Beating the Post Holiday Blues… With the Blues!

It’s been a wonderful season of holidays here in Israel. We’ve experienced the grandeur of Rosh HaShana, the introspection of Yom Kippur, the festivals, tours and hikes of Succot and the pure joy of Simchat Torah. Chanukah’s not until December. It’s hard not to feel a little let down. The best way to beat those blues, might be a dose of the Blues. The Tel Aviv Blues Festival will run from November 22nd through the 25th at various venues in Tel Aviv. The festival will feature mostly Israeli musical talent, with two special performances by Berlin based EB Davis, “The Blues Ambassador”. Last year’s festival featured 40 performances in 4 days at 20 clubs. Click here for more details. It’s sure to raise your spirits.

The succah's down. Now what?

The succah’s down. Now what?

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Post Tour Refreshment: Israeli Craft Beer

After a long day of touring, nothing tastes quite as good as a nice cold beer. Gone are the days when your only choices were two local mass-market beers. The Israeli craft beer scene has truly come alive in the last several years. During the summer and fall, beer festivals large and small take place throughout the country. Local craft beers are increasingly available in restaurants and pubs. In addition, some brewers like Jem’s in Petach Tikva and Dancing Camel in Tel Aviv operate their own brew pubs featuring live music as well as their own beers. New craft beer venues, like Hatch in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market, pair great beer with delicious food. Many Israeli craft brewers offer local versions of such classic styles as stout, IPA and wheat beer. Some have incorporated such local ingredients as date, etrog, orange and rosemary in their brews. If you’re a beer lover, you are sure to find some new favorites among Israel’s unique offerings. If you notify me in advance, I’d be happy to make arrangements for brewery tours.

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Touring: Succot Market (Shuk Arbat HaMinim)

Here in Israel, once Yom Kippur ends, thoughts turn to Succot. There’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than to visit one of the Succot markets that spring up like mushrooms all over the country. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while you browse through stand after stand of etrogs, succahs and decorations. Try your hand at bargaining… The asking price is never the final price. Kids with balloons run in between men carrying huge bundles of palm branches. Teenaged hawkers guarantee you the “best price in town”. Some markets feature music and snacks. The whole family will enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this uniquely Israeli experience.

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