Religion

The official religion in Israel is Orthodox Judaism, and you will find that it is very prominent wherever you will go. However, one must remember that there are many minorities in the country that make for a very diverse and interesting religious heritage. These minorities range from Reformed Judaism, to Christianity, to Islam, to Druze etc.

Israel                                                                                                                                            With Israel being the Holy Land, you will definitely encounter religion in many different aspects. You will notice that it plays a role not only in faith but also in politics, tradition and culture all around you.

Israel is a very important place for the three main monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Therefore you will encounter many different churches, mosques and temples everywhere you go. There are many places worth visiting such as Nazareth which provides a breathtaking view, Tiberias, Haifa with the Baha’i shrine and gardens and Bethlehem among others.

Jerusalem                                                                                                                                       You will most likely visit Jerusalem and learn about the basic history of the place. It is home to so many sacred sites for all three religions. Some must see places are the Old City with all the different quarters and the Western Wall, Mea Shearim which is the haredim neighborhood, the market in East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque if you get a chance (although it might not be open to the public).

– Mercedes Moya

Here’s an example of a student’s experience or religion in Tel Aviv: Mass at St Anthony’s

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