Welcome to Off the Western Wall– my blog about Jerusalem, Israel, the West Bank – and sometimes Gaza and Petra, Jordan. This blog is complementary to my series of four Moon Handbooks travel guides on the region, published by Hachette Book Group over the last several years (see my author page here).
Off the Western Wall is a place for everything that didn’t fit in my travel guidebooks, as well as more recent, pandemic-era updates and information.
Throughout the month of December 2021, I will be taking questions from readers about the status of their favorite business, regional travel updates and restrictions, and any other travel-related questions. If you are in the U.S. and want to find yourself in Bethlehem come December 25, or you’re a local expat who wants to rediscover Jerusalem this holiday season because you can’t fly home, reach out with questions.