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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12160 on: September 14, 2023, 02:23:37 PM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.

Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.



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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12161 on: September 14, 2023, 02:31:43 PM »
If you're going to Akko don't miss the Mosaic (Tunisian) Shul
Call +972 4-981-8451 for a tour
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12162 on: September 14, 2023, 02:58:08 PM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.


2 mins away from Banias, there is a hike called nachal snir- we did it in the summer and was amazing- kids loved it.
FYI Banias they dont let you go under the falls anymore but still stunning views

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12163 on: September 14, 2023, 03:06:01 PM »
Without opening a can of works...

What is The Bahá’í Gardens? Isn't it something with Avoide Zara? or totally unrelated and permissible?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12164 on: September 14, 2023, 03:16:02 PM »
What is The Bahá’í Gardens? Isn't it something with Avoide Zara? or totally unrelated and permissible?
When Dan and I went as kids, we skipped because of that worry, but I added and let them decide.

I know many frum people that go there.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12165 on: September 14, 2023, 03:39:23 PM »
Without opening a can of works...

What is The Bahá’í Gardens? Isn't it something with Avoide Zara? or totally unrelated and permissible?
Interesting Shiur on the topic https://www.yutorah.org/lectures/899755

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12166 on: September 14, 2023, 10:57:14 PM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.

Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.




De Karina workshop is a waste of time, and they're very unfriendly. Very good chocolate though.

Galita is much friendlier and has a better workshop.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12167 on: September 14, 2023, 11:51:35 PM »


Galita is much friendlier and has a better workshop.
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Kids loved Galita.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12168 on: September 14, 2023, 11:53:24 PM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.

Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.
Minimal Jerusalem is so mind opening for me. I get it, but still so different

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12169 on: September 15, 2023, 04:26:48 AM »
When Dan and I went as kids, we skipped because of that worry, but I added and let them decide.

I know many frum people that go there.
There's also tons of Chalav Stam restaurants that you could suggest to the Oilum...

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12171 on: September 15, 2023, 11:40:04 AM »
Minimal Jerusalem is so mind opening for me. I get it, but still so different
I guess it depends on which number trip it is.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12172 on: September 15, 2023, 12:23:06 PM »
I guess it depends on which number trip it is.
I've been there on probably over 10 trips totalling over a years amount of time there and would still rather spend bulk time in Jerusalem. Each to their own

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12173 on: September 18, 2023, 08:41:35 AM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.

Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.
Is ToMo factory you referring to the Candy workshop? Think it’s in Ranana not Jerusalem (unless there’s another location I’m not aware of)

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12174 on: September 18, 2023, 09:07:49 AM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.

Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12175 on: September 18, 2023, 12:32:04 PM »
Trip for Chol Hamoed Sukkos, open to any and all feedback! Restaraunt ideas and hotels would be great.

Shabbos /yom tov 9/30:
Home in Netanya

Sunday 10/01:
7:30am: Drive 1 hour to Haifa, go explore Eliyahu’s Cave,  The Bahá’í Gardens, and Nesher park hanging bridges.
2:30pm Drive 30 min to Akko and explore Knights’ Halls and Templar Tunnels
6pm drive to rosh hanikra hotel.



Monday 10/02:
9am: be in line at Rosh Hanikra and explore
12pm Drive an hour to Kfar kedem experience life from the Mishna period, optional jeep ride with Shimon: 845-269-7063
5pm Drive 30min  to Tiveria for dinner and hotel.

Tuesday 10/03:
8am: Get breakfast and get a tour of everything Jewish in the north. Lots of cool kevraim history etc.
End off night with dinner in Sefad.

Wednesday 10/04:
8am Breakfast.
9am: Drive 1 hour to Banias Waterfall hike or easier Tel Dan hike.
2pm Drive to Nimrod’s Fortress
5pm Back to Safed home.

Thursday 10/05:
8am Breakfast.
9am drive 45min to De Karina Chocolate workshop
1pm Jordan River Rafting
5pm Back to Safed for dinner.

Friday 10/06:
9am breakfast
10am drive 1 hour to Mt Bental Lookout
12:30pm drive to Golan Wines
2pm Drive 40min back to Safed walk around shuk, artist colony, candle factory, buy food and get ready for yom tov.

Shabbos /yom tov 10/07:
Yom tov in Safed (New home or hotel in old city?)
Sunday 10/08:
Drive down to Jerusalem Tomo Factory
Food.
Fly home.

This restaurant is popular near Tzfat and it has a Bdatz Hechsher
Cool eating area overlooking the barrels
https://kamisawinery.com/restaurant/

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12176 on: September 18, 2023, 02:50:41 PM »
We are planning on taking the bus from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea for the day. Which is the best beach that is possible to get to with the bus and that also has mud? We would also like to do a water hike which can be Ein Gedi or something similar, is this possible with public transportation? Any recommendations for hikes close to Dead Sea beach?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12177 on: September 18, 2023, 04:52:00 PM »
I may be off topic

But looking to send something to someone in tzfas for a birthday
any idea?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12178 on: September 18, 2023, 06:29:20 PM »
We are planning on taking the bus from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea for the day. Which is the best beach that is possible to get to with the bus and that also has mud? We would also like to do a water hike which can be Ein Gedi or something similar, is this possible with public transportation? Any recommendations for hikes close to Dead Sea beach?

There a bus to the to a private beach during the during summer, its called"Chof Kalya", check local signs in the Chariedi neighborhoods .
Not sure it runs during the Sukkos... if your not looking for sperate beach hours that may also be another story.

Hiking-  close to the Dead Sea there are some hikes on the way down to the Dead Sea or check here:
https://hikingintheholyland.com/dead-sea-area/

May be less water here this time of year but we loved this one: https://hikingintheholyland.com/2019/11/21/nahal-bokek/
Fresh water here minutes from the Dead Sea hotels.   

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12179 on: September 18, 2023, 06:47:04 PM »
This restaurant is popular near Tzfat and it has a Bdatz Hechsher
Cool eating area overlooking the barrels
https://kamisawinery.com/restaurant/
When I was there most of the food was inedible. Might have improved a bit but it's definitely not gourmet. Great concept though.
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