Israel UNLOCKED: Come ‘visit’ Israel twice a month… without the jet lag!

The first time I went to Israel, I fell head over heels in love.

I was sixteen.

It was the last thing I expected to happen.

Because honestly? I didn’t even want to go all that much.

Why? Because at that point, Israel for me was an abstraction. Just a place on the map.

David Roberts’s journey through the Holy Land

(Even if it was the center of the world)

Clover Map of Jerusalem (1581)

But, my mom made me go. She wanted me to experience Israel.

So I went.

And in a delicious series of moments, I fell in love.

I fell in love with the nuanced history of this place, the rhythm of the streets, the colors in the shuk, the sounds in the holy spaces, the adventure of it all… the people… and the stories that tie it all together.

Jaffa Gate
Near the Dead Sea
Caesaria
Jerusalem from the Mt of Olives

And I told the woman at passport control I would be back within a year – and one day, I might even live here!

(She told me to go back to New Jersey. I told her I was from LA. She popped her Orbit gum.

And that little exchange enhanced my own personal Israel story.)

And guess what? I did come back the following year, and then the next.

I craved Israel.

I craved sunsets like these:

Tel Aviv

And bright mornings like these:

Temple Mount in the early morning

And in between times like these:

Shuk Machane Yehuda

I craved the rain:

Galitzia Roof, Jerusalem

I craved the sun:

Apollonia National Park

I *had* to be in Israel.

I was lucky. I came back again and again and eventually, I moved here, and I’ve been living here for ten years now – a decade of adventure, of discovery, and of part of Israel’s story.

Outside Jaffa Gate, winter 2018
Inside Jaffa Gate summer 2019
Jaffa – 2014
Praying at the Little Western Wall (early spring, 2018)

 

Anyway, I know many of you feel the same way – you feel that longing. Israel is more than just a sound bite or a place on a map for you. It’s awake, dancing in the streets, and singing full-throated in the middle of the desert.

It’s your family.

Maybe you even had plans to visit this year, but then, well, you know.

COVID-19 shut us down.

(This sucks, because we were supposed to hang out in Jerusalem and get coffee!)


And all of this is just so difficult, and depressing, and a real slog, and not only are you longing to visit, but our tour guides – the people who bring the stories to life here! – are suffering tremendously.

But here at Times of Israel, we’ve figured out a way to help you experience Israel twice a month – WITHOUT THE JET-LAG!!! – and help the tourism industry, as well!

We have wonderful experts who will take us through the calendar and cycles of Israeli history in a moving virtual experience – from root to tip, through the streets of Tel Aviv, to the sweeping expanse it desert, along the rolling hills of the north, and through Jerusalem – the hottest piece of spiritual real estate in the world

We bring Israel to you, and you to Israel.


And here’s the best part: you can bring your friends! Or your kids! Or your grandkids! (After all, I was sixteen when I fell in love with this place!) because we are offering a special Hanukkah opportunity right now so we can feel connected to Israel and to each other.

And while obv coming to Israel in person is the best, until we can do that safely, ToI is here for you with this fun and really fascinating alternative that will help make the stories here come to life and tide you over until we can get a cup of coffee together.

For more info on our virtual travel adventure, click HERE

And to learn more about giving a Hanukkah gift that connects, click HERE

And if you have any questions, you can email me at sarah@timesofisrael.com – I am here to help, and I would love to connect and bring you to Israel on this virtual adventure.

 

 

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Israel with her two kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.
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