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Activities

Jerusalem Area

Begin Museum- outside the Old City
Caliber 3- Shooting Range in Gush Etzion
Ramparts Walk- on top of the Old City walls
Tzomet Institute - Alon Shvut
Kotel Tunnel Tours/Old City Jewish and/or Muslim Quarter Tours (PM satturn if you want a private tour)
Old City Jewish and Muslim Quarter Tours (pm @satturn )
Churva/Ramban
Machon Hamikdash
Burnt house
Gichon
4 Sephardi Shuls
Old Yishuv Court
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2048 - Tlv - Incredible fun experience! Active Activities in each room. cool team game, electrifying, challenging and especially fun!
Time Elevator in Jerusalem- Don't waste your time.
City of David (Ir David)-Amazing-you must take a tour to fully understand the site.
Segway tour-interesting way to waste a few hrs-NOT an absolute must do
Biking - Beatiful trails in the valleys outside of the city. PM Drago if interested.
http://tmsifting.org/en/visitor-and-volunteer-information/
https://www.patbamelach.com/
https://www.galita.co.il/en
Yad Vashem
Martef Hashoah - Kever Dovid
Migdal Dovid- Museum of Jerusalem
Bibical Zoo/Aquarium/Ein Yael
Tax Museum
Gush Katif Museum
Science Museum
Bible Lands Museum
Israel Museum
Italian Jewish Art Museum
Beit Harav Kook
Underground prisoners
Kneset /Rose Garden/Bird watching
Shuk Machane Yehuda - Kever of Gerrer Rebbes
Mearat Tzidkiyahu/Rockefeller Museum
Belz Shul
Har Hatzofim
Har Hazeisim
Har Hamenuchos
Ammunition Hill
CHaggall Windows @ Haddasa
Chutzot HaYotzer/Park Teddy
Great Syn/Jewish Art Museum
National Library
Supreme Court
Jclay
Mamila
Gan Sacher - sports fields, picniking, exercise equpment, amazing huge kids climbing area

Tel Aviv/Center

Blind or Deaf Museum in Cholon- Blind, amazing. Deaf, good. Prior reservation needed.
Hagana Museum in Tel Aviv--15NIS per adult; students free; a bit disjointed and kind of fake acting in the videos, but mostly very interesting and educational.
Bullet Factory in Rechovot

Beit Shemesh to Modiin area (Jerusalem Corridor)

Escape the Machsan escape room (Rechov Nachal Sorek)
Stalactite caves
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Agrocafe coffee workshop
Several wineries in the area
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Caves from bar kochva period in Adulam
H/T Drago
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Park Rabin - hiking...
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North

"My Baby - Kids' Airport" - amusement park, mostly indoors, awesome for the entire family. Bowling, wall climbing that all ages can enjoy, bungee jumping, bumper carts, carousels, huge swings, Space Jump, tons, 2 huge buildings. Located in Kfar Yasif, Yarka. Near highways 70 & 85. https://www.mybaby.co.il/about
Kfar Kedem - https://www.k-k.co.il/?lang=en
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Golan Heights

Bereshit Apple processing center
Tel Dan nature reserve (similiar to Banias Waterfall -slightly easier & toddler friendly)
Banias Waterfall
Nimrod's Fortress in the Golan
Kayaking down the Jordan River
Mount Hermon Ski Lift
Mount Bental Overlook/Bunkers
Golan Heights Winery
Yehudiya Nature Reserve Hiking

South

Nachal Dragot (aka Darja)- an intense hike near the Dead Sea
Sunrise tour of Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea aprx $70

Good summary of many hikes:
http://hikingintheholyland.com/

FB group with many ideas of activities
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidsdaysoutisrael

Separate Beaches - AS OF 2022!
The suitability of the area around the separate beach area varies.

Separate Areas for Men and Women:
Tveria - Kinar Hotel
Tveria - Chof Menachem
Tveria - near Chamei Tveria
Yam Hamelach - International Beach
Yam Hamelach - Chamei Zohar

Men: Mon, Wed, Fri - Women: Sun, Tues, Thurs
Akko X2
Ashdod
Ashkelon
Bat Yam
Chaifa X2
Hertzilya (only in the summer?? BZ only??)
Netanya - Kiryat Sanz
Rishon Letzion
Tel Aviv - Sheraton

Men: Tues, Fri - Women: Mon, Weds
Nahariya

Switches bet Mornings (7a-1p) and Afternoons (1p-7p)
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Men Morning: Sun, tues, thurs  - afternoon: Mon, wed, fri
Women Morning: Mon, Weds, Fri - Afternoon: Sun, Tues, Thurs
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11620 on: July 31, 2022, 11:32:38 PM »
I did it thru kiryat arba last week and seemed pretty safe.
Most  people dont do it since its not safe.
see above:
Technically, if you stay on the correct route the whole time.
HOWEVER, there are a lot of turns in the road and the exit goes straight, and as the cabbie told us:
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11621 on: July 31, 2022, 11:37:08 PM »
Any good cold springs anywhere north?
Went to gush etzion and it was pretty small and not wat I had in mind.
Lots of ideas here
https://hikingintheholyland.com/
Banias river byob raft is a good one for the summer
lots of fun waterfall hikes if you're up to it

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11622 on: August 01, 2022, 06:44:14 AM »
Any good cold springs anywhere north?
Went to gush etzion and it was pretty small and not wat I had in mind.

The achziv water hike is really amazing!! Its located near nahariya and shlomi both with kosher food. The water is cold and its a really long walk with plenty of deep and shallow areas. It ends up by a waterfall. (I never reached the waterfall though)

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11623 on: August 01, 2022, 09:26:01 AM »
Hertz gave me a hard time insisting not only on a paper copy, but also that it is dated close to the rental (we had one from about 5 months earlier, from a postponed trip due to COVID- they declined that one). One agent also insisted that the letter specifically mentions Israel (CSR letter says "valid worldwide" which was not sufficient for one of the agents, but the other one accepted it.

Are there any easy ways to get this letter? Regular SM was as useless as expected. Thanks.

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« Reply #11624 on: August 01, 2022, 11:09:02 AM »
Are there any easy ways to get this letter? Regular SM was as useless as expected. Thanks.
There's a number to call and they email it to you right away. I don't remember off hand which, I think Dan has it in his DDMS posts.

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« Reply #11625 on: August 01, 2022, 12:34:16 PM »
Are there any easy ways to get this letter? Regular SM was as useless as expected. Thanks.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11626 on: August 01, 2022, 05:21:32 PM »
Anybody know what's the story with wineries this year (Shemitta)? Are there tours?
Any specific ones you recommend?
Gush Ezion winery has a mehadrin dairy restaurant that is great.

The tour was decent, the wine was great and you can choose to add a cheese board to the tasting if you donít want to have a full meal.

There was another discuss upthread about a different winery as well.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11627 on: August 02, 2022, 06:25:41 AM »
I'm trying to find out the name of a specific hotel. I heard it's a really nice place right outside Jerusalem, they have kosher food with a good hechsher, and a very good spa. Does anyone know what I'm referring to?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11628 on: August 02, 2022, 06:42:41 AM »
I'm trying to find out the name of a specific hotel. I heard it's a really nice place right outside Jerusalem, they have kosher food with a good hechsher, and a very good spa. Does anyone know what I'm referring to?
Probably Cramim, minus the good hechsher.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11629 on: August 02, 2022, 06:42:57 AM »
Gush Ezion winery has a mehadrin dairy restaurant that is great.

The tour was decent, the wine was great and you can choose to add a cheese board to the tasting if you donít want to have a full meal.

There was another discuss upthread about a different winery as well.
Afaik heter mechira produce.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11630 on: August 02, 2022, 06:51:17 AM »
Probably Cramim, minus the good hechsher.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11631 on: August 02, 2022, 06:52:45 AM »
Any way to get a decent price on that property?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11632 on: August 02, 2022, 03:45:31 PM »
Most  people dont do it since its not safe.
Chevron definitely has a larger Jewish presences then when I was there 6 years ago.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11633 on: August 02, 2022, 04:52:49 PM »
Fun things to do for kids ages from 8 month to age 12 4 kids for someone first time in israel

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11634 on: August 02, 2022, 05:00:56 PM »
who makes the best Shabbos food American style and can deliver

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11635 on: August 02, 2022, 08:52:53 PM »
For me the jeru - Chevron drive is easy shmeasy.

One trick is to pick up trempers (hitchhikers) if you nervous on drive...

But I personally never had an issue...

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11636 on: August 02, 2022, 08:57:10 PM »
For me the jeru - Chevron drive is easy shmeasy.

One trick is to pick up trempers (hitchhikers) if you nervous on drive...

But I personally never had an issue...
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11637 on: August 03, 2022, 10:55:11 AM »
Anybody know what's the story with wineries this year (Shemitta)? Are there tours?
Any specific ones you recommend?

Gush Ezion winery has a mehadrin dairy restaurant that is great.

Afaik heter mechira produce.

I called to confirm - Produce is Heter Mechirah.
Hechsher is Mehadrin Gush Etzion
The cheese etc could still be fine but you need to call and confirm yourself what dishes use the Heter mechirah produce.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11638 on: August 03, 2022, 05:46:19 PM »
10 years ago I was in Tzfas for Shabbos and a Rabbi Rottenberg offered free Shabbos afternoon tours of the city which were amazing. Does anyone know if that's still ongoing?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #11639 on: August 03, 2022, 10:31:04 PM »
Fun things to do for kids ages from 8 month to age 12 4 kids for someone first time in israel
very general question
lots of ideas here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/172303826169102