Firing Range

This sign illustrates the mistaken impression that many (perhaps, most) Americans have about life in Israel. They seem to think dangers lurks around every corner and that the whole country is a war zone.

This particular sign, marks a military firing range in the desert.

Firing range sign, warning of the dangers of being in the area. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

Firing range sign, warning of the dangers of being in the area. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

From sundown April 23 until sundown April 24, 2017, Israel will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). During this time, the nation turns their attention toward the six million Jews who were killed at the hands of the Nazis and their accomplices. All forms of public entertainment close and a solemnity falls over the nation.

The photo collection of victims of the holocaust. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

The Hall of Names at Yad VeShem in Jerusalem. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

No cemeteries, no headstones, no traces were left to mark the loss of the six million Holocaust victims. The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem is the Jewish People’s memorial to each Jew murdered in the Holocaust – a place where they are commemorated for generations to come.

No tour of Israel is complete without a visit to Yad VeShem. Make sure that your group leader requests that Yad VeShem is included in your itinerary.

The Western Wall

This photo provides a nice view of the Western Wall (sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall). The area is segregated; the women’s area is in the foreground and the men’s area is beyond fencing crossing the lower portion of the photo.

The Western Wall prayer area in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

The Western Wall prayer area in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

Boats for Rent in Tel Aviv

These boats are for rent and can be used on the portion of the Yarkon River that runs through HaYarkon Park, also known as Sporttek.

Many other activities are available at the Sporttek, including outdoor basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, a baseball field, soccer/football/rugby fields, a walking/jogging/bike path, and at the right time of the year, a traveling circus.

Boats for rent on the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv. ©2017 Craig Dunning

Boats for rent on the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv. ©2017 Craig Dunning

The Seal of the City of Jerusalem

This particular seal is on the outer wall of the mayor’s office in Jerusalem. But the image of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah can be seen all over the city.

The seal of the city of Jerusalem. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning

The seal of the city of Jerusalem. Photo: ©2017 Craig Dunning