Exploring Jerusalem’s Modern Art Scene

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Jerusalem is famous for its history, but it is also home to a thriving modern art scene. While many visitors to the city will stop by the Israel Museum, there is in fact much more to see. If you are a fan of modern art, then be sure to make the time for some of […]

Hiking Trails on the Golan Heights

Dayna, sam, ofir, daniel, cooper, nina, and inbar at the golan heights

If you enjoy hiking, then Israel offers countless possibilities. There are hikes to suit every taste, from the Negev in the south to the Golan Heights in the north. If you are interested in hiking through greenery while exploring streams and waterfalls, then the Golan is probably the place for you. For example, you could […]

Exploring Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street

Tel aviv’s dizengoff street

There is no way that you will be able to avoid Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv during your gap year in Israel, no matter which city you are living in. One of the city’s main streets, it is packed with shops, bars and cafes, and it runs all the way from the north end of […]

The Maccabiah Games

The maccabiah games

You have probably heard of the Maccabiah Games, but did you know that it is actually the third-largest sporting event in the world when measured by the number of competitors? The Maccabiah Games take place every four years and the twenty-first edition has recently wrapped up in Israel. It brought together roughly 10,000 youth and […]

Gap years are not the only way to spend time in Israel after school

Gap years are not the only way to spend time in israel after school

UJIA’s growing menu of 18+ programmes is attracting a higher take-up By Simon Baker A gap year in Israel has long been the pinnacle of experience in a Jewish youth movement.Not only did they deepen an individual’s Jewish connection but over the years they provided a pool of future leadership for community organizations. But in […]

Exploring Rishon LeZion – Israel’s Fourth-Largest City

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Many people will have spent some time in Israel prior to their gap year. It is most likely that you have enjoyed relaxing on Tel Aviv’s beaches and exploring the history of Jerusalem. However, these are far from the only two cities in Israel, and it is definitely worth taking the time to explore more […]

Ein Hod – Israel’s Unique Artist Village

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If you enjoy visual art of any kind, then you must make sure to visit the village of Ein Hod while on your gap year in Israel. The artist village is located at the bottom of Mount Carmel and in addition to beautiful views of the Mediterranean, it is home to many of Israel’s finest […]

Exploring Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street

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Ben Yehuda Street is probably the most famous street in Jerusalem outside of the Old City. When living there, it is all too easy to dismiss the street as a tourist trap with nothing worth seeing. When visiting the city, many people simply don’t have the time to uncover much of what is hidden on […]

Exploring Israel’s Modern History

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If you are on a gap year in Israel, then chances are that you have a genuine interest in the history of the country. When talking about the modern state, an amazing amount has happened in a very short period. You will certainly be taken to a number of museums and interesting locations during your […]

Amazing Accidental Archaeological Discoveries

Amazing accidental archaeological discoveries

A huge number of archaeological digs are going on in Israel at any given time and they often turn up amazing finds. However, sometimes, truly astonishing finds are made purely by accident, such as the Dead Sea scrolls that were found by Bedouin shepherds in the 1940s. Far more recently, a man enjoying some scuba […]