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An Expat Talks about Living in Jerusalem, Israel

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Jerusalem

How long have you lived there?

3 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I highly recommend a small French restaurant in downtown Jerusalem called "Cavaliere". They offer a great selection of wines from all over the world as well as great food. It's a bit pricey but a special business lunch menu is available.

Also I recommend "Sakura" restaurant for Japanese cousine lovers. It's a small place but offers a great selection of sushi, maki etc as well as salads and other lapanese dishes. In my opinion this is the most authentic japanese restaurant in Jerusalem

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

I wouldn't recommend wandering through religious neighborhoods of Jerusalem on Shabat since you may be spit on or even bitten. In the Old City of Jerusalem and all arab areas it's not advisable to walk around in a shirt that doesn't cover sholders.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

I don't really know because my husband works for USAID here.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

60% of the population is very religious and places close on Sabath (on Friday around 3 pm till Saturday's sunset). You may not be able to find a grocery store that is open around this time, so buy food before Sabath.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Get used to very poor shopping opportunities, rude people and places closing on Sabath.

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