Israel: Culture Smart! - The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture

Israel: Culture Smart! - The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture

by Jeffrey Geri



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Israel: Culture Smart! - The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture by Jeffrey Geri

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

" useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781857333442
Publisher: Kuperard
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Series: Culture Smart! Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 4.45(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JEFFREY GERI is a South African-born writer living in Tel Aviv. After graduating with a B.Com LLb from the University of Witwatersrand, he practiced as a barrister before leaving Apartheid South Africa in the early 1960s to make his home in Israel. He has been involved in all aspects of Israeli life. He has brought up three Israeli sons and worked extensively in tourism and advertising. He has written several novels, two of which, Oh Henry and The Trouble With Francis, are based on the theme of immigration to Israel, and travel articles for the Israeli English-language press.

Table of Contents

Map of Israel     7
Introduction     8
Key Facts     10
Land and People     12
Geography     12
Climate     13
A Brief History     14
Key Events Since 1948     36
Israelis Today     44
Government     49
The Economy     54
The Israel Defense Force (IDF)     55
Cities and Towns     57
The Kibbutz     61
The Moshav     63
Values and Attitudes     64
Wars and Occupation     64
Secularism and Religion     65
Family Life     70
Togetherness and Groups     72
Attitudes Toward Each Other     73
Attitudes Toward Minorities     75
Humor     77
Customs and Traditions     78
Jewish Festivals and Holidays     78
Muslim and Christian Festivals     86
Rites of Passage     86
Courtship and Marriage     88
Death and Mourning     90
Making Friends     92
Hospitality     93
Gift Giving     95
Manners     96
Immigrant Associations     98
Daily Life     102
Homes and Lifestyles     102
Weekday Routine     104
Education     106
Leisure and Sports     110
Time Out     112
Wining and Dining     112
Shopping     116
Fashion     118
The Performing Arts     120
Museums and Galleries     122
Cultural Festivals     123
Nightlife     124
Beaches     125
Travel, Health, and Security     128
Flying     128
Taxis     128
Buses     129
Trains     130
Driving     130
Seeing the Country     133
Health Care and Emergency Services     143
Safety and Security     145
Business Briefing     146
Business Culture     146
Protocol and Presentations     147
Personal Relations     149
Negotiating Styles     150
Contracts and Fulfillment     151
Women in Business     152
Communicating     154
Language      154
Body Language     157
The Media     157
Telephone     161
Mail     162
Conclusion     163
Further Reading     165
Business Web Sites     165
Index     166
Acknowledgments     168

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