A group of the country’s top TV stars arrived yesterday in Israel as part of a week-long tour of the country, including Omar Epps (who stars in House), Mekhi Phifer (formerly of ER), Holly Robinson Peete, who appeared in the hit television series Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and 21 Jump Street, as well as actors Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), AnnaLynne McCord (Nip/Tuck), Holt McCallany (CSI Miami), Zach Roerig (Vampire Diaries) and Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds).

Picture of the day: The Underwater Observatory in Eilat! See the colorful coral and fish in the Red Sea without getting wet! Now that’s awesome!

Picture of the day: The Underwater Observatory in Eilat! See the colorful coral and fish in the Red Sea without getting wet! Now that’s awesome!

Click to light the Chanukah menorah and enter in a drawing of a round trip ticket to Israel, complimentary of El-Al Israel Airlines.

Click to light the Chanukah menorah and enter in a drawing of a round trip ticket to Israel, complimentary of El-Al Israel Airlines.

Great video by @lindsaytaub58 summarizing her fabulous adventure filled trip to Israel! Thanks for share, Lindsay!

L’Hitra’ot :)

Tomorrow, Dec. 7th 2011, we are launching our new website at www.goisrael.com.

Be sure to visit and feel free to give us your opinion on how we can better it.

You can send us your opinion at info@goisrael.com, send us tumblr private messages, reply to our facebook page or tweet us.

Come Find The Israel In You!

eretzyisrael:

Old City of Jerusalem viewed from Mamila with Lightstream 

eretzyisrael:

Old City of Jerusalem viewed from Mamila with Lightstream 

TOURISM MINISTRY LAUNCHES NEW NIS 200,000 YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR CHRISTIAN TOURISM IN ISRAEL – THOUSANDS OF VIEWS REGISTERED FROM AROUND THE WORLD DURING THE RUNNING-IN PERIOD

TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV:

 INCOMING CHRISTIAN TOURISM REPRESENTS THE MAIN TARGET MARKET IN WHICH THE TOURISM MINISTRY FOCUSES ITS MARKETING EFFORTS IN ORDER TO INCREASE INCOMING TOURISM

The Tourism Ministry, via the recently-established Religious Affairs Desk, has launched a new Christian YouTube channel, designed to arouse interest amongst Christians around the world, challenge them to visit Israel and increase Christian tourism traffic to Israel.

During the running-in period in the last few months, thousands of hits were registered on the channel, this even before the channel’s promotion. The channel, which  includes short videos in a range of languages including, among others, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian and Polish, features short testimonials from pastors, religious leaders and tourists speaking about the spiritual experience of their visit to the Holy Land as well as information on religious sites and events.

The creation and promotion of the website is part of the ministry’s NIS 60 million marketing efforts in 2011 aimed at the Christian markets (with a similar budget allocated for 2012.) These activities include, among others, dozens of seminars and dedicated meetings with tour operators and decision makers (pastors and religious leaders) and massive targeted advertising activities in the Christian media etc. The ministry’s Catholic channel ( Holyland Pilgrimage) has already registered over 750,000 views. New content has been uploaded in recent months, alongside competitions on the Facebook page to encourage user-generated content.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov: “We are looking forward to the future of advertising and marketing and are using tools and the knowledge we have accumulated in order to maximize the vast tourism potential associated with Israel. Incoming Christian tourism, in all its denominations, represents the main target market in which the Tourism Ministry focuses its marketing effort in order to increase incoming tourism. This new website will help transmit messages and the special spiritual significance of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.”

http://www.youtube.com/user/HolyLandVisit?blend=22&ob=5

http://www.youtube.com/user/HolylandPilgrimage?ob=5

More than a hundred Harley-Davidson motorcyles made their way from Tel Aviv to the Western Wall in Jerusalem today in the first-ever Run for the Wall. The group of 71 Evangelical Christians from the United States, made up of Evangelical pastors and military veterans who are all members of the organization Mission:M25, were accompanied by dozens of Israeli Harley Davidson bikers and escorted by Israel Police motorbikes on their approach to Jerusalem. 

Mission:M25 is a group of Evangelical Christian motorists which has dedicated itself to promote and encourage soldiers and veterans of the United States Army.The highlight of the nine day motorcade throughout Israel on Harley Davidson motorbikes took the group to the Western Wall, where they held a prayer ceremony and distributed olive green bandannas to soldiers. 

The group is part of the efforts of the Israel Government Tourism Office in North America to encourage tourism to Israel in general and as part of direct efforts to promote tourism among the Evangelical Christian community.  
INTERNATIONAL SMS VOTING AVAILABLE FOR THE DEAD SEA FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE NEW7WONDERS OF NATURE CAMPAIGN
 
Supporters of the Dead Sea living around the world can now vote for the lowest point on earth via an international SMS voting line set up by the New7Wonders Foundation for the final day of the campaign, which ends 11/11/11. 
All voters have to do – wherever they live – is send the words “Dead Sea” by SMS text to +2489 88888 for the regular cost of an international text message (unlimited voting). 
The New7Wonders of Nature Campaign will end tomorrow, Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 Swiss time. The Dead Sea has made it to the final stage of the campaign, one of 28 candidates worldwide, out of hundreds. Only seven will be chosen, with the Dead Sea currently placed among the top 10. 
7 reasons to vote for the Dead Sea as one of the New7Wonders of Nature
 
1.    The lowest place on earth
2.    The saltiest lake in the world
3.    The largest natural spa in the world
4.    Clear bromide-rich air leaves you feeling relaxed and calm
5.    Unique black mineral-rich mud for natural and healthy skincare
6.    Healthy, year-round, UVB-filtered sunlight 
7.    A desert experience, rich in history, archaeology and natural beauty
 
For more information on the New7Wonders, visit http://www.new7wonders.com.

INTERNATIONAL SMS VOTING AVAILABLE FOR THE DEAD SEA FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE NEW7WONDERS OF NATURE CAMPAIGN

 

Supporters of the Dead Sea living around the world can now vote for the lowest point on earth via an international SMS voting line set up by the New7Wonders Foundation for the final day of the campaign, which ends 11/11/11.

All voters have to do – wherever they live – is send the words “Dead Sea” by SMS text to +2489 88888 for the regular cost of an international text message (unlimited voting). 

The New7Wonders of Nature Campaign will end tomorrow, Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 Swiss time. The Dead Sea has made it to the final stage of the campaign, one of 28 candidates worldwide, out of hundreds. Only seven will be chosen, with the Dead Sea currently placed among the top 10. 

7 reasons to vote for the Dead Sea as one of the New7Wonders of Nature

 

1.    The lowest place on earth

2.    The saltiest lake in the world

3.    The largest natural spa in the world

4.    Clear bromide-rich air leaves you feeling relaxed and calm

5.    Unique black mineral-rich mud for natural and healthy skincare

6.    Healthy, year-round, UVB-filtered sunlight

7.    A desert experience, rich in history, archaeology and natural beauty

 

For more information on the New7Wonders, visit http://www.new7wonders.com.

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is happy to begin the celebrations of its 20th anniversary with 20 days of:  
Free museum entrance for groups 
Valid 11-31.12.11, weekends included
The Bible Lands  Museum Jerusalem’s permanent exhibition displays an exciting journey through the cultures of the people of the Bible, bringing greater appreciation and understanding of the biblical stories in the context of human history. This is the only museum in the world that presents the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective.
 
Free entrance also includes the special exhibitions: 
Sound the Shofar
A Witness to History
This new exhibition Sound the Shofar - a Witness to History traces the shofar from animal horn to icon. On display are shofarot from around the world, each marking a pivotal event in history, a poignant personal story or the quest for religious freedom. Together they tell the story of the Jewish people across generations. On display for the first time, is the famous Shofar blown on June 7th, 1967 by Rabbi Shlomo Goren at the Western Wall that has become a symbol of the unification of Jerusalem.
Closing 28.02.12
 
Inspired
Manel Alvarez on the Bible
World renowned Spanish sculptor, Manel Alvarez, presents an exhibition of 17 monumental sculptures influenced by the Book of Books and corresponding with modern sculpture. Themes such as the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge, Joseph and His Brothers, the Tower of Babylon and many others are brought to life in marble, iron, bronze and wood. 
Closing - 12/31/11
Free      entrance with advanced registration 
Free      entrance for groups through agents and tour guides only 
220 NIS      Guided tour for groups with up to 30 pax 
10%      discount at museum cafeteria
10%      discount at museum gift shop
During Chanukah      the entrance for groups will start from 15:00 

For further details please contact :Hagai Sasson sales @ event manager, +972-2-5611066, +972-54-4334534, events@blmj.org
Stay Connected: http://www.blmj.org/ 

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem is happy to begin the celebrations of its 20th anniversary with 20 days of: 

Free museum entrance for groups

Valid 11-31.12.11, weekends included

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem’s permanent exhibition displays an exciting journey through the cultures of the people of the Bible, bringing greater appreciation and understanding of the biblical stories in the context of human history. This is the only museum in the world that presents the history of the Ancient Near East from a biblical perspective.

 

Free entrance also includes the special exhibitions:

Sound the Shofar

A Witness to History

This new exhibition Sound the Shofar - a Witness to History traces the shofar from animal horn to icon. On display are shofarot from around the world, each marking a pivotal event in history, a poignant personal story or the quest for religious freedom. Together they tell the story of the Jewish people across generations. On display for the first time, is the famous Shofar blown on June 7th, 1967 by Rabbi Shlomo Goren at the Western Wall that has become a symbol of the unification of Jerusalem.

Closing 28.02.12

 

Inspired

Manel Alvarez on the Bible

World renowned Spanish sculptor, Manel Alvarez, presents an exhibition of 17 monumental sculptures influenced by the Book of Books and corresponding with modern sculpture. Themes such as the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge, Joseph and His Brothers, the Tower of Babylon and many others are brought to life in marble, iron, bronze and wood.

Closing - 12/31/11

  • Free entrance with advanced registration
  • Free entrance for groups through agents and tour guides only
  • 220 NIS Guided tour for groups with up to 30 pax
  • 10% discount at museum cafeteria
  • 10% discount at museum gift shop
  • During Chanukah the entrance for groups will start from 15:00 


For further details please contact :Hagai Sasson sales @ event manager, +972-2-5611066, +972-54-4334534, events@blmj.org

Stay Connected: http://www.blmj.org/