Top Places To Visit In Israel
TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITHOUT LEAVING HOME
Global pandemic may be closing the skies, but there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy a trip around Israel! Here at Israel Pack we’ve put together a trip of a lifetime just for you! Discover the products we’ve handpicked this month and enjoy a north to south tour of Israel. It’ll help you learn more about our beautiful country and may be even plan your next visit, when everything gets back to normal.
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Arrival at the Port of Ashdod. Met and welcomed by Israel Pack Tour representative and transfer to your hotel.
Ashdod is the sixth-largest city and the largest port in Israel accounting for 60% of the country’s imported goods.
Ashdod is mentioned 13 times in the Bible. During its pre-1956 history the city was settled by Philistines, Israelites, Greek colonists coming in the wake of Alexander’s conquests, Romans and Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, and Ottoman Turks. Modern Ashdod was established in 1956 on the sand hills near the site of the ancient town, and incorporated as a city in 1968, with a land-area of approximately 23 sq miles..
Visit Ashdod Citadel!
Ashdod Citadel is one of the prominent archeological sites in Ashdod city. The ruins are located exactly in the eastern part of the city near the Arab Village. During the Bronze Age period, there were eight towers in the fortress. Later, the fortress was conquered by Mameluke in the 13th century and destroyed its magnificent structure. Now, the Citadel stands as an abandoned archeological site. Once you pass through the ruins, you can admire the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Many visitors enjoy picnicking in this area due to the serene atmosphere. It is a unique attraction in Ashdod which has to be photographed for keepsake.
Relax on the beach!
Metzuda Beach is an isolated beach in Ashdod city, packed with pristine beauty. Due to its secluded nature, visitors can enjoy the virgin beauty of this beach without much of a crowd. There are ruins of an ancient fortress on the beach, which is worth a visit. You can explore the fortress if you are a hard-core history buff. You can walk, jog, or take a long walk in the beautiful sands of the beach. The mesmerizing sunset views should not be missed during the visit.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN ASHDOD
Dany and Galit Bakery for healthy treats.
You will find in your box: peanut butter chocolate breakfast cookies
Transfer to Tel Aviv. Visit Yavne, one of the major ancient cities mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Arrival to Tel Aviv.
2 Nights in Tel Aviv.
Yavne was one of the major ancient cities. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and it is documented in written sources and through archaeological excavations.
Yavne was one of the cities in the region of Judah, after the Israelite conquest of the Land of Israel in the 13th Century B.C.
The Bible names it as Yavneel (âGod will buildâ), or Javneel in the KJV version (Joshua 15:11): âAnd the border went out unto the side of Ekron northward: and the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount Baalah, and went out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the seaâ.
Yavneh is considered the most significant site for post-biblical Jewish history after Jerusalem. It was here that modern Judaism was born.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN YAVNE
Maidle Soaps Shop
You will find in your box: Jerusalem Of Gold Scented Soap from Maidle Soaps.
Guided tour of Tel Aviv. Visit Rothschild Boulevard, Carmel Market, Tel Aviv Promenade, Sarona Market, Museum of the Jewish People.
Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Titled the âMediterranean Capital of Coolâ by the New York Times, this is a 24 hour city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook. Donât miss it!
The Tel Aviv beach stretches for miles along the whole western edge of the city. Yes, thatâs one long Mediterranean beach! In the summer months especially, but also throughout the spring and fall, and even on the occasional winter day, the Tel Aviv beach comes to life with tourists and locals alike taking advantage of the sun-quenched sand, warm waters, and water sport opportunities. Each of Tel Avivâs beaches has a different character, popular with different people looking each for a different beach experience.
The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel in hebrew) is Tel Avivâs biggest and most famous open-air market. Whether youâre looking for spices, vegetables, or clothing at a bargain price- you are sure to find it here. In recent years, the area has also joined the ranks of Tel Avivâs trendy spots for bars, restaurants, and chef-owned food stalls. Prepare yourself for an authentic and vibrant Middle-Eastern experience.
For the truly local and urban experience, head over to Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Avivâs first and most iconic streets. Locals and tourists alike love strolling or biking along this tree-lined avenue full of outdoor coffee kiosks, restaurants, cafÃ©s, and beautiful Bauhaus-style buildings. At night, the area transforms into a lively nightlife scene full of trendy bars and nightclubs.
Tel Aviv Promenade (Tayelet in Hebrew) starts at Tel Baruch Beach and extends all the way to the Jaffa Port. The recently renovated area has become an inseparable part of the cityâs DNA and includes a wide range of cafes, restaurants, and hotels. From beach-goers to joggers to bikers, the Tel Aviv Promenade is a hub of activity. Watch the sunset as you take in the cityâs vibrant urban culture.
Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot). This museum tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Its rich collection presents the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose, and deed as well as the contributions of Jewry to humanity. Here you are sure to enrich your knowledge on all facets of Jewish identity and heritage.
Sarona Market. In recent years, Tel Aviv has established itself as a foodie destination for its thriving culinary scene. At this indoor market, you can experience all flavors of contemporary Israeli cuisine under one roof. With over 90 shops, stalls, and restaurants offering quality dishes by local chefs, you are sure to have a good time. Before you leave, donât forget to buy some Israeli produce to bring back home.
Walking tour of old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in the world. The city is famous for its connection with the biblical stories of Jonah and Solomon, as well as the Greek myth of Andromeda and Perseus. Transfer to Galilee.
Jaffa Port is one of the most ancient ports in the world, known as the harbor from which Jonah set sail in the famous biblical story of Jonah and Whale.
The port of Jaffa was used by King Solomon for importing wood in order to build the first temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 2 1,8,16).
For thousands of years, the site has served fishermen, sailors, merchants, and more. Today, it is a popular recreation site. In this busy center stands the old Turkish clock tower, built in 1906. Dine at a local seafood restaurant, visit inspiring galleries, or go on a boat ride- all while enjoying the beautiful view.
Just next to Jaffaâs picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower lies the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpeshim), where vendors sell antiques, second-hand, and handmade items. The area is considered one of Tel Avivâs trendiest spots. As you wander around, you will discover a wide selection of cafes and laid-back bars, ideal for having a drink after a successful day of antique shopping.
Artists Galleries and shops
In the narrow alleys of the old city there are artists galleries, shops, museums and antique shops. On the western side of the alleys of the old city there is an interesting statue of a tree growing in the air.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN TEL AVIV-YAFO
Frenkel Jewelry & Fashion Designs.
You will find in your box: handmade designer face masks that you’ll need on your flight back from Ben Gurion Airport!
Walking tour of Nazareth Old City, exploring monasteries and churches, as well as a vibrant traditional market. Overnight in Nazareth.
Galilee is a large region in northern Israel which is traditionally divided into Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee and Western Galilee. Situated in Israelâs north, the Galilee is one of Israelâs most beautiful regions. The district, a must-visit for nature lovers, is characterized by fields of greenery, waterfalls, wildflowers, vineyards, and more. Some popular sites include the Sea of Galilee, Akko, Mount Carmel, and Rosh Pina. From jeep and rafting adventures to camping sites and beautiful zimmers- the Galilee has everything you need for the perfect vacation.
Nazareth, which is located in the Lower Galilee, lies in the heart of a mountainous valley surrounded by some of the most important Christian sites in the world. It is a city of religion, city of rich history, fascinating archeology, contemporary culture and Middle Eastern magic.
Nazareth is abundant with many churches, including the Church of the Annunciation, the Maronite Church, St. Gabriel’s Church and the Basilica of Jesus, the Adolescent.
It is recommended to visit the local market, which became a famous attraction due to its colorfulness and abundance of products. In the market, you will enjoy a selection of fashionable fabrics, spices, groceries, art, souvenirs, and more. Here you can touch and feel smell and taste and you will enjoy an authentic experience.
Nazareth is also full of fascinating corners that will warm the heart. You can take a stroll through the Nabi Sain ridge boardwalk and enjoy the magnificent view of the Galilee mountains.
You can visit the Turkish bath, showing the richness and customs of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire, and be impressed by the wonderful art.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN GALILEE
- TIN-TIME Art Gallery
You will find in your box: Unique handcrafted postcards from Paula Rykin and Viki Tiamat. Send them to your loved ones now or wait till you arrive back home!
- Shaked Tavor
You will find in your box: Healthy Israeli snacks made of almonds, and berry snacks
- Nazareth region: Izrael zaatar farm
You will find in your box:Biblical Hyssop Zaatar – Aromatic Blend
Guided tour of Rosh haNikra Sea grottoes located at the most north-western corner of Israel, the only point in the country where the sea meets the mountains. City tour in Haifa (the Bahai Gardens and the German Colony). Overnight in Haifa.
The fascinating tourist attraction of Rosh Hanikra is located at the most north-western corner of Israel, the only point in the country where the sea meets the mountains. Visiting the site is suitable for families of all ages and is recommended all year round!
The Grottos â A Ravishing Natural Phenomenon. A short walk at the heart of the cliff reveals the grottos which are actually marine caves. The grottos were created following a series of subterranean tremors which cracked the rock. Rainwater flowing through these cracks and the gushing sea waves created this natural phenomenon, unique in Israel!
Haifa is Israelâs third-largest city, Israelâs chief port and home to 400,000. Draped around the slopes of biblical Mount Carmel, it is a 100-year-old city whose importance burgeoned in the 1920âs and 1930âs as Britain followed its League of Nations mandate over Palestine to create a Jewish homeland. The bustling lower Carmel neighborhood is the port area and where much of Haifaâs daily business is conducted. The slopes of central Carmel are largely residential, and the mountaintop Upper Carmel is home to museums, many hotels and shops. Transportation from the top to the bottom of Mount Carmel is achieved by the Carmelit subway, the Bat Ganim cable car and, of course, by road.
The Bahai gardens in Haifa’s Mount Carmel consists of nineteen terraced gardens and structures. A central landmark to the Bahai faith, which is based upon a doctrine of tolerance and equality. The site is surrounded by carefully manicured gardens, and includes the golden-domed Bahai Shrine, the mausoleum erected in honor of the founder of the Bahai faith, an archive and the Universal House of Justice.
At the foot of the world-famous Bahai Gardens lies Haifa’s picturesque German Colony, founded in the nineteenth century by German Christians known as the Templars. Many of its charming stone houses have been preserved, down to the original German biblical verses over some doorways and colorful floor tiles. Many now house the restaurants, galleries and gift shops that have made the quarter one of Haifa’s prime visitor attractions.
Visit The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), Israel’s largest fresh-water lake. Overnight in a hotel at the Sea of Galilee.
THE SEA OF GALILEE (KINNERET)
The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is Israel’s largest fresh-water lake – a prime tourist attraction as well as a vital water source. Its beaches offer water parks, campgrounds and hotels. Birdwatchers love the Jordan Park (where the Jordan River runs into the lake) where you can also rent kayaks. The new Kinneret Trail for hikers surrounds the lake. For Christians, the lake is memorable for its pilgrimage sites like Capernaum and Tabgha, and the famed ancient Galilee boat is on display at lakeside Kibbutz Ginnosar.
Transfer to the Dead Sea. Visit to the fortress of Masada, a high hilltop plateau offering unmatched, vast views of the Dead Sea and Judean Desert. A serene day spa at Dead Sea resort. Your choice of indulgent treatments and wellness rituals. Overnight in Ein Bokek.
Dead Sea is a large salt lake, east of the Judean desert. Many nature and ancient sites are located around the lake. (Genesis 14 3): “All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea”.
It is one of the saltiest water bodies in the world â 34% â which gave it the Hebrew name âsalt seaâ (Joshua 15:5): âAnd the east border was the salt sea, even unto the end of Jordanâ. The salt levels makes life inside the water impossible, hence the name âdeadâ sea.
Sink Holes: The Dead Sea water level is retreating in recent years. One of the natural phenomenon is the recent appearance of sinkholes. The sinkholes are caused by the formation of underground cavities as a result of the receding salt water, combined with penetration of freshwater which dissolves the salt layers. The deadly sinkholes appear in the area around the lake, creating hazards and swallowing areas and damaging the roads.
Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D.
It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 â 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN THE DEAD SEA REGION
SEA OF SPA beauty brand
You will find in your box: Bio Spa Nail Hardener & Oil Treatment for Nails with powerful Dead Sea minerals and
Transfer to the Dead Sea. Visit to the fortress of Masada, a high hilltop plateau offering unmatched, vast views of the Dead Sea and Judean Desert. A serene day spa at Dead Sea reTransfer to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, one of the most famous and fascinating cities in the world. Walking tours around the city. Visit Old City and its four quarters, Mount of Olives, City of David, Holocaust Museum, synagogues, Roman Cardo, Via Dolorosa, King David’s Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem.sort. Your choice of indulgent treatments and wellness rituals. Overnight in Ein Bokek.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is one of the most famous and fascinating cities in the world. A city full of history and culture, which promises its visitors unique experiences, exciting thrills, pleasures, and interesting tours.
Along with historical and archeological sites, you will find modern tourist sites in the fields of culture and art, theater, and music, architecture, gastronomy, and more.
The city is sacred to three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and therefore attracts tourists from all over the world.
Also in Jerusalem are the government institutions of Israel, the Knesset, the Supreme Court, the President’s Residence, the Prime Minister’s Office and most of the government ministries.
The Western WallÂ is the last remnant of Jerusalem’s Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. The Western Wall took on the sanctity of the Temple and for centuries Jews have come here to pray, in times of both joy and sorrow, and the custom of placing a prayer note in the wall developed. Important moments for the entire nation, are also marked here. The rest of the wall’s 583 meters awaits you deep beneath the Old City in the Western Wall Tunnel, an incomparable foray into Jerusalem’s archeological past.
The Jewish Quarter combines dramatic evidence of Jerusalem’s most significant history with fun people-watching, shopping, restaurants and cafes.
Jerusalem of 2,000 years ago comes back life at the Burnt House, with its fascinating audio-visual dramatization and at the underground Herodian Mansions.
Nearby is the Broad Wall, which fell to the Babylonians in 586 BCE.
Follow the huge colonnade to the Cardo, the ancient Main Street, and the heart of the shopping area.
The medieval Jewish experience is showcased in the Four Sephardic Synagogues, where community life thrives again, as it does at the restored and newly reopened 19th-century Hurva Synagogue.
The Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilates sentencing to Golgotha, means way of sorrows.
Christians have been walking these same 14 stations for at least 1,000 years. The first and the last are the most famous: the Praetorium, up which Jesus carried the cross, with its ancient flagstones, and the venerable Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the crucifixion and the empty tomb. Each station has its story, in a setting that despite, or because of, its present-day atmosphere, imparts an authentic sense of Jerusalem as Jesus experienced the city in those last hours.
Mount of Olives,Â multi-summit limestone ridge just east of the Old City of Jerusalem and separated from it by the Kidron Valley. Frequently mentioned in the Bible and later religious literature, it is holy to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
First mentioned in the Bible as the âascent of the Mount of Olivesâ (2 Samuel 15), it is referred to in the book of Zechariah in the prophecy of the end of days (Zechariah 14).
The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel.
Years later, David’s son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world. Today, the story of the City of David continues.
Deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. While above ground, the city is a vibrant center of activity with a visitor’s center that welcomes visitors for an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written.
The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. As one moves through the site, one comes in contact with archaeological excavations and thrilling biblical finds that span thousands of years of history including both First and Second Temple Jerusalem.
The tour continues underground to the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years. Visitors seeking adventure can trek through knee deep water in King Hezekiah’s 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering. Continuing to the Shiloah Pool, the major water drawing source in biblical times, one reaches the Herodian Road, the ancient thoroughfare that led pilgrims north to the Temple.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s largestÂ Holocaust memorialÂ is set on the slopes of the Mount of Remembrance on the edge of Jerusalem.
SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN JERUSALEM
The Israel Museum gift shop
You will find in your box:Â Jerusalem Bookmark by Israeli artist and designerÂ Ofek Wertman
Evening transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for departure flight. Donât forget to wear the face mask that we got in Tel Aviv Fashion Store!
Have a safe flight and we hope to see you again soon!
Now it’s time to open your box!
Discover the products you’ve received in the box
Nutribreak Peanut Butter And Chocolate Cookies from Danyvegalit Bakery
Ingredients: peanut butter (28%), dark chocolate (20%), plant protein mix (19.5%): soy and pea protein, dietary fiber (chicory), whole rice crackers, sweeteners: agave syrup, monk fruit. Enriched in protein.
Allergy Information: Peanut, Soy.
May contain traces: sesame, milk, nuts (almond, hazel, coconut).
Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, Kosher
Tamar Snacks With Almond Filling from Shaked-Tavor
Ingredients: Dates (85%), almond butter (15%) Nutritional values: Calories: 350.7 Proteins: 5.2 Fat: 4 Saturated fat: 0.3 Carbohydrate: 73.8 Cholesterol: Less than 2.5
Exotic Berry Snack from Shaked-Tavor
Ingredients: Apple concentrate, raspberry concentrate, gooseberry concentrate, banana, pectin, natural extracts, lemon juice, dietary fiber (oranges) May contain milk, almonds, various nuts, sesame seeds, soy, peanut and coconut.
Nutritional values: Calories: 329 Proteins: 1 Fat: 0.9 Saturated fat: 0.1 Carbohydrate: 73.7
Kosher, Sugar free
Biblical Hyssop Zaatar Galilee Aromatic Blend by Izrael Zaatar
Zaatar (also spelt Zâatar or Zaâaatar, Zahatar or Zatar) is a spice mixture that has been popular in the Middle East for centuries. A typical Middle Eastern breakfast, to this day consists of bread dipped in olive wood and zaatar.
Authentic Ingredients: Hyssop (Marjora Syiriacal), Sesame, Elm Leaved Sumac, Citric Acid, Salt This is blended from 80% of the Kavrakoli strain of zaatar together with 20% of the more common Timoli strain, which is what gives this zaatar its superior taste.
Nail Hardener from Sea of Spa
A unique combination of ingredients which practically spares you from using artificial nails and enables the natural growth of beautiful and strong nails youâve always wanted!
Instructions for UseÂ Shake before using.
First Week:Â Do not apply polish, apply the nail grip layer in the morning and one in the evening.
Second week:Â Apply the polish as a base strengthens every two to three days.
Intensive treatment:Â It is recommended to use for three weeks, 2-3 times a year. Supportive care: only one smear every 4-6 weeks, or when the nail is weak and needs strengthening.
Protect the cuticles using Bio Spa Oil Treatment for Nail while applying the nail hardener.
Oil Treatment For Nails from Sea of Spa
A unique innovative formula for strengthening nail and promoting nail growth, based on vitamins and oils. For weak, split, damaged and short nails or after removal of glue-on nails.Â Â
Direction for use:Â Apply over nail and cuticle under nail tip. Massage until completely absorbed. If used prior to a manicure, wash hands with soap and water before applying polish.
Jerusalem Of Gold Scented Soap from Maidle Soaps
The soap designer Hila Adar Doron created this special edition of her Jerusalem soap series just for the Israel Pack subscribers.
Why âJerusalem of Goldâ?
First of all, Jerusalem has been described as âgoldenâ by many poets and writers, inspired not only by the golden domes of holy buildings in the city, but also by the special quality of illumination created when the evening sun is reflected from the famous Jerusalem stone which characterizes most buildings in the city, whether new or old. Jerusalem stone has indeed been a major feature of the cityscape from the time of the First Temple. Â«Jerusalem of GoldÂ» is also a name of a famous Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer. Itâs an unofficial anthem of Israel describing the Jewish peopleâs 2,000- year longing to return to Jerusalem.
Face Masks from Karren Frenkel Jewelry Fashion Designs
Protective, comfortable face masks that come in beautiful modern designs with soft elastic ear loops to keep them in place. These are handmade double-layered masks made from 100% cotton fabric (light and breathable!).
Washable & Reusable.
Hand wash or machine (gentle cycle) wash on WARM. Hang or lay the mask flat to air dry. The masks can be ironed at low temperature but do not iron the elastics or ribbons.
âI hope everyone is wearing a mask, whether itâs my mask or from anywhere. Weâd like to flatten the curve and then to stay as safe as possible,â says Karren Frenkel. âSo I encourage everyone to wear a mask, and I hope to reach as many people as I can.â
Jerusalem Bookmark from Ofek Wertman
These unique bookmarks are made in collaboration with The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the worldâs leading art and archaeology museums.
Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In nearly seventy years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture. Among the highlights of the Museumâs original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts.
The Museum is currently closed, but come in and see its virtual tours and lots of new content online!
Handcrafted Postcards from TIN-TIME and Vikingit
This lovely printed art postcard you just received is a result of a collaboration between two Israeli artists – Viki Tiamat and Paula Rykin. It features an original artwork created for an exhibition called Â«TRASHIONÂ», which took place during the Tel Aviv illustration week.
These artworks combined Vikiâs exquisite botanical illustrations along with Paulaâs upcycled collage work.
The artists were inspired by the beauty of nature, and by the idea of creative designs which can be crafted from random objects that we usually throw away.
The combination of the two created colorful and humorous art pieces that remind us that there is beauty in everything, and it can be found anywhere! Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!
MEET OUR SUPPLIERS
Dany & Galit Danyvegalit Bakery
âWe started this business because we met each other and fell in love, and now we have three kids. We love what we do and we feel so blessed to wake up every day and work together and fulfill our dream!â We own a bakery that specializes in healthy snacks. All our products are natural. We use whole wheat, spelt flour, nuts and dried fruit. We started this business 12 years ago after we had to undergo some changes in our own nutrition.
After spending hours and hours in Dany & Galit Danyvegalit Bakery the kitchen, we realized that you can create healthy food that is also very tasty. We didnât want to be apart for the whole day and catch up only in the evening, so we decided to work together as a team which led us to create this business. We love what we do, and we love sharing it with people around the world“.
Past the agricultural fields of the Jezreel Valley in the Lower Galilee, and you will notice Mount Tabor (Tavor) peeking out of the horizon.
Here you will find more than just a beautiful view. The mountain is the location of several significant battles and events from biblical time and is home to churches including the Church of the Transfiguration Franciscan monastery (open to visitors) and the Church of the Prophet Elijah.
In neighboring Kfar Tavor, you will find the culinary treats and surprises that make up the areaâs livelihood â the valleyâs much sought-after almonds and wines.
What was once referred to as the Marzipan Museum has since transformed into Shaked Tavor Visitors Center, a store selling the neighboring factoryâs flavored marzipan and almond specialty products. The name âshakedâ (pronounced shah-ked) is drawn from the almond trees that blossom with delicate pink and white flowers each spring at the mountainâs base.
Born in Israel in 1955, Huri, is the rugged outdoor type. Lifeâs trials and tribulations show on him, yet so does his passion for agriculture, and especially for growing hyssop or â zaatar â.
This is the story he shared with us:
âGrowing up, I always felt that I was different from everyone else. While the other kids wanted to play football, I would sit on the sidelines thinking up new ideas. My father was probably the biggest influence on me. He was an Agricultural Officer in Judea and Samaria. His job was to improve the level of farming in the area, thereby improving the life of the Israeli farmers, many of whom had no know-how whatsoever. I often accompanied my father on his trips. My father loved the Land of Israel and was very Zionistic. Through him, I developed a deep love of agriculture. The subject of herbs and medicinal plants quickly became a source of deep fascination for me and I knew that this was my calling.
At the time, I was living on a Kibbutz in the South of Israel. One day my father came to visit me in the South, and tried to convince me to move to the Galilee in the North, to settle down in one of the new residential outposts which were being built there and to live closer to him.
It was about this time that the government had banned the commercial harvesting of the indigenous zaatar/hyssop plant because it was threatened with extinction due to overharvesting by the local Arab community. My father had the responsibility of creating a new cultured version of the zaatar plant which could be grown by local farmers.
With the promise that he would teach me everything he knew about growing hyssop, at the age of 27, I moved North to the settlement of Alonei Abba in the foothills of the Galilee. I had few possessions or money, but I had a vision of learning everything there was to know about growing zaatar. I knew it would be an uphill climb, but I always had a vision of my goal. Slowly but surely I progressed toward my goal of knowing everything there was to know about growing Zaatar.â
One day, after a few years of living in the Galilee, a jeep pulled up next to me while I was working in the fields. Some people got out and asked me what I was doing. I told them about my passion for growing zaatar, and that it was my vision that zaatar would be eaten in households all over Israel.
They told me that they were TV producers for Israelâs only TV channel at the time and that they were looking for someone to feature in a new TV show â they were looking out for someone from the Galilee who was doing something special! It was like a godâsend. In just a few short months the whole country would be watching a show about me â a young guy who had moved to the Galilee to fulfill a dream.
That show was a turning point for me in my career and passion for growing Zaatar and the product became very popular both at home and abroad. I decided that I needed to add a spiritual message to my products. I felt that through my products I would bring love back into the world.â When people sit down and drink a good herbal infusion, they feel contentment, optimism and enjoyment.
Over the years I amassed a wealth of knowledge about herbs and medicinal plants: I knew exactly when to plant, when to harvest, when to separate the flowers from the stalks and how to dry them naturally using the sun in order to keep their perfect aroma. The central message I learnt from the growing of zaatar, is that as long as man does not understand that he needs to live the moment, he is living under an illusion.â
SEA OF SPA
Sea of Spa Dead Sea is a family business that was founded in 1998, though its activities at the Dead Sea began at the end of the end of 1980s.
The family comes from Arad, a city on the border of the Negev and the Judean Deserts, 16 miles west of the Dead Sea. The SEA OF SPA products are extracted from the special Dead Sea minerals and are combined with vitamins, oils and natural vegetable extracts that are essential for the health and renewal of skin cells.
The companyâs products are unique and of exceptionally high quality in relation to the sort of Dead Sea cosmetics that we have known until now. This is due to the extensive research and development conducted by a team of specialists with very considerable know-how, including dermatologists, bio-chemists, and bio-technicians of international standing in the world of cosmetics.
Hila Adar Doron, Maidle Soaps:Â
âMaidle is an affectionate nickname given to me by my dear husband. The literal translation from Yiddish is âdaughterâ. For us, it carries a deep sense of love, faith, appreciation and self-fulfillment.
Throughout my life I tried to fulfill myself in many creative ways. About five years ago I entered the soap world and fell in love. A product that is so simple yet implies so many decisions: shapes, colors, fragrances.
I can remember the night I said to my husband: “I know what I want to do and itâs going to be great! Soap design!” I started with theoretical and practical study of manufacturing. I started in the kitchen at home.
A few years went by and I came up with a winning formula – high quality foaming bath soap, contains natural ingredients, smells amazing and looks like a work of art. Over time, it was no longer possible to work from home and I set up a small factory.
The feedback was inspiring! Satisfied customers came back again and again. I got lots of phone calls from those who received “Maidle” soaps as a gift and wanted to buy more. And most importantly, the unparalleled love and support from my husband and the whole family. My dream? – Continue to grow and bring the gospel to the world.
In this box you will find a bar of soap called “Jerusalem of Gold”.
We picked this design because “Jerusalem of Gold” is also a name of a famous Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer.
Itâs an unofficial anthem of Israel describing the Jewish people’s 2,000-year longing to return to Jerusalem.
Shemer wrote âJerusalem of Goldâ in 1967 for the annual song festival.
She recalled: “The idea I started with was the Talmudic legend I remembered from my school days about Rabbi Akiva, who lived in poverty, in a hayloft with his beloved wife Rahel, who had been disowned by her father. As he plucked the hay out of her hair, he promised her that one day he would become wealthy and buy her a Jerusalem of Gold [an item of jewelry]. Our teachers, Shoshana and Amminadav, taught us many similar legends. The phrase âJerusalem of Goldâ suddenly shone in my memory as if to say, âHere I am!â and I realized it would be the cornerstone of my song“.
Karren Frenkel is a jewelry and fashion designer from Tel Aviv. She runs a little design studio in Old Jaffa and loves spending time there with her clients. Oftentimes they stop by for a fitting, and stay for a chat or a cup of tea.
Most of her garments are created for women who identify as curvy, body-positive, or plus-size. She encourages her clients to love the body theyâre in, to be beautiful and bold right now! Karren was passionate about collecting fabrics, threads, buttons, ribbons, stones, pearls and other goodies since she was a little girl.
Over the years she has created her own unique design language – eclectic and colorful. This year, during the ongoing lockdown, Karren hasnât stopped working: âOne of my creative responses to this pandemic has been to start making face masks. I am designing double-layered cotton masks which actually will protect people while still making them feel good; I donât want people to look scary in masks or look like a nurse, or as though theyâre in an apocalypse. I want my masks to be beautiful while also extremely functional and last for an extended period of time. I’m working on making them washable and reusable!â
A specialist in computer animation, art and design, Ofek Wertman makes colorful objects characterized by combining the current Israeli experience with ancient Jewish history, resulting in a contemporary, colorful, Israeli style. From initial conception to final construction, every aspect of Ofek Wertmanâs unique, incredible works of art is flawlessly made on Israeli soil. Considered one of the best modern artists in the Holy Land, Ofek Wertman specializes in creating a wide range of fun, exciting products from various materials that are colorful, dynamic, and attractive. Wertmanâs fabulous products tend to reflect his passion for the captivating history of the Holy Land and modern Israeli culture, as well as his interest for industrial and graphic design, giving his creations an appealing aesthetic thatâs artistic and meaningful.
TIN-TIME & VIKINGIT
Paula Rykin, TIN-TIME
“Hello, my name is Paula Reikin. I am a Mom to two great kids and a wife to a wonderful man living in Gilon, a community settlement in northern Israel.
I design functional and decorative art from upcycled materials. I truly believe that by giving new life and meaning to objects that we usually consider to be worthless and meaningless I inspire people’s creativity and Â endorse a more sustainable way of life“.
Viki Tiamat – Vikingit
“Hello, my name is Viki Tiamat, or as most of my customers know me, Vikingit. I am a Mom to three amazing daughters – Sierra, Sheluv and Sage, plus a little one in the oven. Married to the man of my dreams living the dream in Gesher Ha-Ziv, a kibbutz located in the beautiful Western Galilee.
I am a self taught craftswoman, an illustrator and botanical tattoo artist specializing in flora and fauna art. My medium of choice would be inks, water colours and simple black ballpoint pen. I believe in cosmic connections and creating art that connects you to your inner spirit”.
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