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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 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.

SAMPLE MENU ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM

  • Classic Shakshuka or Green Shakshuka

  • Whole-roasted Cauliflower and Israeli style salad

  • Sabich from Scratch

  • Chicken Shawarma

  • Turkish Style Malabi

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 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.   https://www.itraveljerusalem.com/evt/jewish-film-festival/


Birkat HaKohanim

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

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 יעקב via Wikimedia

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Did you know that Jewish festivals, exhibits, culinary events, and holiday celebrations are taking place every month in cities around the world?

Our new account @world_jewish_events will help you stay up-to-date and find Jewish cultural events happening during your trip abroad and right in your hometown! 🎉
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A delightful skewer with grilled asparagus from the Local Italian restaurant in the Tel Aviv Port. This restaurant has undergone all sorts of changes, but is now flourishing under the command of Philx Rosenthal.

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