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Israel Off The Beaten Path – Episode 1

We asked you what you want to read about. You answered and we listened!

In a recent blog post we announced a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card, and the “price” of entry was a suggestion of a blog topic for our upcoming posts. We are happy to announce that the winner of the raffle is Jaclyn! Congrats, Jaclyn, and thanks to all those who left us a line. We got many great requests for blog posts, and we hope to address some of them in upcoming weeks.

This week’s post is in answer to what seemed to be the most popular request – Where do Israelis go when they are on vacation? Where do they eat out? Where do they stay? People want to hear the real deal, and we’re glad to bring you that information, in a new series of posts called Israel Off the Beaten Path. (more…)

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Tell Us What You Really Want to Know About Israel For A Chance To Win

If you love Israel (like we do) there is probably a lot you want to learn about the land, from how to get there to what to do once you’re there. Well, here at GoInspire we want to help you! Let us know what you’d like to know more about, and we just might address your question or concept in a future blog post. Plus, anyone who submits an idea will be entered into a raffle to win a free gift card!

Curious about Israel?

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Don’t Go To Israel Without Visiting These Hot Spots

3 MORE Israel Tourist Sites You Won’t Want to Miss

kinneret palm treesSince we talked about Three Sites Not to Miss On Your Next Trip to Israel a few weeks ago, our audience has been clamoring for more great tourist sites! So we now bring to you three more sites that you definitely should check out the next time you’re in Israel.

Sea of Galilee (a.k.a. The Kinneret)

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Go Take a Hike… In Israel!

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4 Great Hike Sites in Israel

One of Israel’s unique qualities is that it’s actually a microcosm of the world. In a country roughly the size of New Jersey, you will find very varied terrain and weather patterns. With deserts and mountains just hours from each other, the enthusiastic hiker can enjoy hikes of all kinds during a short trip to Israel.

During my year of seminary in Israel (many, many years ago…) every tiyul [trip] included a hike or two (or three!). Our tour guide always started out with these rules: Make sure you have “kova, mayim, and matzleimah!” – a hat for the dangerously hot Israeli sun, water so you don’t dehydrate, and of course, the most essential item for any trip: a camera. The guide would also suggest we make sure to take extra film, something most of us don’t have to think about any more.

Here are a few of our favorite hikes:

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Three Sites Not to Miss On Your Next Trip To Israel

Israeli flagThere are places in far-flung corners of Israel that only those “in the know” (or in the travel business) seem to know about. And then, there are the absolute “don’t-leave-the-country-until-you’ve seen-these” sites. Yet, surprisingly, popular as they are, many less-seasoned travelers may not be aware of the existence and significance of these tourist attractions.

Here’s a quick overview of our three favorite Must-Sees:

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The Ambiance of Tzfat; The Amenities of a 4-Star Hotel

Ruth RimonimI love Tzfat. The mountains, ancient streets and mystical atmosphere stir my soul and take my breath away. When we decided to spend a night up north, I knew that Tzfat (or Safed) was where I wanted to stay and was hoping to find a hotel whose atmosphere would enhance the experience. The Ruth Rimonim hotel definitely did not disappoint us.

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Chag Sameach!

The Goinspire Team is enjoying the Chag of Sukkot! Our huts are built, the weather’s keeping nice, and there’s been so many exciting things to do over the holidays.

From Birkat Cohanim at the Kotel, “pancaking” in Netanya, or just getting together with family, Sukkot is the Festival of Joy – Enjoy!

Of course, we’re also revving up for some big trips after the holidays – the first JWRP Men’s Trip on October 13-21 and soon after that another great JWRP TAG trip from October 20-30. Check them both out at JWRP.org!

Chag Sameach from Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Monsey, Montreal, Passaic and Detroit.

Tell us how your holiday is going in Israel and all over the world in the comments!

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” in Israel on Sukkot

Sukkot - Feast of TabernaclesSukkot—the Feast of Tabernacles. OK, so nobody actually knows what a Tabernacle is… but to many Jews all over the world, preparations for this festival include such activities as building outdoor huts where they will take their meals during the holiday. This will be followed by praying that the huts don’t collapse for at least eight days. Jews may also be rushing out to purchase the Four Species (see more about that below), while others are deciding what type of fun activities to plan so they can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

From VIP events to free activities, there is something for everyone in Israel during the holiday of Sukkot. Even if you can’t be there this year, it’s not too soon to start thinking about joining the festivities the next time around… (more…)

Flyboard in Israel

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Israel: A Country Both Old and New …

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world! But it’s not all about ancient ruins; recreation, extreme sports, and many other adrenaline pumping activities are available in this incredible country.

GoInspire is currently running a Bar Mitzvah party for visitors from Mexico. (Mazal Tov and Happy Birthday to Alexander!)

In this fun filled trip, the group visited key places, including the Kotel tunnels and Yad Vashem. They then went on to participate in many other exciting activities, including jet skiing, watching the Maccabia game, a special visit to the IDF where they trained with soldiers, and a party in the desert.  Let’s take a closer look at one truly exhilarating activity of their itinerary… FLYBOARDING on the Mediterranean sea, off the Herzliya beach! (more…)

Utopia in Israel – Rainforest Park

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Covering fewer than 8,000 square miles (~20,700 square kilometers), Israel is approximately the size of the US state of New Jersey and four times smaller than the United Kingdom. It’s a small country with an endless supply of enjoyable recreational activities. Let’s zoom in, and take a look at a small patch of paradise in one corner of the country. Leave the city behind you and enter… Utopia Park- a gorgeous, and relatively unknown, rain forest park.

For those of you who are getting tired of the summer heat but still want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, this park is your dream come true! Located in the Sharon Region, the park is made up of both an outdoor and indoor panorama. The indoor one is completely air conditioned, maintaining the perfect temperature at all times of the year. (more…)