Archive | April, 2013

Weather in Israel

28 Apr

You are arriving in Israel at the beginning of the summer.  The summer in Israel is a dry season, and the likelihood you will see rain while you are here is virtually zero. So no need to pack an umbrella.

Jerusalem, where you will be spending a good portion of the trip is mountainous and dry.  The temperature during the day is in the 80’s and at night it goes down to the 60’s.  So, you might need a light sweater at night.  While indoors, most places are air-conditioned, including your apartments.

In the dry and hot weather you need to have your head covered while being outdoors and drink a lot.  I suggest that you bring a water bottle with you that you can re-fill.  Tap water in Israel is clean and there is no reason to buy bottled water.  Also, pack sunscreen and bring it with you, it is cheaper to buy it in the States than in the local pharmacies.

Tel Aviv is more humid since it is on the sea, however the same guidelines to staying safe and cool apply.



Managing your money in Israel

18 Apr

Israel’s currency is the Shekel.  The shekel has 100 Agorot (plural), Agora (single).

Currently every US dollar is worth around 3.6 shekels.  The exchange rate is quite stable, but it could go up or down a bit.

Most ATM machines will honor your ATM cards (as long as they are standard credit cards), so you don’t need to bring too much cash with you.  Also, all major credit cards are used in Israeli businesses.  If you wish to exchange cash, you can do so at any bank, or with money changers that exist in the downtown area.

Is Israel expensive? Yes and no.  Somethings are more expensive than in American while others are cheaper.  You will quickly find out.

A meal in a nice restaurant will cost up to $35, though you can also have a felafel and a can of sofa for $7.  Don’t ask me about the price of beer.  I just don’t know…

Local public transportation is around $1.80 throughout the city.  A 15 minute cab ride will be around $10 (no tipping required).

The program covers all costs for activities that are specified in the program, such as museums, archeological sites and cultural activities.  The rest is on your tab.

I now leave it to you to ask questions about costs and spending.




Please share your expectations with the group

11 Apr

Some of you have been to Israel, others haven’t.  Some have clear images of what Israel is like, and for others, it is less clear and you are  waiting to see it for your self.  Please share your expectations and tell us what’s on your mind


2 Apr

Welcome to our Blog!

This is the public space for the Northeastern University Dialogue of Civilizations summer program in Israel, 2013

Faculty and students will have permission to post texts and images, while others (friends and family) will be invited to read and follow.

View of the Old City of Jerusalem

It is my pleasure to open this Blog and I look forward to seeing you shortly.

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, Israel coordinator