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History:

"Much of what scholars know about Israel’s ancient history comes from the Hebrew Bible. According to the text, Israel’s origins can be traced back to Abraham, who is considered the father of both Judaism (through his son Isaac) and Islam(through his son Ishmael). Abraham’s descendants were thought to be enslaved by the Egyptians for hundreds of years before settling in Canaan, which is approximately the region of modern-day Israel."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Israel has the eighth longest life expectancy in the world: 82 years, which is more than the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Germany."

Customs and Culture:

"Israelis are very informal in social interactions. Their standards would, in many other countries, be considered rude. For example, store clerks do not act at all solicitous or even acknowledge a customer's presence until the customer approaches. "Please" and "thank you" are not uttered lightly. Despite this apparent brusqueness, touching and eye contact are common in social interactions."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations and Hepatitis A

Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 90 days.

What to Pack: "Don’t pack clothing or other items that announce your political or religious views. Israel is a multi-cultural country with many sensitive political, social and religious issues. If your T-shirt shouts out racial or radical views you might find yourself getting into some awkward conversations."

 

 

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When You Arrive

Water Safety: Food and water standards in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza are similar to those in the United States. 

Currency: Israeli new shekel Exchange Rate

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Tel Aviv

History:

"Tel Aviv is the first all-Jewish city in modern times. Originally named Ahuzat Bayit, it was founded by 60 families in 1909 as a Jewish neighborhood near Jaffa. In 1910, the name was changed to Tel Aviv, meaning "hill of spring." The name was taken from Ezekiel 3:15, "...and I came to the exiles at Tel Aviv," and from a reference in Herzl's novel Altneuland, in which he foresaw the future Jewish state as a socialist utopia."

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Nazareth

History:

"In the New Testament Nazareth is associated with Jesus as his boyhood home, and in its synagogue he preached the sermon that led to his rejection by his fellow townsmen. The city is now a centre of Christian pilgrimage."

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Also of interest:

Top Things To Do in Nazareth

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12 Countries. 7 Weeks. 3 People. Stop #10: Israel & Jordan

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