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Best Shopping

Touring Israel, like any other country, is not complete without shopping and purchasking some unique products!.

Here are a few local products that I recommend:

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AHAVA – Cosmetics and lotions based on minerals from the Dead Sea.

Severals brands in the market, but AHAVA is the most famous one.

A factory store is located next to the Dead Sea, on the way to Masada. Other AHAVA stores and products can be found in quite a few locations.

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OLIVE WOOD WORKS – popular especially among Christian pilgrims, Olive wood works are made mostly in workshops near Bethlehem, but can be found in many stores in the old city of Jerusalem.

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Armenian Pottery Workshop  – Within the old city of Jerusaem are several Pottery workshop, most of which were established by Armenians in British Times.

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ANTIQUITIES –  Not exactly appreciated by the archaeological community, but it is actually legal to buy antiquities in Israel.

Most antiquities shops are lined up along the “VIA DOLOROSA” in the old city of Jerusalem.

If you do buy an antiquity, make sure the dealer provides with an export license!.

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Yad Lakashish  – “Yad Lakashish” (Hebrew: “Lifline for the old”), is a non-profit organization that supports nearly 300 elderly Jerusalem residents on daily basis. Its products include also creative tourists souvenirs, and with their purchase the visitors support the financing of the organization.

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FOOD – if seeking to buy genuine local food that can be carried home, SILAN is a sweet jam made of palm dates, and is like honey (and tastier in my opinion!).

Israel also produces really good WINE and BEER.

Certain OLIVE OIL is also an excellent product of the nation.

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JEWELRY – Until the 1980’s Israel was a world center for cutting diamonds, and some very nice Jewelry can still be found at the Ramat-Gan diamonds exchange center.

Near Jerusalem you can also visit the unique YVEL  Visitors center, which presents the companies special work with assymetrical pearls, and the Jewelry school for immigrants.

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