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A Chol Hamoed to Remember

Leah Reisman

To make this Chol Hamoed different, here’s some great advice from trip-planning experts around the world. From the classic city outings to far off the beaten path

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Walking the streets of Jerusalem during Shalosh Regalim is an experience unto itself. Even if you’re away from the hubs of Geula and Meah Shearim, you can still feel the energy and pulse of Yom Tov in every neighborhood. That’s especially true of the Old City, where you can witness the stream of Jews of every stripe and color making their way to the Kosel to be oleh regel.


Tami Meisels of Nof Tours


After 20 years of experience planning trips for Jerusalem seminaries, Tami now runs Nof Tours, where she offers private tours throughout Eretz Yisrael. As one of the only female drivers in the profession, Tami provides her services to women and post-seminary girls, as well as families. She often collaborates with her daughter, Miri Friedman, a licensed tour guide and co-founder of camp M&M, a touring camp in the Galil and Golan for English-speaking Bais Yaakov girls.

Something Outdoors

Jeeping in Midbar Yehudah

With its scenic desert backdrop and numerous sites mentioned in Tanach, this trip is a beautiful, meaningful, and thrilling package all wrapped in one. The jeep drivers also act as tour guides and point out important landmarks such as Nachalei Yehuda and Binyamin, Yericho, and the banks of the Yarden where Bnei Yisrael crossed into Eretz Yisrael. You don’t have to wait for clear, sunny skies for this trip. It’s lots of fun when the roads are muddy. This activity must be booked in advance through various jeep operators who advertise locally.

Getting There

If you book a four-hour trip, the guide will usually come to Jerusalem to pick you up. For shorter one-hour trips, you will need to drive out to Mitzpe Yericho, or meet the guide at a local gas station.

Baby Friendly?

This activity is only suitable for ages two and up.


There’s a nice park in Mitzpe Yericho where you can have a picnic lunch. Remember to bring water for while you’re in the jeep.

Something Family Friendly

This outdoor entertainment center in Kfar Etzion offers a petting zoo and train ride for the little guys, as well as bungee jumping, a ropes course, and an extreme Zip Line stretching across the valley for your adventurous teens. If you’re planning this trip, makes sure to stop by Kever Rachel on the way.

Getting There

Located in Gush Etzion, the park is about a half hour from Jerusalem by car, although with Chol Hamoed traffic, it may take longer.

Baby Friendly?

Definitely! There’s plenty of room and easy navigation for strollers.


The park offers a shaded picnic area for an ideal lunch.

(Excerpted from Mishpacha, Issue 703)

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