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Toy designs about at 'From Rags to Apps.' Photo by Rosendahl Design Group Denmark

Tel Aviv and Center

Students’ Day Events

Tel Aviv University is hosting a variety of events for its students and those of the Open University to celebrate Students’ Day. Around 80,000 students will enjoy free movie screenings, a crafts, fashion and arts fair, salsa dance floor, headphone party, sports events, food and alcohol, three stages featuring performances by leading Israeli musicians (see Entertainment) and much more.  Thur, from 12.00 and into the night. Around the campus of Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv.

Athena: Women’s Sports Happening

The annual happening, which aims to empower women by increasing their participation in sports and physical activities, is bigger than ever before and includes a variety of physical activities and sports events, meetings with leading Israeli women athletes, health and wellbeing stalls and the Athena Challenge - a competitive event for groups of four. Representatives of the country’s sports unions will be on site to introduce their activities. Ages 12+. Fri, 09.00-12.30.
Ganei Yehoshua, Park Hayarkon. 

From Rags to Apps Toy Exhibit

Dolls and apps, sustainable toys and the latest designs in high-tech playthings from around the world are shown, following Shenkar College’s International Toy Design Conference. Sun-Thur, 16.00-20.00. Shenkar College, 8 Yeda Am Street, Ramat Gan. (03) 611-0064/74, 

The Station Compound

To Leave the Trailer Festival Three days of unconventional theater and performance art events, all in the intimate setting of a single train car, accompanied by outdoor street theater shows. May 22-24. Thur, 17.00-23.00;

VANS Illustration Event Creative corner and exhibition of hundreds of pairs of VANS shoes, modified with illustrations to create personal styles and works of art. Thur, throughout the day;

Model Cars and Trains Extravaganza A multitude of miniature Mercedes car models and over a kilometer of miniature tracks with rare train models in European landscapes. With creative areas and activities. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 16.00-21.00. Tickets can be purchased with Bimot.co.il  • Hatachana Compound, Hamered St. corner of Koyfman St. 

Man and the Living World Museum

An Ocean of Life Exhibition of ocean-themed paintings by artist Olga Soslova; Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Loved to Draw Exhibit of the renowned children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings; Bird for One’s Soul Jacob Ackerman and Menachem Levizki’s collaborative exhibit of Ackerman’s nature photography and Levizki’s ceramic art. Regular events: The natural history museum has permanent and special exhibits for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan. Details and registration: (03) ‏631-7016, 

Nahum Gutman Museum

Time Travelers: Search for Lost Treasure Experiential tour of Neve Tzedek for the entire family, inspired by Nahum Gutman’s paintings and stories. Ages 5-9. Sat at 11.00; Family Tour Guided, experiential tour of the museum’s exhibits, for the entire family. Mon at 10.00; Permanent Exhibit Tour For adults. Mon at 11.00; Artist Talk With artist Noam Wenkert, at the Secular Judaism exhibition. Mon at 12.00. Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00. Nahum Gutman Museum, 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek (03) 516-1970, ext. 0

Dolls Art

Exhibit, on the intricate world of doll-building. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa. 

Ilana Goor Museum

Past, Present and Future: Three Religions, One God Thematic tour of the museum’s collections. Fri at 12.00; Sexuality, Motherhood and Gender In art, as they are expressed in the museum’s artwork. Sat at 10.00; The Enchanted Castle A tour of the museum and its hidden corners, including activities. For the whole family. Sat, Sun at 12.00; Portraits A discussion of the portrait as a concept, through portraits at the museum. Sun at 14.00; Regular offerings: Exhibits collections of local and international artworks and antiques; guided tours for children and adults. • Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: ‏(03‏) 683-7676. 

Beit Hatfutsot ‏(Museum of the Jewish People‏)

Dreyfus – The Story of a Jewish French Family Exhibit; Forging the Melting Pot Different aspects of Israeli reality, through photography. A joint project with the WIZO Haifa Academy; Island within the Island A look at the Jews of Cuba; A-B-See Do Arts and crafts at the family gallery. Ages 4-12. Fri 09.00-13.00; Sat-Tues 10.00-19.00; Wed 09.00-13.00. • Opening hours: Fri 09.00-13.00, Sun-Tues 10.00-16.00; Wed-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv ‏(03‏) 745-7800

Jerusalem and Area

Cycling Around Jerusalem

The new round-Jerusalem trail is being inaugurated with this cycling event, with 20km and 40km, non-competitive routes to choose from, meandering through the green, natural, scenic views of the new municipal park, and passing by historical sites and places of interest throughout the city. Bikes for rent, training session, an Expo event (16.00-21.00, The First Station) and more are available. For the entire family. Fri, from 06.30, with the starting site located adjacent to The First Station. 

Ben Shemen Fair and Market

The first Ben Shemen monthly farmers’ and artisans’ market takes place this week, with over 40 stalls of organic produce, locally-made specialty foods, clothing, arts and crafts in the spirit of fair trade. Fri, 09.00-15.00, in the wooded area in the heart of Moshav Ben Shemen. 052-423-7810, 052-233-6383. 

The First Station

The historical train station-turned-community and cultural center hosts a wide array of events, including farmers’ markets, arts, crafts and fashion fairs, family-themed activities, dog training sessions, physical exercise classes, lectures, free movie screenings, live music, guided dance parties and additional special events. The station includes several food venues. 

Israel Museum

A Morning of Masks: Unmasked Masks Talk and tour of the exhibit “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World.” (Fri at 11.00) and Gate of the Spirits: The Masks Perform Talk and videos of ritual dances from around the world (Fri at 12.00); Journeys Gallery talk, on the excitement and discovery of “terra incognita,” through 50 works by artists. Tues at 19.00; Fashion and Judaism Panel discussion. Tues at 20.00; Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World Gallery talk with the exhibit’s curator. Wed at 11.00

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Sand Bricks Box Make sand bricks, workshop. Ages 3+; The Blue Bricks Learn basic engineering and teamwork by building with huge blue sponge bricks; Why Don’t Buildings Fall? Scientific demonstration of the history of human construction; Sandal in the Desert Design and make sandals, then take them home; Science Theater: Fun in the Lab Dr. Molecule in “Moments Hovering,” a wacky presentation on air and hovering. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Tower of David Museum

Ah, Jerusalem! Open-air musical, in English. A family from Indianapolis arrives in Jerusalem and gets caught up in three exciting days of love, danger and time travel. For the entire family. Fri at 15.00; Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibition. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine; The Night Spectacular − Jerusalem Lights the Night A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. Check website for times. • Sat 09.00-14.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. • Registration: (02) 626-5333. More information at their website.  

Bible Lands Museum

Weekend Treasure Hunt for Families Tour the exhibitions and solve codes and riddles while traveling through ancient cultures in search of hidden treasures ‏(ages 6-12‏). Sat at 10.00-14.00; The Book of Books Exhibition, tracing 2,000 years of the Bible through rare texts. Daily guided tours in English at 10.30, with additional tours. Wed at 17.30 • Guided tours: Sun-Thur 10.30, Wed 17.30 ‏(in English‏) • Sun-Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 21 Stefan Wise St. Registration: ‏(02‏) 561-1066

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus: Family and Nature Weekly happening on Tuesdays and Saturdays, including outdoor play areas, Bonsai and Japanese-culture activities, creative activities, guided seed harvesting, a designated bicycle and kids’ vehicles path and more. For the entire family. Sat 10.00-14.00, Tues 16.00-18.30;

Additional Tuesday activities: Flower Train tour (16.00, 17.00, 18.00); Botanical tour (16.00); “Young Gardener” family activity (16.00); Regular offerings: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, plus Bible Plant Trail and Herb and Medicinal Plant Garden. For children: Savannah grass maze and Young Discoverer Activity backpacks. Tropical conservatory closed for renovations. Entrance: Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-18.00. Sun-Thurs, 09.00-17.00; Flower Train tours: 10.00-13.00 on Fridays (on the hour), 073-243-8914. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. See their website for more information

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Also, “3Discovering Israel,” a 3-D film at the park’s cinema which shows landscapes of Israel as never seen before. • Guided tours: Fri, 11.30; Sat-Wed, 12.00, 15.00, 17.30; Thur, 12.00, 15.00, 19.15 • Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur, 10.00-18.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; 

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Wildlife - World on the Verge of Extinction Wildlife photography exhibit, by Dafna Ben-Nun. During opening hours; Regular offerings: Guided feedings, petting zoo and elephant training • Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 9.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo‏, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. More information on their website. 

Church of the Redeemer Archeological Park

The German Protestant Institute of Archeology invites visitors to its museum to experience 2,000 years of history by exploring archeological evidence hidden beneath the church, which includes artifacts from the time of King Herod, to the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Guided tours available. Mon-Sat 09.00-15.30, and by appointment. Muristan Road, Old City. Details and registration: (02) 587-9817. 

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. • Fri, 10.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-17.00 (last entry two hours before closing); Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888.  

Wohl Archaeological Museum

Built upon Second Temple ruins, features ancient homes and mosaics. • Sun-Thur 9.00-16.30; Fri and holiday eves 9.30-12.30. Jewish Quarter, Old City (02) 626-5920

Sharon Area

HaBayit Shel Benji - Annual Walkathon

Charity walk, with stroller-friendly rural routes (4km or 8km), followed by a happening. For the entire family. All proceeds go to HaBayit Shel Benji - a home for 48 lone combat soldiers in Ra’anana, in memory of Major Benji Hillman. Fri at 08.00. From amphitheater car park, Park Ra’anana. Registration and info on their website, 052-660-8655, or email walk@benjihillman.org for information.



Haifa and the North

SlutWalk

The transnational anti-sexual harassment event takes place this month, with men and women marching in “slutty” costume to protest rape, inequality and other sexually-based harassment phenomena, and in support of women’s freedom in dress and behavioral choices. This week: SlutWalk (Mitz’ad Hasharmutot) Haifa, Fri at 11.00, from Haifa Cinematheque to Gan Ha’em. 054-451-0606 and on Facebook

Fascination of Plants Day

The international plant appreciation day at the botanical gardens of Oranim College includes an array of events for the entire family (ages 4+): tours of the garden, activities, guided wildlife photography sessions, entomological workshops and creative plant-related workshops for kids and adults. Picnic site available. Sat, 09.00-15.00, Oranim College of Education, Tivon 1-800-30-10-80

Menashe Forest Festival

Three days of outdoor celebrations of the environment, music, dance, art, poetry and more, with workshops, crafts market, food stalls, children’s activities and a camping site (May 15-17, see Entertainment for details on performances). For the entire family. Fri, Sat, throughout the day. Ramat Menashe Park forest, near Megiddo (04) 959-8506. 

Arab Culture Festival

This annual event, which promotes the Arab arts in Israel, wraps up this weekend, having featured theater, music and art events, as well as jam sessions, workshops, talks and conferences on varied artistic fields. This year’s festival features, as a focus, current work by young Palestinian musicians. May 8-17. Fri, Sat, at Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Cultural Center (2 Hagefen St.), and locations in downtown Haifa. (04) 852-5252.  

The Bahai Gardens

Holy to the Bahai faith, the site includes the impressive golden-domed Shrine of the Bab. The gardens are made up of a staircase of 19 exquisitely crafted terraces which look over the Haifa bay, with meandering paths through local flora, hedges and flower beds that change with the seasons. Panorama Tours Guided tours, on the gardens and the Bahai community, for able walkers. Fri-Tues, Thur (see website for changing times). Starting point: 45 Yefe Nof St. • Visiting hours: Inner gardens: daily, 09.00-12.00; outer gardens: daily, 09.00-17.00. Details: (04) 831-3131.  

Gan Hashlosha / Sahne

The park features a stream and pools naturally heated to 28°c year-round that are great for bathing, as well as grassy, shaded areas, the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology, historically-themed kids’ activities, and more. Fri 08.00-16.00, Sun-Thur, Sat, 08.00-17.00. Gan Hashlosha National Park, near Beit She’an (04) 658-6219.  

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas. Guided feedings and a petting zoo. Every Saturday: Aboriginal face-painting, and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri, 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00. (04) 648-8060 Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00, Sat 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427. 

The South

Be’er Sheva Light Run

A night-time desert city run, with 2.5 km, 5km and 10km routes, lined by lighting elements in a multitude of colors as well as live-music stages along the way (starting times begin at 20.00, from the city’s Grand Canyon Mall). Followed by a late-night dance after-party. Sports activities for the entire family and a sports-gear Expo available on site. Thursday evening. (08) 629-0022.  

The 3rd Sufi Festival

A full-moon, 3-day weekend in the desert, in the spirit of Sufi mysticism (May 15-17). The event includes musical and dance performances (see Entertainment), poetry, talks and studies, workshops and more. For the entire family. Camping site available. Fri, Sat, throughout the day. Near Shitim, off Route 40, north of Eilat. 052-772-0200 and on Facebook

Weizmann Institute of Science

Play Outside the Box A variety of 3D puzzles and logic games that require cooperation and problem solving, as well as the application of the principles of a range of physical forces; Regular offerings: Tour the institute and The Weizmann House, home of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel and founder of the institute. In Hebrew/English. • Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Registration:
(08) 934-4499. 234 Herzl St., Rehovot. More details on their website.  

International Writers Festival

The fourth bi-annual literary event begins Sunday in Jerusalem, featuring seven days of meetings with writers, creative writing workshops, writing marathons, live music, readings, theatrical readings, master classes, book sales and signings (see Tours box and Children). This year, a special emphasis is put on the adaptation of literature to film, and the proximity between prose and screenplays. The festival features writers hosting intellectuals and creators of other artistic media, tributes to Israeli pioneering poet Yehuda Amichai, an illustration project and more. The events take place May 18-23 in a tent on the roof of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, with a scenic view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Details: www.writersfestival.co.il

The festival’s international guests include: Nicole Krauss (USA), Maria Kodama (the widow of author Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina), Ayelet Waldman (USA), Nam Le (Vietnam and Australia), Jo Nesbø (Norway), Jake Wallis Simons (UK), Jan-Philipp Sendker (Germany), David Foenkinos (France), Alex Capus (Switzerland) and Laura Restrepo (Colombia), among others.

The Israeli authors who will participate in the festival include: Shimon Adaf, Leah Aini, Nir Baram, Haim Be’er, Oudeh Basharat, Sarah Blau, Emuna Elon, Assaf Gavron, David Grossman, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen,Esti G. Haim, *Gail Hareven, Matan Hermoni, Assaf Inbari, Miron C. Izakson, Sayed Kashua, Judith Katzir, Etgar Keret, Lihi Lapid, Ronit Matalon,Dror Mishani, Eshkol Nevo, Gabi Nitzan, Amos Oz, Dorit Rabinyan, Yishai Sarid, Nava Semel, Meir Shalev, Yossi Sucary,Noa Yadlin, and A. B. Yehoshua, among others.

Weekly walking tours

Tel Aviv and Center

Experience Tel Aviv Tours Registration: (03) 725-3873 tourism@mail.tel-aviv.gov.il

Pass the Hummus The people and food of Hacarmel market. Fri, 09.00; Kerem Stories Tour of the Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTemanim) near the Carmel Market, Fri at 10.00; Bargain Market Tour of the Jaffa Flea Market, its long-time stores and new boutiques and restaurants. Fri at 11.00; The Bohemian Life Musical tour of the Habima area, with a focus on the Israeli music scene of the 1950s and ‘60s. Sat at 10.00; Gertrude in the Colony A theatrical tour through the German-American Colony between Jaffa and Florentin. Sat at 11.00

Jerusalem and Area

International Writers Festival Tours

The literary festival holds thematic tours, inspired by specific authors and poets: Gazing and Retelling Tour, on Israeli identity, at the Israel Museum, with author Assaf Inbari and curator Daniela Shalev. Mon at 16.00. Israeli Art and More, Through Yehuda Amichai’s Poetic Point of View Tour at the Israel Museum. Tues at 16.00; I’d Like to Live in a Middle-Ground Jerusalem Yemin Moshe neighborhood tour, in the footsteps of Yehuda Amichai’s poetry. Tues at 18.00; S. Y. Agnon’s Library Secrets A visit to the Nobel prize-winning author’s private library, with an in-depth look at the books held within. Wed at 16.00; Travelers and Visitors In the footsteps of renowned international literary visitors to the city of Jerusalem. Thur at 16.00. 

Tower of David Tours Registration:
(02) 626-5333, or their website
An Evil Wind Blows in Jerusalem - Clinics and Doctors in the New City Thematic tour, on the late 19th-Century / early 20th-Century doctors who first met the challenges of modern medicine in Jerusalem. Includes visits to the San Vicente Hospice, the Russian Hospital, Ticho House and Helena Kagan House. In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis.” Fri at 10.00

Beit Shmuel Tours Registration: (02) 620-3461 dress modestly

Old City Labyrinth Tricks, shortcuts and orientation tips for finding your way through the Old City’s dense, convoluted alleys. Fri at 09.00; The Last King and the First Dog Anecdotes and unusual sites, from Zedekiah’s Cave to the underground Roman square beneath the Damascus Gate. Sat at 10.00; Flaming City Lag Ba’omer tour of the city’s Orthodox neighborhoods. Sat at 20.00; Challa for Shabbat Nighttime tour of a variety of historical and modern Jerusalem bakeries. Thur at 20.00

Rehavia Tour of the neighborhood. In English. Tues at 09.30; Talbieh Tour of the historical neighborhood. In English. Thur at 09.30. With Miriam Simon. Registration: 054-521-6933

Getting to Know the Shuk The ins and outs of Mahane Yehuda market. In English. Sun, Mon at 09.45. With Sybil Kaplan (02) 671-5135
 
The Hinom Valley In English. Sat at 10.00. Meet at Safra Square, 26 Jaffa Rd., with the Jerusalem Development Authority. Details: 106