Sep 14, 2011

Taglit-Birthright Israel - With a Culinary Focus

Two of our favorite concepts are colliding; the appreciation of food and the appreciation of Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel has brought over 300,000 young adults from all over the world to Israel for their first trip. They are planning a trip this winter through IsraelExperts, and the trip focuses on the foods of Israel! While every day we marvel at the mix of ethnicities here in Israel, as our country is made up of people who have immigrated from all corners of the globe. This phenomenon of immigration has profoundly affected Israeli culture in many ways. We will be the first to tell you how Israeli cuisine is one area where this mixing-pot effect can prominently be seen. Middle Eastern, Russian, North and South American, Ethiopian and Asian flavors permeate the streets of Israel creating a modern culinary fusion that is totally unique and incredibly delicious. It is impossible to wander the streets of Israel and not be overwhelmed by the wide array of smells and foods that are an undeniable staple of Israeli life. The culinary trip that IsraelExperts plans will allow participants to visit and learn about all of Israel's major tourist sites, with a focus on experiencing the uniqueness of Israel from a culinary perspective. I wish this trip was available when I did my trip back in 2005, or even when I staffed trips when I first made Aliyah. I enjoyed all of my experiences and made it a point to try and experience as many restaurants in Israel as possible, but joining a trip with a focus on food?! If you haven’t been to Israel and have even the tiniest inkling… I wouldn’t hesitate to join this trip.

Past Culinary Taglit-Birthright Israel Trips have included visits to the following places:

  • The spice tour in Israel’s most famous outdoor market, Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem.
  • Learned how to make traditional Israeli and Middle Eastern foods such as humus, falafel and schwarma.
  • Wine tours in some of Israel’s best vineyards to learn about Israel’s award winning wine culture.
  • An innovative agricultural farm in the desert called Shvil Ha'Salat that grows some of the most unique and delicious fruits and vegetables in Israel.
  • A bakery in the old city of Jerusalem to learn about how fresh pita is traditionally made. 

If you are interested, we have gathered the following information for you:

Registration for the trip opens on Wednesday September 14th at 10:00 am EST. For more information and to sign up please visit

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1 comment:

  1. This is what I was waiting for a blog related to the most delicious food and cuisine around the world, actually I'm thinking on receiving classes to improve my cooking skills.