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

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

Dustin Farrell \ JTA Photo Service

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

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. In addition to the ongoing exhibit, this week also includes several special events: Lecture: “From the Land of the Rising Sun to the Land of Israel,” on the world of manga and anime. Sun at 15.30; The lecture will be followed by a screening of the film “Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States,” an anime movie based on the popular comics series “Crayon Shin-chan”; Lecture: “The Jewish Roots of Manga,” on the symbolic connections between Japanese animation, Jewish European immigrants and the State of Israel. Wed at 19.30. Beit Ariela. Details: (03) 691-0141
 
Meet the Chefs

A festival giving food lovers the opportunity to meet their favorite culinary artists, go behind the scenes and participate in workshops. Fri and Sat. In over 70 restaurants throughout Tel Aviv. Details: http://www.open-restaurants.co.il/english/

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

Art Workshop

Creating original theatrical masks. Sat at 12.00. Elmina Theater Multicultural Theater, Jaffa Port. Details: 050-2800-300

The Safari

The park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-14.30. 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 632-0222, www.safari.co.il

The Ilana Goor Museum

Located in an 18th-century building, the museum showcases local and international artworks and antiques. Present and Future – Three Religions, One God A guided historical tour through the museum, explaining about the structure’s many purposes over the years. Sat 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. Fri 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, www.Ilanagoormuseum.org

The Storybook Gardens Project

Holon continues to offer up fun family activities by incorporating even more characters and themes of beloved children’s books into monuments and statues dispersed in about 50 parks throughout the city. These monuments include scenes from “Apartment for Rent,” “The Little Prince” and “Where’s Pluto.” Parks open to the public 24/7. Details: www.holon.muni.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

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

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, www.en.botanic.co.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. This month focuses on illusions and natural phenomena. Mirror Maze A new exhibit offering a fun and confounding experience; A View into Space Showcasing photographs of celestial bodies in the observable universe, in addition to the historical developments of space exploration; The Magic of Science With seemingly implausible scientific experiments; Building Workshop Creating the illusion of movement through drawing; Animals Playing Dress Up An interactive workshop explaining the various camouflaging techniques found in nature; The Last Reef A 3D movie exploring the underwater world of the coral reefs. In Hebrew; Illusions: Messing with Your Head Explaining how optical illusions work; Water Works On the importance of Jerusalem’s water sources to the city’s inhabitants throughout the ages; A Walk Around the Fairground Experiencing the physical forces behind everyone’s favorite amusement parks rides; In Light of Electricity On the many ways electricity influences our lives; Games of Light and Shadow The Parisian home of Prof. 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; Whip up Light Creations in the Kitchen Make shadow books out of every day materials; Meet Math Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through fractals, topology, number theory and more; Open Lab Taking part in science experiments regarding children and behavior. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

Following the Book of Esther Interactive children’s tour for Purim. Ages 5-10. Fri at 11.00, 12.00; The Glory of Greece A unique collection of ancient ceramics and clay pots from the ancient world of the Near East; Roman Frescoes Classic drawings from the buried city of Pompeii; Dionysus, God of Wine A curated exhibit in the image of the god of ecstasy and drunken merriment; By the Rivers of Babylon Exhibition centering around the story of a family that lived through the tragedy and redemption of the Babylonian Exile; Yiddish Tour of the Museum Focusing on current exhibits. Fri at 11.00; 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; Jerusalem that was Babylon Tells of the lives of the Babylonian exiles. Wed at 16.00; 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

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. www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Mini Israel

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; www.minisrael.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Medrano Circus
 
The Italian circus is celebrating 150 years with a world tour, bringing its spectacular show to Israel. Over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and more. Fri at 15.00, 17.30; Sat and Tues at 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.30. Hutzot HaMifratz, Haifa. Details: *6578, www.medrano.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 (entrance half price, and includes a special happening with artists, workshops and stalls; all proceeds benefit Lavi Ben-Moshe, a six-year-old sick boy); 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. This week the park offers a Puss in Boots tour, with cat-like makeup. Daily, 11.00-14.00; Permanent features also includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Daily, 09.00-16.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

THE SOUTH

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 others. The park’s newly opened Sharks 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, www.coralworld.co.il/en

Lunada

A new children’s museum offering its visitors a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Eight knowledge centers are dispersed throughout the grounds, offering activities for a variety of ages. Opening hours: Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva