Ein Gedi – Nature’s Creation

The Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Lodging is located in a peaceful and beautiful location in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea and only 5 minute’s Drive from the Dead Sea shores. Just enjoy the lowest place on earth .

An oasis in the middle of the desert, whose beauty exudes vibrant hues of blue, green, yellow and red a peaceful and small slice of heaven, encompassing treasures created by members of the kibbutz community with only a magical paradise in mind.

A visit to Kibbutz Ein Gedi Dead Sea Country immediately instills peace and tranquility to any visitor. The Botanical Garden displays an abundance of flora whilst caressing the shores of the salty dead sea, entrapping a festival of light and color and encouraging the visitor’s senses to actually sharpen.

Archaeological treasures surround Ein Gedi almost as protection. north the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. In The south is ‘Massada’ a fascinating cultural treasure and a symbol of heroism for the Jewish people, and to the Right on the doorstep the Byzantine Synagogue boasting an undamaged beautiful mosaic floor with inscriptions relating to the people of the period.

Our Air is pollution free, Over 330 sunny days annually, dry, high oxygen levels, low UV rays all add up to “HEALTH” 420 meters below sea level, Ein Gedi Dead Sea captures the sense of serenity and encourages the visitor to simply relax and enjoy. A real recipe for well-being.

Despite the dry atmosphere water is a major element in this small corner of the globe. Nature Reserves with gushing waterfalls the you can visit, Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa with natural, hot, sulphur water pools and, of course, the Dead Sea. Three totally different types of water, three different forms of enjoyment and three different health aspects.

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Markets Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has a number of markets, offering a unique way to spend time, and the best way to find “real bargains”.

Bezalel Market Bezalel Market in Tel Aviv
near the corner of King George and Allenby streets. Worth a visit especially because the abundance of picturesque falafel stalls.

Carmel Market in Tel Aviv
The Carmel Market, known in Israel as “Shuk Ha’Carmel”, located close to the new rennovated Hatachana Complex, is the city’s biggest marketplace, and a fascinating, enjoyable place to visit. It is basically one crowded narrow alley with long line of colorful stalls standing on either side, and where vendors proudly (and loudly) presenting their goods. Here you can find almost anything imaginable for the lowest prices in the city, from different kinds of bread and pastry to delicious olives, dried fruits and exotic spices.

Carmel Market It is also the best place to buy the freshest produce, whether it is fruits and vegetables, fish and poultry, cheeses or flowers. The first part of the market, coming from Allenby St, is mostly clothing and footwear stands, where lovely bargains can be found. The easiest way to enter the market is from where Allenby St meets King George and Sheinkin Streets.

However, it is also possible to get to the market from its other end near the Carmelit Bus Terminal. Take bus No 4, 1, 2, or any bus passing through Allenby St, and No 8, 24, 25, or any other going to the Carmelit Terminal.

Flea Market

Flea Market Tel Aviv
In Jaffa, where one can find anything from second-hand clothes and shoes to antiques and household utensils, antique and modern furniture.

How People Live in Tel Aviv

Though it has a Mediterranean feel, Tel Aviv is also a sophisticated modern city with a European touch.

The city’s streets teem with lively sidewalk cafes, elegant restaurants and exclusive shops, along with simple kiosks and local Falafel and Shawarma stalls. One of the most common habits in the lives of Tel-Avivians is to hang out at the trendy cafes on famous Sheinkin street, Basel Street, Dizengoff Street, especially on sunny Fridays.

Sheinkin Street
Since Tel Aviv is an excellent city to explore on foot, visitors can spend great time walking around those streets and others, such as Ibn Gvirol and the lovely shaded Rotchild Ave.

More of this Tel Avivian fun can be reached at Hayarkon St., the closest street to the beach and where most of the city hotels are, and at Ben- Yehuda St., parallel to its former and the site of many hostels, travel agents and other tourist services.

Brown TLV Urban Hotel

One of the newest boutique hotels in Tel Aviv, providing every comfort and amenity located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s urban scene, arts and culture, dining and nightlife are all outside our door with an emphasis on personalized service – the Brown TLV couples functional originality with relaxed luxury, and caters to the value-minded, yet stylishly discerning guest.

The hotel Situated at the crossroads of picturesque Neve Tzedek quarter, trendy Rothschild Boulevard, the colorful Carmel market and charming Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, we are also only a short stroll from the beach.

Relax with a pampering massage in our Spa Suite, meet friends in the garden, discover a big variety of eclectic books over coffee and cookies in the living-room, and don’t miss out on zipping a chilled glass of Cava on our rooftop – you’ll find an amazing panoramic view over Tel Aviv!

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Ramada Hotel Netanya

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Escape to Netanya’s newest all-suite hotel – the Ramada Netanya on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, located just under an hour drive from Tel Aviv, and only 15 minutes from the Caesarea Golf Club. The five-star accommodations, full-service spa, relaxing pool and prime location will provide for the perfect combination of indulgence, accessibility and service.

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With the Grand Opening this summer 2011 on the Israeli Riviera, Ramada Netanya is the ultimate blend of indulgence, pampering, and sea and sun. Situated on the shores of one of the Mediterranean’s most alluring beaches, Ramada Netanya is a true oasis of luxury, providing guests with unmatched personal attention, service and style. Featuring 180 spacious suites of sophisticated elegance and comfort, each fully-equipped, Ramada Netanya is the ideal destination for visitors to Israel’s business, leisure and tourist centres. Enjoy the Ramada Hotel Picture Gallery >>

Ramada – Where Business Meets Pleasure
The businessmen suites have been designed to the highest worldwide commercial standards, to perfectly meet the needs of business clients staying at the hotel. The rooms have office space specifically designated as a work space, including desk with manager’s chair, secure internet and comfortable lighting from a desk lamp. The office space is separate from the bedroom and the living room, ensuring the ability to work without disturbing guests and/or visitors. With remarkable sea views, unlimited beach entry and free covered parking, Ramada Netanya is your private paradise giving you the best of every world.

Ramada Hotel Suites

Sophisticated Suites Ramada Netanya offers 180 spectacular guest suites 1 bed room suite & 2 bed rooms’ suite of exceptional style, function and comfort. Suites are spacious and equipped with the full range of amenities. Featuring classic, elegant designs, suite interiors are both luxurious and welcoming. Suite kitchenettes are expansive and functional, including all appliances and conveniences, while bathrooms are superbly fitted with sleek baths and showers. All suites enjoy the most advanced business and entertainment technologies. Every suite also boasts a private balcony with an inspiring sea view. Ideal for business travelers, tourists and families, Ramada Netanya suites are an experience in luxury and comfort unlike any other.

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Ramada’s gourmet restaurants
Ramada Netanya’s gourmet restaurants and stylish bars ensure that every meal is an extraordinary experience of the senses. Menus are rich and varied, and world-class repasts are served throughout the day. Guests are welcome to choose from an exciting selection of spectacular culinary creations at their convenience.

Handicapped People Suites
There are several special suites for handicapped people, fully furnished with special items and structure for the handicapped society.

Ramada – Facilitating Your Freedom
Enjoy an unsurpassed selection of on-site facilities and activities to suite your every taste and mood. Ramada Netanya provides guests with free covered parking, free bicycle use to visit the surroundings and beach access at all times. The hotel features gourmet restaurants where every meal is an unforgettable experience in culinary art. Similarly, the stylish hotel bars are the perfect location for the start or finish to every evening. Ideally set up for your work and meeting requirements, the business lounge offers internet access, computer workstations, ample seating and all-day light refreshments. Ramada Netanya’s friendly, professional staff goes out of their way to ensure the highest standards of personal attention, with round-the-clock concierge and room service providing for your every need.

Diaspora Museum Tel Aviv

This museum, known as Beit Hatefutsot, uniquely tells the story of the Jewish people from the time they were expelled from their homeland and over 2500 years of exile. The museum’s special presentations and reconstruction interestingly document the history and tradition of Jewish life in different parts of the world, showing the impressive heritage of these communities, which enabled the continuity of the Jewish people throughout the years of expulsion.

The Arch of Titus
The museum is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday from 10am to 6pm, and Friday from 9am to 1pm.

Getting there is by bus No 24, 25 and 27 to Tel-Aviv University campus at Ramat Aviv (the northern neighborhood of Tel-Aviv), entrance is through Campus Gate No 2 (Matatia Gate).

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Haifa International Film Festival

Haifa will host its 26th International Film Festival, featuring a range of excellent prize-winning movies from around the world, live music events, outdoor film screenings and outdoor fairs for the general public. Tamara Drewe, a film by Stephen Frears, who also made My Beautiful Laundrette and The Queen, will open the festival. The film tells the entertaining, scandal-filled tale of Tamara Drewe, which takes place in the heart of rural England.

The festival will host 300 guests from the local and international film industry, who will meet Israeli audiences at receptions and discussions on films. The festival will hold three competitions: The Golden Anchor, for Mediterranean film; the International Competition, for premieres; and the best Israeli full-length, short, documentary films or television dramas.

When? September 23-30, 2010

Tickets:

Ticket price: NIS 40 (discounts for university students, IDF soldiers, senior citizens and guest staying at Haifa hotels)

Tickets may be purchased at box offices as of Sunday, September 19, 2010, the day after Yom Kippur

Monday September 20 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Tuesday September 21 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday September 22 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and during the festival from 9:00 A.M. to the beginning of the last movie screening.

Where?

Haifa Auditorium, 138 Hanassi Boulevard

Haifa Cinematheque, 142 Hanassi Boulevard

Rappaport Hall, 142 Hanassi Boulevard

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Raphael Auditorium, 89 Hanassi Boulevard 89 Phone Number: 04-838-3554

Krieger Center, 6 Eliahu Khakim Street, French Carmel, Phone Number: 04-859-8012

Al Midian Theater, Hanevi’im Tower, 2 Khoury Street, Phone Number: 04-864-1871, 04-864-1872

Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple

A Journey following Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple

The Second Temple period, between 538 BCE and 70 CE is considered to be a time of Jerusalem’s glory. This is due to the magnificent castles and walls that were built in the city, especially towards the end of the 600 years, with the rise of King Herod. The temple, built in 516 BCE by the Jews returning to Zion after the Babylonian exile was the heart of the city till its destruction in 70 CE. Having said that, one must understand, that the political and social situation in those days was extremely complex, with so many different religious streams trying to get hold of the spiritual leadership in Jerusalem, it seems that the rip inside the Jews, was what inevitably brought to Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans. This suggested tour follows some of the archeological milestones of the time through the old city and its surroundings, which give light to the historical period and political background of the time as well.

Probably the best way to start off the journey would be by visiting the Model of Jerusalem in the late second Temple Period, located at the Israel Museum. The model, which is the size of 2,000 square meters at a 1:50 ratio, displays the entire city at that time from a birds view, showing off the temple and the roads and buildings surrounding it.

After having seen the model and understanding the destruction the city went through (by comparison to what’s left today) it’s time to go to the Old City. Entering through Jaffa gate, we will already be able to see parts of the Second temple’s time architecture. Originally believed to have been built by King David, the Tower of David situated at the entrance to the old city, was actually built during the time of the second temple by the Hashmonaim, as noted by Josephus Flavius, a historian who lived in the time of the great revolt. Later on it received a face lift and two more towers around it, as part of Herod’s plans of glorifying the city. After the destruction of the city once more, the ancient citadel continued to serve the Romans as barracks for their soldiers. Throughout the years, the tower had been destructed and reconstructed by many, yet still the lower layers of the tower and of the old wall, are genuine to the period.

Passing the tower, we head to the Jewish Quarter to the Wahl Museum of Archeology, also known as the Herodian Suburb. The museum depicts life in the time of the second temple in Jerusalem. Original mosaics, stone tools and various objects of art portray the high quality of life experienced at the time in the city. In order to complete the picture it’s recommended to continue to the excavated Burnt House, said to have been burned by the Romans, where you can watch a 12 minute audio–visual presentation about the political and social events which led to the house’s burning.

Ending the tour near the western wall, you can either choose to walk underground through the Western Wall Tunnels, where you can take a tour of the most ancient layers of the wall, or walk above ground in the area of The Archeological Garden of Jerusalem. There you can see the excavated Robinson’s Arch which once stood at the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount as well as the old market street and the steps that used to lead to the temple up until 70 CE.

Design Museum – Holon

Design Museum Holon, planned and designed by designer Ron Arad, garnered international attention as one of the most original, beautiful and sculptural buildings. The museum, constructed at a cost of $17 million, has two impressive halls featuring a range of leading
exhibits from the design world, in Israel and abroad. At present a new Japanese exhibit is on display: Tokyo Fiber: Senseware, featuring futuristic displays in the field of science and technology.

A group of architects and designers use artificial fibers – nano textile fibers – which grant a futuristic significance to the items on display, as well as a sensory experience for visitors. The exhibit will run through September 4, 2010.

On Tuesday evenings, the museum invites families and children aged 8 and up to engage in creative thinking through a game and experience according to Italian artist Burno Manori.

Tuesday, 8:00 P.M., space is limited, tickets should be reserved ahead of time.

Museum Address: Pinchas Ayalon 8, Holon 58459
Phone Number: 073-515-1512

Opening Hours:
Sunday: closed
Monday, Wednesday: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Friday: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.