Shakti Women's Festival
Shakti Women's Festival. Photo by Ilanit Turgeman
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Tel Aviv and Center

Feeling Accessibility

Tel Aviv Port hosts a unique sports-and-experiences happening for the general public that aims to familiarize it with accessibility issues, increase awareness of the disabled and encourage identification with their experiences. Play basketball in a wheelchair, identify ice cream flavors while blindfolded, paint graffiti using your mouth alone, and take part in many other fun, creative activities in ways that simulate a variety of disabilities. Fri, 09.30-15.00, Tel Aviv Port www.aisrael.org or www.israelparalympics.org

Houses From Within Tel Aviv

This citywide open house event lets the public see what goes on behind the walls of dozens of public and private homes in Tel Aviv, some of which boast unique designs, technological innovations and ecologically-friendly facilities. The program includes: the Levant Fair, the Tel Aviv Lighthouse, the Ben Gurion House, the Traffic Control Center, the Sarona complex, and dozens of lofts, penthouse apartments, workplaces, gardens and unique public buildings. May 22-24. Fri and Sat. www.batim-il.org

Hatachana - 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. Fri, Sat, 17.00-23.00; 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: www.bimot.co.il • Hatachana Compound, Hamered St. corner of Koyfman St. www.hatachana.co.il

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, http://fromragtoapps2.com

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; 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. (03) ‏631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

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. Nahum Gutman Museum, 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek (03) 516-1970, ext. 0

Ilana Goor Museum

Outside the Box Guided tour of the museum’s paintings. Fri at 12.00; Sexuality, Motherhood and Gender In art, as they are expressed in the museum’s artwork. Sat at 12.00; 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, www.Ilanagoormuseum.org

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

International Writers Festival

The bi-annual literary happening concludes Friday, with closing events including a master class in English by Michael Konyves (USA) on the art of scriptwriting for screenplay writers (10.30), and a one-time joint musical performance/reading by Etgar Keret and Shlomi Shaban (12.30). Fri, at Mishkenot Sha’ananim www.writersfestival.co.il

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. Details: www.firststation.co.il/en

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, www.towerofdavid.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

The Rites of Spring A celebration of the season and the opening of a new exhibit focusing on the wine deities of classical mythology: a special tour highlights ancient spring ceremonies, rites and customs in the ancient Near East, followed by a music and dance workshop centered on Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”. Fri at 11.00; From Ancient Greece to the Beginnings of Christianity A one-time guided, thematic tour of the exhibits. Wed at 16.00; 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. www.en.botanic.co. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St.

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Taste of Summer Welcome the summer with outdoor music workshops, juggling and soap bubble activities. Thur, 16.30-19.00; 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, 9.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo‏, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. Details: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

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, www.xn--erlserkirche-jerusalem-whc.info

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; www.minisrael.co.il

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, park.monkeypark.co.il

Yad Vashem

Holocaust Memorial Museum with exhibitions and commemorative sites. • Fri and holiday eves, 9.00-14.00; Sun-Wed, 9.00-17.00; Thur, 9.00-20.00. Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. Details: www.yadvashem.orgMordechai Anielewicz Museum

Honoring one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the museum exhibits various artifacts depicting life in the ghetto. • Sun-Thur, 8.00-16.00. Kibbutz Givat Haviva (near Pardes Hannah) (04) 630-9201

Sharon Area

Shakti Women’s Festival

The three-day women’s interests and empowerment festival takes place for the 12th year running (May 29-31), offering special interest areas for a variety of ages, physical states (including pregnancy and mothers with young babies), therapeutic or creative inclinations, as well as information sessions on a plethora of subjects, from financial empowerment to sexuality. Panel discussion, workshops, rituals, dance and live music performances are offered, and a pool area, sweat lodge, sleeping arrangements, food and bazaar are on site. For women, girls and babies only. Begins Thursday. Givat Haviva 052-367-7373, www.shakti.co.il

White Wine at the Marina

A two-day pre-Shavuot wine-lovers’ event, featuring white, rose and bubbly wines from Israel (presented by their wineries) and abroad. Additional offerings of olive oils, cheeses and spirits will also be on hand. Wed, Thur, 18.00-23.00. Herzliya Marina www.grape-man.com/content.asp?NavigationID=826

Haifa and the North

Festivalimud: Ve’ahavta

A one-day event that focuses on Judaism, pluralism and our treatment of the ‘other’ features panel discussions, lectures, workshops and stalls manned by representatives of socially-minded organizations. Speakers include a wide variety of historians, thinkers, religious and secular rabbis, representatives of non-Jewish local minorities, among others. Subjects range from Halakhic issues to regional and social issues of gender/sexuality, disability, political stance, human rights, state and religion, etc. Breaks offer a chance to enjoy outdoor street circus performances and refreshments. Followed by a pluralistic Israeli Kabbalat Shabat (at 13.30). Fri, 08.30-14.30, at ORT Braude College, 51 Snunit St., Karmiel (04) 990-2431, www.makom-bagalil.org.il/festivalimud

Haifa Cheese and Wine Fair

Local wineries and cheese makers offer their delectable wares; also on site are boutique olive oils, chocolates and other specialty foods. Chefs and other gastronomical experts hold tastings, workshops and special sales. Wed, Thur, 18.00-23.00. Haifa Port compound. www.facebook.com/events/291192291050198/

Western Galilee Events

Iron in the Galilee Meet ironsmiths and sculptors, see their work and take part in creating an iron sculpture. In conjunction with the opening of two iron-related artistic exhibits, with live music (Fri at 19.00). Fri, Sat from 11.00. Café Gallery, Mattat 054-437-1414/5; Taste of the Galilee Local produce culinary market: alcoholic beverages, cheeses, baked goods and more, as well as ceramics, glass and other crafts by local artisans. Fri, 11.00-17.00. Kibbutz Shomrat (04) 985-4802; Spring Concert and Village Walk Thematic vocal concert by Naama Women’s Choir (at the Orthodox Church), followed by a guided tour of the village and more. Sat at 10.00. Tarshiha 050-292-0800; Klil Experience Creative pottery and glass workshops for kids and adults, a chocolate workshop, guided tour of Klil and a live blues performance. Sat from 10.00. Klil

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, www.ganbahai.org.il/en

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, www.gan3.co.il

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, www.nirtours.co.il

The South

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. Details: www.weizmann.ac.il

Weekly walking tours

Tel Aviv and Center

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

A Scent of Hope Tour of Hatikva market. Fri at 10.00; Ajami Neighborhood: Three Religions, One God Thematic tour. Fri at 10.00; Sand, Buildings, Dreams Conservation-themed tour. Sat at 10.00

Jerusalem and Area

Tower of David Tours Registration: (02) 626-5333, www.towerofdavid.org.il

Outpatient - Hospitals in the Old City Tour, following the development of hospitals in the 19th century and the challenges faced by medical pioneers in the face of poor hygiene and sanitation in the city. From Misgav Ladach, through the first Jewish Hospital and the English Mission Hospital, to the abandoned leper colony. In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis.” Fri at 10.00

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

How Our Paths Cross Thematic talk and tour, on the physical body in Christian praying traditions. Includes entrance to two Christian Quarter churches during prayer time. Fri at 14.00; Evening Walk on the Walls An after-dark ramparts walk with stories and views of the Old City and the new. From the Jaffa Gate to a viewpoint of the Western Wall. Fri at 21.00; Cairo, Athens, New York... Jerusalem Tour through Givat Ram and see the influences of different cities on the location. Sat at 10.00; A Taste of Jerusalem A varied tour in honor of Jerusalem Day, including Old City alleys, a printing shop, several city markets and meetings with the city’s colorful population. Includes food tastings at several locations. Wed at 10.00

Katamon - Historical tour of the neighborhood. In English. Tues at 09.30; Above, Below and Beyond the Old City Walls Old City tour of the Ramparts, Zedekiah’s Cave and more. In English. Wed at 09.30; The Greek Colony and Baka Explore the neighborhoods. 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. Mon at 09.45. With Sybil Kaplan (02) 671-5135

Along the Old City's Northern Wall  In English. Sat  at 10.00. Meet at Safra Square, 26 Jaffa Rd., with the Jerusalem Development Authority. Details: 106