3 award-worthy Dan hotels in Israel

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv pool

On a five-day trip to Israel, I stayed at three Dan hotels and noticed something special about each one. “If I could give each establishment an award, what would it be?” I thought. And my fickle mind couldn’t decide on just one award so each gets two. Read on to find out how these hotels compare […]

Sightseeing in Israel part 1: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa and Mt. Carmel

Bahai Gardens, Haifa

If you’re ever in doubt that international news fails to affect the modern world, tell family and friends you’re going to Israel and notice their reactions. Concern is definitely there. Worry too. The Middle East is a headline-capturing area and its political conflicts seem to be an ever-present dark cloud that hovers over the region. […]

What and where to eat in Israel: Top 20 tips

Lahmacun-Dan-Gourmet-Cooking-School

On a five-day Taste of Israel tour organized by Stand With Us, I visited local restaurants, bustling food markets and participated in cooking classes that connected me to some of the people and mouth-watering foods of Israel. Since I’m still progressing from what used to be a picky palate, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed […]

An Expensive Security Loophole Between Geneva and Tel Aviv

At the "Cotton Gate" near the Dome of the Rock, a Hasidic man has come right up to the line where Jordanian control of the area begins. He is reading passionately from the Torah while two Jordanian soldiers watch.

I’m leaving Geneva (on a Swiss International Air Lines flight operated by El Al airlines) headed to Tel Aviv. Since I’m going to be in Israel for less than a week, I’ve intentionally packed light: no checked luggage and just two carry-ons—a soft-sided roll-aboard and the backpack that holds my computer, cameras, etc. I own […]

DigIsrael: Top 3 Historical Sites in The Holy Land

Mount of Olives- Overview of Jerusalem

I’ve  been learning about Israel for as long as I can remember, from studying religion in grade school to debating Middle East relations as a political science major in college. So needless to say, the mystifying and provocative country has always been on my radar. And though I’ve imagined what it would be like, my […]

The Five Best Restaurants in Tel Aviv

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Did you know that 95 percent of the restaurants in Tel Aviv are NOT Kosher? On my recent trip there, local tour guide Doron Ozer took me and my travel companions a little jaunt through the quaint and funky neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. Located in the southwestern part of the city, the neighborhood had been […]

Israel: Not Just a Place to Pray… A Place to Play

Sunrise at Masada

Regardless of whom I told that I was going to Israel, one thing was consistent – everyone had a reaction. Some expressed fear over going to a place where political tensions are ongoing. Others were overjoyed with sentiments that ranged from “I could feel the spirituality under my feet with every step,” to “Israel changed […]

My Top 2009 Hotel Rooms

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Copacabana Palace — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil The most prestigious hotel in South America is the Copacabana Palace. It was built in 1923 and practically every celebrity (Tom Cruise checked in just after we checked out) or dignitary who has visited Rio has stayed here. Here’s my trip report. JW Marriott — Guanacaste, Costa Rica […]