Out and About June 13-19, 2014: Tel Aviv Celebrates Gay Pride

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The Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, 2011. Credit: OferVaknin

Tel Aviv and Center

Treasures of the Titanic

Go back in time to 1912 and experience the luxurious environment, the artifacts, the human dimensions and the stories of heroism and tragedy that filled the doomed passenger ship “Titanic.” The exhibition arrives in Israel, where it will stay throughout the summer, and includes engaging and informative contents, recreated spaces and genuine items that were salvaged from the ocean floor. Opens Saturday. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. Maxidome, Exhibition Grounds. Tickets: www.eventim.co.il

Magical Night at the Safari

The Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan (“The Safari”) celebrates 40 years of activity with after-dark tours of the open air animal enclosures and specially-created lighting and sound experiences. Daily, 19.00-23.00; Regular offerings: The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Opening hours: Fri and Holiday eves 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305, www.safari.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

Hatachana: The Station

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

Jerusalem and Area

Festival of Light in Jerusalem

The 6th annual international event transforms the Old City of Jerusalem using special lighting to create a different atmosphere in the streets and alleyways, presenting amusing, challenging and pleasing artworks, light shows from Israel and abroad, and three-dimensional displays on landmark buildings and on the city’s walls. Experience the festival on your own, or follow one of four designated routes. The festival includes a lamps and lighting fair offering intriguing, one-of-a-kind wares produced by local artisans. June 11-19. Fri-Thur, 20.00-23.00. Jerusalem’s Old City. http://en.lightinjerusalem.org.il/2014

Haifa and the North

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

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

Other Locations

Hebrew Book Week

This annual event is held in 11 cities and 40 different locations throughout Israel and includes book fairs, meetings with local and international authors, book readings, book signings, book launches, outdoor libraries and reading corners, panel sessions, workshops and screenings of films inspired by literature. A variety of activities for children are on offer, including plays, creative corners and workshops, storytelling hours, live music and more. June 11-21. In Kikar Rabin in Tel Aviv, The First Station in Jerusalem and at venues around the country. Thur 18.00-00.00, Sat 20.30-00.00, Sun-Wed 18.00-23.00. Full schedule: www.sfarim.org.il

Gay Pride Parade

The Tel Aviv LGBT community holds its annual parade on Friday, this time featuring the theme “A Call for Equality.” The parade begins following a happening event at Meir Park (10.00-12.00) and sets out through Bograshov, Ben Yehuda and Frischman streets in the direction of Charles Clore compound and the adjacent beach, where a party awaits the estimated 120,000 parade-goers. Emceed by actress Moran Atias, the party includes performances by Dana International, Ninette, Shirazi, Mei Finegold and others. Parade Floats join the procession at 13.00, from the corner of Herbert Samuel and Frischmann streets, and, for the first time this year, a children’s area with performances, a gymboree, mechanical horses and creative corners will be an integral part of the post-parade celebration. Fri, 12.00-18.30, from Meir Park. Details: 106, www.facebook.com/pridetelaviv

Pride week events this week:

In addition to Friday’s parade, events include the ongoing LGBT Film Festival at Tel Aviv Cinematheque (June7-16; www.tlvfest.com/en), thematic tours (see Weekly Walking Tours box), the Gay Culture Festival at the Gan Meir center (June 12-28; www.gaycenter.org.il), and plenty of parties to choose from, day and night (www.tlvscene.com/en/#).

Weekly walking tours

Tel Aviv and Center

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

Sarona Theatrical Tour Tour of the area. Fri at 09.00; Out of the Closet Morning Tour LGBT community-themed tour of central Tel Aviv. Fri at 09.00; How Do You Like Your Espresso? Tour the city’s long-standing cafes, from Ben Yehuda to Dizengoff St. Fri at 10.00; A Scent of Hope Tour Hatikva market. Fri at 10.00; Sarona Reawakens Tour the Templar settlement-turned-commercial center and park. Fri at 12.00, Sat at 10.00, 18.00, Thur at 20.00; 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; One Hundred Years on Bicycles A cycling tour on the history of the city. From Hayarkon Park through the port and promenade to Neve Tzedek, Habima, Ben Gurion Ave. and Hilton Beach. Mon at 09.30; Old City of Jaffa Mysticism Thematic historical tour, on the beliefs and rites of the city’s many ruling civilizations. Thur at 20.00

Jerusalem and Area

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

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

Along the Ridge of Mount Scopus From the British Military Cemetery to Hadassah Hospital. Fri at 09.30; Light Festival: Out into the Light Night-time tour of the Old City during the Festival of Light. Sat at 19.30; Light Festival: In the Land of my Heart Romantic, nostalgic tour on the Old City walls and alleyways, during the Festival of Light (see Out and About). Thur at 19.00

Getting to Know the Shuk The ins and outs of Mahane Yehuda market. In English. Sun at 10.00. With Sybil Kaplan (02) 671-5135

The Russian Compound and the Museum of the Underground Prisoners Wed at 13.30. Registration: Carol Caplan, 054-522-1665, (02) 671-3770

The German Colony Tour the 19th century village-turned-neighborhood. In English. Thur at 09.30. With Miriam Simon. 054-521-6933

The Race for the Holy Land Architecture and stories tour, on European powers’ involvement in Jerusalem in the late 1800s. In English. Fri at 09.30; Nachlaot Tour of the historical neighborhood. In English. Mon at 09.30. With Debra Nussbaum Stephen. 052-378-2900

Yemin Moshe In English. Sat at 10.00. Meet at Safra Square, 26 Jaffa Rd., with the Jerusalem Development Authority. Details: 106