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Although year-round Israel is relatively temperate, there are certain times of the year to take advantage of the weather and especially coorelating holidays. There are numerous Jewish holidays and annual events, so be sure to take a look at a detailed calendar before booking your trip, as the influx of visitors and pricing is dramatically effected.
Fall & The Jewish High Holidays
September, October & November
Weather during the early Autumn months can still have the hot summer sun making a major impact. Don’t expect to pack scarves for chillier weather and falling leaves. Towards the end of September and the beginning of October, the weather finally starts to cool (still no long sleeves though!) and this is prime time for outdoor excursions. Head over to the mystical city of Safed, where the fresh breeze, charming blue doors and architecural accents, as well as the overarching spiritual energy is felt in all its glorious facets. The Jewish high holidays typically land during the early Fall months, and the whole country is rife with celebratory festivities for the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashannah and the subsequent holidays of Yom Kippur (a day of fasting, pennance, and forgiveness) and Sukkot (a week-long harvest holiday) so be sure to check for special events, as well as opening and closing hours, as the majority of businesses are observant during these times.
Winter & the Hannukah-Christmas Season
December, January & February
Winter in Israel is relatively mild, bringing intermittent rain showers and a bit cloudier weather. It doesn’t stop visitors and locals alike from spending quality time at the beach, which still attracts swimmers, volleyball and matkot players (Israel’s unoffical “national sport” of paddle ball), as well as folk dancers of all ages pairing off at Gordon Beach every Saturday for traditional twirls and communal gathering. December is a highly-anticipated month of festivities around the world, and what better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than in his actual homeland? Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Nazareth and Haifa are all lit up in his honor, with ancient churches hosting mass, and pilgrims from all corners of the globe keeping vigil. For Hannukah, there is not a corner of the country that isn’t celebrating with joyous music, dancing, menorah-lighting ceremonies, and of course, the obligatory sufganiot tastings (delicious donuts crafted especially for the holiday).
Spring & Passover-Easter Holidays
March, April & May
Arguably the best months to visit, Spring is when the weather in Israel is at its finest. There are plenty of open farms to go fruit and flower-picking, and other fun outdoor adventures await, including desert treks and waterfall hikes. Typically, the Passover and Easter holidays attract thousands of visitors, and given the temperate weather, the timing is definitely right. Coincidingly, the country hosts various happenings in the Spring months, such as music festivals and cultural events. Towards mid-May the heat starts to descend upon the country and Beach Season begins!
Summer & Pride Events
June, July & August
While the summer months are boiling (mid-July through August consistently hovering in the high 90s), the beach beckons in all its glistening glory. Yes, it is hot and sweaty, but the neverending people-watching, the ubiquitous ice coffees and fresh watermelon topped with Bulgarian cheese, the splash pads and water fountains, the sun-bathing and glittering Mediterranean Sea, the rooftop cocktail parties and creamy gelato joints…we hope you get the picture that the trade-off is balanced somehow. And of course, the month of June has become synonymous with Tel Aviv Pride. The festivities are an all-out blast, having become a magnet for party-people across the globe. Every year gets more and more fun, and the city is alive and vibrant with special events.