If there was ever a year to celebrate Passover in Israel, this is it. Thousands of Jews have been coming to support the soldiers and people of Israel over the past four months. It has been an amazing time of unity among the Jewish people. We need to keep that going and what better way to do that than to plan to spend the upcoming Pesach holiday in Israel?
Being in Israel is always magical and spending Jewish holidays in Israel is even more special. For week-long holidays, like Sukkot and Passover, the entire country is celebrating the holiday. With an increasing number of Jews coming from abroad, there's a palpable sense of millions of Jews uniting to celebrate. It harkens back to the days of old, especially going into Jerusalem and visiting the kotel. You will see every type of Jew, speaking different languages. As I mentioned, this gathering is truly magical.
With less than three months until Pesach 2024, which begins on Monday night, April 22nd and ends on Monday night, April 29th (Tuesday night, April 30th outside of Israel), now is the time to buy tickets and book your Pesach program. There are amazing Passover programs in Israel every year and this year is no different. Obviously, nobody knows what will be happening in Israel or anywhere, for that matter, in three months but I am confident that Pesach in Israel will be a beautiful experience.. The soldiers, the merchants and the people of Israel need your love and support more than ever.
Arrivals at Ben Gurion Airport (Shutterstock)
Securing Your Flight to Israel for Pesach: Tips and Updates
If you are planning to come to Israel for Pesach, you should buy your tickets as soon as possible. With less than three months until Pesach, now is definitely the time to secure your travel arrangements. El Al has proven to be very reliable, having maintained operations since the war started. They have even added flights on popular routes to meet increased demand, as most international airlines have temporarily ceased flights to Israel. A number of international airlines have resumed flights and more are planning to begin in the coming months, however, these airlines can cancel flights at any time due to the situation.
As of the writing of this article, El Al is the only airline with direct flights between the United States and Israel. El Al is offering flight modification and cancellation options in light of the current situation. You are able to change the date or destination of your flight with no handling fees for flights between Israel and the Americas on tickets purchased until March 31st, 2024; for more information, see El Al’s website. Another popular option is to fly to Europe on an airline of your choice (if you have points or vouchers) and then book a flight on El Al or one of the other Israeli airlines or European airlines currently flying into Israel.
Ensuring Peace of Mind: Travel Insurance for Your Israel Trip
The topic of travel insurance has gained significant importance since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was not standard for most vacationers to bother with travel insurance when booking Passover programs or vacations before COVID. It has since become standard practice and highly recommended by Passover program operators to purchase travel insurance. None of us knows what the future holds, but we can do our best to prepare.
When purchasing travel insurance for your Passover program in Israel, it is crucial to thoroughly review the policy to ensure adequate coverage. Be aware that some insurance companies and credit card travel policies may exclude coverage for Israel due to the war. There are companies in Israel that are offering coverage for tourists coming in from overseas. Nevertheless, numerous options remain available for purchasing travel insurance for your Passover program in Israel. It's vital to verify your coverage, especially regarding trip cancellations and medical care while vacationing in Israel.
Exploring Passover Programs in Israel - A Journey from South to North
While we acknowledge the challenges Israel faces today, our exploration of Passover programs across the country is also a journey of hope and unity. Each place we're going to explore has something special to offer, especially now. From the timeless beauty of Jerusalem to the soothing Dead Sea, and the peaceful Kinneret, these aren't just holiday spots. They're places filled with strength and rich traditions. As we take you through these amazing locations, we're also celebrating the enduring spirit of Israel's people. During Passover, a time for unity and support, we come closer not just to each other, but also to the heart of Israel's story.
Sunrise over the Dead Sea (Photo: Shuttertock)
Passover at the Dead Sea
Our journey begins at the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea. Known for its therapeutic properties and unique mineral-rich waters, the Dead Sea region is a serene and tranquil destination. In late April, the weather is warm but not excessively hot, with average temperatures around 77-86°F (25-30°C). It’s a great location for day trips to Ein Gedi or Masada.
Davidman’s Pesach program at the Vert Dead Sea Hotel has direct access to a private beach and a spacious pool area that includes a large fresh water pool and a children’s pool. Enjoy delicious food in the dining room, the dairy lobby restaurant or at the poolside snack bar. There is daily programming for guests of all ages: children’s club, lectures, shiurim, entertainment and activities.
Passover in Jerusalem
Moving up to the heart of Israel, Jerusalem is a city of history and holiness. During Passover, the city is imbued with a special atmosphere, blending ancient traditions and modern celebrations. The weather in Jerusalem at this time is comfortably warm during the day, with cooler evenings. Visitors can expect temperatures ranging from 59-77°F (15-25°C).
Sarah Tours Passover program at the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem is just a 10-minute walk from the Old City. The hotel has a rooftop pool, a gym and complimentary underground parking. It is conveniently located to the sights of Jerusalem and a great starting point for day trips out of the city. There will be private shul, shiurim, Mimouna and optional day trips.
Passover in the Jerusalem Hills
Just outside the bustling city lies the serene area of the Jerusalem Hills. Known for its scenic landscapes and cooler climate, it's a refreshing contrast to the city's energy. In April, the hills are blooming with spring flowers, and the weather is mild and pleasant. There are nature hikes and natural springs in the area. It is conveniently located within easy reach of Israel’s main attractions.
Zvi Lapian Pesach program at the Neve Ilan Hotel surrounded by beautiful forests and offering panoramic views of the Jerusalem Hills. Take advantage of the heated swimming pool and sauna. There is a fully equipped kids club and the program runs a day camp for children. Enjoy a full program of lectures, shiurim and daily entertainment for the family.
The beaches of Tel Aviv (Photo: Shutterstock)
Passover in Tel Aviv
Heading towards the coast, Tel Aviv offers a vibrant and modern Passover experience. The city's Mediterranean climate means sunny days with temperatures around 64-77°F (18-25°C). Famous for its beautiful beaches, bustling markets, and dynamic cultural scene, Tel Aviv's Passover programs are often filled with contemporary celebrations, kosher culinary experiences, and opportunities to explore the city's rich history and nightlife.
Sarah Tours Pesach program at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel is located near the city’s main shopping, business and entertainment districts. The hotel’s wellness center features an indoor pool, spa, hot top and sauna. There is direct access to the beach where you can relax or try out the water sports. There will be private shul, shiurim, Mimouna and optional day trips.
Passover in Herzliya
Further up the coast not too far from Tel Aviv, Herzliya is known for its luxurious resorts and stunning beaches. The weather in late April is typically warm and sunny, ideal for beachside relaxation. Nearby attractions include the Herzog Promenade, Herzliya Park and Apollonia.
Joey Freudmann Pesach program at the Daniel Hotel & Shizen Spa, with direct access to the beach, is near the Herzliya Marina where guests can rent boats. There is a pool and lounge area with stunning views of the Mediterranean. The Shizen Spa has an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. There will be lectures, shiurim, kids club, entertainment and daily activities.
Passover at Nof Ginosar on the Kinneret
As we travel to the north, Nof Ginosar, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), offers a tranquil and picturesque setting. The Kinneret area is usually warm in April, with temperatures around 68-86°F (20-30°C). The region is rich in historical and religious significance and just a short drive from many tourist attractions in the Galilee, Teverya (Tiberias) and the Jordan Valley.
Kosher Travelers Pesach program at Nof Ginosar on Lake Kinneret with a ton of outdoor sports and activities as well as a large swimming pool. Nearby attractions include water and extreme sports, petting farms, archaeological and historical sights, hikes and national parks. The program includes lectures, shiurim and entertainment for the entire family.
Sea view of the Galilee - Kinneret lake (Photo: Envato)
Passover in Ma'alot in the Western Galilee
Our journey concludes in the Western Galilee, in the beautiful region of Ma'alot. Known for its lush landscapes and cooler climate, it's a refreshing finale to our tour. In late April, the weather is mild with temperatures averaging between 59-72°F (15-22°C). The area is renowned for its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and outdoor activities.
Zvi Lapian Pesach program at the Hacienda Forest View Hotel spreads across 17 acres of natural forest with stunning views of the region. The spacious grounds include gardens for relaxing, a spectacular spa, a large swimming pool and toddler pool, plus a gym, ball courts, mini golf and a well-equipped kids club. The program offers lectures, shiurim and entertainment.
As Pesach 2024 approaches, the opportunity to celebrate at a Passover program in Israel takes on a new dimension of significance. Each program and location we've explored offers a unique window into the resilient spirit of this land and its people. Whether you're soaking in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, wandering through the historical pathways of Jerusalem, or relaxing by the serene Kinneret, the experience promises to be more than just a holiday – it's a chance to connect, support, and be part of a living history. Let's come together this Passover, not just in celebration, but in a meaningful gesture of solidarity with Israel. May this Pesach be a time of renewal, hope, and joy for all of us, as we come together in the land that continues to inspire and unite Jews from across the globe.