wife were faced with the challenge of reaching a world heritage site located north of the country. “We took a taxi to the main bus […]

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A new English-language resource for hikers in Israel

A new English-language resource for hikers in Israel

Hiking and nature enthusiast Erez Speiser has created a website enabling English-speakers to explore off-the-beaten-track nature spots in Israel. Erez Speiser isn’t a tour guide or a techie. He’s a mechanical engineer in the marketing division of the multinational Iscar metal-working company in Tefen, northern Israel. But Speiser wants to share his love of the […]

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