By Hella Ganor


This post is dedicated to Israel's high holidays taking place later this month. It is an exciting time of year when kids begin their school year, the boiling summer weather is slowly eased with nice cool breezes, and the holidays are a good excuse to meet with the family for a few festive dinners.

Tishrei is the first month in the Hebrew calendar. It happens in fall, usually during September or October. The 1st of Tishrei is Israel's New Years' holiday, called "Rosh Hashana". This year it will happen on Sept 5th. Some Rosh Hashana traditions are: dipping a slice of an apple in honey for a sweet new year, giving a gift to your loved ones, and wishing each other wishes for the upcoming year.


Here are pictures I took in some of my favorite places in Israel.

Vines in Neve Tzedek
Herzelia's Beach in December
A fisherman at work on Bat Yam Beach

Even today, living in Herzliya (which also lies on the coast, just north to Tel Aviv), my day cannot start unless I had my morning walk on Herzliya beach. This has been a habit of mine for the last 25 years: be it spring, summer, fall, and even winter!

Winter on Tel Aviv's boardwalk

A cloudy morning on Tel Aviv's beach

Israel is known to be a very small country and yet immensely diverse in its landscape. We have a long coast, a large desert, forests, mountains, and one salty sea.


The Dead Sea salts

Dried plants in the Dead Sea

Jerusalem is a city like no other city on earth. Although I wouldn't want to live there myself (my heart belongs to Israel's west coast), every time I visit I am overcome by its magical atmosphere.

Little Girl in Jerusalem

A walk through Jerusalem's neighborhoods

Narrow alleys in Jerusalem's old city

Stunning Jerusalem at night

Downtown Haifa in December

Heading back to Tel Aviv, One of my favorite neighborhood is the old Neve Tzedek, which still holds many memories of Tel Aviv's beginning and yet has developed into a gorgeous and unusual resort. 

A lively garden balcony in an old house in Neve Tzedek

Old and new in Neve Tzedek

Colors of vacation in Neve Tz

Tel Aviv's oldest train station, or Hatachana, was restored a few years ago into a successful shopping center. It hides a few historical stories as well as galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars. This is where my own jewelry shop is located (How fitting for me – it's a 3-minute walk from the beach…).

Hatachana - the old train station in Neve Tzedek

Hatachana - the inner plaza

Thanks for coming along touring some of my favorite spots in Israel. If you are celebrating Rosh Hashana, I wish you have a wonderful, successful, healthy, and happy year

Cafe Bialik in Tel Aviv