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HOLLYWOOD STARS VISIT ISRAEL TO PROMOTE NEW MOVIE


MadagascarHollywood stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith arrived in Israel this past week to promote their new animated movie, Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa.  The star-studded entourage landed in Tel Aviv, and continued to the Globus-Max cinema complex in Netanya to attend the movie's Israel premiere.  The actors also toured Jerusalem's Old City and the Dead Sea during their visit.

 

 

 

 

ZACH BRAFF FALLS IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL

 

zachbraffAmerican movie star Zach Braff visited Israel earlier this month, making stops in Tel Aviv's Neveh Tzedek neighborhood, Jerusalem, Eilat and Yafo.  Zach Israel Braff, whose resumé includes the popular American TV sit-com, Scrubs, and the hit movie, Garden State, is planning his next film about an American Jew who visits Israel.

 

 

 

 

ANCIENT ARTIFACT UNEARTHED IN JERUSALEM EXCAVATIONS


sarcaphogusA fragment of a sarcophagus cover--engraved with square Hebrew script bearing the words "Ben HaCohen HaGadol" (meaning, son of the High Priest)-- was uncovered earlier last month during excavations in northern Jerusalem.  The ancient artifact made of hard limestone is believed to be associated with the tribe of Benjamin during the Second Temple Period, approximately 2,000 years ago.

 

 

 

 

EILAT TO SEE RECORD NUMBER OF TOURISTS THIS WINTER


eilatEilat will see a dramatic increase of visitors this winter, as 18 charter flights are scheduled to land in Israel's southern resort city--a 300% increase compared to the same period last year, which saw only 5 direct flights.  This increase in the number of charter flights will add approximately 2,100 seats every week, and an estimated 80,000 tourists are expected to visit Eilat this winter.

 

 

 

 

ISRAEL SERVES THE WORLD'S LARGEST BOWL OF HUMMUS

 

hummusIn an attempt to set a new world record, the Israel Ministry of Tourism served the world's largest-ever plate of hummus this month at its pavilion at the 2008 World Travel Market in London.  The massive 924-pound plate of hummus was built on a trampoline and took several hours to prepare.  Israel will continue to celebrate its unique culinary traditions next year as part of Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary festivities.

 

 

 

 

RED AND DEAD SEAS JOIN "NEW NATURAL SEVEN WONDERS" LIST

 

reddeadseaIsrael's Red and Dead Seas have been nominated to join the list of the "New Natural Seven Wonders" of the world, announced last week by Israeli environmental activists.  The New Natural Wonders project follows the global success gained by Bernard Weber, who founded the New Seven Wonders election last year.  More than 100 million people worldwide participated in the vote to augment the outdated list of ancient sites.

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Sara,

What a wonderful trip we had to Israel!  Thanks so much for all of your advice and guidance as well as setting up the trip with Benji.  It was enjoyable to meet him at the farewell dinner.  He seems like a very kind and gentle person.  Jerusalem (Regina) Tours did much to make the trip a success.  

Our Ibillin portion of the trip was excellent.  We are fortunate that you allowed us to make this addition and provided suggestions as well.  Thank you for setting up the Bible College in Bethlehem.  We truly enjoyed that and learned so much about the college.

I wanted to let you know:  the guide that picked us up from Ibillin, Dan Levi, was excellent.  He was so knowledgeable and was able to coordinate the sights that we saw in the best order of  any that we have ever seen.  He actually was the perfect guide for our group, very engaging.  The driver, Raffi,  was impressive!  He got into and out of places that I never would attempt!  Please pass our appreciation for these gentlemen to Benji.  The guide that took us to Bethlehem, John, was very good, as well.  It's tough to come in the middle of a trip and try to "take over" for the primary guide, but he did a great job.

We would not hesitate to use Jerusalem Tours again and would be happy to recommend others to use it as well.

Thanks again.
Beth and Duane Priset