Israeli food is a blend of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. “Kosher” refers to food that Is eaten and prepared according to Jewish dietary law. Pork, prohibited under Jewish and Muslim law, is generally not available in Israel. Most Israelis eat a large breakfast, a main meal with meat at midday, and a lighter meal in the evening. Jewish law states that meat and dairy foods should never be served together at the same meal. While restaurants generally cater to these preferences, the vast majority are prepared to offer alternatives, especially to overseas visitors.
The Shekel is Israel’s official currency. All major credit cards are generally accepted in shops, restaurants, and hotels. The U.S. dollar is also widely accepted. Exchange your currency only in authorized locations such as banks and hotels and only exchange what you think you’ll actually spend whilst in-country. Re-conversion upon departure may be difficult. Coins cannot be re-converted.
Dressing casually is best for everyday sightseeing. Bring good walking shoes or sneakers and dress in layers. On evenings in cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, dress elegantly casually. Some religious shrines require modest dressing, meaning arms and legs must be covered and, occasional, a long skirt rather than pants for women. Do not forget to pack your swimsuit if you are looking to visit the Dead Sea!