Plan A Trip To Israel


092713_mishmash_israelThe leaves have yet to turn, but many Baltimoreans already are planning their winter-break trips to Israel. Besides mild, albeit rainy weather, December is a wonderful time to visit the Jewish state.

In addition to the every-season tourist attractions, there are a number of festivals to enjoy.

Schedule your visit around the Festival of Festivals, held in Haifa each December. The popular event promotes peace, understanding and good relations with one’s neighbors. There are numerous artistic and cultural events celebrating Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

For the more adventurous, sign up for Israel’s largest biking and off-road running event that is held at the lowest place on Earth. The Veolia Desert Challenge runs Dec. 20-21. And don’t forget the Night Spectacular, a 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David in Jerusalem.

This winter, if you are traveling on Birthright, you can participate in Taglit 12, adding two additional days in Baltimore’s sister city, Ashkelon, for free to volunteer, explore and get to know Israeli peers. For information, contact Sam Konig at

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