Plenty of Passover

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - TOUR ISRAEL - • MEITAL SHARABI

The end of Passover is just around the corner. Like most Is­raelis, you’ve prob­a­bly spent most of the week run­ning from one at­trac­tion to an­other and get­ting to­gether with lots of friends. In case you didn’t get to do as much as you planned, there are still a cou­ple of days left to en­joy the hol­i­day and plenty of mar­velous pro­grams on of­fer this year. Here is a list of some of the best op­tions.


Af­ter a long win­ter full of rain, the many streams in north­ern Is­rael are gush­ing with water, and kayak­ing sea­son has of­fi­cially be­gun. Kfar Blum Kayaks has of­fi­cially opened its doors to vis­i­tors, who’ve been wait­ing all win­ter to float down the Jor­dan River, and two-per­son and fam­ily boats are avail­able for rent. In ad­di­tion, you can en­joy a few hours at the Top-rope Ad­ven­ture Park on site, where you can try out the zip line, climb­ing wall, archery and multi-sen­sory cinema.

If you’re a camp­ing en­thu­si­ast, you’ll be happy to know that the Blum Vil­lage camp­ing site will be open for the last weekend of the hol­i­day. Guests can rent air-con­di­tioned tents or bring their own tents.

Price: Per per­son on a fam­ily boat, NIS 100

Date: Hol Hamoed 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lo­ca­tion: Kfar Blum Kayaks, Up­per Galilee


Al­though the win­ter is over, this is still a great time to visit the ski site on Mount Hermon. You can en­joy the last few rem­nants of snow left over from the last snow storm and ride up on the ski lift or take a turn on the ex­treme sleds. You can also take your chances on the Sky Rider Roller­coaster or slide down the moun­tain on inner tubes. In ad­di­tion, there will be a spe­cial Passover Find the Afiko­man in the Snow ac­tiv­ity in honor of the hol­i­day and a Trea­sure Hunt in the snow on the up­per level.

Price: En­trance to site is free of charge. Rides re­quire a fee.

Date: April 26 & 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lo­ca­tion: Hermon Ski Site

De­tails: 1-599-550-560


The Friends of Zion Mu­seum will be com­mem­o­rat­ing Passover with a spe­cial hol­i­day ex­po­si­tion with 14 dis­plays for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing ex­hibits of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies that touch on the mo­tifs of the Passover hol­i­day, such as the ex­o­dus from Egypt, the Ten Plagues, the Four Cups, and matzah. Vis­i­tors can join a 60-minute guided tour that will take you through­out the mu­seum, or lis­ten to a self-guided tour in 16 lan­guages.

Price (un­til April 27): Fam­ily ticket (2 adults + 3 kids), NIS 100

Lo­ca­tion: 20 Yosef Rivlin Street, Jerusalem


At Moshav Talmei Yosef, vis­i­tors can join the Salad Trail Tour of the Be­sor re­gion led by agron­o­mist Uri Alon, dur­ing which you’ll pass through the veg­etable fields (you’re al­lowed to pick any­thing you want to snack on along the way). The tour will also take you through the green­house, where you can taste the mini cu­cum­bers and toma­toes in a va­ri­ety of col­ors. Next are the straw­ber­ries that are grown above the ground, as well as potatoes, herbs and car­rots. Then you can get lost in the pas­sion fruit maze and take part in a spe­cial Passover quiz in the Seven Species Garden.

Price: English tour: NIS 55; He­brew tour, NIS 50

Date: April 26 & 27 at 10:30 a.m. Tours are 3 hours long


Many Is­raelis love to spend the hol­i­day in Ei­lat, so if you hap­pen to be there, you’ll surely en­joy tak­ing part in one of the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Na­ture in Is­rael (SPNI)’s most pop­u­lar events. This is a great op­por­tu­nity to catch a glimpse of the trop­i­cal world of coral and fish up close. There will be snor­kel­ing, lec­tures and a screen­ing of na­ture films about sea crea­tures.

Price: En­trance fee cov­ers all ac­tiv­i­ties

Date: Un­til April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lo­ca­tion: Coral Beach Na­ture Reserve

De­tails: (08) 632-6422


Moshav Shad­mot Devora is invit­ing the pub­lic to take part in a tour for the whole fam­ily at Devorat Hatavor, dur­ing which you’ll dis­cover the deep­est se­crets of the an­cient Egyp­tians and hear about the virtues of bees and what role they played in the preser­va­tion of mum­mies. Dur­ing the tour, you’ll see up close how one col­lects propo­lis (bee glue) from the bee­hive with­out get­ting stung. The chil­dren will then be in­vited to pre­pare spe­cial choco­late-honey matzah and an au­then­tic Egyp­tian pa­pyrus.

Price: NIS 42-52

Date: Tours will take place un­til April 27 at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion re­quired: (04) 676-9598, 050-563-7645

Lo­ca­tion: Devorat Hatavor, Moshav Shad­mot Devora


The whole fam­ily will have fun at Ktofoti, an agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cated in the fields of a Tem­plar colony in Beth­le­hem. You can pick as much fresh pro­duce as you want (you pay per bas­ket) among the rows of herbs and vegeta­bles, in­clud­ing potatoes, gar­lic, onion, car­rot, cab­bage, cau­li­flower, broccoli and snow peas. After­ward, the kids can make a flow­er­pot and a scarecrow and feed the goats.

Price: En­trance, NIS 45; bas­kets, NIS 20-30

Date: Un­til April 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last en­try 2:30 p.m.)


SPNI is con­duct­ing a spe­cial lit­er­ary tour of the streets of Tel Aviv that will delve into the po­etry of Avraham Shlonsky and Avraham Halfi. Dr. Mimi Haskin, head of the lit­er­a­ture department at Kib­butzim Col­lege, will talk about the two po­ets, who, al­though they were friends and neigh­bors, had ex­tremely dif­fer­ent styles. Shlonsky showed great lead­er­ship strength, whereas Halfi was ex­tremely shy.

Price: NIS 75-90

Date: April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

De­tails: (03) 638-8688


Any trip out into na­ture is more fun when you add to it an ex­cit­ing Dig­i­tal Trea­sure Hunt. At three Keren Kayemeth LeIs­rael-Jewish Na­tional Fund forests (Biriya, Ben-She­men and Sharsh­eret), kids who hate sep­a­rat­ing from their elec­tronic de­vices even for a few min­utes will be thrilled to nav­i­gate through na­ture us­ing the Totem Time app. They’ll learn how to nav­i­gate be­tween each sta­tion us­ing the map and come away from the day with lots of new in­for­ma­tion about na­ture and Is­rael’s forests.

Price: Free en­trance

Date: Un­til April 27

Lo­ca­tion: Biriya, Ben-She­men, and Sharsh­eret forests


An­other great place to visit on your last few days of the hol­i­day is the Is­raeli her­itage site at Ein Keshatot, where you’ll see an an­cient syn­a­gogue that’s over 1,500 years old as well as aban­doned Syrian houses that were built on top of the ru­ins of a Jewish vil­lage. There are also a num­ber of flow­ing springs. If you’re in­ter­ested, you can join a 60-minute guided walk­ing tour of the site (does not re­quire dif­fi­cult hik­ing, but is not ac­ces­si­ble for strollers). In ad­di­tion, you can par­tic­i­pate in an arts and craft work­shop (for a fee) or try your hand at digging in an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion run by the An­tiq­ui­ties Author­ity (free).

Price: En­trance in­clud­ing tour, NIS 15-25; work­shop, NIS 15

Date: Fri­day, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Satur­day, April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

De­tails: www.einke­sha­

(Yossi Aloni)

(Yossi Aloni)

(Dvir Lehrer)

(Oren Co­hen)

(Noga Weiss)

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