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    • gilabrand's Profile Photo

      Passover seder in Jerusalem

      Jerusalem Mar 23, 2015 at 1:01 AM

      As I do every year, I am inviting any VTers who are so inclined to participate in our traditional Passover seder in Jerusalem on April 3, Friday night. If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible!

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      Tour to Istanbul

      Israel Mar 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Hi! I'm going to be in Israel for about 3 weeks starting on April 26th. We plan to go for 3 or 4 days to Istanbul at some point.

      My wife was there about 10 years ago and she remembers buying a package that included flight and hotel, really cheap. She bought it directly in Israel.

      Does anyone know if those kind of packages still exist? If so, who sells them and how much are they approximately?

      Thanks!!
      Matías

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      Beit Hatfutsot Museum, Tel Aviv

      Israel Mar 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      I would like to identify the 18 model synagogues there, but using catalogues outside Israel I have only managed 12:
      1. - Florence
      2. - the great Tlomackie St. Synagogue, Warsaw.
      3. -Dura Ehropos, 245 AD on Euphrates in northern Syria
      4. - Great Portuguese synagogue, Amsterdam 1675.
      5. - Beth Shalom synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1954
      6. - Second century AD synagogue in Sardis, Turkey. First built as a secular basilica
      7. - synagogue of Kaifeng, China, 1163 rebuilt 1653
      8. - interior of 'Ibu Dannan' synagogue, Fez. Mid-17th century
      9. - Rashi chapel, Worms, an annex to the ancient synagogue of 1034
      10. - Altneuschul, Jewish quarter, Prague. Built 1270.
      11. - Moorish style synagogue, Toledo c. 1200. Later turned into Sta Maria la Blanca church.
      12. - Rabbi Shemuel Ha'Levi Abulafia Synagogue, Toledo after 1492 turned into El Transito Church.
      Can someone help me complete this list with the six missing synagogues pleas? Stefan

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      Best area to stay

      Jerusalem Mar 7, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Hi! I'm going to Jerusalem with my wife and 2yr old son at the end of April. I've never been there so I'm a bit lost regarding location.

      What is a good area to stay at? What is the "difference" between the West and East Jerusalem? Would you stay in/near the old city?

      Thanks for the help!
      Matías

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      Going to Massada with an Israeli rented car?

      Jerusalem Mar 12, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      As far as I found out, the best way to go to Massada national park from Jerusalem will lead through Westbank by taking route nr. 1 to the dead sea and follow its bank via route nr. 90 to Massada....

      Is it allowed to go this route with a car rented from an Israeli company? When I get it right, I will not leave Israeli controlled area (Zone C), so the car should be still insured?

      Will I have to pass check-points/border stations on this route? Or are they only between the zones A and B and Isreali controlled areas?

       

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      Annoyances and limitations due to Shavuot?

      Jerusalem Mar 4, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I'm thinking about a journey to Israel at Pentecost. Will there be annoyances and limitations due to Shavuot? Are there any sights, which should be avoided due to this feast?

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      Tour to Istanbul

      Israel Mar 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Hi! I'm going to be in Israel for about 3 weeks starting on April 26th. We plan to go for 3 or 4 days to Istanbul at some point.

      My wife was there about 10 years ago and she remembers buying a package that included flight and hotel, really cheap. She bought it directly in Israel.

      Does anyone know if those kind of packages still exist? If so, who sells them and how much are they approximately?

      Thanks!!
      Matías

      4 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 6:19 AM
    • gilabrand's Profile Photo

      Passover seder in Jerusalem

      Jerusalem Mar 23, 2015 at 1:01 AM

      As I do every year, I am inviting any VTers who are so inclined to participate in our traditional Passover seder in Jerusalem on April 3, Friday night. If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible!

      3 Answers Mar 23, 2015 at 5:24 AM
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      Beit Hatfutsot Museum, Tel Aviv

      Israel Mar 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      I would like to identify the 18 model synagogues there, but using catalogues outside Israel I have only managed 12:
      1. - Florence
      2. - the great Tlomackie St. Synagogue, Warsaw.
      3. -Dura Ehropos, 245 AD on Euphrates in northern Syria
      4. - Great Portuguese synagogue, Amsterdam 1675.
      5. - Beth Shalom synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1954
      6. - Second century AD synagogue in Sardis, Turkey. First built as a secular basilica
      7. - synagogue of Kaifeng, China, 1163 rebuilt 1653
      8. - interior of 'Ibu Dannan' synagogue, Fez. Mid-17th century
      9. - Rashi chapel, Worms, an annex to the ancient synagogue of 1034
      10. - Altneuschul, Jewish quarter, Prague. Built 1270.
      11. - Moorish style synagogue, Toledo c. 1200. Later turned into Sta Maria la Blanca church.
      12. - Rabbi Shemuel Ha'Levi Abulafia Synagogue, Toledo after 1492 turned into El Transito Church.
      Can someone help me complete this list with the six missing synagogues pleas? Stefan

      7 Answers Mar 24, 2015 at 12:57 AM
    • schmechi's Profile Photo

      Going to Massada with an Israeli rented car?

      Jerusalem Mar 12, 2015 at 6:43 AM

      As far as I found out, the best way to go to Massada national park from Jerusalem will lead through Westbank by taking route nr. 1 to the dead sea and follow its bank via route nr. 90 to Massada....

      Is it allowed to go this route with a car rented from an Israeli company? When I get it right, I will not leave Israeli controlled area (Zone C), so the car should be still insured?

      Will I have to pass check-points/border stations on this route? Or are they only between the zones A and B and Isreali controlled areas?

       

      12 Answers Mar 27, 2015 at 5:18 AM
    • msocolin's Profile Photo

      Best area to stay

      Jerusalem Mar 7, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Hi! I'm going to Jerusalem with my wife and 2yr old son at the end of April. I've never been there so I'm a bit lost regarding location.

      What is a good area to stay at? What is the "difference" between the West and East Jerusalem? Would you stay in/near the old city?

      Thanks for the help!
      Matías

      10 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 2:08 AM
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      Annoyances and limitations due to Shavuot?

      Jerusalem Mar 4, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      I'm thinking about a journey to Israel at Pentecost. Will there be annoyances and limitations due to Shavuot? Are there any sights, which should be avoided due to this feast?

      12 Answers Mar 7, 2015 at 10:46 AM
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      Tiberias Things to Do

      Tiberias Feb 24, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      "Colours water fountaun" that you write about has stopped several months ago.
      You need to tell tourists like me not to spend time seeking for somethings that do not exist!

      3 Answers Feb 25, 2015 at 6:25 AM
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      taxi availability on shabbat for saturday morning flight?

      Jerusalem Feb 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      my research on this issue is conflicting--i have seen references that it is nearly impossible to get a cab to the airport on saturday mornings and other references show its no big deal that cabs are available, possibly for a higher fee. I am researching a possible future trip, but is it easy to catch a cab in jerusalem on saturday mornings? I think we would stay in the christian quarter. We dont mind paying a higher fee and/or making a specific reservation, we would just need to be able to get to the airport! this would be in march of next year. thank you.

      4 Answers Feb 18, 2015 at 7:23 AM
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      Tel Aviv & around 8 days

      Tel Aviv-Yafo Feb 17, 2015 at 6:16 AM

      We will be base in Tel Aviv and are planning day trips. We are contemplating if we should rent a car for just a couple of days or the entire of our stay?

      Can anyone suggest an itinerary where to go ? How is parking like ?? Is it expensive?
      Many thanks! :)

      12 Answers Feb 23, 2015 at 1:57 AM
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      Israel with a 2yr old

      Israel Feb 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Hi! We are planning a trip to Israel with our 2yr old boy. We have about 3 weeks total, but plan to go to Istanbul for 3 or 4 days during that time.

      So my question is, what are the MUST see places? Is there any place where it would be difficult to go with my son? We'll probably be staying with family near Tel Aviv, and they might lend us a car.

      Thanks!!
      Matías

      6 Answers Feb 15, 2015 at 2:45 AM
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      Tel-aviv adventures

      Tel Aviv-Yafo Feb 5, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Is it feasible to make my base at a beach hotel in city, rent a car, and do day trips out to Jerusalem, Nazareth etc.. or should I get lodging for each adventure? I will be in Israel for 3 weeks. Please advise your wisdom.
      Thanx!#
      Rich

      6 Answers Feb 8, 2015 at 2:57 AM
    • How to get from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion airport on saturday?

      Tel Aviv-Yafo Feb 5, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      Help me and my wife to get from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion air port on Saturday

      7 Answers Feb 8, 2015 at 2:58 AM
    • Best way to get from Jerusalem to Haifa

      Haifa Feb 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      What mode of transportation would you suggest between Jerusalem and Haifa? Someone suggested train to Tel Aviv and then bus to Haifa. Someone else said you could take a bus all the way from Jerusalem and it only took 2 hours. (In which case why go thru Tel Aviv?) I have also seen that, though the train route is slow, it is very scenic. (More scenic than the bus route?)

      Any help in sorting this out would be appreciated. Thanks

      6 Answers Feb 8, 2015 at 3:00 AM
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      Take a Tour or do it yourself

      Israel Jan 28, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      We are thinking of Israel in early June 2015 and would like to know if it is easy to do it yourself. We have taken a lot of tours in other countries and the efficiency is what I like best BUT sharing the experience with 30 other people is not the greatest. We are looking to do Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and take day trips to all the other out of town highlights. If you could recommend tour companies and sights to see that would be great.

      6 Answers Feb 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM
    • Akko - Cars in the old city

      Akko Jan 26, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      I understand that I cannot drive in the old city of Akko. Can I leave a car outside of the old city, with luggage in it, while visiting the old city? Will there be a problem with theft? Will there be a problem with Israeli security not liking cars sitting around with unattended luggage?

      2 Answers Jan 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM
    • Witch currency to take with?

      Israel Jan 17, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      Hi! Planing to go to Israel soon. Witch currency is better to take with € or $? Thanks!

      27 Answers Feb 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM
    • going for leave

      Tel Aviv-Yafo Jan 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      I am an international student and i have to go back to my native country every 9 months , i will be on a 3 month leave
      So is there any place where i could store my luggage rather than carrying it back ???

      6 Answers Jan 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM
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      How to get to border from Jerusalem by bus?

      Israel Jan 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      1. Is that correct that from Jerusalem to Allenby Boarder, I can take the he shuttle bus from Damascus gate? Do I need to make reservation if Damascus Gate is not the final terminal? It takes about 45 mins? The price is about 45 ILS?
      2. How to get to the South border (Taba) from Jerusalem? How long does it take and how much?

      2 Answers Jan 4, 2015 at 8:53 AM
    • How to plan little free time in Israel

      Israel Dec 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      I would need help in planning a very little free time I will have on my trip to Israel. I will be stationed in Haifa. All that I will have available is one evening after 18.00 and then from Thursday 19.00 till Saturday 18.00 (Sabbath...), when my plane takes off.
      Any suggestions would be really welcome. I would prefer to see Christian sites like Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Betlehem (where I could also maybe get a glimpse of the Arab culture).

      How safe is it to travel to Betlehem or spend a night there?
      Would it make sense (especially on safety grounds) to leave Haifa at 19.00 and travel to Betlehem or Jerusalem (that could maximise my tour time on the following day)?
      Is it really necessary to come to the airport full 3h before the flight?

      Any itinerary ideas greatly appreciated.
      Thanks

      8 Answers Jan 4, 2015 at 6:10 AM
    • Sat Nav and Care Hire

      Israel Dec 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I'll be hiring a car from Tel Aviv airport. How reliable are the cars and does anyone know if I could rent a car with built in Sat Nav for Israel?
      Or will I have to hire Sat Nav separately?

      2 Answers Dec 31, 2014 at 7:22 AM
    • Israel and the West Bank by car

      Israel Dec 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Hello everyone. I'll be travelling around Israel for 3 days by car. The places I want to visit are Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Basically I need to know if it is safe to cross into the West Bank?
      How good are the main roads in the areas mentioned?
      How long do the checks take to cross back and fore from the West Bank?
      How much is petrol?
      What side of the road do cars travel?
      Is it ok to spend a night in a hotel within the West Bank?
      All answers will be greatly appreciated and any other tips that I haven't thought of will be most welcome. Thank you.

      5 Answers Jan 1, 2015 at 5:11 AM
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      special ticket fees

      Jerusalem Dec 25, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      Would special fees be available for students, teachers, elderlies, handicaps etc for entrance ticket in Jerusalem ?

      12 Answers Dec 31, 2014 at 1:56 AM
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      US or EURO

      Jerusalem Dec 23, 2014 at 4:18 AM

      Which one is better for exchange of ILS? Thanks.

      8 Answers Dec 31, 2014 at 12:57 AM
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      A child story/picture book

      Jerusalem Dec 23, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      I want to buy one from Israel. I will be in Jerusalem, not yet confirm which area to stay thought. Could people living there give me an idea where to get one? I wish to do a quick shop only. Thanks.

      7 Answers Feb 1, 2015 at 3:27 AM
    • Is it safe travel to Israel and Jordan after the last incidents?

      Israel Dec 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      My partner and me we're going to travel to Israel and Jordan from December 27 to January 5 .
      After the last incidientes ( attacks , riots ... ) we're pretty worried. Has someone recently visited these two countries and can tell us how the situation is and if it's possible to travel safely?

      We must decide soon what to do, so we will really appreciate your help.

      Thank you very much .

      8 Answers Dec 21, 2014 at 2:30 AM
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      travelling during Easter

      Israel Dec 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      I think the weather would be nice, however, would shops closed or transport limited like Shabbat?

      7 Answers Dec 28, 2014 at 2:43 AM
    • From Netanya to the Kotel ? How to get there by Public Transport

      Jerusalem Dec 2, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      please advise us of the Public Transport available from Netanya to The Kotel ?

      8 Answers Dec 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM
    • Taxi on Shabbat

      Tel Aviv-Yafo Nov 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Hello,

      I am planning on taking a flight at 5:25 am on a Saturday from Tel Aviv. Will I have any trouble finding a taxi at 3:30 am on a Saturday (since it is shabbat and so late/early in the morning)?

      thank you

      8 Answers Jan 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM
    • Jenin back to Jerusalem

      Jerusalem Nov 2, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      I am travelling to Jenin on Friday for the annual olive harvest festival. I am travelling from Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. I understand how to get to the festival (bus 18 to ramallah, shared taxi to Jenin, and then a private taxi to the site). However, my question is, how do I get back to Jerusalem after the festival (it ends at 8pm)? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • How safe is it for a tourist in Israel, now? Late October 2014.

      Israel Oct 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      My wife and I are travelling with an Italian Tour to typical sites in Israel in late October.

      Our previous tour operator (US based) cancelled a tour scheduled for 3 November, citing "unrest" as the contributing factor.

      9 Answers Oct 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM