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History and Heritage of Jewish Venice

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on January 19, 2015

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 on December 1, 2014

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

Synagogues and Stained Glass: More than Decoration

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on June 13, 2014

Stained glass is a typical element of décor in the sanctuary of a synagogue.

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But upon entry into a synagogue, the stained glass windows usually aren’t what people notice and or give strong consideration to, at least at first. When people do look at stained glass windows, they tend to think of the Read More

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

Gil Travel takes YOU to Tel Aviv Pride!

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on June 11, 2014

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel, Tel Aviv

Jewish Film Festivals, Touristic Zionism, and the Jewish Diaspora

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on May 27, 2014

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

Yvel Jewelry: A Prestigious Israeli Brand with a Whole Lot of Heart!

Posted by Lauren Yagoda on May 27, 2014

Gold rings with ruby and pearls
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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, guest posting & travel experience

Gil Travel | September 2013

Posted by Iris Hami on September 23, 2013

What's Happening at Gil Travel?

19th Maccabiah Games
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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Gil Travel

2013 Maccabiah Games Medal Results From the Top 20 Countries!

Posted by Iris Hami on September 17, 2013

2013 Maccabiah Games Medal Results
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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Facts about Israel

Maccabi gets the Gold for Knowing how to Reach Teenagers

Posted by Iris Hami on September 17, 2013

As we reflect on the wonderful experience had by all at the 19th Maccabiah Games, we are reminded of the importance and impact the Maccabi Games has on the supporters and athletes.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Culture and Heritage

Gil Travel involvement with 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel

Posted by Iris Hami on July 16, 2013

This July 18th marks the opening ceremony for the The 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel where about 32,000 people are expected to attend. Gil Travel works closely in conjunction with Maccabi USA and Maccabi World Union to organize travel for the athletes and supporters of the Maccabi Games in Israel, Australia, South America and Europe. The US has the largest delegation of athletes and supporters to the Maccabiah Games. After attending the 18th Maccabiah Games 4 years ago in Israel, Macabi Carasso, 16 years old, "was struck then by the realization that Jews live in lands he didn’t expect. His “aha moment” came upon seeing Azerbaijan’s flag, which got him wondering which countries with Jewish populations did not send delegations to the games." Carasso has helped to bring 21 new countries to Israel's Maccabiah Games, visiting 18 countries between June 2011 and January of this year, in an effort to recruit Jewish athletes to participate in the quadrennial sports competition that dates back to 1932.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Gil Travel