Nature group marks holidays in Jerusalem


BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Israel's primary environmental group is offering fall and winter day trips, according to its office here.

The nature-oriented programs have been offered by the nonprofit, nongovernmental Society for the Preservation of Nature in Israel organization since its founding in 1953.

SPNI offers about 20 hikes or trips by Jeep or camel that can be especially delightful during the last months of the calendar year, according to Stephanie Glickman, director of the group's office here.

"The cooler seasons of the year provide the optimum combination of scenic beauty and comfortable temperatures as Israel moves from heat and humidity conditions," she said.

A December offering focuses on the holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem, when holiday candles grace the windows of the Old City's Jewish Quarter. Also in December, regular tours observe holiday decorations in the Old City's Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters as they visit sites holy to other religions.

Stops include the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, the Dome of the Rock, the City of David and the Western Wall. Tours range in length from a half-day to 15 days and combine the study of flora, fauna, history, geography and the Bible. Nearly all are available all year and are led by highly trained guides who are fluent in several languages.

The average price for a one-day tour is $60 per person. For a copy of the society's Nature Trails brochure, contact the SPNI office at 1842 Coney Island Ave. Brooklyn 11230.
Phone: (800) 323-0035 or (718) 645-3370
Fax: (718) 645-3440


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