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Jerusalem Wine Festival

This annual wine festival has been taking place for 16 years at The Israel Museum of Jerusalem. One can taste hundreds of wines as well as cheese, chocolates, jams, olive oils, and sauces, and local musicians perform during the day. This wine festival is the most prominent wine festivity in the country, visited by 20,000 guests from around Israel an beyond. Twelve of the best wineries distribute their products and the garden scenery makes a perfect location of the festival. This festival often attracts a high class audience and the entry price is around 98 ILS which gets you entrance and a glass of wine.

International Bible Contest for Youth

Each country has the opportunity to send 1-4 high school aged students to compete in the International Bible Contest held in Jerusalem. These national winners participate in a two-week Bible camp where they tour Israel and meet some of Israel's leaders before competing in the international competition. The camp cost is covered by the Jewish Agency and other groups. After taking an exam a few days into camp, the top 16 contestants compete in the International Contest, held annually on Israeli Independence Day in the Jerusalem Theater. The competition is streamed live for those abroad to participate in the experience. Image by <a class="new" title="User:רבבה (page does not exist)" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:%D7%A8%D7%91%D7%91%D7%94&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">רבבה</a> via Wikimedia

Family Day (Yom HaMishpacha)

While the United States and other countries around the world celebrate Mother's and Father's Day individually, Israel is celebrating its annual Yom HaMishpacha, or Family Day. This day, which originally began as Mother's Day in 1947, was established to honor the family unit and its centrality to Israeli life. It was decided around the year 2000 that Yom HaMishpacha would be celebrated on the 30th of Shevat, the day of Henrietta Szold’s death. Though Henrietta Szold never had any kids, she was known as “the mother of all children” and was extremely active in creating the framework for Jewish immigrant children from around the world. Yom HaMishpacha has evolved into a day of love and celebration for mothers, fathers, and children. It is particularly popular in Israeli schools and kindergartens where children create art projects and bring photographs of their families to be displayed at school. After school, many families celebrate by going on hikes, picnics, or playing games together. Yom HaMishpacha is a special day in Israeli society when families celebrate and remember the importance of cherishing those closest to them.

Hebrew Language Day

Eliezer Ben Yehuda is known as the father of spoken Hebrew. He came to Palestine in 1881 with a dream to recreate Hebrew as a spoken language, a language which had not been spoken in almost 2,000 years. Every year on the birthday, Israel celebrates Hebrew Language Day to remember Eliezer and his dream to bring the Hebrew language to the Jewish nation. The Hebrew language remains a fundamental element for Israel society, which unites people from around the world who make Aliyah to the Land of Israel. Even though Eliezer died in 1922 many years before Israel's Independence, his dream came true and today Hebrew is the official language in the modern State of Israel.

Delicious Israel Cooking Classes

<p class="">Let’s get cooking! From <em>amba </em>to <em>zeitim </em>(olives!), there’s no better way to learn the ABCs of Israeli food than by doing it yourself. Our Delicious chefs bring years teaching experience straight to your kitchen to get you fired up about Israeli food.</p> <p class="">Choose our repertoire of tried-and-true Israeli recipes perfected by our chefs and cook along in real-time to master your favorite dish or meal. Our fan favorite recipes include sabich, shawarma, whole roasted cauliflower and so much more.</p> <h4>SAMPLE MENU ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM</h4> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p class="">Classic Shakshuka or Green Shakshuka</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Whole-roasted Cauliflower and Israeli style salad</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Sabich from Scratch</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Chicken Shawarma</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Turkish Style Malabi</p> </li> </ul> <h4><strong>WHAT’S INCLUDED?</strong></h4> <ul data-rte-list="default"> <li> <p class="">A 1.5 hour session (can be upgraded) with your Delicious Israel Chef</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Step-by-step guidance through preparing 1-3 Israeli dishes close to our hearts, and stomachs</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Detailed instructions and preparation with guests</p> </li> <li> <p class="">Recipe booklet for future use</p> </li> </ul>

Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival

The Festival showcases the best films from around the world from the past year and is an esteemed platform for Israeli cinema, exposing local film work to leading professionals from around the world and granting generous prizes for Israeli cinema.

Birkat HaKohanim

<span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit;">Each year during the holidays of Passover and Sukkot, a moving and impressive Birkat Kohanim takes place in the presence of hundreds of kohanim and thousands of Jews from both Israel and around the world. </span> The <b>Priestly Blessing</b> or <b>priestly benediction</b>, also known in rabbinic literature as <b>raising of the hands</b> (Hebrew <i>nesiat kapayim</i>)<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"></sup> or <b>rising to the platform</b> (Hebrew <i>aliyah ledukhan</i>)<sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference"></sup> or <i><b>dukhanen</b></i> (Yiddish from the Hebrew word <i>dukhan</i> – platform – because the blessing is given from a raised rostrum) or <b>duchanning</b>,<sup id="cite_ref-3" class="reference"></sup> is a Hebrew prayer recited by Kohanim (the Hebrew Priests, descendants of Aaron). The text of the blessing is found in Numbers 6:23–27. According to the Torah,<sup id="cite_ref-4" class="reference"></sup> Aaron blessed the people,<sup id="cite_ref-5" class="reference"></sup> and YHWH<sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference"></sup> promises that "I will place my name on their hands" (the Kohanim's hands) "and bless them" (the Jews receiving the blessing). <sup id="cite_ref-7" class="reference"></sup>The Jewish Sages stressed that although the priests are the ones carrying out the blessing, it is not them or the ceremonial practice of raising their hands that results in the blessing, but rather it is God's desire that His blessing should be symbolised by the Kohanim's hands. Even after the destruction of the second Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem, the practice has been continued in Jewish synagogues, and today in most Jewish communities, Kohanim bless the worshippers in the synagogue during special Jewish prayer services. &nbsp; &nbsp;

Sukkah Open House at the President's House

A favorite Sukkot tradition in Jerusalem is the open house at the President’s sukkah, which the public is invited to come to meet the president and enjoy the entertainment for all ages. Another tradition is for schoolchildren to help the president decorate the sukkah, it’s the president’s job to pin the chained streamers to the sukkah’s roof strut. &nbsp; https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Celebrating-health-in-the-Presidents-sukkah-567741s.

Kaparot at Machane Yehuda

<i>Kaparot</i> consists of carefully passing a chicken over one’s head three times while reciting the appropriate text. The chicken is then slaughtered in a humane fashion in accordance with the laws of <span class="glossary_item">kashrut</span>. The chicken itself is discreetly donated to a charitable cause, such as a <span class="glossary_item">yeshiva</span> or orphanage, where it is eaten just as any other chicken. Alternatively, the chicken is sold and its value donated. https://www.gojerusalem.com/events/250/Shuk-Kaparot/

Selichot at the Kotel

<b><i>Selichot</i></b> communal prayers are for Divine forgiveness, said during the High Holiday season or on Jewish fast days. http://allaboutjerusalem.com/event/night-spectacular-and-selichot-old-city

International Agunah Day

International Agunah Day was established by the International Coalition for Agunah Rights (ICAR) in 1990 to raise awareness to the difficulty of the Agunah. It is observed on the 13th of Adar which in the Jewish calendar is the Fast of Esther. An agunah literally means "anchored" or "chained" and describes when a Jewish woman is stuck in her religious marriage due to Jewish law that prevents a women from getting a divorce without her husbands permission. Not only does this happen when a man disagrees, but also if he is unable to grant her the divorce. Sometimes a man would leave on a journey and not return or went to battle never to come back. A special document known as a get is needed for end a religious marriage and according to Jewish law, a man must grant his wife this get out of his own free will. Without the get, no new marriage will be recognized and any children from the new marriage will be seen as illegitimate. Those who initiated this day believe that it is a violation of human rights to not grant a religious divorce. It also goes against modern views of equality, personal freedom, and happiness. Every day and especially on International Agunah Day, ICAR works to have this issue recognized by the public and advocates for change through media coverage, political lobbying, and public information campaigns.

The Siyum HaShas for Women

Join thousands on 9 Tevet, 5790 (January 5, 2020) at the International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha’Uma) for the first global Women’s Siyum HaShas, an unprecedented learning experience. The event will be live-streamed to an international audience. The Hadran Siyum will bring women together to inspire a new generation of learning for all.

The Kristallnacht Pogrom Exhibition

Kristallnacht began in Hanau, Germany. During the pogrom 91 Jews were killed, more than 1,400 synagogues across Germany and Austria were set alight, and around 7,000 Jewish-owned shops and businesses were destroyed. Jews were forced to pay "compensation" for damage that they had not caused. In addition, approximately 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

Day of Jewish Unity

On the Day of Jewish Unity, over one million people gather around the world or a day of peace and prayer in hopes of ending global hostility and destruction. In cities around the world from Israel and France to Canada and United States, this day is filled with prayer for hope.

Shabbat of a Lifetime

The Shabbat of a Lifetime program offers tourists from all backgrounds to experience an authentic Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath). This celebration takes place at the home of a host family in the holy city of Jerusalem. All participants receive an informative introduction to Shabbat during a five-course meal with their host families. <div id="simple-translate"> <div> <div class="simple-translate-button " style="background-image: url('moz-extension://d7514391-53d6-4fb3-934a-2b17a33c8eee/icons/512.png'); height: 22px; width: 22px; top: 10px; left: 10px;"></div> <div class="simple-translate-panel " style="width: 300px; height: 200px; top: 0px; left: 0px; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;"> <div class="simple-translate-result-wrapper" style="overflow: hidden;"> <p class="simple-translate-candidate" style="color: #737373;"></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

Jerusalem Chesed - Machlis Shabbat

Since 1979, Jerusalem Chesed – Machlis has hosted spiritually uplifting and meaningful Shabbat meals in the holy city of Jerusalem. <span class="header">These Shab</span>bat meals are formed into masterpieces by Rabbi Mordechai Machlis. The Rabbi's inspirational Torah thoughts on the weekly portion, his singing of Shabbat songs, and his clear explanations of the Jewish ritual create warmth and acceptance for all attendees. There is plenty of homemade food to go around that is prepared and served under the supervision of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis. Each week, the food flows out of a tiny kitchen to delight the body &amp; soul – all in honor of the Holy Shabbat.

The International Online Bible Contest for Adults

<div id="MSOZoneCell_WebPartWPQ2" class="s4-wpcell-plain ms-webpartzone-cell ms-webpart-cell-vertical ms-fullWidth "> <div class="ms-webpart-chrome ms-webpart-chrome-vertical ms-webpart-chrome-fullWidth "> <div id="WebPartWPQ2" class="ms-WPBody "> <div class="ms-rtestate-field"> This annual contest takes place at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and is also broadcast live, in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education. Participants must be Jewish and over the age of 22. A live quiz is held is several countries throughout the world and two candidates from each country are selected for the international contest  held during Hanukkah. All contestants of the Hanukkah International Bible Contest will be entitled to full hospitality, including flights, as guests of the Ministry of Education. Images by <a class="new" title="User:יעקב (page does not exist)" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:%D7%99%D7%A2%D7%A7%D7%91&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">יעקב</a> via Wikimedia </div> </div> </div> </div>

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World Jewish Travel Official April 18, 2021

4 Ways to Escape the Summer Heat of Jerusalem

Depending on when you visit Israel, you may want to have a few activities to help cool off from the sizzling summer heat. Though the days are hot, it cools off at night making it the perfect time for walking around the city and exploring the vibrant nightlife. Here are a few activities and place to visit if you need to cool off during the day. Play in The Fountain at Teddy Park Boaz Dolev Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons Teddy Park is a public park situated opposite Jerusalem's Old City and David's Citadel. The park was developed by the Jerusalem Foundation in memory of Jerusalem's long serving mayor, Teddy Kollek and opened to the public in 2013. The park complex includes  structures, landscaping, and a splash water fountain which is enjoyed by people of all ages during the summer months. Water shoots from the fountains in sync with music every 30 minutes; in the evening a light show plays while during the day children run among the water spouts. The fountain is said to be  a place where people from every segment of Jerusalem's ethnically and religiously varied population mingle with visitors from around the globe. Visit Yad Kennedy Ronit Eitan Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons In the breezy Jerusalem hills of the Match Yehuda Region lies the 60-foot high Yad Kennedy, or Kennedy Memorial. This memorial is for John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States who was assassinated in 1963. The shape of the memorial is that of a stump of a fallen tree to symbolize his life that was cut short and inside the bronze memorial is an eternal flame which burns in the center. The memorial is made of 51 concrete columns, one of each of the 50 states and an additional one for Washington D.C., the United States capital. Not only are these breezes from the mountains great for summer hikes, but there are breathtaking views and natural springs with cool water. Go Biking at the Train Track Park User:אלאר, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons The Train Track Park is a rail trail urban park in West Jerusalem with 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) of walking and biking trails. The park follows the route of the original Jaffa–Jerusalem railway from the Jerusalem Railway Station near the German Colony to Teddy Stadium in Malha. The pedestrian path is a raised boardwalk made from molded concrete planks with an imitation wood finish, laid directly over the original railroad tracks and ties. To the side of the tracks is a paved bicycle path which you can take to the Biblical Zoo and Ein Lavan. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one at the First Station complex and start your journey from there. Indulge at the City's Top Rated Ice Cream Parlour, Mousseline Next to Shuk Machane Yehuda lies the Mousseline ice cream parlour which greets visitors with a variety of ice creams and sorbets. Along with traditional flavors this shop offers unique and vegan-friendly flavors of ice cream and sorbet such as black sesame, Matcha, wasabi, saffron, chai masala, lemon mint, and basil grapefruit. This shop has been highly rated by visitors and is a great place to stop during the hot summer for a refreshing treat.

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World Jewish Travel Official March 16, 2021

Celebrating Mimouna

Mimouna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration dinner, held annually the day after Passover and marking the return of the chametz. Though the tradition originated in North African countries like Morocco, cities around the world with a Maghrebi Jewish population now celebrate the holiday. In Morocco, on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Jewish families prepare flour, honey, milk, and butter to be used to prepare post-Passover chametz celebration dinners. Historically, Jewish congregations would walk to an orchard in order to recite Birkat Ha'Ilanot, and following the conclusion of Passover, would recite passages from the Book of Proverbs and the Mishna. [caption id="attachment_22446" align="alignnone" width="640"] U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The celebration begins after nightfall on the last day of Passover. In many communities, non-Jewish neighbors sell chametz back to Jewish families as a beginning of the celebration. Moroccan and Algerian Jews throw open their homes to visitors, after setting out a lavish spread of traditional holiday cakes and sweetmeats. One of the holiday favorites is Mofletta. The table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number "5," such as five pieces of gold jewelry or five beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. The repetition of the number five references the five-fingered hamsa amulet common in both Jewish and Muslim North African and Middle Eastern communities from pre-modern times. Typically all those in attendance at a Mimouna celebration are sprinkled with a mint sprig or other green dipped in milk, symbolizing good fortune and new beginnings. [caption id="attachment_22449" align="alignnone" width="640"] U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Early in the day of the Mimouna, families go to the sea, splash water on their face, and walk barefoot in the water, to replay the scene of the miraculous crossing of the Reed Sea, which is believed to have taken place on the last day of Passover. In Israel, Mimouna has become a popular annual happening with private parties, outdoor gatherings, picnics and BBQs. One of the most notable Israeli celebrations takes place in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, drawing about 100,000 people each year, often including the president and prime minister. Israeli law now requires employers to agree to grant an employee unpaid leave for Mimouna if asked. It has been estimated that in 2012 nearly two million people in Israel participated in Mimouna festivities. Other cities in Israel such as Tel Aviv and Ashdod are also known for their Mimouna celebrations as well. In Tel Aviv, many of the bars and clubs hold special events for Mimouna, and Ashdod is known for hosting former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, at a Mimouna celebration in 2014. Ashkenazi Jews living in Israel will often seek out these public celebrations or join family's of Moroccan friends who hold large celebrations at home.

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You may simply know this building as the @teatro_real, one of the most respected opera houses in Europe. But, this site is the location of the oldest Jewish community in Madrid - dating back to 1085. Go see an acclaimed ballet or walk around the grounds and feel the years of history surrounding you. 🎼🎊 🇪🇸. #madrid #spain #jewishtravel #jewishspain #jewishmadrid #opera #music #ballet #wjt #wjh #wanderlust ...

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