Israeli Culture

Israel is home to beloved religious sites, archaeological gems, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Travelers flock to Israel to explore Nazareth and Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv. Israel contains a collectivist society in which the group, especially the family, is value more than its individual members. Israelis enjoy sharing life with their family and friends and are quick to offer help to those in need. Israelis are generally dedicated to their culture and state.

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Israeli People and Community

Family is at the core of Israeli life. The number of children per family varies greatly depending on the family’s level of religiosity. Secular Jews may have around two children, Modern Orthodox Jews may have around four to seven children, and ultra-Orthodox Jews may eight to twelve children. In most Israeli families, both parents work.

Parents focus a large part of their lives on raising their children. As a result, Israeli children tend to receive a lot of attention and focus. Family ties remain strong, even as children become adults. After graduating high school, most children leave home to serve their mandatory army service. Some may return home and live with parents while attending university.

Language and Communication Styles

Hebrew is Israel’s official language.

Food in Israel

Israeli food

Popular dishes include hummus (chickpea spread), kebab (meat and vegetables on a skewer), falafel (fried balls of crushed chickpeas, oil, and spices), shawarma (spit-roasted meat and salad inside pita bread), burékas (savory pastries with fillings such as potato, cheese, or spinach), ptitim (an Israeli toasted pasta shaped like rice or little balls), and Russian borscht (beet soup). Vegetable salad is usually eaten daily. Fruit shakes and iced coffee are popular summertime drinks. A popular winter dessert is krembo, a chocolate-covered creamy marshmallow with a cookie base.