Things to Do Around Israel, June 5-11, 2015

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

Amnon Ben Shmuel

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Not for Publication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. Exhibit opens Thur at 19.00. 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

Hebrew Book Week

The huge annual event is held in over 40 different locations around the country and includes book fairs with thousands of titles by local and international authors. Tel Aviv’s book fair features a Disappearing Quotes Wall, composed of wooden blocks with quotes by famous authors written on them, which visitors may remove and take home with them until the wall is completely dismantled.June 3-13, at Rabin Sq. in Tel Aviv and in towns and cities around the country. Details: www.sfarim.org.il

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

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities on offer: Toy Building Workshop, focusing on mechanical toys; Gil-Gula Workshop, inviting children to build original new tools and machines; CAPTCHA Exhibition. On computers, their abilities and limits. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Festival of Light in Jerusalem

The international festival uses special lighting to create artwork and light shows in the streets and alleyways of the Old City, and three-dimensional displays on landmark buildings and on the city’s walls. The festival includes a photography competition and an international convention focusing on urban lighting solutions. June 3-11, Old City. http://lightinjerusalem.org.il

Bible Lands Museum      

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

Museum of Islamic Art

The museum invites visitors to take part in creative workshops that incorporate themes and symbols from Muslim art (part of the Israel Festival). Tues at 18.00. 2 Hapalmach St. (02) 566-1291

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. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. Details and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Medrano Circus

The Italian circus brings its spectacular show, with over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and others, to Jerusalem. Fri at 14.00; Sun-Thur at 16.00, 18.30. Teddy Stadium, Malha. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

Meeting Point

An event celebrating the different
cultures and backgrounds that coexist in Jerusalem, with live multicultural music shows, creative workshops, an Arab-Jewish singalong and plenty of watermelon, 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). Sat at 20.45, Sun at 19.00, Mon-Thur at 17.00. HaMesila Park.

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

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. This week the park celebrates “World Environment Day,” with a workshop incorporating natural materials collected from the area. Fri 11.00-14.00. Permanent features include 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

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

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 09.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

THE SOUTH

The Land of the Dinosaurs

Over 30 dinosaur species are presented as life-sized statues in an interactive exhibit. The exhibit closes this week. Fri, Sat at 09.00, Sun at 14.00. Negev Zoo, Be’er Sheva. Details: *9066

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