The Russian Orthodox Church of Tabitha at Abu Kabir on the outskirts of Jaffa is not always open, but you should try your luck – services often feature a celestial a capella choir.
Continue to Kfar Habad, off the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, where followers of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe live his religious philosophy.
Visit Latrun, a ruined Crusader fortress tower, which sits on the top of a hill just above a beautiful Trappist monastery, whose monks keep a vow of silence.
Then it’s on to the Arab town of Abu Gosh, home of the bi-annual Abu Ghosh music festival and a popular stop for Israeli visitors. See the 12th century Crusader church and learn about the order of Lazarist monks and nuns and the contemplative life they lead in this tranquil setting. You can also visit the nearby Church of The Ark of the Covenant, with its fine hilltop vistas. You may want to have lunch in one of the famous restaurants in the village.