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Best Beaches in Tel Aviv

Corals and dolphins, mud baths and volleyball courts, thousands of tourists speaking different languages, even free chess and a library – such services and entertainment can be had on many beaches of Israel. Most of those beaches (more than 60%, along 200 km of coastline) are located on the Mediterranean.

Forty percent of Israeli beaches are located on the Red Sea and also on the shores of the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

Experts say that the beaches in Israel aren’t similar to each other: youth prefer the lively and vigorous coastal recreation areas of Tel Aviv; beaches of the Dead Sea are favorite destinations of married couples, and fans of quiet rest and relaxation – the north coast…

The History of Jewish Migration to Shanghai

The First Wave of Jewish Migration to Shanghai (1843-1920)

It is known that the first Jew came to Shanghai were British soldiers arrived here in 1841; meanwhile, only in 1848, the first Jewish settlers came to Shanghai.

Jewish Immigration officially started when Sephardic Jews arrived in Shanghai from Baghdad and Bombay. The Sassoons and Hardoons are succeeded to built one of the greatest business empires in the city along with the landmark buildings, such as Sassoon House, the Metropole Hotel, Grosvenor House, the Embankment Building, Hamilton House and Cathay Mansions.

In the 1880s, the Baghdadi community organized the Beth EI Synagogue, the predecessor to the Ohel Rachel Synagogue.

Ohel Rachel Synagogue (Established 1920)

St. Peter’s Church in Old Jaffa, Israel

St. Peter’s Church is a Franciscan church in Jaffa, part of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Built in 1654 in honor of Saint Peter, the church was a medieval citadel. Frederick and I constructed it, and it was restored by Louis IX of France in the thirteenth century.

But in the late eighteenth century, the church was demolished twice and subsequently rebuilt twice. The current construction was built between 1888 and 1894, and most recently renovated in 1903.

St. Peter's Church in Old Jaffa

Jewish Heritage Trail in Białystok – Białystok Jewish Ghetto

The project Jewish Heritage Trail in Białystok was created as part of an independent social initiative by a group of students and doctoral candidates, volunteers at The University of Białystok Foundation. Among the participants also were indicated professor Jerzy Nikitorowicz, the Rector of the University, and Professor Andrzej Sadowski, the Dean of The Faculty of History and Sociology as its patrons of honor.

Jewish Heritage Trail in Białystok represents a marked foot trail made in June 2008 in Białystok, Poland.

One of the primary goals of the project was to present a history of the Jews life…

How your skin benefits from Dead Sea minerals

“Also known as the Salt Sea, the Dead Sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley”

It is a unique source of some of the most critical minerals and salts in the world, twelve of which are unique and can be found nowhere but here. Some of these elusive and exclusive minerals are almost identical to the minerals of our body, mainly found in the skin cells, and therefore could be irreplaceable nourishment for your skin. Over millions of years, the hot, dry climate and high evaporation coefficient caused the high salt concentration present in the Dead Sea, and now it is one of the saltiest lakes in the world.

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Israel’s Old Clock Towers

Clock towers were an essential part of any city in times when there were no wristwatches or cellphones. They helped citizens keep track of time. A big bell in the tower (like Big Ben in London) chimed the hour, and a large clock face gave a visual aid.
Nowadays, people certainly don’t need clock towers to tell time. But the structure itself is very beautiful and grabs the attention of everyone passing by.

Ottoman Turks constructed more than 100 clock towers throughout the Empire in honor of the 25th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1901. Six of them were built in what was then Palestine — in Jaffa, Acre (Akko), Jerusalem, Haifa, Safed (Tzfat) and Nablus…

Useful Hebrew for Travelers

Whether you are a first-time visitor or have already been in Israel, learning the local language can be useful. Communicating in a new country requires some knowledge of language and oral expressions, as well as cultural rules. Remember to consider these factors before visiting a foreign country.

Some people might tell you that Hebrew is useless, and that most residents of Israel speak English fluently. This may be true if talking about big cities with a huge flow of visitors and foreign residents. In fact, in Israel, and especially in Jerusalem, you can often find someone who speaks English. However, you should upload a translation app to your electronic device, as it could be helpful if you don’t find anyone.

Even…

Welcome to Haifa City

Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and one of the most beautiful cities in the eastern Mediterranean. It is also a multilingual city where Jews, Christians, and Muslims get along well with each other.

The city is located on the slopes of Carmel Mount. It is here you can admire the world-famous Bahai Gardens. It is the center of the Baha’i faith. Here is a temple with a golden dome, which is called the pearl of Haifa. Here was buried Baba, the founder of the Bahá’ís faith.

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Mitzpe Ramon: One of the World’s Best Places to Stargaze

There’s no better place than the Ramon Crater to experience the most memorable stargazing. This breathtaking, long-exposure, night sky photo gives but a glimpse of the enchanting nighttime views in the Negev desert!

The open and deserted location of Israel’s Ramon Nature Reserve is a perfect spot for asterism observation. Also, everything is ideal here for star gazing: from the mild climate and dry unclouded weather mixed with low light pollution to perfect skies almost year round; it means visitors to the park can easily observe the complex details of the twinkling night sky.

The best times for star spotting here are during nights when the moon is conspicuously absent. A group called Astronomy Israel offers…

Jewish Heritage and History in Central Europe

Czech Republic

The Jewish Quarter in Prague is home to a number of buildings that have their own stories to tell when it comes to the history of Prague, not least the neighborhood’s six synagogues. The confusingly named Old-New Synagogue is not just the oldest in the Jewish Quarter; it is also the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Legend has it that the body of the fabled Golem lies in its attic, the folkloric monster lying in wait until it is needed to save Prague’s Jews once again.

As famous as the Old-New Synagogue is Pinkas Synagogue, the second oldest in the city and now home to a poignant memorial to the lives lost during the Holocaust. That memorial is said to be the longest epitaph…