Things to Do Around Israel, February 13-19, 2015

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

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Gan Guru.
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Japan: Kingdom of Characters

The Embassy of Japan has teamed up with Beit Ariela to mount an exhibit of iconic figures from Japanese culture that have crossed over into global mass media. Subcultures such as manga and anime are also represented in the exhibit, which showcases the fun and charming side of the Land of the Rising Sun (see New Exhibits, p.40). Fri 09.00-11.45; Sun-Thur 10.00-18.45. Beit Ariela. Details: (03) 691-0141

The Society for the Protection of Nature

The organization will be promoting wildlife preservation throughout the month of February. This week it is highlighting the beauty and rare creatures that flourish thanks to the winter pools of rainwater currently gathering around the country. Details: (03) 638-8688,

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Admission: Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-14.30 (park closes two hours after end of admission). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 632-0222,

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

Michel Kichka: Kids’ Comics

An exhibit of the Israeli cartoonist’s work for children, and the creative processes and techniques behind it. For all the family. Fri, Mon, Wed 10.00-13.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Tues, Thur 17.00-20.00. Comics Museum, 61 Weizmann St., Holon (03) 652-1849

Nahum Gutman Museum

The museum showcases the work of one Israel’s most iconic painters, in addition to new and changing exhibits. Shirat Ha’Noar An exhibit of Israeli composer David Ma’aravi, showcasing his illustrations from the first half of the 20th century. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00

Ilana Goor Museum

Located in an 18th-century building, the museum showcases local and international artworks and antiques. In Search of the Portrait The portrait, once considered a primary genre in the art world, survived the rise of photography and has undergone many transformations. The tour will shed light on the development of the portrait, showcasing pieces that incorporate different materials and mediums. Fri at 12.00; Out of the Box A tour of the museum itself, showcasing the unique exhibit space and the original and ancient artwork on display. Sat at 12.00 Museum hours: Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: (03) 683-7676,


Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thurs, 09.00-17.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012,

Tower of David Museum

From Herod’s Palace to British Prison; Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 09.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Details: (02) 626-5333, Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Games of Light and Shadow The Parisian home of Professor Archibald Ombre is filled with exotic and illuminating shapes that create an interaction between what is light and seen and what is immersed in darkness; Building Workshops Children learn how to make a spiral spin and test its reaction to the heat of a candle. Ages 5+; deLIGHTful Card Make a greeting card out of cardboard, LED sparkles and conductive glue. Ages 10+; Whip up Light Creations in the Kitchen Make shadow books out of every day materials; Flashlight Workshop Examine how our senses work and particularly how we see at night. Ages 5-10; On Fire Scientific experiments that combine chemical substances to create multicolored fire and underwater fireworks; Mathematics in Art Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through fractals, topology, number theory and more; PHOTAGE - Autumn Impressions Photomontages of natural scenes by Tami Rishona Ellison. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00.

Bible Lands Museum

By the Rivers of Babylon Exhibition centering around the story of a family that lived through the tragedy and redemption of the Babylonian Exile; Treasure Hunt for Families Go on adventures through history, with a secret code and treasure chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat 10.00; Independent Activity Booklets Exploring the stories of the Bible together with Shimshi, a comic book character who helps children solve riddles and quests throughout the museum. During regular hours. Museum hours: Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tue and Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

Old Yishuv Court Museum

Situated in a 500-year-old house in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, the museum goes back over 100 years to provide a peek into the daily lives of the people of the Yishuv (pre-state 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-Wed 10.00-15.00, Thur 10.00-23.00. (02) 627-6319,

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 the conservation of regional wildlife. There is also a children’s zoo with a petting corner and educational activities, plus the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-17.00. Biblical Zoo, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111.

Mini Israel

The site offers over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. A guiding app in English available upon entry. Guided tours by appointment. Opening hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559;

Monkey Park

Guided English tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-15.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888,

Herzl Museum
The museum offers facts on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Sun 16.30-19.15, Mon 17.30-20.30. Herzl Blvd., Mount Herzl. Details: (02) 671-3770


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) 648-806

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, wildflowers, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Daily, 09.00-16.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427,


Darom Adom Festival

The northern Negev celebrates the blooming season of millions of red anemones, with tours, activities, live music, markets and more. Among the activities: Jazz, Wine and Good Food An organic, vegan meal coupled with a Jazz performance. Fri at 14.00. Moshav Nir Moshe. Details: 077-727-5833; Painting in Nature Experiencing the natural view and channeling its inspiration into creative work. Hosted by Sapir College’s School of Art. Sat at 10.00. Atar Harishonim, near Kibbutz Ruhama. Details: 077-729-5753; The Shoshana Damari Walk of Anemones In memory of the iconic Israeli singer. Sat at 08.30. Throughout the area surrounding Kibbutz Ruhama. Details: 1-800-350-550

Underwater Fish Observatory

The observatory 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 shark 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,