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Feeling like you've caught the travel bug this winter? If you're looking for somewhere to travel and haven't considered Israel yet, it's time to start.
Here are eight reasons for you to join a record-breaking number of incoming tourists looking to experience Israel and all it has to offer.
Israel is small but mighty
At just 8,630 square miles, Israel is a considerably small country. Driving from the northern tip to the southern tip takes just six hours! And in that time, you can experience diverse climates, cities, cultures and more. Even on a quick trip, Israel offers a lot in just a short amount of time.
Year-round travel weather
For the most part, in major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel's climate is temperate year-round. You can visit anytime of year and not be bogged down by extreme highs or lows. Of course, desert cities like Eilat do get extremely hot in the summer, but you can always head to the coast and take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. So, if you're looking for a travel destination with little rain and lots of sun, add Israel to your list.
See diverse landscapes
Israel has just about every type of terrain for you to experience.
You can explore miles of sandy beaches along the warm, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea— or dip your toes in the Red Sea, brimming with colorful fish and coral, in Israel's southernmost city of Eilat.
Inland, the famous Dead Sea, the lowest elevation point on the planet, offers beaches and skin-nourishing mud frequented by tourists and locals alike.
If you feel like venturing higher into the atmosphere, Israel has plenty of mountains with beautiful views and trails. Heading north, you can access the Golan Heights, home to Mount Hermon or the Upper Galilee, where you can find Mount Meron. There's plenty to do at either of these locations, including mountain biking, hiking, and even snowboarding and skiing at Mount Hermon and wine tasting at Mount Meron.
It wouldn't be a trip to Israel without a visit to the desert. Although home to several, the most well-known desert in Israel is the Negev. Located in the southern region of Israel, the Negev offers many recreational ways to see the land including biking, jeep tours, bus tours, and perhaps most excitingly, camel rides.
Experience historic sites
With such a staggering and rich history, it's no surprise Israel is home to countless historically significant sites. If you're interested in religious history, you can go across the border to see the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, or in Israel there's the City of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. For Nabatean, Roman and Crusader history buffs in Israel, there's the Belvoir Fortress, the Templars' Tunnel,Shivta, the Roman ruins of Caesarea, and Masada, among numerous other options.
Live the Tel Aviv nightlife
Known as "the non-stop city" and named "the Mediterranean Capital of Cool" by The New York Times, Tel Aviv is the center of Israel's nightlife. But be prepared to stay up late: most nightclubs in Tel Aviv don't start to fill up until after midnight—more like 2 or 3 in the morning. You can find fun bars and clubs just about anywhere in the city, but some of the most legendary include The Block, The Breakfast Club, and Haoman 17.
Immerse yourself in the arts and culture
Israel is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. You can almost always find some sort of festival or event going on that suits your fancy. If you're into classical music, head to the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv to attend an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert; if you want to watch films, there are international film festivals in Haifa and Jerusalem; or if you're in the mood for world-class museums, check out the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Design Museum Holon, MadaTech, and The Israel Museum.
Enjoy the food scene
After exploring all the landscapes, landmarks, arts, and nightlife Israel has to offer, you'll probably have worked up quite an appetite. Lucky for you, Israel's food scene is first-rate.
Whether you're in the mood for traditional Israeli food or modern hipster fare, you can always find what you're looking for in Israel. And you can eat out without worrying about your bank account. Israel has some of the world's greatest street food, along with its higher-end fine dining experiences like Messa in Tel Aviv or Herbert Samuel in Herzliya. Not only that, Israel also features wonderful cafes and bakeries to satisfy even the smallest of appetites. In Tel Aviv alone, you can find micro-roastery and café Nahat, American café NOLA, Café XoHo and many more.
Get acquainted with the people
Part of the beauty of Israel is its diversity. Not just in its landscapes or art or cuisine, but in its residents. You can find all kinds of different people coexisting in this one small country –Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze – many of them immigrants from nations across the globe.
Keep in mind: native Israelis are called "Sabras" (Hebrew for cactus) because while they may be prickly and tough on the outside, inside they are soft and sweet. Take some time getting to know the locals, and you will not be disappointed by their charm, humor, and thoughtfulness.
Shelley Zuckerman is a Masa alum and the Masa Social Media and Content Manager.
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7 Ways You Can Make A Positive Change To The World In 2020
Many troubles plague our world as 2020 begins: Extreme weather. Deadly diseases. Water and food insecurity. Millions of desperate refugees.
We may think we can't make much difference in the face of such overwhelming problems. But we can each take actions leading toward a cleaner, safer and healthier future. Even small ones.
At ISRAEL21c, we've compiled practical suggestions toward achieving this goal with the help of Israeli ingenuity. Happy 2020!
Ditch your car and take a bus, train or ride-share
Using public transportation may be the biggest no-brainer answer to multiple environmental challenges.
Taking private cars off the road saves energy, improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps conserve land from development.
However, it is not always easy to synch buses and trains with your route and schedule.
The Israeli app Moovit is single handedly changing all that. More than 625 million users in 94 countries use the world's No. 1 mobility app to plan trips and track arrival times.
And because ride-sharing is often a better option, Moovit has partnered with another Israeli global leader in transportation technology, Waze, to help their millions of users easily arrange to ride together.
Save endangered habitats and protect biodiversity
Founded by Israeli professors Uri Shanas and Alon Tal, This is My Earth (TiME) is a nonprofit international environmental organization anyone can join for as little as $1 a year.
Members vote on which threatened habitat they want that year's crowdfunded donations to benefit. In 2016 and 2017, members voted to buy pieces of jungle to preserve in Peru and in 2018 they opted to purchase an endangered coral reef in Belize.
Plant a tree or a grapevine
Did you know that the average tree cleans up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air every year?
Trees and other plants give off oxygen, reduce soil erosion and pollution, and provide habitats for birds and mammals. Fruit-bearing plants relieve food stress.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been reforesting Israel for more than a century. Plant a tree through JNF for any occasion and a certificate will be sent to your recipient. If you're in Israel, you can arrange to plant it yourself at Neot Kedumim biblical nature reserve.
Plant grapevines in Israel for $18 each through the Israel Innovation Fund's Wine on the Vine project. Choose a participating Israeli winery and a participating charity that will also benefit from the purchase. If you buy at least five vines ($90), you're entitled to bottles from the chosen winery when you visit.
Get out and volunteer
Time is the most precious commodity you can give to a worthy cause. No matter where you live, you can be part of Israeli nonprofit projects that help people and the planet.
If you are interested in aiding refugees and victims of natural and manmade disasters around the world, consider volunteering with humanitarian relief organization IsraAID.
If you can spend a month or more helping with community-building projects in Nepal or Zambia, contact Tevel b'Tzedek, a Jerusalem-based humanitarian aid organization addressing issues such as education, agriculture, health and women's empowerment.
Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 and have five weeks to spare? Volunteer on an ambulance crew in the Israeli city of your choice with Magen David Adom, Israel's nationwide emergency response network. The program includes six weeks of basic or advanced EMS training.
Founded by two Israelis, GoEco matches volunteers with projects in 40 countries across the world, including Israel.
Whether you want to help rehabilitate injured turtles in Bali, be a medical volunteer in Costa Rica, join a sustainability and recycling workshop in Thailand or organize activities for disadvantaged children in Ireland – among many other possibilities – GoEco will set it up for you.
For 10 ways to volunteer in Israel on your next trip, click here.
Improve your air quality and energy consumption
Sensor-controlled living "green walls" from Vertical Field insulate your home or office from the heat and cold outside, while purifying the air inside. You can even choose to grow edible plants such as salad greens.
Aura Air combines an air purifier, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in one cool device. It detects dangerous gases and particles, and filters out bacteria, viruses, pollen, mold and fungi. A "sterionizer" generates positive and negative ions to freshen indoor air.
Install RoomMe from Intellithings in any room, and when you enter with your smartphone it adjusts temperature and lighting to your preset preferences. A vacancy detection feature saves energy by turning down lights and temperature when the room is unoccupied.
Click here for eight more ideas for greening your home.
Grow your own salad
Buying locally grown veggies benefits your body and environment. Fresher produce retains more vitamins and, not being trucked from a distant farm, leaves zero carbon footprint.
Use one of these Israeli inventions to farm hydroponically and hyper-locally –in your home – without dirt, bugs or pesticides. They use smart technology to nurture small amounts of any leafy green, herb, vegetable or fruit (such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and strawberries).
Seedo designed its grow box for up to five plants at a time. Plug Seedo into an electrical outlet, connect it to a water faucet or external water tank, install the included consumables, connect the device to the Seedo app, close the door and you're good to grow.
Expected to shipin Q1 2020, at about the same price point as Seedo, the Leaf refrigerator-sized electric grow boxcan raise one large plant from seeds or seedlings. Like Seedo, Leaf is controlled and monitored by a smartphone app, automatically adjusting nutrients, water, air and humidity levels; you just change the water.
Take better care of your health
Staying fit and healthy goes way beyond feeling well. Staggering costs associated with preventable chronic conditions caused by smoking, substance abuse and poor dietary choices are overwhelming many countries' healthcare systems. And the prescription meds we take ultimately pollute our waterways.
A new report from the World Health Organization says climate change is causing an increase in ailments caused by factors such as air pollution and mosquitos. There's no better time to take control, and several Israeli approaches can help.
Eating a low-carb Mediterranean diet is more effective than other low-fat diets in reducing liver fat. And that will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions associated with obesity, according to a groundbreaking Israeli study.
Researchers found that the most significant reductions in the measurable risk of heart disease came from a Mediterranean diet emphasizing vegetables, walnuts, legumes and moderate amounts of fish and poultry. That's exactly how many Israelis already eat, as we outlined in "13 reasons you should eat like an Israeli."
Connected to an app, Lumen analyzes the ratio of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2) in your breath when you wake up in the morning. This ratio reveals whether your body is currently producing most of its energy from fat or carbohydrates. The app uses that ratio to suggest the best diet and exercise plan for the day.
DayTwo provides a personalized nutrition plan based on your gut microbiome analysis, biometrics and lifestyle.
Tens of thousands of Israelis and Americans use DayTwo's home test kit and app to choose, log and track foods that best balance their blood sugar.
The microbiome is thought to pivotal play a role in conditions including obesity, diabetes, asthma, Crohn's and colitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's and more.
Tel Gezer and the Reckless Dairy Goat farm in Tal Shahar
On a beautiful sunny New year day 010620, the three musketeers head for the Reckless Dairy Goat Farm in Tal Shahar and then on to the historic version of Stonehedge, Tel Gezer for a little hike and R&R
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Tel Gazer the Israel Stonehedge, Dolly and Larry 90th birthday party and the evening at the Syim HaShass
I had the story on Friday about there is no time limit on Love. Dolly's pictures are from her and Larry's Party