• Home Hospitality Eating

Meet the locals for a more in depth experience. We offer home hospitality with, amongst others, Druze, Bedouin, Nubian and Orthodox Jewish families.

Israeli society is surprisingly diverse and our home hospitality hosts include Druze, Christian Arab, Muslim Arab and Orthodox Jewish families.  In every case, your hosts will prepare traditional food in their home kitchens and invite you to partake as they explain about their culture.

The Druze people live across the levant are are an offshoot of Islam, breaking off about a thousand years ago.  By tradition, Druze meals are eaten whilst seated on the floor.  Druze food shares much in common with wider Middle Eastern cuisine and offers dishes such as hummus, labane (a dip made from goats cheese), simply cooked meats, and vegetables cooked in rich tomato sauces.

Orthodox Jewish home hospitality tends to take place on a Friday evening so that you can join the special Sabbath (Shabbat) feast, which from a culinary perspective borrows much from Eastern Europe.  You will learn about the dos and don’ts of the Sabbath, and most importantly the philosophy behind the rules.

Israel’s population is around 20% Arab, and within the Arab communities are both Muslims and Christians, each of whom have their own traditions.  A meal at either is likely to involve excellent coffee, great food, and insightful  conversation about what it is like to be a minority in Jewish Israel.

If you would like to take some Israeli recipes home, please just ask us and we’ll be happy to follow up with your hosts to see what secrets they are prepared to divulge!

Our dinner tonight proved to be a real genuine experience with Aliza not only a fantastic cook but a warm intelligent woman. My husband and her discovered they both had origins from same town in Italy. It felt like being with friends.

Elena D, London

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