Out and About November 21-27, 2014: Secret Tel Aviv Becomes Public Knowledge for Two Days

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

Ofer Vaknin

Secret Tel Aviv Olim Expo 2014

Secret Tel Aviv, an English-speaking community, hosts a two-day trade show, in which recent immigrants from South Africa, the U.S., England, Canada and other countries showcase their Israeli businesses with a variety of wares and services, including art classes, personal trainers, HR firms, event planners and more. Free sessions, workshops and presentations are also on offer. November 27-28. Begins Thur, 10.00-20.00. Gallery Minus 1, Dizengoff Center, 50 Dizengoff St., Tel Aviv. www.secrettelaviv.com/tickets/secret-tel-aviv-olim-expo-2014

Tel Aviv and Center

Yotzrot La’or Creative Women’s Fair

Works in fine art, ceramics, jewelry, fashion, knitting, photography, papier-mache, décor and more, created by women, will be on show and on sale this weekend in a variety of venues in the city of Ramat Gan. Fri, Sat, 10.00-15.00. Additional details: (03) 535-3424, www.facebook.com/hasuka.il

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 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: Voice of the Word

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: Voice of the Word 2014 A festival that examines the relationship between word/text and performance art (see Meet the Artist, p.16). Mon-Wed from 20.00, at the Mamuta spaces in Hansen House, 14 Gedalyahu Alon St. www.hazira.org.il/home/en

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

A Borderline Case: New Excavations at Tel Abel Beit Maacah A Hebrew lecture by Nava Panitz Cohen, Hebrew 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: Labyrinth game in the South Africa section (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.

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: Rumpelstiltskin 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

Sharon Area
 
Florentine Circus

The modern circus group Florentine Circus presents family fun Saturdays, with “Mayhem in the Circus,” a performance including juggling, aerial acrobatics, dance and more for all ages, followed by circus workshops for kids. Sat at 11.00. performance hall, Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon (off Hakfar Hayarok junction). Tickets: (03) 524-7373, www.florentinecircus.co.il

Haifa and the North

Haifa Zoo and Educational Center

International Children’s Day Events Happening including creative activities, pony rides, behind-the-scenes tours of the zoo and feedings. A circus and juggling show takes place at 14.00, and families are invited to take part in the zoo’s site-specific app game. Free entrance for kids aged 12 and less. Sat, 09.00-16.00; Regular offerings: The zoo, located in a park overlooking the lush Carmel, is home to local, regional and global species of birds, reptiles and mammals, including Israel’s only white tigers (Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-16.00). A petting corner and kids’ activities are on site, which is shared by the Biological Institute, an educational center for school groups dealing with zoology, nature and ecology. The educational center also houses the Prehistory Museum, which holds permanent exhibits on man’s early development, with displays including dioramas and prehistoric findings found in Israel (Fri, Sat, Mon-Thur, 10.00-15.00). 124 Hatishbi St. (04) 837-2390, www.haifazoo.co.il

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

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

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

Eilat Bird-Watching Park

The ornithological park is situated in a critical spot for both local desert birds and birds migrating from Europe, Asia and Africa. The park offers unique bird watching opportunities, as well as educational activities, guided tours in nature and up-close and personal workshops for the entire family. Open daily, at all times. North of the city of Eilat, off Route 109 (east from Route 90). ibrce.office@gmail.com, 050-767-1290, http://eilat birds.com

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