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 […]

Israel’s Biblical Hikes

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Perhaps one of the most amazing things about spending time in Israel is the ability to visit locations where significant events happened in the bible. While on your gap year you are sure to go on many hikes and many of which will have biblical roots and routes. For example, you may visit the Elah […]

Israel’s Top Art Museums

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While on your gap year in Israel, in addition to learning about the country’s history, you will also have the chance to learn about its cultural life. Israel, both modern and ancient, has always had a rich artistic life, and as such, there are some fantastic museums and galleries just waiting for you to visit. […]

Learning About Israel’s Ethiopians Through Food


One of the many wonderful things about Israel is the wide range of cultures it brings together. One area where this is particularly evident is the country’s food as each group of immigrants has brought its own style of cooking with it and as time progresses, the different styles of cuisine are slowly merging. If […]

The Chagall Windows at Hadassah

The chagall windows at hadassah

Hopefully you will enjoy your gap year in Israel without having to visit a hospital. However, even if you are in perfect health, it is worth making the trip to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to see a series of stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall. When Chagall created the windows, in 1961, […]

The People Behind Israel’s Street Names – Part 2

The people behind israel’s street names

We have previously written about some of the famous people with streets named after them in Israel. However, there are so many of them, that we thought it was worth returning to. That way, when you are exploring the city streets on your gap year, you will be able to impress your friends with your […]

Exploring Israel for Free

Exploring israel for free

During your gap year in Israel, you will soon discover that it can be quite an expensive country. However, even if you are on a shoestring budget, you will quickly discover that there is plenty you can do for free. Whether you are in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa or anywhere else, there are many attractions […]

Jerusalem Ghost Stories Part 2

Jerusalem’s ghost stories

If you enjoy ghost stories, then you will find that Jerusalem is home to plenty of material to feed your imagination. If you look back on this blog, you will find that we already have a post dedicated to Jerusalem ghost stories, but there are so many of them that we thought a second post […]