Out and About October 10-16, 2014: Recreate the Ancient Sukkot Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

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Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall.Credit: Nimrod Glickman


Cycling / Rollerblading Event

Sovev Tel Aviv, bicycling and rollerblading: Bike routes (41km, 21km, 8km); rollerblade route (21km), along Park Hayarkon, the city’s boulevards and beaches. Starting times between 07.00 and 09.45. See site for age restrictions. Wed, from 06.45. Register: www.sovevtlv.org.il

Eco-Sukkot at Hiriya

Guided tours incorporating ecology, recycling, nature activities and workshops. Sun-Tues, 09.00-17.00 (last tour leaves at 16.00). Park Sharon/Hiriya. www.parksharon.co.il, www.hiriya.co.il. Tickets: *9066, www.eventim.co.il

Yad2 Live

Happening focusing on smart consumerism, including a huge second-hand market, live performances, vintage fashion catwalk, kids’ area and activities, collectors’ exhibits and more. Mon, Tues, 18.00-23.00. Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv promenade. www.Live.yad2.co.il

Yiddishkeit at the Port

Beit Tefilah Israeli holds holiday events with an Israeli twist, in a large sukka: Kids and the family: Music, activities and workshops, including a traditional scribing workshop (Tues at 16.00, 17.00); For adults: Yoga and prayer (daily, 09.00), meetings with individuals from different streams of Judaism, Kabbalat Shabbat (Fri at 18.00); Prayer for Peace among the Nations The traditional prayer takes place in the presence of international diplomats (Mon at 19.00). Tel Aviv Port. Registration: (03) 523-1830

Dizengoff Center

Pollock’s Paints A large canvas is transformed by the paint-splashing movements of dancers and jugglers. Sun at 16.00, 17.15, 18.30; Kiddie-Shuk Kids sell second-hand toys, books, crafts, computer games and more. Tues, 11.00-16.00. Dizengoff Center. (03) 621-2400, www.dizengof-center.co.il

The Safari

Home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles. 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

Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Loved to Draw The children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings; 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

Nahum Gutman Museum

The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess Interactive exhibit of literature, imagination and kids’ culture, on dwarfs, giants and royalty. For kids and parents. 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. 109, www.gutmanmuseum.co.il


Formula Race Cars

A display of race-cars, including Formula 3 and 4, Formula Master, NASCAR and Ferrari Challenge models, up close and personal. Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat, Thur 19.30-23.00, Sun-Tues 10.00-22.00; Wed 09.00-14.00. The First Station

 One Square Meter Poetry Festival

The 7th annual happening, with poetry and song performances, master classes for youth, nonsense and nano-poetry workshops, street exhibits and more. Sun from 19.00; Mon, Tues from 17.00. Venues on Emek Refa’im St. Details: www.poetryplace-festival.org

Harvest Celebration

A display of different sukkot, tours, bikes, activities, Gymboree, petting corner and music. Fri 09.00-13.00 (last entrance: 11.00), Sun, Mon, 09.00-16.00 (last entrance: 15.00). Neot Kedumim, Ben Shemen Forest (08) 977-0770, www.n-k.org.il

Historical Sukkot

Guided tours with historical recreations of the Sukkot pilgrimage to Jerusalem and ancient traditions, among archeological artifacts and ancient homes and sites. At the Jerusalem Archeological Park - Davidson Center and The Herodian Quarter – The Wohl Museum of Archeology. Sun-Tues, 09.00-17.00. (02) 626-5906, www.rova-yehudi.org.il

Israel Museum

JourneYard Storytelling and activities on world travel. Sun, Mon, Tues 10.00-16.00; Kite Flying Festival Kite construction workshops, meetings with professionals, kite flying, live music. Mon, 10.30-18.00. For the family.

Bible Lands Museum

Weekend Treasure Hunt for Families Solve codes and riddles throughout the exhibition (ages 6-12). Sat, 10.00-14.00; Secrets of the Scribes Tour and demonstration by Torah scribes, followed by creative activity. For the family. Sun-Tues, every half hour from 10.30 to 14.30; The Book of Books Exhibition, tracing 2,000 years of the Bible through rare texts. Sun-Tues, Thur 09.30-17.30; Fri, Sat, holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, with a focus on conservation of regional wildlife. Children’s zoo and activities. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-18.00. Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha. (02) 675-0111,  www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

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


Museum on the Lawn

Happening for the family in the museum’s sculpture garden, with drumming, movement, yoga, sculpting and photography. Alternative sukka construction, open museum and picnic area available. Sun from 16.00. Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, 4 Habanim St. (09) 955-1011, www.herzliyamuseum.co.il


Renaissance Festival

Recreates life during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with classical concerts, street theater, children’s activities, artisans’ stalls, workshops, storytelling and more. Held inside a medieval fortress. Mon-Tues, 10.00-16.00, Yehiam Fortress (04) 952-1175

Haifa Museums

The city’s museums hold special events and all-day happenings for the family (ages 5+): The National Maritime Museum Pirates, boats, kites, rope bracelets workshops, guided tours. Fri 10.00-14.30. 198 Allenby St.; Haifa City Museum Sukka ornaments workshop. Ages 6+. Sat, 11.30-13.00. 11 Ben Gurion St.; Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art Sukka ornaments workshop using traditional Japanese techniques. Sun-Wed, 17.00-19.00; Hermann Struck Museum Guided tours, printing workshops in a variety of techniques. Sun, 10.30-13.00. 23 Arlozorov St.; Mane Katz Museum Guided tours and workshops, including “Scenic Drawing” from the museum’s balcony. Mon, 10.00-13.00. 89 Yafe Nof St.; Haifa Museum of Art Guided tours and workshops on casting techniques in sculpting. Tues, 11.00-13.00. 24 Shabtai Levi St. Haifa museums contact info: 1-599-50-22-11, www.hms.org.il

Beit Galim Festival

Three days of free workshops, tours, performances, dance parties, artists’ open houses (see Meet the Artist), open-air film screenings, live music, talks and more, in the seaside neighborhood of Bat Galim. For the family. Sat-Mon, Bat Galim, Haifa. Details: 052-622-0769

Knights on Horseback

As part of the Acre Festival of Alternative Theater (see Theater box), a display of horseback battles and jousting appropriate to the times of the crusades takes place, choreographed by international experts and executed by Israeli “knights” in full regalia. Sun-Tues, at 11.00, 16.00, 18.00, 20.00. Citadel of Acre, Old City of Acre (04) 838-4777

Jezreel Valley and Ramat Menashe www.emek-tour org.il (04) 652-0013

For the family: Labyrinth in the Valley Large hedge maze, with activities. Fri, Sun-Tues 10.00-19.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov. 050-540-4473; Aliya to Jerusalem Recreate the ancint tradition of going up to Jerusalem on Sukkot, with costumes, supply-making, donkey saddling and more. Fri, Sun-Wed at 11.00. Kfar Kedem, Hosha’aya Nazareth (04) 656-5511, www.k-k.co.il; The Palmach Cave The cave in which elite Palmach units trained. Sun, Mon 10.00-17.00. Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek (04) 989-8946; Pick Me! Fruit, herb and veggie picking, agricultural activity display (at 12.00). Fri-Tues, 09.00-15.00. Bethlehem of the Galilee 054-550-7480, www.ktofoti.co.il; Honey Festival at Dvorat Hatavor Learn about bees’ role in pollination, honey tastings, candle making, sweets-making workshops and more. Fri-Tues, 09.00-17.00 (last entrance at 15.00). Shadmot Dvora 050-563-7645, www.dvorat-hatavor.co.il

Gan Guru Australian Aboriginal Festival

The Australia-themed nature park turns into an Aboriginal village, with storytelling, arts and crafts, food samplings, and boomerang throwing. Sun-Tues, 09.00-17.00. Regular park offerings: Fri, Wed 09.00-15.00, Sat, Thur 09.00-17.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David. (04) 648-8060


Hot Air Balloon Festival

Local and international balloon teams in demonstration flights. Also, circus acrobatics, a fire-and-firework show, and the park’s natural wading pools. For balloon rides, register in advance. Tues, from 16.00; Wed, throughout the day. Eshkol National Park. Tickets: *3639

Red Sea Beer Festival

Three days of international and local beers, live music, sets by renowned DJs, and partying in the streets. Sun-Tues, from 19.00 to the wee hours, on Eilat’s northern promenade, near Mall Hayam

Mamshit Nabataean Market

Happening, in the spirit of the ancient denizens of the desert town: Spices, rugs, tools; craftsmen and artisans’ stalls; music and dance. With workshops, a therapy area, storytelling and tours of the 2,000-year-old World Heritage site. Fri-Tues, from 10.00, with a night market and shows, Monday until 22.00. Mamshit National Park, off Route 25, near Dimona (08) 655-6478

Desert Safari

Creative workshops, nature films, carnivore feedings and a tour through the nature reserve, home to leopards, hyenas and many other desert animals, big and small. Fri-Tues 09.00-16.00. Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve, off Route 90, between Kibbutz Yotvata and Kibbutz Samar (08) 637-3057

Seeing Far Race

Sports activities for blind and sight-enabled individuals. On-road races: 10km (Israel championship race), 5km and 2km, as well as tandem bicycle race. Followed by family activities (drumming, tours of the facilities, and more). Mon, 06.00-10.00; starting times between 07.25 and 07.50. Israel Guide Dog Center, Moshav Beit Oved. Registration: http://see.sportweb.co.il (08) 940-8213

Weizmann Institute of Science

Holiday Fun Festival Activities and workshops, scientific demonstrations, a treasure hunt, thought-games, experiments and more. The Science Garden’s Eco-Dome will be open to visitors. For the family. Fri, Wed 09.00-14.00, Sat-Tues, Thur 09.00-18.00; Work Your Brain! Interactive exhibit on the human brain. With creative workshops. For the family. Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. (08) 934-4528 Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. 234 Herzl St., Rehovot. (08) 934-4499, www.weizmann.ac.il