leaving for Israel Sunday

May 14th, 2001, 04:50 PM
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leaving for Israel Sunday

I'm leaving for Israel Sunday. I'll be in Tel Aviv, Tzfat & Jerusalem. Does anyone have any general advice (esp. right now) about what to wear - things you would/wouldn't bring?

May 15th, 2001, 09:44 AM
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hi Liz

Obviously, you know that things are somewhate volatile there and even the optimists amongst aour friends there are quite down. I'm sure you will exercise caution and enquire about safe routes before traveling.

I also know it has been quite hot there lately so you'll need a cerain amount of light weight clothing.You may need a sweater for the evenings in Jerusalem.

AS you also probably know, Jerusalem and Tsvat have a large orthodox community so you will need some modest coverings there in certain areas, (skirts covering knees, tops covering shoulders and upper arms.bring a pull on skirt you carry with if wyou want to wear shorts).Tel Aviv, anything goes.

Bring water sandals or special water shoes for the Dead Sea (which was a highlight of our trip). You will need to go into the water with them as the sand is very hot and the bottom of the sea has sharp edges from the salt formations. I had only my TEVA sandals and they got ruined from the salt but there was no way you could walk without shoes.Bring a little disposable (preferably water proof, although not necessary ) camera for the Dead Sea also to get photos of yourself floating and covered with mud at the spa area. This way you won't have to worry about your proper camera getting ruined.

Also some kind of spray bottle or fan to cool off in hot areas, is a great asset.

I'm sorry I did not buy more Judaica while there to have a supply of gifts. Even if you are not good at bargaining, do- it is expected. I found that quite hard to get used to.

Drink and carry water all the time. Also bring a hat with a brim.

I would also bring some diarrhea remedies. Everyone in our group got it badly, even with drinking bottled watetry to travel lightly as we found that in certain hotels,(the majority of them)they were not willing to help with bags and the elevators are sometimes up a half flight of stairs.

I would also bring disposable toilet seat covers as many of the bathroom facilities were not too clean.

Enjoy. And be careful.
May 16th, 2001, 09:11 PM
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thanks for the info!
I was really wondering about what to wear. I'm going to forego shorts and stick with capris.
May 17th, 2001, 04:51 AM
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Liz, we were there in second half of June last year and had a great time. Were with an escorted tour so had no problems with baggage. Agree on drinking plenty of fluids especially in Dead Sea area. Attire especially when visiting religious sites needs to be modest. Several in our group took skirts for quick change. More than one place had towel or other clothing as a quick fix but don't always count on it. And, standards seems to be "willy-nilly". Our two daughters were dressed identically. Gate watchers at one mosque/church let one in but made second wear an old table cloth to cover her bare upper arms. Kinda hard to figure still very worth the small inconvenience for all we saw. None of our group got sick while in Israel (daughter came down with strep throat (undoubtedly started before we got incountry). Treated by local doc and got local prescription with no problem.
Bargain yes. Smile and certainly pay what was finally agreed upon. If you don't like the price you can always walk and more often than not, a new and better offerring will be made. We rode local buses, local taxi, ate at Mail of Jerusalem, etc and always felt comfy. But, daughters and even my wife felt insecure in crowded markets in old city. Venders seemed a bit aggressive. I enjoyed food at local food stands and relish the idea of visiting Israel again. Enjoy the trip and I would be interested in hearing your report when you return. If you have any other questions feel free to email us. Through your questions I am kinda reliving the trip.
Thanks Dick
May 17th, 2001, 05:44 AM
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Many in our group did wear shorts but as Dick said, brought a skirt to put on over the shorts when necessary. I wouldn't forego the sorts completely

I have the greatest photo of my husband and our 2 best male friends decked out in skirts they had to put on at a mosque. Yes, men also need their knees covered. The "zip off at the knees" pants would be a good idea.
May 17th, 2001, 06:56 AM
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Liz: make sure you bring some warmish cloths too. They may be needed after sunset, especially in the Jerusalem area. Although we had a few single extra-hot days recently, it is not that hot yet end evenings may definitely be chilly.

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