Shir & Guy
To all our friends coming from across the world <3
This page is for you!
We know this is quite the investment and it means the world to us that you are considering making the trip to celebrate with us!
We do want to try and make this as easy as possible on you so we gathered some information you might find useful. If you have any questions, or are struggling with ANYTHING - please chat with us! Maybe we can help :)
For those of you who will be coming: we promise an awesome fun time!
And for those who can't make it: you'll still be there with us in spirit!
Israel is quite pricy but it is possible to do on a budget. It's uniquely small size allows you to make a day trip to almost any part of the country.
So lets get started planing this awesome trip and celebration! :D
Moroccan Henna Celebration!
Join us for a colorful and fun traditional party at Shir's backyard!
When: April 16th 2023, 7PM
Where: Pardes Meshutaf St 37B, Ra'anana, Israel
We will have dinner, music, traditional clothing and sweets.
Dress for a night out, how you'd dress going for a fun time with friends. Event will be outside so check the weather beforehand!
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Unofficial Trip to Dead Sea
When: April 17th - April 18th 2023
Where: Dead Sea - Ein Bokek beach
Transportation: Buses, possibly some cars
Holocaust remembrance day begins on the eve of April 17th and ends the eve of April 18th. For more information on what this means, please refer to the calendar. There will be a 2 minute siren on the 18th at 10AM where everyone stands in remembrance of the 6 million Jews murdered. While we know you are coming for a good time, it is important to also remain respectful during this day.
We are planning a trip to the Dead Sea, all are welcome:
April 17th: Hike to Metzada/Ein Gedi, arrive at the Dead Sea before Holocaust Eve begins (you can also just meet us there).
April 18th: leisure, mud masks, salt mushrooms. We will head back in the after-noon.
There are many hotel options, however you are also able to camp on the beach for free. No need for reservations. If you plan to do so, please let us know and we will try to make arrangements to borrow tents.
Party with us through the night as we celebrate love!
When: April 19th 2023, 6:30PM
Where: HaGiva, Givat Brenner, Israel
Transportation: There will be shuttles arranged from and to Tel-Aviv. More details TBD.
7:00PM - Reception
7:30PM - Ceremony
8:00PM - Dinner, drinks and party through the night!
Dress fancy or wear your denim pants, whatever you're most comfortable in.
Independence Day bbq!
You're still here??
If you are planning a longer trip, independence eve is one of the most fun party nights in the country, and the next day is filled with family bbq's. You are welcome to join our family bbq at Guy's backyard!
When: April 26th, 12:30PM
Where: Melchet 12, Qiryat Ono, Israel
Great! Let's plan this trip!
We've created a whatsapp group for your convenience. We'll be using this for group communications and recommend joining now. You are welcome to ask any travel questions in this group as well.
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Flights are most likely going to be your biggest expense for this trip.
If you are flying from Los Angeles, EL-AL Israeli Airlines is the only airline that has direct flights. Sadly they are also the priciest ones. If you are willing to invest more for comfort, EL-AL will have direct flights from almost any major city. Many other airlines have easy connections. Take in consideration, flying back to the US - connection within the US will require you pick up your luggage and check in again for your connecting flight. The process is quite streamlined, but just something to keep in mind.
Otherwise, we tend to have the most luck booking through google flight search. Sometimes you can find cheaper deals through websites like Kiwi. Just make sure each direction is booked through the same airline in case there is an issue with one of the connecting flights.
* Don't forget to check benefits through your credit cards. We got major discounts booking through our credit card benifits.
We recommend Tel-Aviv to be your base point and booking most nights there. If you plan on traveling the country it might be smart to book a place that is refundable for all nights while you plan your trip and make changes (there are many hostel options that are refundable).
There are a lot of very nice hotels but they are also pricy. Airbnb's are also an option. If you are on a budget we highly recommend booking a hostel. If you have a group we might be able to call the hostel and request for the group to be in a dorm of their own!
If you are interested in hostels we recommend checking Hostelworld: https://www.hostelworld.com/
You are arriving during a busy time on the Jewish calendar, which means you will get to experience some unique moments! It also means there are some things you should be aware of. Hit the icon for all the events, holidays and more.
Israel's main public transportation is buses. Trains are great too when possible (although pricier than buses) and there are trams in Jerusalem.
Moovit is an awesome app for public transportation:
Live transportation GPS: gives you the best routs and often able to show you how far the bus is from your stop.
Payment: You can link your credit card and pay for the travel fare by scanning your phone. Easy peasy.
Traffic in Israel is bad, especially in the Tel-Aviv area which is where we'll mostly be at, so always take that into account when calculating times.
Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings are especially bad as many soldiers travel from and to their bases for the weekend.
Big note: During Shabbat there is no public transportation!!! That means from Friday evening until Saturday evening you will have to mostly walk, rent a scooter or order taxis unless you rent a car.
The good news is that outside of those times there are bus lines that operate through the whole night!