I don’t think I even know what the difference is between waterproof and water resistant. My scarves are bright colorful flower patterns. Shall I avoid those entirely? To stay out of trouble, it’s best to avoid wearing your heart on your sleeve, or your political views anywhere on your clothes. Hi Jenna and sorry about the late reply. You’ll see older people in Arab markets wearing them. A lot of visits to churches. Hi Alicia, I hope this helps, and again, Mazal Tov! You can check out my post about holidays in Israel for more info. What’s going to happen if you do wear one as a scarf? From scantily-clad people at the beaches of Tel Aviv to Hasidic Jews in formal black clothes and fully covered Muslim women in hijabs – you’ll see it all during your visit to Israel. A short-sleeve top and one layer of long-sleeved top should be more than enough most days. There is a presence of law enforcement, but not overbearing at all, must were young soldiers just doing their job to protect. It’s not that you can’t wear a keffiyeh in Israel, it’s just that it could attract the wrong kind of attention when you’re visiting a Jewish town. If they’ll ask you to cover your arm, it may be in a super religious place where they just ask people to cover up to the elbows (like a mosque). A country without a dress code has become a fashion free-for-all—making heads turn around the world. I have gathered that it is more modern in Tel Aviv and more traditional in Jerusalem, but I wouldn’t want to cause any offence/be left with a bag of unsuitable clothing! The desert areas (the Judean Desert/Dead Sea and the Negev Desert/Be’er Sheva) will be nice and warm during the day but cold during the night. dress modestly and respectfully at places of worship and the western wall. The rest depends on your level of comfort but you may prefer to have a warm hat, gloves, a scarf etc. I know first hand how complicated issues can be and while it’s interesting to hear a local’s perspective I would never voice opinions, only ask questions. On the other hand, I lived in Israel 30 years ago and during the summer the Israelis all wore shorts and sandals to work. If you’re visiting any religious site, such as a mosque, … As for the weather, definitely bring something warm too. Light clothing of linen, flax and cotton are commonly worn in the desert regions. 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? In Israel, where everyone seems to know everybody, there is less emphasis on first impressions as made by outfits. Thank you so much for your blog. Sweaters or a light jacket should be enough, just don’t forget short-sleeved lightweight shirts too because chances are you’d need those more than sweaters. Hi Sharon, I’m not aware of any such chart, sorry. Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and comfortable shoes are ideal for most situations. Nothing would be too hot for March and you won’t need boots. By Elianna Bar-El Editor, Time Out Israel for The Tower Magazine. While Orthodox women are required to dress conservatively, the expected levels of modesty when it comes to hair covering and appropriate lengths of skirts, dresses and sleeves vary by sect. I know some people think of Israel as some sort of scorching desert, but it really isn’t. Stockings/socks are not necessary and open sandals are OK. Head covering is not necessary. No tuxedos and guests aren’t likely to even wear a jacket and tie. We look forward to another vacation to the Holy Land in the near future. Female middle school students in central Israel were banned from entering their school after wearing shorts in violation of a dress code, amid the most extreme heatwave in Israel’s history. Should I pack some comfortable sandals for walking or will it be too cool? It may be true elsewhere in the Middle East – including the Palestinian territories – but definitely not here. I see you don’t recommend shorts but would I be out of place wearing a skort? I’m coming to Israel may 24th -June 2nd with a church group. Tel Aviv is usually relatively warm. Hi Anne, Thanks for all your help. No problem with sleeve tattoos or any other tattoos, that I’m aware of. But again, like most Israelis, I’m not an expert on the difference between the two terms. Yes, your husband can absolutely wear shorts to the knee in Jerusalem. Hi Jane, Dead Sea clay could make a nice gift for someone back home, for sure. However, we do get cold fronts, rain and the occasional local storm, so bring along a rainproof jacket and some warm clothes. You may be asked to cover your head as well, so come prepared with your own hat or wrap. Definitely pack teeshirts and pants/skirt that you can be comfortable in, even in hot weather. Depending on where you visit and the time of day/night you could experience anything from hot desert weather with the temperatures running up to the 90’s at noon, to cool rainy days with temperatures going down to the 40’s at night time. Thank you for your being so generous with your time and knowledge. Keep in mind that weddings tend to be less formal here than they are in the US. If you’re still not sure about something, feel free to ask me here by leaving a comment! Otherwise, they’re fine. If so, I would try and locate him through Facebook. The difference shouldn’t be too extreme though. 20% of the Israeli population is Muslim and many many Muslim women wear headscarves. We often wear shirts that we bought as souvenirs in the US, including shirts that proudly show the US flag. A button-up shirt is more commonly worn for these occasions – especially with the older generation – but that’s as fancy and formal as it gets for most Israeli men. Also, what is the attitude of locals towards a Hindu Indian guy? Traditional attire in Israel is similar to western style. Clothes wise what would you suggest? For the shoes, whatever you’re comfortable walking in, really. Sandals are just fine in September, if that works for you. A kibbutz is owned by the members and as such is private property. Make sure you read my Complete Guide For Visiting The Dead Sea before you head out there. I am struggling to pack ahah dont really have summer clothes…will jeans be too warm ? Unless you go to a wedding Keep in mind that this is the holiday season here so attractions may be busier than usual. Please forgive me if this has been asked and answered already. Just try to blend in with clean and tidy casual wear. In general, Israel is a progressive and relaxed country, and casual clothing is suitable for almost any setting. I don’t want to bring to much How about at the Wailing wall? Sure, capris are absolutely fine. You can also bathe in the Sea Of Galilee or the Jordan River, for a recreational experience with a spiritual twist. Is it just the ‘keffiyeh’ (the black/white or red/white checked) you cannot wear?. Last, but not least, it can actually snow in the desert as well, so keep an eye on the weather forecast if your itinerary includes a desert hike. I will be traveling in March with a church group and the only free time I will have will be in Jerusalem for a day. In winter months, would leggings w/a skirt right above the knee be acceptable? You know, the comfy-trendy, mid-calf to knee style. Women wear leggings, mini skirts, super shorts and tiny shirts with every imaginable cut in every direction. Most travelers don’t go to these places anyway, so this shouldn’t be a problem. I wonder if maybe hiring a local taxi driver for the day would make sense for a group of four of you, for example. Most stores won’t accept US dollars or any other currency other than the shekel. Probably nothing, except for some frowning here and there, but someone could call the cops on you and they may ask to see your ID. At the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, skirts (below the knee) must be worn. The only exception would be if visiting holy sites where “too much leg” might attract unwanted attention from the people who manage them. With so many questions regarding specific times of the year, I’ve decided to add this quick guide with specific recommendations for each month of the year. Hi Anne, It’s entirely a matter of personal taste. You’ll end up wearing mostly tee-shirts, IMO but again, I wouldn’t worry about not bringing enough because that’s an item you can easily buy here. So, to recap, you should have great weather and it’s going to be warm (though not too hot). This is such a wonderful article, thank you for writing it! Here are some guidelines and tips about the what, where and when you should wear in all situations around Israel: Casual Wear The day-to-day attire consists of really whatever you are comfortable wearing. Thanks so much! I hope this helps – enjoy your trip! Matching them with a tight shirt might draw too much attention. Thanks for taking time to reply. I guess that is a lot like LA in a way. The schedule will be ambitious. I actually blogged here about Israeli holidays, including Shabbat. Definitely bring comfortable footwear to walk in – whatever you’re comfortable with and are used to. Hi Mariel, We’re more concerned with how to keep cool during the long summer Yes, I wear them often too. Hi Ms. Di! I get confused about the use of blow dryers etc. Hello – coming to Israel for a week on Friday. If you never wear one at home, I’m not sure why you’d want to do that while in Israel? Hi Anne. I would definitely call ahead and ask, to make sure. That’s it! I keep reading that jeans are inappropriate for women tourists but I usually live in jeans when travelling...I don't possess "holiday" skirts. Hello Delinda and congratulations on the up and coming Bar Mitzvah! Assuming you’re in Israel to travel and not to become involved in local politics, it’s best to avoid wearing keffiyehs, just like you shouldn’t try wearing a yarmulke as a fashion statement when visiting Arab villages (less likely to happen, I know). In fact, don’t expect to be using all layers, unless it’s evening time in a place like Jerusalem or the Galilee. Just to make sure, I would check with your hosts. The Mediterranean sea starts warming up in June and stays warm enough to swim until late October. Thank you for your information. Along with me are some friends who are 70 years of age. Hi Ners, Don’t forget a warm jacket too. Thanks a lot for your help! Laura. And can even get a bite. As for money in Israel, definitely not travelers checks. I have a straw hat, but was thinking that might be too much. I would splurge and get something like this kit which gives you three American outlets and convers the current as well. They’re right by the Yardenit site so there may be a good bus route going there from Tiberias. Too hot still? Has the dress code gotten more formal in the meantime? There are only two places where he won’t be able to go with the knees showing. Also, how are people with low cut shirts-some cleavage showing? Tks once again Ann. I am so excited to be visiting your country. Enjoy your visit! Usually a light jacket is enough for most people but if you’re sensitive to the cold you may need another layer of long sleeves underneath that. Most of my time will be spent in Jerusalem, but I would like to get in a 10-mile run while in Tel Aviv. We are leaving in a few days to visit Israel. Here is your complete guide for what to wear in Israel. Probably the most challenging question I ever got here How about asking your daughter to ask her fiance about this? Many women use them to protect their face from the sun. Tight pants – even long ones – could be a problem. Then when it’s time to fly back home, you can package some of your stuff and mail it back to your home address. should a scarf be worn for your head & also too cover skin in religious sectors? The place to add to your visit would be Jerusalem, as it’s on the way to the Dead Sea. Don’t forget to carry something to cover your arms with if you visit a religious site. We will be traveling in Israel the last two weeks in October and I am buying light weight pants, shirts, skirts as advised. The new dress code was implemented on 30 November, when Israel’s parliament banned politicians, other employees and visitors from wearing miniskirts and … I also bring one light shirt and a pair of leggins. My Jerusalemite friends all mentioned that it’s getting cool there too and shorts may not be enough anyway, especially in the early morning and late afternoon/evening. White reflects the sun’s rays and keeps the people of this harsh-climed land cool. People are very casual here so whatever colors you want to wear, you’ll be ok. Doesn’t happen every year but it can happen. Hello I have read through a lot of the questions and your answers are very helpful. It’s not very complicated, really. A scarf may not be enough because you need something that will easily cover your shoulders and upper arms. Are jeans acceptable? I’m glad I could help, Naomi! Our church group is going to Israel Sept 18th for 10 days. I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb? Thanks so much! It can definitely get down to the 40’s. Hi Rebecca, I wouldn’t worry about the temperature where it comes to footwear. 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. 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. Men and women of all shapes and sizes feel very comfortable wearing whatever they like. But I am curious if white clothing, especially skirts and pants, is appropriate for that time of year or will I look out of place? Just check with your bank before you leave to make sure that your card is set up for international transactions. I get cold easy and I was wondering about boots or what shoes to wear if it’s raining. Speaking of the desert, remember that it can get very cold during the night out there during wintertime. Check the local weather forecast and dress accordingly, adding or taking off layers as may be necessary. I have read that most people buy olive oil and spices to bring back with them, any other recommendations? Hello Anne, Wondering if the weather will be drastically different at both places . Lawyers, accountants and such would probably stick to half-sleeve shirts with buttons. Any other tips for this time of year? Exploring the ancient alleys of Jerusalem. Some days can definitely be warm enough for t-shirts, especially in the coastal areas or if you’re out hiking. Who: Gave the clothing law? It could get to 70s but is most colder and it rains. Even a paper cap (they give them away in some places for visitors who came without a yarmulke). Actually, quite a few religious Jewish women do as well. Hi Situ, I asked some of my friends who frequent the Wailing Wall more often than I do. Anne, Thank you for your answers to lots of questions! Jeans should absolutely work, unless you’re hiking in the desert areas. Just in case, keep in mind everything is actually open here on Sundays because that’s our first day of the week. 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. Keep in mind that if you go with anything that’s borderline, it’s going to be up to whoever is looking after the place during your visit to decide if you’re dressed modestly enough, so it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid anything that draws too much attention. Are capris (below the knee) generally acceptable or will I stick out as an American? Trust me, you will not stand out wearing short clothes in Tel Aviv this time of year. Shipping by mail is possible, of course but I would really check with them first. During winter, the Galilee and Jerusalem are usually about 10 degrees colder than the Coastal area (Tel Aviv-Haifa). Keep in mind that you are also likely to get a few nice sunny days during those 15 days. Hi Rajmonda, For the Wailing Wall, anything that covers the knees and elbows will be just fine. My church group is coming the first 2 weeks of November. Above the knee is just fine. 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. What about shoes Ann, is normal walking shoes sufficient, am afraid of the feet becoming cold. Snow is actually a possibility though usually limited to 2-3 days a year at most. So glad the blog is helping! Will the weather be hot in April and first week in May? Unless it’s very pretty and then someone might ask you where you got it so she can buy one too . I’m unsure about the ratio of warm to cooler clothes that I should pack (with my limited space of 30kg). 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. In most places, clothes that cover you up to your elbows and your knees should be ok. That means avoiding bermuda pants or short skirts. I think that if you were invited to a religious wedding, the invitation would have mentioned dressing modestly. Are hats of any kind a choice…nothing crazy. 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. Foreigners are expected to have a higher dressing standard, especially in the … We are going on a 11 tour from 10/25 to 11/5 . We are traveling to Israel the second and third week of March. I am sure this whole experience will be wonderful beyond my expectations. A buttoned-up shirt, long pants and shoes for men, and a long-sleeve and long dress or skirt for women are usually enough. I won’t go into the complexities of the issue, but the bottom line is, you could be perceived as a potential threat. Jerusalem is more conservative. I’m Jewish, he’s Catholic, but non-practicing. Hi Kay, I’m glad the blog is helping! Have an awesome trip! For the religious sites, are baseball caps appropriate head covering for men and can women also wear hats (I have a trendy hat with a rim all the way around with a bow on it)? Sorry! We are coming in the beginning of November. Our winter gear isn’t fancy, especially not in the coastal area where I live. Israel is a very, very informal country, in every way, including the dress code. What a lovely blog and how helpful you are! They’re actually good for an interesting anthropological experience, especially if you read up on the culture or take a guided tour. I wish more people would follow that line too. Thank you so much for any info you can give me. I know we will be doing a lot of walking so I’m worried that I will be to hot and uncomfortable all day. We even have a small percentage of Jews who come from India (specifically Kuchin), so they look Indian. We take only enough cash for each day of travel and keep the rest in the room safe. Hi Judy, You definitely can’t use your US charger here “as is”. I’ve read all your blogs which have been VERY helpful. For the coastal areas (Tel Aviv) a t-shirt, shorts and sandals work very well during the day, with a light jacket in the evening. Excellent blog! Thank you again!x. HI Anne- I am a female. PS. Hi Grace, A Jewish woman's dress code is dictated by the section of Jewish law known as "Tznius," which translates from Hebrew to mean "modesty." We were driving past this huge guy who was wearing nothing but a tiny bathing suit. Ca. also, for chargers, I saw in Israel they use an H plug or the plug we use here in US is common in there now too? 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