Crusader church in Akko, Israel
From Israel 2008
The floor mosaics are primitive - speculation is that the congregation did not have enough money to pay for top notch stuff. Here Abraham, carrying a knife, is about to sacrifice his son Isaac.
At the airport awaiting our flight home
Of course McDonalds is kosher in Israel
"security" guard at our Tel Aviv hotel
Muslim woman and woman in bikini
Currently Jaffa has a thriving artists contingent
Jaffa, the old city (Jonah sailed from there and King Solomon had the Cedars from Lebanon shipped here for the first temple in 1000 BCE). Tel Aviv sprang up on the dunes next to it and now dwarfs the original city
Tel Aviv skyline
Graffiti seen all over Tel Aviv:
"The people of Israel live".
Tel Aviv is only 99 yrs old, and has some of the most imaginative modern architecture in the world, along with the older building.
Spices at Carmel Market, Tel Aviv. The one on the right front is labeled "cajun"
Restored Bauhaus building
Tel Aviv has the largest collection of Bauhaus designed houses from the 1930's. Over decades they came into disrepair, but now there is a city wide effort to restore this unique architecture
In Tel Aviv, we spend time in the Arts and Crafts outdoor market.
The Roman amphitheater at Ceasaria is very well preserved, and used now for concerts
Hints of the greatness of the old city
Ceasaria, at one point the largest port on that part of the Mediterranean. Built by the busy Herod
Our hotel overlooked the port city of Haifa
The congregation handed out shirts with the synagogue's name in Hebrew to all participants
The Reform synagogues are not supported by the government like the Orthodox ones are. Hence unique donation plaques like this one, not typically seen in the US
The synagogue had to hurriedly fix up it's shelter, used multiple times during the war of 2006 as Hezbollah fired multiple rockets at Haifa
Announcement of the concert in Hebrew
The kids perform at one of the few Reform synagogues in Israel, where most synagogues are Orthodox
The Druze have 5 colors- white, yellow, green, blue and red.
In the Druze village of Dalyat HaCarmel
The kids sang at a youth village near Haifa
Moon over the Sea of Galilee, with the lights of Tiberias on the left