Out and About November 14-20, 2014: Explore the Vegan Palate at a Special Tel Aviv Open-air Market

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel.

Doron Saar

Tel Aviv and Center

Sigdiada: Ethiopian Culture Festival

Ethiopian culture in Israel is being celebrated (Nov 13-15), with live music, folklore performances, lectures, dance, theater and films. Fri from 10.30, Sat from 20.00. Tel Aviv Cinematheque, www.cinema .co.il

Running In Color - NATAL’s Run for PTSD

A life-affirming run for veterans of Israeli wars, their families and the general public. A variety of trails suitable for all ages and physical abilities is available (300 meters - 5 km, with staggered starting times); runners will be sprinkled with colorful powders along the course. Followed by performances, games, and activities for the entire family (from 09.00). All proceeds go directly to sufferers of PTSD as a result of terror and war. Fri, from 08.00. Ganei Yehoshua, Hayarkon Park. Details: www.natal.org.il  English registration: http://natal.sportweb.co.il/running_in_color

Menta Market

A weekly open-air vegan market will be held featuring fresh produce, baked goods, herbs and spices, fresh juice, and prepared food stalls, all strictly vegan. Eco-friendly products and vegan culinary workshops are also available. Fri, 09.00-15.00. Hatachana: New Station Compound
 
The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon

Michel Kichka: Kids’ Comics An exhibit of the Israeli cartoonist and comics-artist’s work for children, and the creative processes and techniques behind the work. For kids and adults. Museum hours: Sat, 10.00-15.00; Mon, Wed, 10.00-13.00; Tues, Thur, 17.00-20.00. 61 Weizmann St., Holon (03) 652-1849

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibition, displaying everything from models to artwork, all on a diminutive scale. Exquisite and magical work by professionals, hobbyists and children, inspired by international locales, stories, fantasies, history, boats, buildings and more. With workshops and activities for kids and adults. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa. www.miniart.co.il

Nahum Gutman Museum

The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess A surprise-filled, interactive exhibit looking at literary contents, modern interpretations, imagination and kids’ culture, dealing with dwarfs, giants, princesses and royalty. For the whole family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00. 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek (03) 516-1970, ext. 109, www.gutmanmuseum.co.il

The Safari

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

Man and the Living World Museum

The Forest Ranger Wildlife-themed painting and mixed media exhibit, by artist Ronit Shalem; Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Loved to Draw Exhibit of the renowned children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings; Regular offerings: The natural history museum has exhibits for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-14.00; Tues 09.00-19.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Jerusalem and Area

Tozeret Ha’ir: Waking the Elephant

The city of Jerusalem hosts cultural events throughout November and December, under the title “Tozeret Ha’ir” (produce of the city). Street parties and raves, dance events, theater, coffee-house lectures, a variety of musical offerings, performance art and more will take place. This week: Waking the Elephant: Cultural Rave at Klal Building Art, live music, performance and video art, and tours through the imposing building’s many storied corridors, basements, elevators and its 14th floor lookout spot. Thur, from 20.00. Klal Building, 97 Yaffo St. https://he-il.facebook.com/tozeret

Tower of David Museum

Moat and Kishle Visit the museum’s newly opened moat and impressive excavation of the Kishle building, whose history spans the days of the First Temple to the establishment of the State of Israel; 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

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum holds permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, electricity and more, for the entire family. Temporary offerings: Fly with the Wind Seasonal exhibit and activities about wind and autumn, including: PHOTAGE Autumn Impressions Photo-montage work, of natural scenes, by Tami Rishona Ellison; Making Wind Activity Center Constructing objects that fly and hover, utilizing wind power, paper planes and more. For kids and adults; The Power of Wind Scientific demonstration, with audience participation: Seeing wind, wind and music, flight and more; Shavshavruach Weathervane building workshop for kids and parents. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-15.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

Hananiah and Friends: A Hebrew lecture on “Children Becoming Nazirites in the Time of the Second Temple,”by Aharon Shemesh, Bar Ilan University. Wed at 19.00; 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. Museum hours: Sun-Tues, Thur 09.30-17.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Winter Weeks A variety of weekly activities for the public: Physical activity for ages 55+, plus botanical lectures (Sun); Gymboree (Mon); Moms and babies social meet and activities on the lawn (Wed); Young Explorer backpack tour - activity for kids (Thur); Flower Train tours for the family (Fri) 10.00-13.00, on the hour; Creative activities in nature, for the family (Sat). This week: Origami in the Bonsai garden (Sat at 10.00, 11.30, 13.00); Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus: 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 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thurs, 09.00-19.00; 073-243-8914. www.en.botanic.co. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St.

Old Yishuv Court Museum

Situated in a 500-year-old house in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, the museum goes back over 100 years to provide a peek into daily lives of the people of the Yishuv (Jewish settlement) of Jerusalem, displaying original artifacts and offering era-appropriate activities and games. For the entire family. English-language self-guided tour available. Fri 10.00-13.00, Sun, Tues, Thur 10.00-17.00, Mon 10.00-20.00. (02) 627-6319, http://oymuseum.datinet.co.il/21.htm

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates originating from around the world, with a focus on conservation of regional wildlife. Also, a children’s zoo with petting corner and educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. Details: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Mini Israel

Winter Tales: The Emperor’s New Clothes Performance. Ages 3-9. Sat at 13.00; Regular offerings: The site offers over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Also, site-specific gaming apps and “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, 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed, 09.00-17.00; Thur, 09.00-20.00. Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. www.yadvashem.org

Haifa and the North

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, flying foxes, emus and more. 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. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

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. Daily, 09.00-16.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

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

Mordechai Anielewicz Museum

Honoring one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the museum exhibits various artifacts depicting life in the ghetto. Sun-Thur, 08.00-16.00. Kibbutz Givat Haviva (near Pardes Hannah) (04) 630-9201

The South

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and others. The park’s newly opened Sharks Pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Additional attractions include the open-sea underwater observatory, aquariums, the Amazon Cabin (featuring fauna from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films, activities for the entire family and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en
 
Weizmann Institute of Science

Fun Labs Saturdays Fun experiments with tastes, sound waves and colors, plus new games, activities, workshops and displays, and an autumn-themed experience at the Eco-Sphere. For the family. Sat, 09.00-17.00; Work Your Brain! Interactive exhibit on the human brain. Includes a huge inflatable model, demonstrations and contents on sensory perceptions and illusions, brain structure, brain function and malfunctions, as well as recent discoveries in the field. Also, thematic creative workshops. For the entire family. Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. (08) 934-4528; 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

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