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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12280 on: May 10, 2024, 11:59:02 AM »
Kosher restaurants aren't allowed to be open on Shabbos in Israel.

Most of the hotels offer Shabbos meals.

Ah good point. Anyone know of a hotel (with reliable hashgacha, I know that's relative) that offers meals for cheap?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12281 on: May 10, 2024, 12:44:49 PM »
Ah good point. Anyone know of a hotel (with reliable hashgacha, I know that's relative) that offers meals for cheap?
This is discussed in the Israel hotels thread
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12282 on: May 14, 2024, 08:26:31 AM »
Hotel meals are way over budget.

So we're moving onto takeout, any recommendations for cheap takeout Shabbos food in Yerushalayim?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12283 on: May 14, 2024, 09:19:38 AM »
Hotel meals are way over budget.

So we're moving onto takeout, any recommendations for cheap takeout Shabbos food in Yerushalayim?
There are a few places in Geula.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12284 on: May 14, 2024, 10:59:50 AM »
There are a few places in Geula.

Hadar Geulah on Malchei Yisrael or on Givaat Moshe.
Shaarei Revacha has a branch of Lemons catering in the branch off of Shamgar (this is true all week)
Forget what the place is called at the end of Yaakov Meir (one of the streets off Malchei Yisrael) - they have a takeout setup upstairs only on Erev Shabbos
Goldy's on Givaat Moshe, big selection but more expensive iirc
There's this place on Yirmiyahu off of Oholiav, forget the name, Landau hechsher last I was there, takeout only on Erev Shabbos (otherwise eatery)
Place on Strauss right before Kikar Shabbos, iirc very small selection
Hamisada in Beis Yisroel starting also opening Erev Shabbos, that type of food all week. If you are in Beis Yisroel on Thursday night, Yoelys is also open (just dips, fish, shnitzel, tempura chicken, kugel and cholent).

List is surely not exclusive.  ;D
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12285 on: May 14, 2024, 11:47:43 AM »
Hadar Geulah on Malchei Yisrael or on Givaat Moshe.
Shaarei Revacha has a branch of Lemons catering in the branch off of Shamgar (this is true all week)
Forget what the place is called at the end of Yaakov Meir (one of the streets off Malchei Yisrael) - they have a takeout setup upstairs only on Erev Shabbos
Goldy's on Givaat Moshe, big selection but more expensive iirc
There's this place on Yirmiyahu off of Oholiav, forget the name, Landau hechsher last I was there, takeout only on Erev Shabbos (otherwise eatery)
Place on Strauss right before Kikar Shabbos, iirc very small selection
Hamisada in Beis Yisroel starting also opening Erev Shabbos, that type of food all week. If you are in Beis Yisroel on Thursday night, Yoelys is also open (just dips, fish, shnitzel, tempura chicken, kugel and cholent).

List is surely not exclusive.  ;D
Madaneh Zahav off geula has great food

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12286 on: May 14, 2024, 12:43:10 PM »
From @yfr bachur
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Place on YM is called La Casa.
Place on yirmiyahu is called Mifgash haeish - is Eida, and take out thursday and friday. Closes 3pm fri in summer (2 i n winter)
Opposite gaanei Romema - Shabbos Market - Closes much closer to shabbos, smaller but adequate selection of prepared foods- Kehilos (also has tons of wine, candies, packaged nosh etc...)
Bordeaux (on Oholiav near Hatzala) not sure what the hechsher is, did not have one at all for a long time
In Peninat chemed:
Motties? on shamgar to the left of pituchei moshiach (Kehilos?)
Phenom on shamgar to the right of albar/europcar (also Kehilos)

There are also tons of by-order caterers, large and small, with various hechsherim - check the newcomers guide, the RE/Sandhedria/Sorotzkin Neshie emails lists
Easy Does It is Eida, and run by a wife of a TC.
There's a largish caterer in RE that is Rubin, name slips my mind at the moment
Pretty sure Yoelis still caters by order.

In a pinch there are Mikva gesheften that stock widish selections of shabbos food and supplies and are open till close to shabbos (the ones I know of)
Sanz On Zayis Raanan is the widest that I know of, though its been a year or two since I was there last.
Satmar Ezras Torah
Belz
Batei Ungarin
I think also Viznitz? in Sanhedria Meurchevet
Though Viznitz in Murchevet has only challos, cake, kugel, dips and pareve cholent.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12287 on: May 14, 2024, 01:17:22 PM »
Iinm Hadar Geula on malchei only has pareve.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12288 on: May 15, 2024, 03:23:38 AM »
Iinm Hadar Geula on malchei only has pareve.
This was the case for many years but is no longer true - they have most of what the other branches (I forgot to mention, there's one on Paran now too) have.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12289 on: May 16, 2024, 10:38:20 AM »
It's been years since I took a nesher from the airport, is that still a thing?

What would be the cheapest mode of transportation (aside from the train) for 8 people with luggage?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12290 on: May 19, 2024, 12:04:42 PM »
It's been years since I took a nesher from the airport, is that still a thing?

What would be the cheapest mode of transportation (aside from the train) for 8 people with luggage?

Cheapest does not equal most convenient. (see: train, airport to JLM)
Nesher still exists, and with 8 people you are most of the way to a full van.
Bec of the train, fewer people take nesher which leads to longer waiting times for a full van to depart.
Last I checked - By law, they must leave no more than 60 minutes after the first passenger boards.
Nesher would be about 8*~70 shekel.

I have no idea what a private "tender" would cost, but that's probably the most convenient way to go.

With taxis, you'll need at least two small vans or three cars - minimum 600ish shekel if you order in advance from a JLM based taxi co - much more if you take the official ones in the taxi line in BG.

Cheapest would probably be to send all the luggage in a taxi and most of the people on the train.

Unless you have enough adults to handle the luggage (min 1 adult for every two wheeled pieces) - do not do the train!

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12291 on: May 19, 2024, 12:29:33 PM »
Cheapest does not equal most convenient. (see: train, airport to JLM)
Nesher still exists, and with 8 people you are most of the way to a full van.
Bec of the train, fewer people take nesher which leads to longer waiting times for a full van to depart.
Last I checked - By law, they must leave no more than 60 minutes after the first passenger boards.
Nesher would be about 8*~70 shekel.

I have no idea what a private "tender" would cost, but that's probably the most convenient way to go.

With taxis, you'll need at least two small vans or three cars - minimum 600ish shekel if you order in advance from a JLM based taxi co - much more if you take the official ones in the taxi line in BG.

Cheapest would probably be to send all the luggage in a taxi and most of the people on the train.

Unless you have enough adults to handle the luggage (min 1 adult for every two wheeled pieces) - do not do the train!
I don't mean to be pushy, but if you are with 8 people after a long plane ride+security/customs/check in/drive just take a tender. If you get a 10 seater it would be like 400-500 shekel. well worth it.

If you really want to go cheap, i like yfr bachur's idea, taxi with the luggage and everyone else takes the train/bus.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12292 on: May 19, 2024, 06:43:09 PM »
I don't mean to be pushy, but if you are with 8 people after a long plane ride+security/customs/check in/drive just take a tender. If you get a 10 seater it would be like 400-500 shekel. well worth it.

If you really want to go cheap, i like yfr bachur's idea, taxi with the luggage and everyone else takes the train/bus.

Thanks how do I get a 10 seat tender?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12293 on: May 20, 2024, 09:38:34 AM »
Thanks how do I get a 10 seat tender?
eli - 058-411-5579 (call or whatsapp)
friend of mine, not the cheapest but very popular and knows his stuff

or try someone else.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12294 on: May 21, 2024, 08:39:26 PM »
Booked a Israel trip for July with kids ages 4-14
Originally booked for 3+ weeks but with everything going on and North not a option
Could I still fill up 3 weeks with things to do or will just go crazy?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12295 on: May 21, 2024, 11:44:39 PM »
Booked a Israel trip for July with kids ages 4-14
Originally booked for 3+ weeks but with everything going on and North not a option
Could I still fill up 3 weeks with things to do or will just go crazy?
Im on the same boat but in august and for 4 weeks.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12296 on: May 22, 2024, 02:37:00 AM »
Booked a Israel trip for July with kids ages 4-14
Originally booked for 3+ weeks but with everything going on and North not a option
Could I still fill up 3 weeks with things to do or will just go crazy?
Depends on your kids.
Us Israelis have 3 weeks of summer vacation in Israel every year :)
If they are ok going to a park instead of a big tourist attraction then you should be ok.
Israel has beautiful parks all over and most are free.
Some have cute little stuff to do in them like renting go karts or boating.
There are also tons of mini-museums all over (Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv, Haifa, +) that can easily replace a big trip.
You just gotta plan it in advance.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12297 on: May 23, 2024, 08:02:55 AM »
Does anyone know the location on a map of this thing:

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