This year try celebrating in Israel - it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When you actually feel the holidays all around you it really makes you feel part of something special that you cannot experience outside of Israel. When bottles of honey magically appear at the front of grocery stores before Rosh Hashanah, or you see people eating in a restaurant sukkah during Sukkot, you know you are in a special place!
Apples and Honey in the Land of Milk and Honey
As a tourist you can still reap the benefits of being part of Synagogue services and meals for Rosh Hashanah--even if you don't have relatives here. Chabad on the Coast and the Tel Aviv International Synagogue are two popular places for English speakers to spend the holidays. Call ahead of time to inquire about prices and reserving a spot. You will meet Olim from all over the world as well as other tourists and some locals. Both places are walking distance from your hotel in Tel Aviv and offer an enriching experience.
Empty Streets on Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur in Israel is unlike anything that you have ever witnessed. The streets are completely free of vehicles: the main streets, the side streets and even the highways. But there is another fascinating phenomenon that occurs. Hundreds of Israelis take out their bicycles and spend Yom Kippur cycling on the streets--even in the middle of the highway! As the country shuts down and people park their vehicles, they take out their bikes instead. You can wander outside your hotel in Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur and take stroll in the middle of any street!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry inside a Sukkah
Every Kosher restaurant in Israel will have a Sukkah over its outdoor patio. You can wander around the city and check out a few restaurants to experience the holiday. If you want to be part of a large celebration check out the massive Sukkah at the Tel Aviv Port that holds a few hundred people for reform services. Run by Beit Tefilah, this Sukkah becomes a big part of the Jewish holiday season, and it is just a quick bus ride away from your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Dance with the Torah on Simchat Torah
The spirit and energy of Simchat Torah in Israel is so contagious. Attend a Synagogue for Hakafot (dancing with the Torah) or head back to the massive Sukkah at the Tel Aviv Port and join the dancing and singing where Beit Tefilah celebrates Simchat Torah every year right after Sukkot.
Where to Stay in Tel Aviv
No matter how you decide to spend the holidays you will fall in love with the Israei spirit and customs. To get the most out of your vacation, choose a hotel in Tel Aviv that is close to all of the holiday events and celebrations. It also a huge bonus to choose a hotel right across from the beach! Stay at a modern, chic hotel that is located in the center of it all. Sea Executive Suites is the perfect place to spend the Jewish holidays so don’t miss out on the last minute deals that await you. Book your suite today.