Tour Is­rael

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • MEITAL SHARABI (Nof Tzukim)

Rosh Hashanah is upon us, and there are so many places around the coun­try to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties and events in honor of the Jewish New Year.

CHAGAI HACHAKLAI

The pub­lic is in­vited to par­take in the tra­di­tional olive har­vest, make wishes at the wish­ing tree, visit the pet­ting zoo, cre­ate a grass head and bake pitot on a tabun. Chagai Hachaklai loves to welcome kids and ex­plain all about the changes of the sea­sons and ev­ery­thing in­volved in grow­ing and har­vest­ing olives. Chagai loves to sing as he’s pick­ing olives by hand, and all the chil­dren are in­vited to join him as he shows them how to cut the olives open and then put them in jars with spices. Af­ter­wards, any kids who want to can feed the sheep.

Date: Septem­ber 28, 10 a.m. to noon

Price: Adults NIS 10, chil­dren NIS 39 De­tails: hachava.org.il/olives.html

Lo­ca­tion: Rosh Tzi­por Com­plex, Ganei Ye­hoshua

CO­RAL WORLD

If you hap­pen to be spend­ing the Jewish New Year in Ei­lat, you’ll be happy to hear that the Co­ral World Un­der­wa­ter Ob­ser­va­tory has opened a new 3-D au­dio-vis­ual ex­hibit in which you can ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to live in the deep­est parts of the ocean. You’ll see aquatic an­i­mals that live down there where tem­per­a­tures fall to ex­tremely low lev­els, and where the sun­light doesn’t reach. Some of the an­i­mals you might see are glass squids, sting­ing arm­less jel­ly­fish and eels whose mouths turn into a sack.

Lo­ca­tion: Co­ral Beach, Ei­lat

Price: NIS 79 to 99

KITE FLY­ING AT TEL MARESHA

The Na­ture and Parks Au­thor­ity is plan­ning lots of fun ac­tiv­i­ties in sites across the coun­try to cel­e­brate Rosh Hashanah. One of the au­thor­ity’s most ex­cit­ing events is the fly­ing of col­or­ful Kites of Hope at Tel Maresha, lo­cated in Beit Gu­vrin Na­tional Park. Visi­tors are welcome to bring their own kites or to pur­chase one on-site. There will be also be guided tours of the park, dur­ing which par­tic­i­pants will be able to look at spec­tac­u­lar views of the sur­round­ing re­gion.

Lo­ca­tion: Beit Gu­vrin Na­tional Park Date: Oc­to­ber 1, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m./

Price: Free with pur­chase of en­trance ticket

MILK AND HONEY

The Is­rael Honey Coun­cil is once again hold­ing its an­nual honey fes­ti­val. Timed to take place just be­fore Rosh Hashanah so that we can start the New Year with a jar of sweet good­ness on the hol­i­day ta­ble, visi­tors are welcome to come learn about all the stages of honey pro­duc­tion. Chil­dren and adults will learn from bee­keep­ers how bees col­lect nec­tar, store it in their nec­tar sacs and then de­posit the nec­tar in the hive.

Guests can catch a glimpse of the en­tire world of honey-mak­ing by look­ing at a hive that formed on a glass wall, where you can see the bees mov­ing from one sec­tion to an­other. There will also be a short film, as well as work­shops for kids us­ing beeswax and other bee­hive byprod­ucts. At Shad­mot Dvora, guests can watch Boaz the Bee­keeper present the first com­pletely real bee­hive built from thou­sands of Lego pieces. Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, guests can join an ef­fort to build an­other Lego bee­hive.

De­tails: honey.org.il

DESERT ES­CAPE ROOM

At Tzukim, a com­mu­nity in the Arava, there will be lots of spe­cial Rosh Hashanah at­trac­tions. One of the most pop­u­lar ones is an out­door es­cape room, where par­tic­i­pants drive in their own car and use their nav­i­ga­tion and map-read­ing skills. At each sta­tion, par­tic­i­pants will have to solve a rid­dle or carry out a task. This is a great way to show off your knowl­edge of desert fauna and flora. The game lasts about two hours. Price: NIS 50 per per­son

De­tails: goar­ava.co.il

MOUNT TAVOR

The So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Na­ture will be lead­ing a won­der­ful Rosh Hashanah tour for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren on Mount Tavor, one of the high­est moun­tains in the Lower Galilee. Dur­ing the tour, par­tic­i­pants will reach look­out points with in­cred­i­ble 360° views of the val­ley below, and the knowl­edge­able guide will tell fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries and his­tor­i­cal anec­dotes about the re­gion, which has been in­hab­ited by Chris­tian, Mus­lim and Jewish peo­ple through­out the cen­turies. Guid­ing by SPNI Galilee train­ing cen­ter.

Date: Septem­ber 30, 9 a.m. to noon De­tails:teva.org.il/?Cat­e­go­ryID=1677&Ar­ti­cleID=3406

EIN HARDALIT

If you’re look­ing for a three-hour fam­ily-friendly wa­ter hike where you can even bring your dog along, then I rec­om­mend join­ing Travel Ho­tels and li­censed tour guide Yo­tam Edel­man at Shlomi, where par­tic­i­pants will set out in a car­a­van of cars to visit the nearby Ein Hardalit spring.

Date: Septem­ber 28, 10:30 a.m.

Price: NIS 50 per car

Meet­ing point: Menta Gas Sta­tion in Shlomi De­tails: 077-996-4420 Trans­lated by Han­nah Hochner.

(Yael Zil­ber­stein-Barzida)

TOUR TAVOR.

SHOW OFF your knowl­edge of desert flora and fauna.

(Dvo­rat Hata­vor)

EN­TER THE world of honey-mak­ing.

(Dafna Avra­ham)

CHIL­DREN ARE in­vited to join Chagai in pick­ing olives by hand.

(Re­bikoff Foun­da­tion)

WHAT’S IT like to live in the deep­est part of the ocean?

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