Introducing New Jewish Tours with Scholars

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Aug 3, 2015 9:15:49 AM

We at Gil Travel Group are very proud and excited to announce our upcoming collaboration with Adult Jewish Learning Programs in Princeton, NJ to offer the Jewishly-engaged sophisticated traveler a new option in worldwide education travel.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage, Senior Travel, Romantic trips

Jewish Heritage and History of Berlin

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jul 7, 2015 9:15:53 AM

Overview of Jews in Berlin

The history of Berlin links closely with the history of the Jews. In fact, it was founded when the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm I, in 1671, commanded 50 of the Jewish families expelled from Vienna to settle in Berlin. Today, Jews are once again weaving into the life and times of Berlin, but the heritage sites of Jewish past still remain significant in the history of the community.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Family Tours, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage, World Travel

2015 Maccabi Games Berlin: Keeping in Touch with Jewish Roots

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jun 3, 2015 9:32:03 AM

A desire, a dream, a vision: those who have been in competitive sports can tell you what champions are made of. So there couldn’t be a better way than The Maccabi Games to allow athletes to attain this. It is also an opportunity to connect with each other, and their Jewish identity. These Games give the participants and observers a delightful mix of sports competition and cultural heritage. It’s a great feeling to cheer on an athlete going for the gold while at the same time, making memories for a lifetime.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Custom Programs, Family Tours, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage, Senior Travel, World Travel

A Taste of Israel: MachneYuda and Chef Assaf Granit

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

May 23, 2015 11:57:54 AM

[su_quote]For starters, I will take a sashimi passion fruit with pickled kohlrabi and tobiko; I will have the fillet mignon with yogurt pesto, and beet mashed potatoes as my entrée. For dessert, you might as well add in the tiramisu with pistachio cookies & cream.[/su_quote]The featured image above is just a glimpse of the mouthwatering items offered by the iconic MachneYuda restaurant in Jerusalem.  At MachneYuda, Chef Assaf Granit has taken the restaurant scene in Jerusalem to another level. Assaf Granit was born and raised in Jerusalem and is notable for being the winner of Israel’s Iron Chef. Internationally versed in his art, Chef Granit has become unstoppable.  He combines his culinary innovation with the heart of Jerusalem cuisine making it almost impossible to get a reservation at MachneYuda unless made weeks prior.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, guest posting & travel experience, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage

“Beer me, please!” The Growing Culture of Beer within Israel

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

May 18, 2015 10:57:26 AM

Contrary to naive belief, grape kosher wine is not the only alcoholic beverage popular in Israel. In fact, ask someone who resides in the Holy Land, and they may ask, Manischewitz who? However, as one of the world’s oldest beverages, beer has made a significant impact within the history of Israel. Let us rewind to see the progression of its influence leading to present day where Israel hosts one of the world’s largest Beer Festival.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, World Travel

Berlin to Host the 2015 European Maccabi Games

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

May 15, 2015 10:03:31 AM

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage

New Israeli Opera brings Arts to Masada

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Feb 11, 2015 10:06:36 AM

The incredible site of Masada in Israel’s Negev desert is a must-see on essentially every tour around the country. This historical gem is an iconic site of Jewish resilience, strength, and emotional integrity in the face of ongoing hardship. Today visitors from around the world pay tribute to the ancient people of Masada who took their own lives instead of submitting to the impending slavery the would have faced had they surrendered to foreign armies. A highlight of many tours to Israel is ascending Masada in time to view the breathtaking sunrise over the expansive Negev below.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, guest posting & travel experience

Highlights of Israel's Complicated yet Fascinating History

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jan 23, 2015 10:22:42 AM

The history of Israel and its surrounding nations makes it a truly fascinating yet sometimes complicated travel destination. Throughout the history this territory of Judah has always been a place of miracles, events that changed a course of the humanity, and the wars that greatly influenced the world. At least a dozen kingdoms and nations have occupied this amazing and rich land in the past centuries and many of them had left their footprints in the deserts, forests, and on the hills of the Holy Land. But Israel is not only a perfect and exciting country for lovers of history and culture; a nature enthusiast would find a treasure trove of sites and locations throughout Israel as well.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel

History and Heritage of Jewish Venice

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Jan 19, 2015 10:52:38 AM

Jewish Venice has long been an amazing and insightful destination for travelers of all backgrounds. The Venetian Jewish history is as interesting as its the history of Italy at large. At Gil Travel, we are pleased to offer amazing trips to Italy aligned with the Jewish heritage of Venice. Familiarize yourself with the Jewish history of Venice to know how to best take advantage of the beautiful offerings of this amazing destination.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Jewish Heritage

Thoughts of a Traveler: Kibbutz Life

Posted by Lauren Yagoda

Dec 1, 2014 3:50:08 PM

This is part of our Travel Diary series where our travelers write about their experiences abroad and share it with our readers.

Thank you very much Stacey, for sharing and allowing us to share with all of our readers! 

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, guest posting & travel experience, Israel Travel