Israel

Country Information

Located in the heart of the Middle East, Israel has a deep significance to people from around the world. It is considered a holy land to millions of people worldwide, a historical paradise to history buffs and an eco-tourism paradise to others. Some view Israel as a land deeply divided and marred by war.  However, regardless of how you feel about Israel it is an undeniably beautiful place overflowing with amazing history and scenery. 
Generally, most sites in Israel are safe and easily accessible. There are three large cities in Israel. Tel Aviv is more modern and liberal, Haifa is industrial, and Jerusalem, considered the holy land, is where many of the ultra religious reside. The Dead Sea is also popular among tourists, and is home to many spas, hotels and resorts.

Language

In Israel the two most commonly spoken languages are Hebrew and Arabic. Many also speak English or Russian as a second language. Other languages would include Amharic, Bukhori, Chinese, French, Italion, Kayla, Ladino, Marathi, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian and Yiddish.

Religion

Many of the people in Israel are Jewish. In fact, more than 75% of the country’s population is Jewish. There is also a large minority of Muslims and small minorities of Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus.

Climate

The climate in Israel varies depending on location. In Tel Aviv and Haifa the climate is Mediterranean. There are cool rainy winters and long hot summers. The mountainous regions are windy and cold with occasional snow fall. Jerusalem receives at least one snow fall annually. Other than that Jerusalem is also hot and dry in the summer and cool and wet in the winter. The average temperature for winter in Jerusalem is in the mid to upper 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature for summer is in the low 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clothing

The clothing required when in Israel depends upon the time of month you are traveling. Lightweight clothing is required for spring and summer. The winter requires medium weight clothing. Spring and fall may require a mix of both light and medium weight. 

Mobile Phones

The international access code is 972. There is good cellphone coverage across much of the country and roaming agreements exist with many of the major cell phone carriers. However, it is important to note that it is illegal to drive while holding a cellphone in Israel.

Getting Online & Checking E-mail

There are many Internet cafes throughout Israel. Many hotels also offer Wi-Fi access or other connection methods. Wi-Fi is also available on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Your Personal Assistant's phone number will be provided upon arrival in Israel.

  • Police Station: 100
  • Fire/Ambulance: 102 
  • U.S. Embassy in Singapore:  03-519-7575 After Hours: 03-519-7551

Activities in Israel

Advisory

Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical treatment. For instance, horseback riding, scuba and snorkeling may be off limits. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate activities in which you can participate.

Israel Excitement

The tourism industry in Israel is varied. There are plenty of things for tourists to see and do. Many enjoy a trip to the Dead Sea where they can slather themselves in the mineral rich mud or float in the extremely salty water where it is impossible to sink. The Dead Sea also has many points of religious significance and geographically it is the lowest point on earth.  Many also enjoy a trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Visitors to the Western Wall in Jerusalem can post a prayer to God between the massive stones. Or, on Fridays people come to the Western Wall in the evening to sing and dance to mark the beginning of the Shabbat.

Those who enjoy nature will love the sandy beaches of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Israel also has more than 50 national parks and nature reserves. Places of note would include Gamla Reserve, Ahziv National Park and Hurshat Tal.

Your Personal Bilingual Assistant will be able to assist you in planning your activities and sightseeing tours that fit your individual interests. Naturally, the activities you plan will depend upon the surgical procedure you had and the amount of time you need for recuperation. The amount of time you stay in Israel will also dictate your travel itinerary.

One-Day Tours

f you are looking for a one day tour or a day trip consider a trip to the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Via Dolorosa traces the path Jesus walked during the crucifixion. There are nine stations along the path that lead to the Church of Holy Sepulcher. 
Jerusalem’s Old City is also home to a variety of impressive historical sites. Check out David’s Tower, Jaffa Gate and Temple Mount. The Old City Quarters are also a must see.

Shopping

 Israel has a wide variety of shopping for visitors to choose from. There are many Arab markets and Jewish shuks with standard and cultural fare. The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv is a favorite among many tourists. Popular finds for tourists would include artifacts, wood ornaments, seashells, blown glass, traditional clothing and fresh food.

 Nightlife and the Arts

 Most of the cities in Israel have discos and nightclubs. Tel Aviv has a very popular nightlife with clubs that offer jazz, rock, folk and pop music. Jerusalem also has a popular nightlife, but is a bit more subdued than the scene in Tel Aviv.

In Israel ballet, classical music, opera, theatre are quite popular, especially in Tel Aviv. Many tourists enjoy a trip to the Tel Aviv Performing Arts center or the New Israel Opera. There are also many movie theaters featuring movies in Hebrew, English and French.

  Spas

Israel is known the world over for its spas and health resorts. The Dead Sea has many spas and health resorts that offer traditional and alternative treatments. Many offer overnight accommodations and or day passes.