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.
Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The word Shavuot means "weeks", and it marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. Its date is directly linked to that of Passover; the Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot, they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. One of the biblically ordained Three Pilgrimage Festivals, Shavuot is traditionally celebrated in the Land of Israel for one day and for two days in the Diaspora. While there is more awareness of the festival in Israel among secular Jews, generally Shavuot is widely ignored by non-practicing Jews. The practice of staying up all Shavuot night to study Torah – known as Tiqun Leyl Shavuot – is linked to a Midrash which relates that the night before the Torah was given, the Israelites retired early to be well-rested for the momentous day ahead. They overslept and Moses had to wake them up because God was already waiting on the mountaintop. To rectify this perceived flaw in the national character, many religious Jews stay up all night to learn Torah. Any subject may be studied on Shavuot night, although Talmud, Mishnah, and Torah typically top the list. People may learn alone or with a chavruta (study partner), or attend late-night shiurim (lectures) and study groups. In keeping with the custom of engaging in all-night Torah study, leading 16th century kabbalist Isaac Luria arranged a recital consisting of excerpts from the beginning and end of each of the 24 books of Tanakh (including the reading in full of several key sections such as the account of the days of creation, the Exodus, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Shema) and the 63 tractates of Mishnah, followed by the reading of Sefer Yetzirah, the 613 commandments as enumerated by Maimonides, and excerpts from the Zohar, with opening and concluding prayers. The whole reading is divided into thirteen parts, after each of which a Kaddish d-Rabbanan is recited when the Tiqun is studied with a minyan. Today, this service is held in many communities, with the notable exception of Spanish and Portuguese Jews. The service is printed in a book called Tiqun Leyl Shavuot. There exist similar books for the vigils before the seventh day of Pesach and Hosha'ana Rabbah.
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
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
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.
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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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The International Online Bible Contest for Adults
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