6 Reasons why Cuba Is the hottest destination of the year

Posted by Gil Travel Team

Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Destination trends come and go, and right now Cuba is one of the hottest and newest names at the top of the list. From one of the many tropical islands available to travelers, Cuba is now recognized as the "Jewel of the Caribbean". Combined with the unique architecture and culture, this brought flocks of people to this fascinating country, and the numbers continue to grow. So, what makes Cuba the hottest destination of the year?

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TOP 8 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO SEE IN CUBA

Posted by Gil Travel

Aug 10, 2017 8:27:00 AM

 Cuba is not called the "Jewel of the Caribbean" for nothing. This piece of land, blending influences from several cultures, has something unique in its landscapes. In Cuba, you can find everything from historial cities to lush brightly colored forests. For nature lovers or beauty seekers, Cuba is a feast for the eyes! Here's a selection of the top 8 most beautiful places to see in Cuba. It might make planning your tour to Cuba a bit easier!

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THE BEST OF TEL AVIV IN 24 HOURS

Posted by Gil Travel

Aug 7, 2017 8:25:00 AM

We all wish we had unlimited time to explore the world, but in reality, traveling is often trying to squeeze in as much as we can in a short space of time. To make the most of your time in Israel, tourist often best to take an organized tour to israel. You can’t come to Israel without visiting the wonderful city of Tel Aviv. So here it is… How to see the best of Tel Aviv in 24 hours. Don't miss anything, enjoy and come back for more!

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Topics: Cities of Israel

10 THINGS TO DO IN ISRAEL WITH KIDS

Posted by Gil Travel

Aug 3, 2017 4:13:00 AM

We all know that Israel is a great destination for religious pilgrims or history fans, but it's also aperfect country for family holidays! While adults can enjoy the landscapes and classic architecture, there's also plenty of stuff to do that will keep the kids entertained. From exploring ruins to climbing and playing and not forgetting a good beach day for the whole family for a nice break! To make the most of your family time, here are 12 things to do in Israel with kids. Don't forget your camera!

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Topics: Cities of Israel

The best way to teach your children about the Hebrew Calendar

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Jul 3, 2017 11:39:07 AM

 The Hebrew calendar is like a window into the Jewish way of life. The pillars of the calendar are the high holidays, the building blocks are the days, marked by daily commandments upon every Jewish man and woman to comply with, and the weeks, marked by the Sabbath. Teaching your children about the Jewish calendar is a way to teach them about the Jewish way of life.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage

10 practical ways to lead a Jewish life in America

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Jun 25, 2017 2:22:39 PM

Jewish life in America has thrived, particularly since the influx of Jewish immigrants in the late 19th century, has thrived and remains an important part of the American fabric.  These large and established communities created all of the necessary infrastructure to be able to lead a Jewish life in America from Jewish day schools to synagogues to non-profit organizations to kosher supermarkets and more.

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Topics: Jewish Heritage, Jewish Heritage History

Best places to visit around the world: 9 locations to give you an experience like no other!

Posted by Ashely Pearson

Jun 22, 2017 2:45:18 PM

Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes us richer. You’ve probably heard this saying many times before, but it truly is that way in reality. The world has fast become a smaller place for travelers but there are many places that you’ll want to discover or even rediscover.

This list below is a compilation of the top 9 places around the world that might not be on your travel radar - but really should be. Chances are you’ll return from these places with a different view of the world and quite often with a different view of yourself. For more on incredible destinations to visit, check out the Top 10 places to Visit Before you Die and Unique Vacation Ideas to Add to your Bucket List. Read on!

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5 brilliant ways to teach your children about Jewish symbols

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

Jun 14, 2017 8:38:04 AM

From the prevalent to the obscure, Jewish symbols are a part of the historic and religious expression of the Jewish religion. From the day you step foot in a Synagogue, attend Hebrew Sunday school or attend a Jewish day school, those symbols will be there, expressed in varying manifestations. Even those of us with limited exposure to Judaism can probably list the major ones.  As Jews, we aren’t allowed to express our God or biblical characters in any physical/visual/artistic way.  It’s instead these Jewish symbols that provide us a way to remember, to connect and to see who we are on a regular basis.

As Jews, we too have the duty to teach our children about who we are.  Sometimes, it’s through these symbols that they can easily connect and remember.  The question is, how do we go about teaching our children about these symbols and what they mean to us?  The first step is in identifying the ones you want to teach.  There are symbols that we use all year round and symbols that we connect to various important holidays.  There are many symbols, certainly more than can be covered in one article. 

Here are my top 5 Jewish symbols that you can start by focusing on.

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Topics: jewish education

What your children must know about the Jewish holidays

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

May 29, 2017 6:44:32 AM

The Jewish holidays are an important element of establishing a basic Jewish identity and understanding for your kids.  They (and you) might relate to the religious component, or the family traditions, or the food.  Whatever that connection is, the important thing is that there is one.  Jews are hard wired to pass lessons and traditions down from generation to generation.  If a holiday tradition was a staple in your household, you may be grappling with how to get these traditions to become just as familiar and comforting to your children as they are for you.  But, not everyone grew up in an observant home.  You may have the desire to include Jewish holidays and traditions in your home but lack the know-how.

Discussing the religious components of the Jewish holidays is a book unto itself.  There’s knowing the major holidays, understand what they represent in the Jewish calendar and their biblical significance, understanding the rabbinical interpretations and the laws around each of these holidays, discussing the denominational differences of how they’re observed and more.  Instead, I’ll cover 3 areas that are common to every Jewish holiday and can be focused on even if you haven’t a clue about the rest: food, tradition and symbols and family. They’re bound more to traditions and an easy first step into acknowledging these holidays in your home and teaching your kids about them.

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Topics: jewish education

How to turn your kids into a Jewish Mensch

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo

May 11, 2017 3:50:28 AM

As parents, we are constantly trying to inspire our kids and guide them into being the best possible human beings they can be. Along the way we are challenged by them, disconnected and often disputed - all from a place of unconditional love (obviously). In today’s day and age (and this is when I start to sound like my own mother) the question is how do we turn our kids into the mensch we envisioned standing before us on their coming of age, while keeping our cool as we dodge toys and cars being thrown at our face… This is my guide to how to turn your kid into a Jewish Mensch before he or she turns Bar/Bat mitzvah!

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Topics: jewish education

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