Israel is home to a widely diverse population from many ethnic, religious, cultural, and social backgrounds. A new society with ancient roots, it is still coalescing and evolving today. The society is relatively young and is characterized by social and religious commitment, political ideology, economic resourcefulness, and cultural creativity, all of which contribute momentum to its continuing development.

Most people in Israel speak English, but you are likely to encounter some who speak Hebrew or other languages. Your Travel Director and local guides will speak fluent English and can assist you should you have any questions.

75.4% Jewish, 16.9% Muslim, 2.1% Christian, 1.7% Druze, 4% unclassified

Israelis tend to be very hospitable, open, and sometimes outspoken. They dress informally, and are candid in discussing politics, sports or even personal finances. However, visitors should be sensitive when speaking about religious issues or matters related to Israel’s long struggle with neighboring countries.

Israeli cuisine is as diverse as the population that makes up this culturally-rich country. Popular dishes include hummus (a mixture of ground chickpeas, sesame seed, lemon and garlic), falafel (chickpea patties served inside a pita), shawarma (sliced turkey or lamb meat) and St. Peter’s Fish (tilapia).

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