Many of our travelers purchase a shofar as a gift for someone special or simply as a personal souvenir of their trip to Israel. Below is an interesting video showing the process of transforming a horn into a shofar.
Globes, a leading Israeli online business news site, reports that the Bank of Israel plans to begin releasing newly designed banknotes in mid-2013.
The new design, which includes a red 20 shekels note, a green 50 shekels note, an orange 100 shekels note, and a blue 200 shekels note, will have new portraits and improved security measures. Another change that is intended to assist the vision impaired is a variation in the size of each of the notes.
The first release (mid 2013) will include the 50 and 200 shekels notes, with the 20 and 100 shekels notes to follow in early 2014. There is no indication that coins will be redesigned.
Since most vendors accept US dollars, these changes should not have any serious impact on tourists.
Discipleship Travel LLC has no influence in what can and can not be brought back to the United States. There is nothing we can do to help a traveler that is detained by US Customs and Border Patrol due to contraband. Please make sure you are aware of the current restrictions by visiting the pages linked above.
The short answer is yes. However, we should clarify that answer.
Typically, Discipleship Travel LLC does not make a visit to a diamond factory a compulsory stop for the whole group. Instead, the tour guide will inquire as to who in the group is interested in visiting a diamond factory. If anyone is interested, the guide will make arrangements for a visit one evening after the tour day is complete
There is no obligation to visit, or to buy anything if you do visit. Some people like to visit just to see what is available. Others have specific interests in buying a gemstone in Israel. Of course, the choice is yours.
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