Are you looking for a unique Israel dining experience?
The folks at Betzavta came up with a brilliant idea. Travelers like you from all over the world can visit a real Israeli home and share conversation with your hosts over an authentic home-cooked meal.
You will love it, but don't take our word for it! Here are what travelers are saying:
"What a phenomenal and, above all, memorable experience we had! Our hosts were so friendly and we had no trouble making conversation. The meal was amazing and gave us a real taste of Israeli cuisine. Most people know that there is no better way to get acquainted with a new place than to meet the locals. Thanks to Betzavta for actually making this possible and so enjoyable!"
Read more testimonials here.
Meet the Betzavta co-founders, Ori Pearl and Niv Saar.
They were both officers in one of the elite technology units of the Israel Defense Forces. After the army, they underwent the typical Israeli rite of passage and went backpacking around the world.
They eventually returned home and settled down to work in Israel's well-known hi-tech Industry. But they missed traveling, and especially remembered how much they enjoyed having meaningful interactions with locals.
They wanted to find a way to help tourists and Israelis connect with each other. Most Israelis are naturally hospitable and friendly, but it can be difficult for travelers to meet Israelis in a natural, non-touristy setting. Food is always a great way to connect between people. So what better way to help travelers and Israelis meet than over a family meal in a home setting?
Thats how the concept was born.
Niv and Ori created the Betzavta platform and initiative. Today, Betzavta has a community of 400 families, couples and roommates (and growing!) who open their homes to tourists and share with them a casual Israeli dinner.
The homemade meals are a great opportunity for travelers to meet and have conversations with Israelis in a comfortable setting, find out more about Israel and often make lifelong friends!
So how does it work?
- You fill in a two-minute form, explaining a bit about yourself and others in your group, as well as when you will be in Israel.
- You note any dietary preferences and restrictions.
- You book your meal. The price is $39 per adult, $20 for children (4-12) and free for children under 4. Betzavta's goal is to create friendships and connections, rather than make money. The booking price covers the food expenses of your host, and minimal operational expenses.
Betzavta finds for you the perfect Israeli match so you enjoy a unique Israel dining experience with locals!
You might even be lucky enough to share a meal on Friday night with a traditional Sabbath blessing, called a 'kiddush.'
Find out more on the concept and how to book on the Betzavta website here.
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