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Begin Museum- outside the Old City
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Kotel Tunnel Tours/Old City Jewish and/or Muslim Quarter Tours (PM satturn if you want a private tour)
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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/
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Tax Museum
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Israel Museum
Italian Jewish Art Museum
Beit Harav Kook
Underground prisoners
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Blind or Deaf Museum in Cholon- Blind, amazing. Deaf, good. Prior reservation needed.
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Beit Shemesh to Modiin area (Jerusalem Corridor)

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Good summary of many hikes:
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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
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Men: Mon, Wed, Fri - Women: Sun, Tues, Thurs
Akko X2
Ashdod
Ashkelon
Bat Yam
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Hertzilya (only in the summer?? BZ only??)
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Nahariya

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12220 on: December 31, 2023, 06:58:23 PM »
Are people for the most part doing normal things now. I.e. going up north meron tzfas, going to Dead Sea?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12221 on: January 01, 2024, 05:05:15 AM »
Are people for the most part doing normal things now. I.e. going up north meron tzfas, going to Dead Sea?
was in tzfas 2 weeks ago was in mitzpei yericho this week

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12222 on: January 01, 2024, 07:19:51 AM »
Are people for the most part doing normal things now. I.e. going up north meron tzfas, going to Dead Sea?

Depends on who you ask...
American Bachurim like @Sam 77 are more or less disconnected from the situation... As are many chareidim in the main charedi ciites.
Most people who live in israel are not doing "normal things" the way they would normaly be able to do them.

Tsfas/Meron is just a few kilometers from the border with lebanon, and its a hot border with cross border rocket and missle fire many times a day including without sirens warning... Most yishuvim north of it are evacuated and the siren time is really short (under 15 seconds... My cousin in Maalot says that she doesnt have time to get to the Shelter - even in her own house! and just drops and covers her baby with her body...)

Unless you're going to visit and care for the refugees in Yam Hamelach, I'm not sure it's the greatest kidush hashem for a charedi looking person to be seen there vacationing....
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12223 on: January 01, 2024, 02:10:11 PM »
This might need a new thread, but so many volunteering opportunities that pure leisure trips in Israel rn seems inapt.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rCkekA1zHOJH2Jzi0Uo27RaG8EFHfiw2WqOAYTFkPuk/edit#gid=0

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12224 on: January 08, 2024, 05:23:10 AM »
Tsfas/Meron is just a few kilometers from the border with lebanon, and its a hot border with cross border rocket and missle fire many times a day including without sirens warning... Most yishuvim north of it are evacuated and the siren time is really short (under 15 seconds...

Don't know if anyone noticed but Har Meron was hit pretty badly yesterday... but do what you wish...

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12225 on: January 10, 2024, 05:56:39 AM »
Is Kever Rochel open and what is the best way to get there today?
Is there a safe way to go to har hazeisim today?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12226 on: January 10, 2024, 06:02:28 AM »
Is Kever Rochel open and what is the best way to get there today?
Yes
Public transportation, kever rochel private bus service, taxi etc
Is there a safe way to go to har hazeisim today?
Really depends which part you want to go to
The office that provides free guards is barely operating as all their staff is in the army
If you are driving in and out or have a taxi/driverand know where you are going you should be fine for the most part
Wouldn't necessarily recommend walking up to the upper section unless you know the area

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12227 on: January 10, 2024, 06:04:36 AM »
Yes
Public transportation, kever rochel private bus service, taxi etc Really depends which part you want to go to
The office that provides free guards is barely operating as all their staff is in the army
If you are driving in and out or have a taxi/driverand know where you are going you should be fine for the most part
Wouldn't necessarily recommend walking up to the upper section unless you know the area
Do you have contact for KR private bus service?

Is there a private for hire that would take to Har Hazeisim?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12228 on: January 10, 2024, 06:11:24 AM »
Do you have contact for KR private bus service?
https://www.keverrachel.com/content.asp?PageId=21&lang=en

Is there a private for hire that would take to Har Hazeisim?
Any private driver should be good with it

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12229 on: January 10, 2024, 06:19:22 AM »
https://www.keverrachel.com/content.asp?PageId=21&lang=en
Any private driver should be good with it
Thank you.
Anyone have a contact for a private driver who would know his way around Har hazeisim?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12230 on: January 10, 2024, 06:56:53 AM »
Thank you.
Anyone have a contact for a private driver who would know his way around Har hazeisim?

Sorry I cant offer that
but i can post this website I just discovered:
https://mountofolives.co.il/he/%d7%90%d7%99%d7%aa%d7%95%d7%a8-%d7%a7%d7%91%d7%a8/?new
Its a search engine to find where on Har haziesim a kever is.
hope it's helpful for you.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12231 on: February 04, 2024, 08:13:33 PM »
B'EH I'm looking into spending Shavuos in E'Y. Where/how can I find out about apartments that are available for rent for that time?

Is there an airbnb type of thing for E'Y?

Basically, I have no idea where to start but I am interested in spending Shavuos there but I would like to do it as cheap as possible.

Should I post this in the Israel Hotels thread instead?
If it's not free shipping it's not worth it.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12232 on: February 04, 2024, 08:27:22 PM »
There is a dedicated apartment thread.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12233 on: February 05, 2024, 01:51:46 AM »
B'EH I'm looking into spending Shavuos in E'Y. Where/how can I find out about apartments that are available for rent for that time?

Is there an airbnb type of thing for E'Y?

Basically, I have no idea where to start but I am interested in spending Shavuos there but I would like to do it as cheap as possible.

Should I post this in the Israel Hotels thread instead?
I assume that by EY, you mean JLM

In a regular year, Shavous is a high demand/low supply time when it comes to apartments (All the chasidim coming to their rebbes, visitors from Chul... no one really traveling out)

You basically have three choices - Hotel, US focused Broker/agent ($$$), someone local on the ground to find either a locally advertised apartment by either a local agent or owner.

As always, if you go outside the box of the usual center of town options, than the prices can/will be much cheaper.
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12234 on: February 05, 2024, 06:20:28 AM »
B'EH I'm looking into spending Shavuos in E'Y. Where/how can I find out about apartments that are available for rent for that time?

Is there an airbnb type of thing for E'Y?

Basically, I have no idea where to start but I am interested in spending Shavuos there but I would like to do it as cheap as possible.

Should I post this in the Israel Hotels thread instead?
airbnb exists in israel, did you chk there?

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12235 on: February 05, 2024, 06:33:04 AM »
airbnb exists in israel, did you chk there?

True, though most apartments in chareidi areas won't be there.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12236 on: February 05, 2024, 07:31:16 AM »
True, though most apartments in chareidi areas won't be there.
I don't know about most but there are plenty.

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12237 on: February 05, 2024, 08:46:17 AM »
I've never done an airbnb. Is this where I should be looking? https://www.airbnb.com/jerusalem-israel/stays

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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12238 on: February 05, 2024, 09:47:51 PM »
Having never used airbnb before, is there any difference from vrbo? Are they both essentially the same like uber vs lyft?
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Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
« Reply #12239 on: February 05, 2024, 10:58:36 PM »
B'EH I'm looking into spending Shavuos in E'Y. Where/how can I find out about apartments that are available for rent for that time?

Is there an airbnb type of thing for E'Y?

Basically, I have no idea where to start but I am interested in spending Shavuos there but I would like to do it as cheap as possible.

Should I post this in the Israel Hotels thread instead?
My parents live in Israel and rent their upstairs out (they're up north, so not relevant to you). They've told me many times that booking.com is used the most for rentals, way more than Airbnb and VRBO.

Personally, I love renting from Isrentals, and I've used them 3 times in the last 5 years. I stayed at this property about 2 years ago and it was awesome:
https://www.booking.com/Share-Ykihc3
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