Local Hospitality Throughout Israel
We believe that the best way to experience life in Israel is to do so through connections. Every single person you meet, break pita with, or talk to will influence your life in some way. Through local hospitality, we can show you this beautiful country through the eyes of the people that live here. We believe that’s the best way to experience a country and understand what really makes its people who they are.
In the north of Israel, you’ll discover Galilean cuisine. The people of Galilee pride themselves on hosting guests in their homes. For tourists, it’s an opportunity to break bread with locals, uncover traditions, hear stories, and learn how to cook bonafide Arab cuisine in the comfort and warmth of the families’ homes.
Discover homemade pickles, handmade pitas, and dishes like Makluba, an upside-down rice dish with potatoes covering the bottom of the pot, or Knafe, a dessert made out of noodle-like pastry with cheese.
In the South, across the Negev, you’ll find many opportunities to connect with the local Bedouin people. The Bedouins are a group of nomadic Arab people who inhabit different desert regions of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and the Levant, and have done so for centuries. In Israel, there were approximately 250,000 Bedouins in 2012.
Their simple yet nutritious diet consists mainly of bread, yogurt, and coffee. Discover their culture as they welcome you in their natural habitat with open arms. Sleep in tents with them and eat some of the most incredible handmade bread and tea in the world before getting on a camel ride!
Connect with Bedouin women, hear their stories, and see how history is changing for them as they make strides in the modern world. It’s fascinating, and their incredible hospitality makes this trip an experience the whole family will remember! Visit the Bedouin town of Lekya, the Desert Embroidery, and the Visitor’s Center.
In Tel Aviv, we’ll take you to meet the people of Tel Aviv, where everything and everybody goes, and where hospitality means many different things. Hospitality is sometimes a special lunch in an ancient Jaffa home; at other times, it’s breaking bread with locals, learning to wipe hummus with a pita and a huge chunk of raw onion, or it’s an 11 PM, late-night stop for Sabich (a huge pita sandwich with eggplant and eggs) with friends.
It could also be hot broth in a Yemenite neighborhood overlooking the Carmel Market or hanging with families with kids on the walkable Rothschild Street.
In Jerusalem, it’s a shop in the Machane Yehuda Market, listening to the cacophony of the people, which include religious and secular Jews, French speakers, English speakers, young teens, all of whom are side by side, buying their goods amid the sound of falafel popping and the shake of people picking up greens and squeezing avocados. After a walk, enjoy a Shabbat Dinner that you cooked up with your new local friends and family.
We left feeling that the Puzzle staff is our new Israeli family. Leave your worries at home!
We learned, we laughed, we were challenged and were delighted!