Extending Your Birthright Israel Trip?
Five Great Activities to Try After the 10 Days are Over
Birthright Israel trips are intensive and inspiring ten-day tours of the country. For some, the trip provides a memorable first encounter with the State of Israel. For others, Birthright Israel trips serve as the teaser that keeps them craving more and contemplating extending their visits beyond the ten-day mark. For those opting to lengthen their stay in Israel, the challenge is to find new and exciting sites to visit after Birthright Israel’s comprehensive trip of a lifetime.
The following are five great places to visit/activities to do after your Birthright Israel trip:
1. The Betzalel Arts Fair
Experience the whimsical world of authentic arts and crafts sales at the Betzalel Arts Fair, open to the public every Friday in downtown Jerusalem. Walk through the stalls and take in the original, hand-crafted wares, all created by local artisans and available for purchase. Then, take a short stroll to the nearby Ben Yehuda Street, and grab a bite to eat or enter a shop that perhaps you had wanted to visit when previously in the area on your Birthright Israel trip.
2. Druze Cooking Workshop with Galileat
The Galilee has an incredibly diverse population of Jews, Druze, Muslims and Christians. Through Galileat, you can explore one of Israel’s lesser known cultures – Druze – with a cooking workshop. Spend a few hours learning how to prepare traditional Druze dishes in the home of a local resident. You’ll end the workshop with an incredibly delicious, mouth-watering meal you won’t soon forget.
3. Shenkin Street
The highly popular Shenkin Street, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, is known for its rows of uniquely Israeli fashion stores and a few top-notch eateries. Young adults touring Israel enjoy window shopping on Shenkin Street, taking in the local fashion trends and adding an item reflecting an Israeli fashion trend to their wardrobe. For a yummy lunch, be sure to visit Orna and Ella at Shenkin 33.
4. The First Station
The First Station in Jerusalem is the Holy City’s latest popular social scene. With shops, restaurants, on-site events, a walking path and more, tourists can kick back, relax and enjoy hours of entertainment from a single, accessible location, built on the site of the city’s first train station.
5. Sarona Market
Nestled in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Sarona Market is the country’s largest indoor market. Sarona prides itself on culinary excellence and specializes in gourmet products. Roughly 100 shops and 40 restaurants are open seven days a week and is a hotspot for Israelis and tourists with sophisticated palates and an appreciation for refined and trendy delicacies.
Israel is full of exciting attractions. For those who have already toured the country with Birthright Israel, visiting these five locations will further develop a connection to the Land of Israel and raise awareness to the rich experiences the country offers.