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The beautiful Banias

by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

May 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

In the background of the Banias Spring is Pan’s Cave, where the waterway originated in ancient times. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The first thing you need to know about the Hermon-Banias Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights is that you will have to fight the temptation to dive into the crystal rushing springs or to... read full article

  • Beauty of the Dead Sea makes a stunning wedding destination

    by Michele Chabin

    May 21, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Finding a truly unique wedding destination can be difficult. There are countless special wedding venues scattered around the world, but few offer the distinctive beauty and amenities of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. 

    Although Ein Bokek, the Dead Sea’s hotel and tourism...

  • Jerusalem high on new skyline

    by Michele Chabin

    March 12, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Ten years ago, Jerusalem was just starting to emerge from the Second Intifada, which scared away local residents as well as investors. Many shops and restaurants closed during that period, leaving hundreds of storefronts with “for sale” signs. 

    Fast-forward 10 years, and...

  • Rare chance to see ancient biblical artifacts, documents

    by Michele Chabin

    March 5, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    An exhibition of more than 200 of the world’s rarest biblical manuscripts is drawing big crowds to the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. 

    The “Book of Books” exhibition will be housed at the museum through October. The museum, which contains a huge collection of artifacts produced in...

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  • Voluntouring in Israel

    by Viva Sarah Press

    March 5, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

    Voluntourism — volunteering and tourism — has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors...

  • Judaism in Norway: The longest Shabbat

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Every summer, Nikolaj Kahn faces a major Jewish problem.

    “It never gets dark,” Kahn said during a walkthrough of the Jewish Museum in Trondheim, Norway, located about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. “We get desperate calls from the cruise ships asking when Shabbat starts....

  • Mayan Riviera: Mayan ruins, shining sea

    by Lisa Alcalay Klug

    February 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Gazing at the expansive turquoise seas and white sands of the Mayan Riviera, it’s easy to imagine the infamous pirates of the Caribbean who once dominated these waters. This is where the notorious Captain William Kidd, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach and John “Calico Jack” Rackham...

  • Jerusalem’s First Station: All aboard for fun

    by Michelle Chabin

    October 9, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Jerusalem’s First Station may be more than 120 years old, but its smart new look, trendy shops and daily events have transformed it from an abandoned skeleton of a railway station into a place where young — and young-at-heart — locals as well as tourists, come to decompress.  

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