Local Hospitality Throughout Israel
We believe that the best way to experience life in Israel is through connections. Every single person you meet, break pita with, or talk to, will influence your life in some way. Through local hospitality, we can show you this beautiful country via the eyes of the people that live here. For us, this is the ideal way to appreciate a country and understand what really makes its people who they are.
In the north of Israel, you’ll discover Galilean cuisine. The people of the Galilee take pride in hosting guests in their homes. For tourists, it’s an opportunity to break bread with locals, uncover traditions, hear stories, and learn how to cook bonafide Arab cuisine in the comfort and warmth of the families’ homes.
Discover homemade pickles, handmade pitas, and dishes like Makluba, an upside-down rice dish with potatoes covering the bottom of the pot, or Knafe, a dessert made out of noodle-like pastry with sweet cheese.
In the South, across the Negev, you’ll find many opportunities to connect with the local Bedouin people. The Bedouins are a group of nomadic Arab people who inhabit different desert regions of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and the Levant, and have done so for centuries.
Their simple yet nutritious diet consists mainly of bread, yogurt, and coffee. Discover their culture as they welcome you in their homes with open arms. Sleep in tents with them and eat some of the most incredible handmade bread and tea in the world before going on a camel ride!
Connect with Bedouin women, hear their stories, and see how history is changing for them as they make strides in the modern world. It’s a fascinating culture, and their incredible hospitality makes this trip an experience the whole family will remember! Visit the Bedouin town of Lekya, the Desert Embroidery, and the Visitor’s Center.
In Tel Aviv, we’ll take you to meet the people of the city, where everything and everybody goes, and where hospitality means many different things. It is sometimes a special lunch in an ancient Jaffa home; at other times, it’s breaking bread with locals, learning to wipe hummus with a pita and a huge chunk of raw onion, or it’s an 11 PM, late-night stop for Sabich (a huge pita sandwich with eggplant and eggs) with friends.
It could also be hot broth in a Yemenite neighborhood overlooking the Carmel Market or hanging with families with kids on the walkable Rothschild Street.
In Jerusalem, it’s a shop in the Machane Yehuda Market, listening to the chatter of the people, that include religious and secular Jews, French speakers, English speakers, young teens and more. This miscellany of people live side by side, buying their goods amid the sound of falafel popping, of people choosing herbs and squeezing avocados. After a walk in the market, enjoy a Shabbat Dinner that you cooked with your new local friends and family.
We left feeling that the Puzzle staff is our new Israeli family. Leave your worries at home!
We learned, we laughed, we were challenged and were delighted!