Things to Do Around Israel, June 12-18, 2015

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

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TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Gay Pride Parade

The Tel Aviv LGBT community holds its annual parade, under the theme “Tel Aviv Loves all Genders,” with special visibility and support given to members of the transgender community. This year the parade and its surrounding festivities are expected to draw a record number of tourists and curious locals, ending with a performance by the Austrian 2014 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst, at Charles Clore Park. The parade sets out from Meir Park (between King George and Tchernikovsky streets) in the direction of Gordon Beach, where a party awaits parade-goers. Fri at 12.00. Details: 106, http://www.visit-tel-aviv.com/gayvibe

Hebrew Book Week

The last few days of the annual event that includes book fairs with thousands of titles by local and international authors, in over 40 different locations around the country. June 3-13, with the main happenings at Rabin Sq. in Tel Aviv, and in towns and cities around the country. Details: www.sfarim.org.il

Not for Publication

A special exhibit showcasing around 200 original short stories, poems and other texts written by well-known and budding authors, not intended for immediate publication. The works are presented in actual cataloging drawers, offering visitors a chance to look up the different texts and find out who wrote them. Fri at 09.00, Sun-Thur at 10.00. Beit Ariela

Shark World

A traveling international exhibit that offers a window into the life of the shark, a creature that is crucial to maintaining a balanced underwater ecosystem. Fri, Sat at 09.00, Sun-Thur at 14.00. Exhibition Grounds, Rokach Blvd. (03) 521-5202

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Activities include guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-12.30; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-15.30; Tues, Thur 09.00-17.30. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Gan *4585

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-19.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305, www.safari.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Museum of Islamic Art

The museum invites visitors to take part in creative workshops that incorporate themes and symbols from Muslim art. This week: Lecture “Horses, Stars and Travelling the Muslim World During the Middle Ages,” by Keren Abu Herscowitz and Hosni Al-khatib. Fri at 11.00. 2 Hapalmach St. (02) 566-1291

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities: Musica A new exhibit opening this week, focusing on creative musical instruments. Wed at 15.30; Toy Building Workshop Focusing on mechanical toys. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum          

Lecture “Why did the Gaons of Babel Object to Israeli Liturgical Poems,” by Ophir Mintz-Manor. Wed at 19.30; English Tours of the museum are held Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.30, Wed also at 17.30; Family Weekend Go on adventures through history, with lost artifacts, royal figures and magic spells. Ages 5-10. Sat at 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. Handicap accessible. Fri, Sat 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30

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. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, 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, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

Tower of David Museum    

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine (also see Tours). Fri and Sat 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. Details and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Meeting Point

An event celebrating the different cultures and backgrounds that coexist in Jerusalem, with live multicultural music shows, creative workshops and an Arab-Jewish singalong, in a throwback to the city’s tradition of merchants who used to share their fruit and lives with one another (part of the Israel Festival). Fri at 15.00, Sat at 21.00. HaMesila Park

Herzl Museum

The museum provides details on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl. By appointment: (02) 671-3770

Gazelle Valley

Visit the nature park, where deer roam free, despite being surrounded by the urban landscape of Jerusalem. Handicap accessible. Open all hours. Off the intersection of Herzog and Pat streets

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri, 10.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00 (last entry two hours before closing); Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Sharon Area

Basis Art School and Culture Center

Poetry Reading by Erez Biton and Meir Wieseltier, two of Israel’s most prominent poets, both of whom are winners of the Israel Prize. Tues at 19.30. Regular hours: Fri, Sat at 10.00; Mon-Thur at 17.00. 14 Hamada St., Herzliya (09) 866-3004

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Hamat Gader

Enjoy a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a fun parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs and more. Fri, Mon-Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun 08.30-17.00. Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. The park includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri 09.00-15.00, Sat 09.00-20.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

THE SOUTH

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

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 more. The park’s 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 and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en

Bird Watching Park

Learn about the life and migrating patterns of many different bird species, observe them as they land in the nearby lake and trees, and understand Israel’s vital role in many migrating birds’ flight plans and survival. Open daily, at all hours. Off the Arava Rd., from on Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290, http://eilatbirds.com