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Israel Travel on a Budget: Keeping Kosher @ Israel’s Hostels

Submitted by: Ben Julius In recent years, Israel’s hostel scene has seen something of a renaissance. The big, characterless, youth hostels of the past have joined with an ever-growing collection of fun, friendly, and international-style hostels catered towards budget-independent travelers. From Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, to the furthest depths of the Negev, the Galilee, and even the Golan Heights, new, […]

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Change Your Flights to Israel at No Cost* Due to “Operation Protective Edge”

Wishing the safety and security of all of our brothers and sisters in Israel. El Al and other airlines flying to and from Israel are not halting their flights into and out of Ben Gurion due to Hamas’ rocket attacks and Israel’s Operation Protective Edge response. Additionally, some airlines are allowing passengers who have already […]

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SIM Card for Israel Rental: $5/day, Unlimited!

Unlimited Israel has taken the pain out of renting a phone or related devices for your next Israel trip. They only offer top quality products for you to take with you to Israel, and easy to understanding pricing. For a limited time get 5% your next order.

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Keeping Kosher In Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

Post By: Arielle Klein  |  Last Date of Travel: January 2013 Looking for a natural wonder that’s rugged in it’s a beauty, and doesn’t exist outside of Israel? Then head to Mitzpe Ramon, where you can get the unique opportunity to see the Makhtesh Ramon, erroneously known as the Ramon crater, is a large geological […]

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Notice on Buying Food from Duty-Free Shops at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

The only store in Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) that did not buy or sell any chometz over Pesach and has properly sold their chometz for 2014 is the James Richardson Store at Gate D7, according to the CRC. (via Kashrut.com) According to JerusalemKosherNews: …this is the same information received in the past from the rav of the airport, […]

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Review of “Delicious Israel” Tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Written by: Eric Heine  /   Edited by: Talia Rona Most people like to do big things for their milestone birthdays, and I am no different. This year, my only problem was coming up with a good enough idea. Those who know me know that I have a passion for wine, food, cooking and diving.  Therefore, […]

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Ritz Carlton to Open First Hotel in Israel (updated)

UPDATE: The Ritz-Carlton at the Herzliya Marina is now open. The Ritz has a kosher restaurant location within. Other luxury hotels in Israel (Waldorf-Astoria in Jerusalem and a W Hotel in Jaffa), are open or opening soon. The Ritz Carlton has announced that they will be opening up their first resort in Israel, in Herzliya, an […]

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Reviewing 2 Kosher Restaurants in Eilat, Israel

Written by: Eric Heine (Last Date of Travel: Summer 2013) // Edited by: Talia Rona For the many Israelis and tourists who choose to go down to Southern Israel for a vacation, it is slightly upsetting to learn that it can be difficult to find kosher restaurants in Eilat.  However,  the good news is most, if not […]

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5 Shekel Coffee a Hit! Cofix Plans to Add Many New Branches in Israel

Cofix, a new discount coffee chain that has proven successful in Tel Aviv, is planning to open 50 more branches within the next 2 years, potentially 300 thereafter across Israel! The first 5, set to open in the next few months, will be located in Rishon L’Tzion, Givatayim, Netanya, and with 3 open(ing) in Tel […]

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Introducing “UP”: El-Al’s New Low Cost Airline

Yesterday, El-Al announced the launch of their new lost cost airline, “Up,” in an act to adapt to competing airlines’ low prices. This decision was in response to the low-cost airlines that have been flying to Israel extensively lately from Europe. The five destinations Up will fly to are Berlin (Germany), Prague (Czech), Budapest (Hungary), […]

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Free WiFi in Tel Aviv = Happy Tourists!

Tel Aviv is setting up 80 WiFi hot spots at local beaches, parks, and other tourist attractions around the city!  Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, stated that the city was a “leader in innovation” in this 21st century era where free internet access is an almost expected basic service. If you are around […]

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HOT DEAL: JFK to TLV for $684 Round Trip in Jan-Mar 2014!

We found fares going from JFK to Israel from mid January 2014 through the beginning of March 2014 for $684 round trip via Turkish Airlines with a stop-over in Istanbul (IST). Maybe people ask about the safety of flying via Turkey on this airline. Turkish Air is a perfectly safe airline and thousands of religious Jews […]

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New Hotel to Be Built at Terminal 3 in Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv

The Israel Airports Authority has recently approved the construction of a hotel within Ben Gurion International Airport. As is customary, there are usually multiple hotels near an airport in order to accommodate flight crews, professionals, and tourists. This hotel will cater to the niche of tourists whose needs haven’t been met thus far– the people […]

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List of Kosher McDonald’s in Israel

It’s a common misconception that all the McDonald’s restaurants in Israel are Kosher, and that when you are in Israel you can pass by any Mickey D’s and have a guilt-free “cheeseburger” off the Dollar Menu. This is untrue (for many reasons — what Dollar Menu?!), but luckily there are nearly 50 Kosher McDonald’s spread throughout […]

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5 New Unique Kosher Restaurants in Israel (Jerusalem, Herzlia, Ra’anana, and Moshav Bitzaron)

If there aren’t already enough restaurants in Israel to satisfy the Kosher foodie, here are 5 new ones to welcome into the mix! Each of these restaurants boasts a unique characteristic, from freshly-made pasta to a (new) old train station locale. Check ‘em out for yourself: La Pavée – (Jerusalem) A gourmet, Kosher L’Mehadrin French grill […]

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Q: Are GLATT KOSHER Meals Necessary on El Al Flights?

Recently, there were numerous conversations that took place on Facebook asking “Is Glatt Kosher necessary on El Al?” The question is an interesting one considering that ALL the food on El Al is supposedly kosher. I recently flew El Al (in December) and I automatically ordered a kosher meal (without thinking – that’s my knee jerk […]

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Jerusalem’s “First” Train Station: the Refurbished Station and Kosher Restaurants

In the center of Jerusalem, a few minutes walk from the Old City walls and central shopping area, lies a 19th Century train station with a route to Jaffa (that took 10 hours!) that has been dormant since 1998 when the line was closed down. [Read more about the history of the station here] I […]

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TRAVEL NEWS: Open Skies to Israel, EL AL to Eilat, Culture Festival in Jerusalem, and Morocco’s Jewish Museum

Content by Malcolm Ginsberg with additional reporting by Jewish.Travel staff Europeans plan more routes to Tel Aviv, Israelis mollified after initial outrage The big news in Jewish travel is the signing of the Open Skies agreement, which will increase competition and clear the way for bringing down travel costs in and out of Israel. Initially, the […]

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Best Kosher Vegetarian Restaurants in Jerusalem

If you’re a kosher traveler arriving to Jerusalem, you’ve pretty much arrived at kosher food mecca. It’s no surprise that finding kosher food in the holy city is as likely as bumping into your childhood friend on Ben Yehuda St. But what if you have more than one dietary restriction, like being a vegetarian? While most “dairy” restaurants […]

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Car Rental Specials In Israel From Noach Car Rental And Hertz!

Note from Dani: I rented with Noach Car Rental Agency in December 2012 – January 2013 and they helped me find the best rate with Hertz Israel. They helped me save even more by applying the “Shomer Shabbat” discount which means you won’t pay for the car on Shabbat – when you’re not using it […]

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Odelya, Tel Aviv [Review]

Review by: @ArielleKlein Looking for a great, homestyle restaurant that you can take the whole family to in Tel Aviv? Then look no further than Odelya. It is an affordable place that serves delicious Sephardic delicacies. The cuisine ranges from Libyan to Moroccan to Tunisian. One of my favorite things about this place is how […]

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Jerusalem and Extreme Sports

Contributed by: Joanna Shebson | Last Date of Travel: May 2011 Jerusalem  is often known for its religious significance but people don’t realize that its also a great place to experience extreme sports in a beautiful surrounding. In the last few weeks I had the opportunity to go snappeling (rappelling) & rock climbing with Challenge Tours (challengetours@gmail.com) in Valley […]

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Keeping Kosher in Haifa, Israel

Post by: Laurie Rappeport  | Author resides in Northern Israel Haifa has a reputation as a secular, Labor-affiliated city, but there are plenty of resources and touring opportunities for kosher travelers. Kosher Info:  Rondo Rondo is an elegant kosher meat restaurant which is located in the Dan Carmel hotel on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. The restaurant […]

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JEM’s Beer Factory in Petach Tikvah, Israel [Review]

It is not often as a kosher consumer that you experience a unique kosher eating experience. Although there is more and more innovation in the kosher restaurant business, there are still plenty of subpar kosher places where adding a sushi menu is seen as innovative and are mostly frequented for the sheer ease and comfort […]

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Yeshiva Week Tips for Things to do in NYC, Miami, and Israel

For the many parents whose kids are off from school next week due to “Yeshiva Week” vacation, we know how tough it could be to keep the kids entertained for the week, whether you’re staying at home or heading on vacation. Here are some tips for those of you staying in (or headed to) NYC, […]

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El Al Offering “Economy Class Plus” Seats – Good Luck

Having just flown El Al, I can confirm that there is a need for more legroom and extra amenities in-flight. Now, while I can’t be one to complain considering how cheap my tickets were, I’m not sure whether to be excited or insulted that El Al is now offering an upgrade within Economy seating to […]

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Packing & Preparing for a Winter Trip to Jerusalem, Israel

Having spent a significant amount of time in Israel on and off for the past 14 years, I always relished my time spent in Jerusalem. One thing I did not love was the insane temperature swings that came with winter days in the city. The trick to packing yourself for heading to multiple climates all […]

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Rent or Buy? Complete Guide to Israel Cell Phones & SIM Cards for Travelers

Last year I wrote about your options for renting a cell phone in Israel and I’m realizing, as I prepare for my next trip to Israel this winter, that I’ve oversimplified a very complex issue. The more research I’m doing, the more complex I’m realizing the landscape of options actually is for travelers to Israel. […]

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✈ Keeping Kosher in the Golan Heights, Israel

Contributed by: Laurie Rappeport | Last Date of Travel: December 2012 Kosher Information: Kibbutz Merom HaGolan Kosher Dining Room The Merom HaGolan kibbutz, along the eastern border of the Golan Heights, offers simple kibbutz-style dining to tourists who want a filling kosher meal while they’re traveling through the area. The dining area seats up to […]

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✈ Keeping Kosher in Northern Galilee (Galil), Israel

Contributed by: Laurie Rappeport | Last Date of Travel: December 2012 Kosher Information: Stupps, Moshav Amirim Visitors to Mt. Meron (Har Meron) and the Meron region can enjoy a dairy meal at Stupps in Moshav Amirim, 15 minutes west of Safed next to Mt. Meron. The menu is dairy and includes salads, appetizers, casseroles, soups, […]

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✈ Keeping Kosher in Tzfat (Safed), Israel

Contributed by: Laurie Rappeport | Author resides in Tzfat Kosher Info: Over the past 30 years the religious population of the city has increased along with tourists who expect to find high quality kosher food in the city. These days there are a wide range of kosher restaurants from which to choose. One of the […]

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Ridiculously Awesome Doughnuts in Israel for Chanukah

By @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent Just about everywhere you turn in Israel during Chanukah you’ll encounter sufganiyot, or doughnuts. Supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, and yes, bakeries. And in all those places you can always pick up a powdered sugar-covered, strawberry jelly filled confection. Sometimes even chocolate or caramel filled too. But if you want to […]

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Le Méridien Dead Sea (Israel) Award Redemption as low as 2,000 SPG Points!

As some of you know, I'm always looking out for the best deals in Travel, especially as they relate to Jewish related Travel. I recently came across a post on Dansdeals that I immediately took advantage of.    Being a huge fan of Starwood hotels (and the SPG American Express card), I try and rack […]

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Kosher Options at Ben-Gurion Airport (TLV)

Text and photos by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent UPDATED: No matter how much you fill yourself up on food while on vacation in Israel, you’re bound to get hungry when you face a two hour or longer wait at the airport before your flight home. Of all airports in the world, Ben-Gurion is probably the most […]

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“Village Green” in Jerusalem [Review]

Text and photos by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent People regularly ask me for restaurant recommendations for a birthday or romantic date in Jerusalem, or what my favorite eatery is. But I almost never answer, or give them the answer they’re looking for, for two reasons. Firstly, I cook at home much more than I eat out, […]

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Fly Alitalia from Tel Aviv to NYC for Under $600 with Tax!

Just saw this posted to DansDeals.com and had to share this deal from Alitalia:   This deal is bookable right on the Alitalia USA site. Use the following “E-Coupon” code for 25% off on the page after selecting your desired flights: "SPECIAL" 25% off rules: Travel must be booked by 10/26 and begin between 11/05/12 […]

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New Kosher Restaurant at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV): Schmoozy Tapas & Wine Bar

Earlier this month a brand new kosher eatery & bar opened at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) (known in Israel as "נתב״ג") called "Schmoozy Tapas & Wine Bar". The large and spacious restaurant also includes a separate smoking lounge for travelers … which I was assured does not make the restaurant smell like smoke. The […]

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Navigating & Kosher Options at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station

Article and photos by @AmySpiro On your trip to Israel, even if your home base is Jerusalem, chances are you’ll want to stretch your wings a little and visit the rest of the country. And unless you’re renting a car, you’ll probably end up at the Central Bus Station on Yaffo Road. It’s a busy […]

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Best Kosher Sushi Restaurants in Jerusalem, Israel

Once you’ve had your fill of falafel and schwarma on the streets of Jerusalem, you’ll be happy to know that there is more variety to be had in Israel’s capital. Over the past couple of decades, Jerusalem has become a cosmopolitan city, with restaurants offering up cuisine from French to Chinese, Italian and Latin American. […]

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“Babette”: A Waffle House in Jerusalem [Review]

By @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent I have a soft spot for restaurants that serve basically just one type of food (see Pasta Basta, for example). I guess it is because I assume that if you specialize in just one food, you must be pretty good at it. (I have since been proved wrong on this, but […]

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David InterContinental Hotel Tel Aviv “Aubergine” Restaurant [Review] (and other recommendations)

Review & Photos by Hillel Fuld (@HilzFuld) So the David InterContinental Hotel Tel Aviv invited us to experience the hotel restaurant last night and give them my opinion on the new menu. Having visited the hotel before, I had high expectations, very high. But nothing prepared me for what I found when I got there. […]

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OFFICIAL: EL AL is Honoring All Reduced Fare Tickets!

Very Impressive. El Al is doing the right thing here (in my opinion) and honoring the tickets sold this past Monday. On top of that, they are offering ticket holders the option to book a direct flight for an extra $75 since the reduced fares are all with stopovers in Europe. DOUBLE WOW. KUDOS.   […]

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Visiting Gush Etzion, Israel

Shalom from the Gush! Only minutes away for Jerusalem, is a unique cluster of Jewish communities known as Gush Etzion, aka “The Gush.” In Hebrew Gush means bloc. So in English these communities would be called the Etzion Bloc. The bloc has a rich history that represents Jewish nationalist idealism. Without getting into politics, today […]

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Navigating the Jerusalem Shuk

Photos and article by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent It’s a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world, and with good reason. A trip through Mahane Yehuda, more commonly just called “the shuk,” is an experience like no other, and one you can spend 10 minutes or a whole day completing. I often pass […]

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Dining on Emek Refaim in Jerusalem

Article by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent Move over Ben Yehuda Street, there’s a new hotspot in Jerusalem, and it’s Emek Refaim. Of course that’s if hotspot means teeming with yeshiva and seminary students and tourists. The long street is located just South of the center of the city, about a 15 minute walk from downtown. Close […]

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In Israel: Burger King > McDonald’s > Burger Ranch [Opinion]

I know. Burger King hasn't been in Israel in nearly 2 years since the Israeli burger chain, Burger Ranch (pronounced Booger R'aanch by Israelis), bought out BK in 2010, which was sad because I LOVED Burger King on Ben Yehuda 10+ years ago when I studied in Israel. Last year on my visit to Israel, […]

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A Review of “Pasta Basta” in Jerusalem, Israel

Article and photos by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent There are many restaurants that get their clientele from their locations on main thoroughfares. But it’s the ones hidden away from the public eye – and heard about by way of mouth – that often have the tastiest fare. Such is the case with Pasta Basta, a tiny hole-in-the-wall […]

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Jerusalem Light Rail

Riding the Jerusalem Light Rail / רוכבים על רכבת הקלה בירושלים

Article and photos by @AmySpiro, Israel correspondent for YeahThatsKosher If you haven’t been in Jerusalem in the past year or so, you’ll notice a new, modern addition zooming through parts of the ancient city. That’s the Jerusalem Light Rail. And while residents of the city have been grumbling and moaning about the construction and mess […]

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Open for Passover Kosher Restaurants [Israel: South] 2012

WHY ARE YOU HERE? SEE THE UPDATED 2014 LIST HERE   Here’s a list of the Kosher restaurants open over Pesach chol hamoed in the Tel Aviv metro area, including many of the surrounding towns. If there is an update to this list, please comment below or tweet us at @YeahThatsKosher. Thank you and chag […]

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Open for Passover Kosher Restaurants [Israel: North] 2012

WHY ARE YOU HERE? SEE THE UPDATED 2014 LIST HERE   Here’s a list of the Kosher restaurants open over Pesach chol hamoed in the Tel Aviv metro area, including many of the surrounding towns. If there is an update to this list, please comment below or tweet us at @YeahThatsKosher. Thank you and chag […]

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