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Jerusalem arcade

Israel is a tiny country that encompasses the ancient as well as modern. Israelite ruins appear alonside later Greek, Roman, Crusader and Islamic sites. A holy place of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Israel also offers families diverse scenery and activities, from beaches and cities along the coast, lush hills and rivers in the north, to the Negev desert and Red Sea in the south. Traveling with kids, visit Biblical sites, go rafting on the Dan River, explore Crusader castles, float in the Dead Sea, camp under the stars, and wander through ancient tunnels underneath the streets of Jerusalem.

Israel Photo Album
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Dead Sea Area

    Tel Aviv - Jaffa
    Haifa - North Coast
    Northern Israel – Sea of Galilee
    Southern Israel – Eliat, Negev
Tip: In Israel, museums are usually closed on Saturdays, the Sabbath; national parks and ruins are open.
family tours israel

A trip to Israel is a fantastic experience that will stay with your family forever. Rafting down the Jordan River, riding on a camel in the desert, discovering hidden tunnels in Jerusalem, camping out under the stars, exploring crusader castles, or climbing up to Masada at dawn, this family tour company will design an itinerary just for your family:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books israel
everybody says shalom  
Everybody Says Shalom
Leslie Kimmelman, Talitha Shipman

Welcome to Israel, old and new, wet and dry, and take a take tour around Israel, to Masada, Dead Sea, Red Sea, a kibbutz, catacombs, shuk, Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem and more. And everyone says shalom, which also means "hello," "goodbye" and "peace." (Picture book)


Shoshi's Shabbat
Caryn Yacowitz, Kevin Hawkes

Long ago, Shoshi, a young ox, works in the fields for six days, but on Shabbat, the seventh day, he rests. When Shoshi is sold to a new owner, Shoshi plows the fields daily, but refuses to work on Shabbat. When the owner hears his children playing, giving water and hay to the little ox, he realizes the seventh day is for rest, prayers, and giving thanks. (Picture book)

Tip: Story is based on a real person, Rabbit Yohanan who lived in Israel.


shoshis shabbat
One City, Two Brothers israel childrens books  
One City, Two Brothers
Chris Smith, Aurelia Fronty

A Jewish fable and Arab folktale, long before there was a city on a hill, two brothers farmed the land in the valley. After a good harvest, the older brother secretly brings a gift of grain to his brother, but the younger brother has his own surprise gift. On a moonlit night, the brothers meet on the hill, and on this spot, Jerusalem was founded. A shining story, wonderfully illustrated. (Picture book)


Harvest of Light
Allison Ofanansky, Eliyahu Alpern

Photo story of a special time in Israel – the olive harvest. A young girl helps her family collect the olives, some are preserved, some are pressed into olive oil. And on the first night of Hanukkah, the new oil lights the menorah. (Picture book)


Harvest of Light kids israel
here is the world  
Here is the World
Leslea Newman, Susan Gal

A year of Jewish holidays, starting with the weekly celebration of Shabbat, from Rosh Hashanah to Purim, Hanukkah, naming ceremony and Passover, plus holiday recipes and crafts. Glowing illustrations bring each holiday to life. (Picture book)



In the Jerusalem Forest
Devora Busheri, Noa Kelner

It's spring, everything blossoms and blooms in the sun, a girl and her mother go for a walk hand in hand in a forest near Jerusalem. Based on a poem by Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel national poet. (Picture book)


in jerusalem forest
This is Israel  
This is Israel
M. Sasek

Solomon’s Mines at Timna, Caesarea (ancient capital of Roman Palestine), synagogues, mosques, Christian pilgrimage sites, Biblical cities and landmarks, modern cities such as Tel Aviv, Bedouin markets in Beersheba, the Negev Desert and Red Sea. A children’s classic, it’s timely today. (Picture book)


Welcome to Israel
Lilly Rivlin, Gila Gevirtz

Overview of Israel's history, government, traditions, sights to see in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Negev, Masada, Eliat, plus Hebrew vocabulary. Colorful and fun, in a scrapbook style, good for older kids. (Illustrated chapter book)


Welcome to Israel childrens books
zvuvi's israel  
Zvuvi's Israel
Tami Lehman-Wilzig, Ksenia Topaz

Take a trip around Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, along the coast, south to the Dead Sea and Negev, visiting historic sites, amusement and water parks, beaches, nature reserves, plus lots of fun food along the way. (Picture book)


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