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The Top 10 Places to Instagram While on Birthright

Instagram your way through a trip of a lifetime in Israel

If you’re Jewish and seeking an international adventure, look no further than the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. Through this organization, over 40,000 travelers each year, aged 18-26 have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Israel for ten days, entirely for free. Along with experiencing a unique culture and visiting awe-inspiring sights, many college tourists aim to photograph such an adventure in order to share it with peers on social media. Need help creating the perfect post in order to become the envy of friends and followers? Here are the top ten places to Instagram while on Birthright:

1. Bedouin Tents

Located in the middle of the country’s southern Judean desert, this community is known for its hospitality. Here, travelers will have the opportunity to eat a traditional meal of pita and vegetables on the ground, participate in a drum performance, and most notably, ride a camel.

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Suggested Hashtags:#RidingDirty #CamelBack #HumpDay

2. Masada

 Trips to Israel generally involve a significant amount of walking and hiking. One uphill climb often experienced on Birthright trips leads to Herod The Great’s ancient desert fortress, known as Masada. Even though making your way to the top of this mountain can be strenuous, the view is spectacular (and a perfect backdrop for social media.)

masada israel view

Suggested Hashtags: #StartedFromTheBottomNowWe’reHere #It’sTheClimb

3. Mahane Yehuda Market

For an authentic and unique Israeli shopping experience, travelers often venture to this Jerusalem shuk (outdoor market.) Here, customers are able to purchase food and souvenirs and haggle for prices. Feast your eyes and cameras on a great variety of fruit, wine, cheese, and spice vendors in an array of colors.

 Mahane Yehuda Market fruit wine vegetables image

Suggested Hashtags: #SpiceUpYourLife #OldSpice

4. Tel Aviv Beach

Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Tel Aviv is a perfect destination to relax and take a break from a tiring and packed Birthright schedule. The city’s coast is actually divided into thirteen separate beaches. On each, travelers can lounge, swim, or play the popular Israeli game, Kadima.

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Suggested Hashtags: #SeaLife’sBeauty #AShoreGoodTime

5. Aroma Cafe

Known as the “Starbucks of Israel,” Aroma Cafes can be found in abundance throughout the country. While delicious, the restaurant’s famed iced-coffee does not quite resemble its American counterpart. These drinks are thick and have a texture and taste similar to that of a Frappuccino. Any picture of this delicious beverage is sure to cause jealousy in the U.S.

 aroma cafe ice coffee israel image

Suggested Hashtags: #NotALatteProblems #DailyGrind

 

6. Ben Yehuda Street 

Found in Jerusalem, stores on this extended road serve a number of functions. Many come to Ben Yehuda in order to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. Additionally, several Birthright tours encourage travelers to visit one of the many bars and clubs located on this street. Through mixed drinks containing arak, a Middle Eastern form of alcohol, and hookahs, travelers here have an opportunity to experience a glimpse of Israeli nightlife.

 

Ben Yehuda Street israel image

Suggested Hashtags: #ArakAndRoll #HookedOnHookah

 

7. The Dead Sea

 Explore and swim through the lowest point on Earth. Due to its extreme amounts of salt, (it’s 9.6 times saltier than the ocean!) swimming in this sea resembles floating. The sea and the mud surrounding this area are filled with rich minerals. By covering skin with this natural cosmetic, visitors are able to gain smooth skin and create a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity.

dead sea

Suggested Hashtags: #MudMask #SaltWithoutPepper

 

8. Sfat

 Enter the city of Jewish mysticism and venture through its antique streets and synagogues. Here, visitors are surrounded with a surprising mix of ancient ruins and modern technology. Because of its spiritual connotations, Sfat is often associated with the many forms of Jewish paraphernalia sold in the marketplace. Pick up a souvenir here or simply take a picture of such items for social media use.

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Suggested Hashtags: #2KeyChainz #TorahTheExplora

 

9. Hadaya Jewelers

This jewelry store, located in Jerusalem’s old city, is a favorite among young tourists visiting Israel. Hadaya provides customers with the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Upon selecting a Hadaya piece, patrons are given the option of choosing a quote or phrase to be engraved. Some of the brand’s most popular inscriptions include “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning,” and “Without friendship we are like a felled branch.”

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Suggested Hashtags: #HeartOfGold

10. The Western Wall

The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem is arguably the most iconic and famous spot in all of Israel. Once a section of the Holy Temple, today, this area remains a holy sight. At any given time, it is possible to see large groups of individuals praying to this wall and entrusting notes filled with questions, wishes, and prayers in the crevices. Follow in the footsteps of many great diplomats and celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and take a picture of yourself at this iconic piece of history.

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Suggested Hashtags: #HotelKotel #HolyMoly

Photographs by Alex Brizel

Carly Stern

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Carly Stern is a rising sophomore from New York City. She loves exploring new things and meeting new people!


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