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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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Testimonials from our Travelers

Hi Sara,

What a wonderful time Ken and I had in Israel. It was such an overwhelming spiritual and emotional experience. Our tour guide, Joam , was a wealth of Israel history. He provided us with sites and information that took us back in time. It was amazing!  It was also very nice to meet your brother at our last dinner together.

The renewal of our 50th marriage vows in Cana was extraordinary, especially the little party of wine and sweets after the ceremony. Going that extra mile was appreciated.

Pastor Giles showed us everyday what a good shepherd he is by being concerned with his flock of people 24 hours a day X 10 days. He was always there ready to help each and everyone who needed help. We experienced that when our luggage was tagged, by the check in person in Israel, to go straight to Raleigh. So when we landed in JFK Ken and I started toward the AA terminal. However, we did not realize that instead our luggage landed at JFK. Pastor Giles saw our luggage, phoned us, and told us he would make sure that our luggage went to Raleigh. He didn't have to do that, the tour was over, and that was our responsibility.  Instead, he again took care of us just like a good shepherd.  What a glorious ending to our tour when we saw our luggage coming down the carousal. Thank you ABBA and Pastor Giles.

We sincerely thank everyone involved in our trip.
Ken and Pat Kasprzyk