Don't drive through the Mea Shearim Orthodox Jewish section
of Jerusalem between sunset on Friday and sunset on
Saturday—to do so is to break the rules of the Sabbath.
Men should wear a hat and women should cover their heads and
their legs when visiting a synagogue.
Don't enter a mosque wearing shoes, and do take along
appropriate modest clothing for visiting all religious
In Christian churches, men should remove their head
coverings and women should wear a head covering and should
not enter wearing shorts or short skirts.
Maintain a respectful demeanor when visiting all holy sites
and remember that while they may be popular tourist
attractions, they are also holy places of worship
and Arabic (official); English; and French, Spanish, German,
Yiddish, Russian, Polish and Hungarian are widely spoken.
All street and most commercial signs are in Hebrew and
English and often in Arabic
Religion: Jewish (76%); Christian (2%); Muslim (16%)
Israeli Shekel; tourists can exchange currency or cash
travelers' checks at any post office (there are no fees for
Best time to visit: From
November to March, Israel has cool temperatures and some
rain; from June to August, it's very warm, and there is
practically no rain from April to October. Lower off-season
rates are available from November to March (except during