Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
How does Tel Aviv compare to Jerusalem?
In terms of: culture and lifestyle, education and business, cost of living, people and communities, history and art, crime and cleanliness, etc.
I am not very familiar with Tel Aviv but here goes:
Tel Aviv is more humid. This can be a serious problem especially in the summer.
Â In Jerusalem the air is fresher and cleaner. There is less humidity and slightly lower temperatures.
Â Comparisons between them depend on who you are and what you are looking for.
Â If you do research in history or religion etc then Jerusalem has the best libraries and facilities and they are more user-friendly.
Â Jerusalem seems to have more academics and knowledge of all kinds is easier to access.
Â Jerusalem has Museums, Yad VeShem (the Holocaust Museum) and numerous exhibits.
Â Many of the attractions in Jerusalem are within walking distance of each or not so far away by bus or taxi.
Â Jerusalem includes the Old City. In the Old City is the Jewish Quarter and the Kotel (Wailing Wall, last remnant of the Second Temple) and numerous archaeological attractions all within a few minutes walking distance of each other.
Â You can spend days in the same small area and every day do and see something different.
Â Jerusalem also has Arab Quarters that some people find attractive. If you are not Jewish you are probably safe enough spending time there as well.
Â In general Jerusalem is safer DESPITE periodic terrorist attacks.
Â Jerusalem, especially the Jewish areas, has much less crime. Criminal offenses do however occur in both places.
Â People seem friendlier in Jerusalem and more egalitarian.
Â If you wish to learn about Judaism then Jerusalem is the place.
Â In Jerusalem there are numerous Yeshivot and places of learning at all levels.
Â If you are religious and Jewish then Jerusalem is where the action is. Nearly all the Jewish restaurants are Kosher and usually to a high standard.
Â The food is good.
Â In Tel Aviv you may find it difficult to find a Kosher place to eat: Kosher restaurants exist but one has to look around for them. [Nevertheless in most of the non-Kosher eateries the food itself is not really non-Kosher but the methods of preparation and storage etc are not up to standard. It varies from one establishment to another, some being outlandishly transgressing. ]
Â Tel Aviv by reputation has more gays and promiscuity.
Â Nevertheless it may be easier to meet people and make instantaneous friends in Jerusalem. The atmosphere in Jerusalem is conducive to association.
Â Tel Aviv is by the sea and has good beaches, attractive shops and shopping centers.
Â Tel Aviv is more expensive than Jerusalem is. Jerusalem itself is not necessarily cheap for tourists.
Â Nevertheless millions of tourists visit Jerusalem annually and a whole sub-culture has grown up among them.
Â Housing and rents can be quite expensive in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Drawbacks and Pluses:
Â Tel Aviv requires more funding. You need money.
Â Tel Aviv has numerous foreign workers and gays etc as well as Sudanese Muslim illegal immigrants etc whom other residents of Tel Aviv generally try to avoid.
Â If you travel alone you might find Tel Aviv somewhat lonely and not much different from other western cities.
Â Jerusalem has Arabs and not everybody gets along with them or necessarily wants to.
Â The Arabs in Jerusalem however very much like spending time in the Jewish areas, shopping, walking around with their families, etc.
Â Many (mainly non-Jewish) tourists save money by lodging in the Arab areas.
Â A near majority of the Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem are religious and most of the rest are traditional and respective towards Judaism. This influences the general atmosphere.
Â Some secular types complain about the lack of activity on the Shabat, etc. Others find the experience both restful and exhilarating.
Â Jerusalem often has a healing influence on troubled spirits.
Â On the other hand there are those suffer from delusions due to the spiritual atmosphere.
Â This has even been given a clinical name, "The Jerusalem Syndrome."
Â Not only Tel Aviv and Jerusalem but the whole of Israel has much going for it and is well worth visiting.