Purim in Tel Aviv: A Guide to a Fun-filled, Family-friendly Chag

From interactive workshops to costume contests and raucous street parties, Tel Aviv offers a number of ways to celebrate the happiest holiday of the year for every member of your clan.

Fortis – Love Party - Cult Israeli punk rock artist Rami Fortis brings his wild onstage antics to the Barby Club in South Tel Aviv on Purim eve. The concert will feature popular songs from every period of Fortis’ career, which spans from his debut album in 1978 to 2011. His debut album, "Plonter," is considered a milestone in Israeli music, introducing a noisy, unconventional style and sound influenced by The Clash and The Sex Pistols, among others. Revelers are encouraged to come in their most outrageous costumes.

What: Fortis – Love Party, a concert from Rami Fortis.
When: Friday, February 22, 2013, 9:30 P.M.
Where: The Barby Club, Kibbutz Galuyot 52, Tel Aviv
Entry: 90/110 NIS.

For more information, and tickets call: 03-5188123

Visit the website here.

Purim at Bialik’s House - Children can embark on a musical journey at the former home of legendary Hebrew Poet Haim Nahman Bialik. While touring the famous house, children can collect all of the poems they encounter into their own, magical scrapbook. Other activities include mask-making workshops and a play based on one of Bialik’s most popular tales. Space is limited, it is advised to register in advance.

What: Purim 2013 at Bialik’s House – activities for children.
When: Saturday, February 23 to Monday, February 25, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Where: Bialik’s House, 22 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv.
Entry:

Play only: 35 NIS for children and adults.
Tour and arts-and-crafts workshop only: 25 NIS for adults, 40 NIS for children
Tour, arts-and-crafts-workshop, and play: 70 NIS for children and adults.

For more information, call: 03-5253403

Shaul Hamelech Street Fair – Why wait for the sun to go down to get the party started? Tel Aviv Municipality's annual public street fair and de facto rave kicks off at noon along Shaul Hamelech Boulevard in Central Tel Aviv, right in front of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This free street carnival will feature music from Tel Aviv’s leading DJs, an urban market featuring fashion stalls and other knicknacks, including ecologically friendly and recycled ones. Of course, no street fair is complete without food and libations (alcohol included) and a few games scattered about. Perfect for custom gazing. Not for the claustrophobic.   

What: Shaul Hamelech Street Fair
When: Friday, February 22, 2013 from 12 P.M until evening
Where: Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel Aviv
Entry: Free

Purim Carnival at the Jaffa Port – If you prefer your Purim on the rocks, head down to Jaffa Port for a raucous celebration co-sponsored by radio station 88 FM with a stellar musical line-up on the second floor of Hangar 1. Performances, to be broadcast live, include Boom Pam, Portrait, duo Ori Banai and Nir Friedman and others. Along with the music will be activities for the little ones, the de rigueur costume contests and, of course, food and drink.

What: Jaffa Port Purim Carnival
When: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:00 P.M.
Where: Jaffa port, Hangar 1
Entry: Free

Purim at the Nahum Gutman Museum – Journey back to the early days of Tel Aviv with a special event at the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art in Neve Tzedek in South Tel Aviv. The museum, which houses Gutman's writings for children, illustrations, paintings and sculptures, invites you to a special Purim carnival, part of an ongoing exhibition called “The King, Vagabond and Painter Do as They Please.” After making and donning their own costumes, each child will receive a "journey kit" that will allow them to meet various figures from Gutman’s world and participate on a magical journey back to the old Tel Aviv of Nahum Gutman’s childhood. The whole activity lasts roughly an hour.

What: Purim at the Nahum Gutman Museum
When: Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25, 2013, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Where: The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, 21 Shimon Rokach Street, Tel Aviv
Entry: 42 NIS for Children, 15 NIS for adults

Visit the website here.

Purim at Beit Hatfutsot - Beit Hatfutsot, otherwise known as the Diaspora Museum, is dedicated to highlighting Jewish communities and cultures all around the world. As expected, their Purim celebration, which offers something for the whole family on Purim, has a distinctly international focus and flavor. Activities include Purim-themed arts and crafts, an interactive gallery stories from the Megillah aimed at kids, as well as other surprises. All day Monday, the whole family can enjoy “Flashbox Photos” – souvenir costume photos for 5 NIS.

What: Purim at Beit Hatfutsot, activities for the whole family
When: Sunday, February 24 and Monday February 25, from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Where: Beit Hatfutsot, located inside Tel Aviv University, Klausner Street, in Ramat Aviv. Entrance through Matatia Gate 2
Entry: 40 NIS for the exhibition, 10 NIS for the arts-and-crafts workshops
For more information, call: 03-7457808

Visit the website here.

A mess of costumes at the Eretz Israel Museum – Come enjoy a variety of activities at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. To celebrate Purim, many of the museum’s exhibits have decided to wear a costume to confuse the visitors. The clay jars are covered in masks, the menorahs have become groggers, the mosaics are hiding, and the artist’s workshop is a mess! The whole family is invited to find out which exhibits got dressed up, which ones changed places without permission and which ones escaped off the shelves. Other activities include arts and crafts workshops and the museum’s famous planetarium.

What: Eretz Israel Museum’s mess of costumes
When: Sunday, February 24, and Monday, February 25
Where: Eretz Israel Museum, 2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv
Entry: Various prices for different activities
For more information, call: 03-6415244

Visit the website here.

Purim at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque – And now, something special for the exhausted parent who just wants to sit in the dark for a bit. Come enjoy special film offerings for children at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque, running at multiple times on the Sunday and Monday of Purim.

What: Children’s movies at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque
When: Sunday, February 24, and Monday, February 25
Where: Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque, Sprintzak 2, Tel Aviv
Entry: 43 NIS per film
For more information, call: 03-6060800

Yaron Kaminsky