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Western Wall

Story & photos by Jeanne Muchnick There are things in Israel you have to do: The Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dead Sea, the nightlife of Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. But then there are the off the beaten track behind-the-scenes

Masada foyer.

by Buzzy Gordon It all began with what must have seemed like a crazy idea: to stage a lavish production of a classic opera with an international cast and a world-famous soprano in the summer in a Middle Eastern desert, at least a 90-minute drive on a two-lane road from

Jeanne Muchnick is the former Travel Editor of Woman’s World Magazine turned freelancer. She has written for The New York Times, The Journal News, Endless Vacation, FamilyFun, Parents, Westchester Magazine, and New You, along with a host of websites and travel guides. She is also the author of Dinner For Busy Moms and loves food almost as much as she loves travel. She is presently the Features Editor at Daily Voice. www.jeannemuchnick.com

Story and photos by Jeanne Muchnick Food may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Israel but if you appreciate the riot of colors and aromas that make up an outdoor market – the bright piles of turmeric, cardamom and cumin, open sacks of nuts,

Whirling dancer on the Nile Maxim, moving at Egypt's new pace.

By David McKay Wilson On our final night in Cairo, we floated up the Nile on a party boat, awaiting that night’s Sufi dancer to seemingly twirl forever, and a well-endowed belly-dancer to shake her thing to the insistent throb of a seven-piece band. It was a quintessential Egypt, as

  Wading for a cure in the Dead Sea. Born to Shop Editorial Director Sarah Lahey took off for Israel and sent back this report: Suze – I can't believe you tumbled and broke a toe! If you were here in Israel with me, a dip in the Dead Sea

WHAT’S THE DEAL: EL AL Israel's national airline, is offering savings for families traveling round trip to Israel this summer.  Children under the age of 12 traveling with two adults between June 20 and August 19, 2010 can fly for less.

A coffee shop on Sheinkin Street, Tel Avivi. Courtesy GoIsrael. by Ed Wetschler The best restaurants, clubs, and hotels of Tel Aviv – and even those that aren’t at the top of the heap – always surprise visitors. In part, that’s because visitors aren’t expecting so much shellfish, tattooed skin,

The wide, wide beach of Tel Aviv. All photos by Ed Wetschler. by Ed Wetschler In 2009 Tel Aviv marked its 100th anniversary with a 12-month, over-the-top celebration. That might seem strange, considering that many places in Israel were settled several thousand years ago. For example, a Who’s Who of

Bab Shrine and the Baha'i Gardens, Haifa by Ed Wetschler When last we stood on the slopes of Mount Carmel, which rises from the blue sea to give Haifa a humpback, Ziv Cohen and I were bantering about the slim odds of finding much kosher dining in this Israeli city.

By Ed Wetschler “Haifa is the most beautiful city in Israel,” says guide Ziv Cohen as we gaze at the Mediterranean from a high terrace. And he’s right. Looking around, I’m reminded not of Jerusalem, with its ancient golden stones, nor Tel Aviv, where town meets beach, but of San