No problem at all with dresses and skirts that go above the knee. Enjoy your trip! It depends on the jeans too, some are lighter than others, and on your own comfort level with heat/cold. No issues anywhere else in the country. I am planning on linen pants and skirts in general, as I understand the weather will be warm, with sweaters for evening. You don’t have to (I wouldn’t myself, just because I hate haggling) but you absolutely could bring the price down by doing so. God Bless you. HI Anne, The only question that still remains unanswered is … What about boots? You didn’t mention when you’re coming or where to, so I just thought I’d mention that unless you’re coming to Jerusalem during winter time, you probably don’t need any serious winter gear. Have an awesome trip in Israel! Most appliances stores will sell you one, not a problem. Have a great trip! Not hot and not cold today. If you really want to get fancy, get water from the Jordan river if your tour takes you there. Going to tel aviv, mitzpe ramon, jerusalem, dead sea and Nazareth-gallile sea-haifa. If you never wear one at home, I’m not sure why you’d want to do that while in Israel? I hope this helps – enjoy your trip! The sun is out at around 6am so that would be a good hour. I would definitely bring layers though, including a warm coat if you’re traveling to Jerusalem and/or the Galilee. Arms must be covered to at least halfway between shoulders and elbows, no bare midriffs, nothing low-cut, very tight or revealing. I don’t think one exists, frankly, but if you do find one let me know and I’ll be happy to link to it here. Are hats of any kind a choice…nothing crazy. I don’t see why there would be no tours in December. It may be true elsewhere in the Middle East – including the Palestinian territories – but definitely not here. If it’s a trail and not a paved road, maybe hiking boots would be better in case it gets muddy. If visiting religious sites, I would try to match them up with a large loose shirt or maybe a tunic. Coming to Israel in 3-05-18 to 3-14-18 What kind of head scarf should I buy? Israeli citizens aren’t allowed to visit in Palestinian cities in the West Bank so I’ve never been there myself and have no plans for going. You can wear bright yellow super shorts and a bright pink sports bra with sequins and no one will look at you twice (or they may look and compliment you). Hi Dolores, There is the possibility of a heatwave but generally speaking June is not as hot as July and August. Other than that, just regular clothes – a mix of short sleeves and long – and shoes. Keep in mind that weddings tend to be less formal here than they are in the US. Hi Debbie, any kind of hat would be fine for a man visiting a Jewish religious site. Hi Mady, December is winter in Israel so be prepared for cold weather. Definitely light material and short sleeves for your first layer. I heard Israels weather is similar to L.A. Only sweaters needed? I’m just trying to be cautious, nothing else. It can certainly get cold in Jerusalem (which is in a higher elevation than the coast) and the Galilee especially late in the evenings. June is usually very warm and you could find yourself in an actual heatwave too. I am going on a tour April 17th and at one point we will be at one of the religious sites. What do you think? I am going with a group of friends plus my husband in December.. Never ever had we had any issue with that. Have an awesome year in Jerusalem! In other words, I wouldn’t worry about it too much – you’ll probably stand out due to the “fancy” dress code more than any ethnic look . You keep saying Bethlehem is not in Israel. I do not want to offend anyone. Only once was I asked to cover up but that was when I came with a sleeveless shirt (I didn’t know we would be visiting a church). Good luck and happy anniversary! There’s a minimal fee and it arrives in a few days, plus you can order any denomination you’d like. Should I pack a lightweight jacket or something a little heavier. Don’t visit a Palestinian village with an overtly Zionist message on your t-shirt, and don’t visit a Jewish area with a pro-Palestinian slogan either. I will be in Israel middle part of sept. Is there a chart that showes what should be worn In each locations like list Holy Lands and what area – Sightseeing, I need to know the places that is definitely dress in what type of clothing? In Tel Aviv and the coastal area, it should be like Atlanta in October. Good luck and enjoy the visit! There so many trinkets that would make great souvenirs as they’re not available anywhere else in the world. for my trip to Israel, November 20-30th. Hi Ann, Yes, you should probably take a swimming suit. “7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for … Pack your little black dress or your favorite summer dress and wear some nice sandals. Sure, capris are absolutely fine. You are too kind. Hi Jaene, Just to be on the safe side, I would avoid colorful leggings without covering the torso. We will be doing a lot of hiking, plus visiting Jerusalem and Galilee. Are jeans acceptable? We’ll be going to Israel in September and have started the packing process. I hope this helps – enjoy your trip! In Israel, cops can do that at any time, even if you haven’t done anything illegal. Thank you so much for clarifying this. In Jerusalem does it really get chilly at night in August? As for the Shabbath, I would ask your guide for recommendations. It would be a long bus ride though: over an hour to Haifa and around 2.5 hours to Akko. For more general – yet important! Please forgive me if this has been asked and answered already. Weather wise, little to no rain in Nov? In fact, in Tel Aviv you could get away with sandals even in December, at least on most days. Any suggestions as to where to go to buy gifts for will be great. Clothes wise what would you suggest? Definitely pack short sleeved shirts. Just check with your bank before you leave to make sure that your card is set up for international transactions. There are 8.5 million people living here, so finding one person can be challenging. I’m not sure about Jordan (never visited there myself). Linda, Thank you I am sure this whole experience will be wonderful beyond my expectations. As for looks, Israelis are a mixed bag too. It’s the first official month of spring and is mostly warm though you can get a rainy/cold spell for a few days. I’m Catholic. Trust me, you will not stand out wearing short clothes in Tel Aviv this time of year. I hope this helps! Also, what is the attitude of locals towards a Hindu Indian guy? According to their website, someone called Itay Sappir is in charge of tourism there and his email is [email protected]. Again, there’s no actual law about this, just local customs. Hi…Did you enjoy your trip to Israel? You can check out my post about holidays in Israel for more info. In fact, it’s best to avoid having text in either Hebrew or Arabic on your shirts. Summer dresses, shorts and light tops (short sleeves) should be nice and as cool as you can get while walking outside. Enjoy your trip! I’ve put together this list of essential tips that should help you understand what to wear in Israel and figure out what to pack for your journey. We actually visited Jerusalem last week and while the morning was chilly, we ended up spending most of the day in teeshirts. Would you need any warm clothes at all during summertime? The US is very popular here. I am traveling to Israel in December (11-21) and I am wondering if winter sweaters will be too hot…What is the weather like around this time? I would go for comfortable shoes, layers (including for hot weather) and a warm jacket or coat. Rain is extremely rare between the months of May and September. My real question is that I have a large blue Star of David tattooed on my left lower arm. Still check the other store too though . As a traveler, you are probably neither, so you can safely leave the tie and jacket back home. In Israel you should have no problem with leggings that cover the knee as long as you’re wearing a shirt that’s long enough to cover the upper part. In fact, many women – myself included – avoid shorts throughout the year and that’s never an issue. Even in restaurants, the dress code is casual. And what about footwear? Last, but not least, swimming and diving in the Red Sea is an amazing experience, so if you can work 2-3 days in Eilat into your itinerary, you’re definitely going to use that bathing suit. Is that true? For the first two places, as long as your shoulders are covered (no straps), you’re ok. For the Dome of the Rock they insisted on covered knees and elbows too. I understand its going to be hot, will I need to cover my arm completely or just carry a scarf with me to cover it if asked? "For example, TzipiLivni and Ronit Tirosh always wear turtlenecks and Mandarin collars and end up hiding any sign of their femininity. If you’re sensitive to the cold, maybe one item that can keep you warmer if you go out on a cool Jerusalem evening. The schedule will be ambitious. This has been the best site for info I have been on!!! I am coming to study in Jerusalem from October until June 2018. Enjoy your visit! You can hike in sandals and shorts during the day, but bring something warm to wear in the evenings and early mornings. We’re flying into Tel Aviv and heading straight to the hotel (going to need a shower after a long flight). Jewish Israelis can be anything from blue-eyed blondes to black Ethiopians. It can also be hot though, if there’s a heat wave. What a lovely blog and how helpful you are! We have the same climate as Raannana and so far there was only one day where I couldn’t go outside in tee-shirt and sandals this year and had to grab a jacket. It gets busy on the streets throughout the day, but never felt uneasy. Thanks for all your help. Hi Judy, Is the dress code as strict for them regarding shorts? Whatever is comfortable for you in hot weather. I am sure the religious locations where tourists visit even see people come in using a keffiyeh as a scarf/head cover. Would they be appropriate in Israel? Yes. If they’re not Jewish, they may still get away with no head cover but it would be more respectful to wear one. and for clothing wise, it is advisable to bring something for cold since it’s mid November or we will be okay with light jacket? You can shop cheaper at street markets but the quality varies and you’re not likely to have decent changing rooms. We are so excited for our trip and can’t wait to see Holy Land. I’m not sure about a super heavy coat though. If it is so, how would the tour will be like? Here’s a post that I wrote about plug adapters for people who come to Israel. Hi Veronica. Thinking of Israel, many the outsider envisions women shrouded in all-encompassing, oppressive draped cloths, desert garb, primitive fabrics, dark men with ink-lined eyes and bearded faces. I don’t run myself but I have several avid runners in the family and they sure don’t stop any time of the year Keep in mind that Tel Aviv can be both hot and humid. So glad you like it, Kim! At the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, skirts (below the knee) must be worn. White sneakers (or any other neutral colored sneakers that are in decent condition) should be perfectly ok everywhere. As South Asians we also share the same facial features of middle eastern Muslins, and I want to be aware of any issues that may arise due to this. Oh, and no need to bring an umbrella. Just try to blend in with clean and tidy casual wear. The first is the Dome of the Rock and the other one is a ultra-orthodox neighborhood called Me’ah She’arim. Hi Anne. dress modestly and respectfully at places of worship and the western wall. We’re more concerned with how to keep cool during the long summer This is a relatively new thing here, so you’ll mostly see tattoos on people in their twenties, maybe thirties. Tq so much for taking the time to answer all our questions. Even shorter is fine, not a problem at all. Thank you for your information. Long pants? Thank you again for your help. I’ll answer the best I can and can even check things locally for you if that will help. Most places wouldn’t accept them. I think the important thing here is to have super comfortable shoes because you’ll be on your feet quite a lot. No dress code for most of the city, but if you venture into the Orthodox (Jewish) area of Mea She'arim (not that you have to, by any means), you should have your arms and legs covered (you can wear trousers or a long skirt, and drape a scarf over your shoulders and arms). Hi Sharon, I’m not aware of any such chart, sorry. Have a great visit! Considering the added hassle of getting to the rental agency (not sure you have one nearby in Bat Yam), I think taking the bus might be overall a better option. (And What Not to Bring Along! Ca. Our daughter is getting married in Tel Aviv to her Fiance from Jerusalem in May.We are from the United States. Thanks for the feedback. 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