Middle East

By Rochelle Lash Tel Aviv, the social and culinary capital of Israel, is on the cusp of a boom in hybrid hotel-condos, and that’s a good thing. The city is so appealing that after your first visit, you’ll want to buy in and stay forever. The divine Jaffa Hotel, an

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

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

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,

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 could

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