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.
White Night in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv’s White Night celebration is one of the biggest events of the year, with all night parties; and when the shop owners and restaurants literally don’t close. Stores that usually close at 10pm will be open till 6am and beer will be drunk and music will be heard in different public locations throughout the city. Even some museums and galleries stay open all night, so there are hundreds of things to do!
Haifa Wine Festival
The Haifa Wine Festival is the largest wine festival to take place in the north, featuring wine, champagne tastings, food stalls offering cheese and deli selections, as well as live music. The event will showcase some 30 local winemakers and serves to promote the local community and wine culture in northern Israel.
Memorial Day for Ethiopian Jews who Perished on their Way to Israel
Jewish Liberation from the Nazis
Iyar 26 marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Jews from concentration camps, ending the Nazi rule in Europe. This year in 2021, we celebrate the 76th anniversary when of this liberation, when allied and Soviet troops moved across Europe against Nazi Germany. These groups encountered the horrors of the Nazi regime in 1945 and soon after the world saw and understood the scope of what the prisoners endured.
Lag Ba'Omer Pilgrimage at Mount Meron
Lag BaOmer is a Jewish religious holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. According to kabbalistic tradition, this day marks the hillula of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar, a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. This association has spawned several well-known customs and practices on Lag BaOmer, including the lighting of bonfires, pilgrimages to the tomb of Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron, and various customs at the tomb itself. http://www.safed-home.com/lagbomersafed.html Image credit: Tomer hu, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
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 רבבה via Wikimedia
Mimouna in Ashdod
Celebrate the end of Passover with a traditional Mimouna party in Ashdod.
Purim Street Party
Purim is one of the most important Israeli holidays, celebrated all over the country with the biggest events taking place in Tel Aviv. The very nature of the holiday is religious, but these days religious traditions are successfully merged with all night clubbing and carnival atmosphere. The highlight of Purim celebration is the street party and festival with people celebrating all day and night long.
International Belly Dancing Festival
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.
Holiday of Holidays
The Holiday of Holidays Festival will run for its 27th year in Haifa, city of religions, cultures, food, and views. The festival is an initiative of Beit Ha’Gefen – Arab-Jewish Cultural Center, and the Haifa Municipality, which was founded in 1993 and takes place in Beit Ha’Gefen and Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony in Haifa. The aim of the festival is to promote and foster tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art. The festival presents art exhibitions, artist meetings, and various performances with an emphasis on cultural diversity in Haifa and Israel. The works are displayed both in the public space - the alleys of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood coming to the German Colony, Haifa, and in the Beit Hagefen Gallery and this year also on billboards throughout the Hadar neighborhood - a special exhibition by Haifa artists! This year we will celebrate together from 10-20 December – and due to this year’s unique circumstances we will have most of our events On Line. The Holiday of Holidays festival is the culmination of the year of activity at Beit Ha’Gefen, and is designed in the spirit of the values of Beit Ha’Gefen. Our activities are based on the belief that interpersonal acquaintance and encounter with another culture, its stories, cultural and spiritual assets, are important for breaking down barriers and building trust between different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in Haifa and Israel. Photo credit: Shaula Haitner Pikiwiki Israel
Virtual Israeli Cultural Evening and Chanukah Celebration
Although Chanukah begins Thursday the 10th, tonight the celebrations begin with a special cultural evening. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or even just New Year’s Eve, tonight we are embracing the Holy Land and celebrating the holiday season with a virtual visit to Israel. On December 9th, embrace the historic spirit of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv in a multi-faceted cultural Israeli evening. VIRTUAL HISTORIC TOUR OF CHANUKAH An expert tour guide will join us for a historical tour of the origins of Chanukah. The Festival of Lights this year begins on the evening of December 10 and runs through the evening of the 18th. This eight-day celebration commemorates the Dedication of the Temple after Judah the Maccabee and his comparatively tiny army led a revolt against the occupying Syrian-Greeks forces. Through images and discussion, we will revisit the times of the Maccabees and the miracle of the eight nights. We also get a special virtual tour of how the Jewish people celebrate the holiday in Israel and different parts of the world. ISRAELI COOKING DEMONSTRATION An Israeli chef will demonstrate how to make special dishes in time for the holidays. ISRAELI WINE VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION An Israeli wine expert will showcase some special brands, discuss their origins, the proper way to enjoy them, and will offer secrets on how to best get them. ISRAELI MUSICAL AND DANCE PRESENTATION: Get off your chairs and dance along to an Israeli musical presentation and dance presentation from native performers. (Pre Recorded from the Embassy of Israel). IMAGES FROM ISRAEL Discover the historical and artistic highlights of Israel– the more you see, the more you’ll seek! VIRTUAL TOUR OF BETHLEHEM: Our virtual guide will rejoin us for a tour of modern Bethlehem and show us the sites relevant to the upcoming Christmas celebration. CHANUKAH CELEBRATION We will finish the evening with some virtual games, traditions, and mingling.
Delicious Israel Cooking Classes
Let’s get cooking! From amba to zeitim (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.
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.
SAMPLE MENU ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM
Classic Shakshuka or Green Shakshuka
Whole-roasted Cauliflower and Israeli style salad
Sabich from Scratch
Turkish Style Malabi
A 1.5 hour session (can be upgraded) with your Delicious Israel Chef
Step-by-step guidance through preparing 1-3 Israeli dishes close to our hearts, and stomachs
Detailed instructions and preparation with guests
Recipe booklet for future use
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.
Ethiopian Sigd Festival
Sigd is a holiday commemorating the acceptance of the Torah by the Ethiopian Jewish community. It is celebrated each year on the 29th of Cheshvan, and is recognized as a national holiday in Israel. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Overlooking-the-Old-City-of-Jerusalem-Ethiopian-Jews-celebrate-Sigd-571303
Cave of Patriarch Worship
The Cave of the Patriarchs stands over the tomb which Abraham purchased, as recorded in the Book of Genesis. These caves are the burial plots of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Bible; Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, and Jacob & Leah.
Tel Aviv Shabbat Project
The Shabbat Project is an international movement that unites all Jews to keep one Shabbat together. The Tel Aviv branch is powered by White City Shabbat.
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. The Priestly Blessing or priestly benediction, also known in rabbinic literature as raising of the hands (Hebrew nesiat kapayim) or rising to the platform (Hebrew aliyah ledukhan) or dukhanen (Yiddish from the Hebrew word dukhan – platform – because the blessing is given from a raised rostrum) or duchanning, 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, Aaron blessed the people, and YHWH promises that "I will place my name on their hands" (the Kohanim's hands) "and bless them" (the Jews receiving the blessing). 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.
Israel Storytelling Festival
Since 1993, Givatayim holds one of the most attractive festivals – Israel Storytelling Festival. The festival was established and is managed by the writer and theater person Yossi Alfi. Every year in the intermediate days between the first and last days of Sukkot (Hol Hamoed), Yossi gathers the best story tellers to share their personal stories with the audience. In a continuity of meetings during seven days, numerous stories driven from the social and cultural day to day life in Israel are told.
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. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Celebrating-health-in-the-Presidents-sukkah-567741s.
Kaparot at Machane Yehuda
Kaparot 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 kashrut. The chicken itself is discreetly donated to a charitable cause, such as a yeshiva 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
Selichot 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
Karmiel Dance Festival
The Karmiel Dancing Festival is held held annually mid July/August where five hundred dancers from around the country come to perform in dozens of shows for thousands of visitors. This fiesta lasts for three days and nights and includes over 80 shows. The types of dancing include classic, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and ethnic. The festival starts with a colorful parade with 3000 dancers wearing fascinating dresses accompanied by authentic orchestras. Some competitions will take place: Choreographic competition, popular dancing competition and Jazz competition. The last two turned to tradition in the festival.
Ohr Torah Stone is holding a 24-hour long Zoom learning event for the holiday of Shavuot.
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.
Tel Aviv International Synagogue Shabbat
The Tel Aviv International Synagogue is a vibrant, full service Modern Orthodox, Tzohar synagogue in central Tel Aviv. TAIS offers innovative spiritual, cultural, social, and educational programs supervised by Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn. In this synagogue there its members are sure to feel the warm, accepting, and respectful environment. The synagogue is located in the historic Beit El Synagogue and is the spiritual home for thousands of Jews of all backgrounds, including tourists, Olim, and Israelis from over 30 countries around the world.
eatwith: YOUNG JEWISH SHABBAT DINNER IN TEL-AVIV
Come and be part of friends and family and enjoy a young, fun, yet traditional Jewish Shabbat dinner. All the ingredients the food is made of are bought from the Tel Aviv Port Farmers' Market, which are guaranteed to all be fresh and tasty. Of course, there will also be lots of laughter and conversation - oh and plenty wine to drink too!
White City Shabbat
Come find a Friday night dinner, or Saturday lunch every Shabbat. There are new choices to discover each week in the Tel Aviv area organized by White City Shabbat. Now is the time to relax!
Private Shabbat Dinner
For those who want to dig deeper into the history of Israel’s Jewish journey, Delicious Israel has the perfect Shabbat Celebration! This special event takes place on Friday nights in Tel Aviv within a local family's home. After the blessings over wine and challah, participants get the chance to dine from a creatively crafted menu that demonstrates Israel’s culinary gems.
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.
Jerusalem Chesed - Machlis Shabbat
Since 1979, Jerusalem Chesed – Machlis has hosted spiritually uplifting and meaningful Shabbat meals in the holy city of Jerusalem. These Shabbat 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 & soul – all in honor of the Holy Shabbat.
Yom Bimkom - "Switch Day"
“Switch Day” is a national initiative of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and the Rothschild Partnerships. On this day hundreds of people all over the country (in similar positions and jobs), who are from different “tribes,” switch with a partner from another "tribe" for the day. Come and get to know a neighbor's daily routines and challenges in a personal, "Israeli style," meeting.
International Museum Day in Israel
International Museum Day marks a day of many free museum visits. Please call the museums you plan to visit to verify this information before you go.
Abu Gosh Music Festival
The Abu-Gosh Festival is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene. The Festival has existed in its present layout since 1992, and it takes place twice a year – on Sukkot and Shavuot – lasting between three to five days each time. The Festival’s concerts are performed in two churches: the Crusader-Benedictine Church, built in the 12th century, situated in the heart of the village; and the Kiryat Ye’arim Church, situated at the top of the hill, overlooking Abu-Gosh. Twice a year, the village of Abu Gosh becomes a paradise for vocal music lovers, who come in their thousands from all over the country and turn Abu Gosh and its churches into a colorful vocal locale of festivities.
The International Online Bible Contest for Adults
SITES TO SEE
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TOURS OF Israel
Jerusalem Day Tour
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Haifa Street Food Tour
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Free Haifa Tour
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