Food and Drink
Three meals per working day are provided. The dining hall is not kosher, but no pork is served. It is possible to have vegetarian meals—please let us know if you are vegetarian or have other dietary concerns. Israel’s tap water is safe and potable, but many people purchase bottled water which is readily available everywhere. Team Members are responsible for providing their own early morning snack before heading to the tel. Coffee, tea, bread, biscuits etc. can be purchased at the canteen on site and at nearby Abu Gosh stores. In addition to the dining hall, our team will have access to an eating lounge with communal facilities for light food preparation (sink, fridge, microwave, kettle, etc.). There will be room for personal food storage in the lounge and the Monastery requests that we do not bring food into our bedrooms. There are also many pleasant outdoor seating areas for snacking.
Breakfast is provided every work day—Monday to Friday. It is a dairy buffet bar and is served at the monastery dining hall. You can expect a typical “Israeli” breakfast with salads, eggs, bread, and cheese.
Lunch is also provided every work day—Monday to Friday. It is a meat meal and is the main daily meal. A typical lunch meal is chicken, hot vegetables like green beans, corn, or carrots, potatoes or rice, bread, and cold salads (cabbage, cucumber & tomato, humus, etc.).
Dinner is provided five days a week—Sunday night to Thursday night. It is a lighter meal than lunch and may include soup, salad, cold meats, and bourekas (hot stuffed pastries).
Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises and the canteen does stock some beer for sale. We remind all participants that team members are expected to take care of their physical well-being to the best of their ability—this means staying well hydrated and not drinking alcohol such that it impairs the ability to work. Please also note that smoking is prohibited in all of the buildings on the site and is only allowed in designated outdoor spaces. To our smoking friends we request that you take care to not leave behind cigarette butts anywhere on the grounds and only use proper disposal containers.
Many team members will use the weekends to travel and tour other parts of the country. If you do choose to stay over the weekend, remember that the Expedition does not provide meals on the weekend— you are on your own for Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Meals can be prepared in the communal kitchenette. Nearby stores stock a wide selection of foodstuffs, e.g. cereals, dairy products, cold cuts, salads, prepared meals and more. There is pizza delivery from Abu Gosh, Jerusalem and other nearby options.