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Spring in Israel is always an exciting and beautiful time to travel in the country as well as in the neighboring Palestinian Territories. With so many holidays over the next three months, including Purim, Easter, Passover, Independence Day, and Shavout (to name a few of the big ones), there are many exciting activities that will be occuring in the Holy Land.
Below is Travelujah's recommended listing of a few of our favorite fabulous events occuring in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories over the next few months:
- Purim festival at Derech Hatavlinim, March 15 - 17
"Breaking bread," an expression that typically refers to the act of enjoying a meal together and the bonding that results from the experience, is the philosophy behind a new tourism initiative.
Breaking Bread Journeys, a Palestinian-Israeli experiential tourism joint-venture headquartered in Jerusalem, is based on the concept that sharing food while traveling can create deep connections and a better understanding of diverse cultures.
The project was recently founded by two tour operators: Elisa Moed, an American-born Israeli Jew who is chief executive of Israel-based Travelujah, and Christina Samara, a Christian Palestinian, owner and managing director of Samara Tourist and Travel Agency.
Courtesy Breaking Bread Journeys Breaking Bread Journeys was created by Elisa Moed, left, and Christina Samara.
"We shared a vision for what could be done," Moed said. "By operating together, we could offer a much more seamless tour to travelers who want to see both Israel and the Palestinian territories." Programs provide one tour guide, ease in crossing borders
The Israel Museum is hosting a new exhibit, Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe at the Israel Museum from March 11 thourhg October 25, 2014. The exhibition brings together over one hundresd pieces of traditional apparel from four continents from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The visually rich display showcases the colors, textures, history, and symbolism of clothing and presents clothing as representative of such universal human themes as identity and memory. Dress Codes offers a cross-cultural celebration of the history of Jewish dress and the ways in which traditional clothing has stimulated fashion design throughout history and continues to inspire the styles of today.
"Our treasury of Jewish dress - the richest of its kind in the world - was assembled over many years and holds a special place of pride among the Museum's collections - most especially as a testament to the trappings of Jewish life and their universal context," said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. "We are delighted to be able to present so comprehensive a display re
In celebration of its launch Breaking Bread Journeys is offering one lucky person a free 3 day 2 night tour for 2 people February 2 - 4, 2014 on its Holy Land Food and Culture Tour. Tour participants will meet with foodies, culinary chefs, and locals in a variety of interesting sites woven in, of course, with expert guiding and visits to many historical and relgious sites of interest. The deluxe tour includes the following:
- 2 nights at the American Colony hotel in Jerusalem for 2 people
- Breakinfast and lunch daily daily
- 1 festive dinner in Bethlehem
- all Entrance Fees according to the itinerary
- Fully escorted 3 day tour toJerusalem, Bethlehem and Nablus
The winner will have to blog and post daily about their experience throughout the Authentic Food and Culture Tour on Breaking Bread Journeys FB page and twitter.
To enter, please write 100 word essay on why you want to visit the Holy land and post it on Breaking Bread Journeys Facebook Page (and you need to "like" the page. Submissions must be received by the 23 th of January, 2014
Applicants cannot be Israeli citizens. All applicants are responsible for their own travel to and from Jerusalem from their point of departure. Note the free tour is only available on February 2, 3 and 4, 2014.
All entries must be made on Breaking Bread Journeys Facebook Page.
Visiting Jerusalem and looking for Christmas tidings? Or perhaps you are planning to tour Bethlehem and wish to find some authentic olivewood carvings or ornaments to take home.
Jerusalem offers two wonderful Christmas Bazaars which are open to the public on November 30th:
1. Jerusalem Expat Women's Charity Bazaar - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, American colony hotel Jerusalem Saturday November 30th. Proceeds benefit the UN Sabaya Programme aimed at empowering rural women. Many handmade tunics for women, children and other handmade textiles will be available for purchase. Entrance is free.
of the Redeemer - in the courtyardof the Church on Muristan Road from
1:00 - 4:00 pm with childrens activities, Santa Claus, gift items and
more. Cost 5 shekel to enter.
Bethlehem is also hosting a number of Christmas bazaars which are wonderful for the whole family:
1. Join the Christmas Market (01-08/12/2013) that will take place on the Manger Square in Bethlehem, just in front of the Nativity Church as well as the Childrens Parade. The market will open on the 2nd of December at 11 am. The first part of the day is organized by the Bethlehem Peace Center and features inte
Millions of Christians worldwide will be participating today, October 6, in the Annual Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem event which is held on the first Sunday every October. The event, to be broadcast live on God TV beginning at 6:30 pm Israel Time, 11:30 am EST, will be watched by well over 100 million viewers worldwide.
According to Robert Stearns, senior pastor of Eagles' Wings Ministries based in Buffalo NY and the founder of the annual Day to Pray, "Christians from China to Germany and from Kenya to Brazil will be raising their voices in fervent intercession with His Son, on behalf of Jerusalem and all her inhabitants, both Jew and Arab alike in response to what is happening in the world today, and in alignment with God's word in Psalm 122:6-7:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces."
The live event will be taking place in Jerusalem at the Clal building in the heart of the city. The important Day of Prayer was established by Stearns to remind people of Jerusalem and to pray for the peace of this all important city.
Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. The festival begins Friday evening (20 September) in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.
"We are thrilled that thousands of Christians from all over the world will be arriving in Jerusalem this week to take part in our annual Feast gathering, despite the recent tensions in the region over the Syrian conflict," said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, the ICEJ's Executive Director. "Their visit to Jerusalem is a timely message of solidarity with the people of Israel." According to David Parsons, the ICEJ media director, there have been no cancellations to this years event.
Many key Christian leaders from around the world will be speaking during the feast. Billy Wilson, Rene Terra Nova, Lance Lambert, Howard Flower, and Susan Hattingh are just a few of the notable pastors scheduled to speak at the celebration.
Nearly 1,000 Christians gathered at the base of the Sea of Galilee to declare "Israel is forever" in a concert that kicked off a massive eight-day tour of the Holy Land with the Christian satellite channel, God TV.
"I welcome you to the homeland of your faith," Tourism Minister Uzi Landau told the crowd.
Kim Clement, a prophet and musician based in California, orchestrated the concert which dramatically recounted the restoration of Israel as a state through vivid images of the Holocaust and Middle Eastern music and dance.
Clement was joined - in a touching moment and perhaps the highlight of the evening - by members of a musical band from Shalva, an organization for children with special needs. The two teenage singers and musician from the Shalva band sang a version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and a song written especially by Clement for the Shalva children.
Shalva kids performing with Kim C
In the vision of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat and deputy mayor Naomi Tsur, green is the new gold. The two politicians hope to bring 10-million tourists and pilgrims to Jerusalem by the end of the decade, up from the current four million, by branding the holy city as both an environmental mecca and pilgrimage destination for the world's four billion Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Pursuing that agenda, Tsur - who founded the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel before entering municipal politics - orchestrated the First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage which opened here Sunday at a multi-faith gala at the landmark YMCA.
Amongst the highlights of the five-day congress, which coincides with Earth Day on April 22, was the display of 18 "Cool Globes" on exhibit at the nearby Mamilla Mall. Each of the five-foot diameter orbs artistically showcases a different solution to climate change - from solar power to rooftop gardens, and green buildings to fuel efficiency.
Initiated in Chicago in 2006 by environmental activist Wendy Abrams as a public art project dedicated to increasing awareness of global warming and climate change, "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet" sponsored an exhibit of 125 sculptures decorated with solutions to global warming. The works were on prominent display in Grant Park near the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Lake Michigan bike path
Beginning at sundown on April 14, Israel will begin its annual Memorial Day celebration (Yom Hazikaron. Across the country relatives of fallen soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks will gather at cemetaries and at their homes in remembrance of their loved ones. At 8 pm this evening a siren sill sound for one minute marking the beginning of Memorial Day. At 11 pm tomorrow, April 15, a two minute alarm will sound after which memorial day services will be held at locations across the country.
Each year Israel stops to remember those who fell in its defense and in terror attacks. As the sirens sound, people will stop on the street, halt their vehicles and get out of their cars, stand in their places of work, or at school, in order to remember those who have been killed.
In honory of Memorial Day, Prime Minister Netanyahu met today withBen Reuven (David Herman), the song writer that wrote "The Yonatan Victory March", in 1976 which was written in memory of the Prime Minister's brother, Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, and sing it.
Reuven told Prime Minister Netanyahu, "Like I wrote on the back of the disc, I am among the millions of people around the world who were deeply impressed by the daring and heroism of the Entebbe operation. I wrote the song and set it to music almost 40 years ago out of the urge to express my admiration for the great achievement of the Entebbe operation and the late Yoni Netany