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Many of us have en­joyed al­most a full week of in­ter­est­ing and fun Sukkot ac­tiv­i­ties, but be­lieve it or not, there are still plenty of worth­while events tak­ing place out in na­ture this week­end. Here are a few of the best.


At Moshav Nir Moshe’s Spice Route, you can spend the whole day try­ing to find your way through Miriam’s Maze, where kids will en­joy dis­cov­er­ing the hid­den lulav, et­rog, hadas­sim and ar­avot. Over the week­end be­fore Simhat To­rah, ev­ery­one is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the Four Species Tour, which is full of unique scents, tastes and col­ors. Do you think you know your spices? Now’s the time to dis­cover what each spice looks like while it’s still grow­ing in the ground. There will be work­shops to pre­pare lit­tle pack­ets of spices and herbs, and lots of sto­ries about the hol­i­days. Lo­ca­tion: Miriam’s Maze, Moshav Nir Moshe, Plot 26.

Dates: Oc­to­ber 18-20. Tours will take place at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will also be a night tour (don’t for­get your flash­lights).

Price: NIS 32 from age 4.

De­tails: 077-729-5715


The staff at Park Neot Ke­du­mim can’t wait for you to come see their in­cred­i­ble sukkah ex­hi­bi­tion, which is def­i­nitely the most unique col­lec­tion of Sukkot in the whole world. At the Bib­li­cal Ex­pe­ri­ence at Neot Ke­du­mim, you can view all 20 sukkot, each one more in­ter­est­ing than the next. For ex­am­ple, there’s a sukkah in a tree, a round sukkah, a sukkah on top of an­other sukkah, a tiny sukkah the size of a dog­house, and a sukkah on a boat, just to name a few.

As your guide leads you on a walk to the sukkot, you’ll learn all about the hol­i­day, the au­tum­nal har­vest sea­son, how Jews used to pre­serve food in an­cient times, and the weight mea­sure­ments they used.

There will also be spe­cial per­for­mances and art projects for the kids.

Lo­ca­tion: Park Neot Ke­du­mim, near Ben-She­men For­est.

Date: Oc­to­ber 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Price: NIS 45 from age 3.

De­tails: (08) 977-0770,


At the Tz­a­ban Farm on Moshav Tal Sha­har, you’ll find Iza Pziza, a small fam­ily goat cheese dairy where ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can learn where milk comes from. In­side the sukkah, you can learn from Dror Tz­a­ban why he ar­rived home one day with 25 kid goats, how peo­ple dis­cov­ered that you can make cheese from milk, and if it’s re­ally true that brown goats make choco­late milk.

There will be work­shops, short films about the dairy farm, milk pro­duc­tion and the Tz­a­ban fam­ily’s his­tory. Guests will also learn how to make Cherkesi cheese and will get to take home one liter of which­ever cheese you make. You can take a tour of the goat pen, go in­side the pet­ting zoo and even feed the goats.

Dates: Oc­to­ber 20 & 22. Work­shops will take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. (pre­reg­is­tra­tion re­quired) and last 90-120 min­utes.

Price: NIS 36 per per­son + NIS 40 for each cheese.

Reg­is­tra­tion: (08) 610-2876, www.iza­pz­


Alon Ha­galil’s Yiftah’el Win­ery in­vites the pub­lic to come share in its an­nual fall Sukkot grape har­vest. Par­tic­i­pants will learn all the stages of wine-mak­ing from pick­ing the grapes un­til the wine gets bot­tled. Guests get to pick grapes and then out in the shade of the eu­ca­lyp­tus trees make a bot­tle of sweet grape juice by squeez­ing the juice from the grapes, fil­ter­ing it and then pour­ing it into a small bot­tle and adding a cork and a per­son­al­ized la­bel.

Af­ter­wards, in­side the vis­i­tor cen­ter, guests can watch a short film and then kids get to play in the gym­boree, while the adults go in­side for a wine tast­ing and to nib­ble on the de­lec­ta­ble cheeses and honey made on a lo­cal dairy farm.

Dates: Oc­to­ber 18-21 or un­til grapes are all picked (best to call ahead), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Price: NIS 45 (chap­er­one NIS 30). Cheese, cof­fee and drinks are ex­tra. De­tails: 052-464-1849, 052-464-1850


Yossi Ben-Udys, the owner of Ha­trak­lin Bistro and Mas­ter Mar­ket, will be of­fer­ing fes­tive Seven Species tours of the Carmel Mar­ket through­out Sukkot. Guests will visit a num­ber of stalls in the mar­ket where they will stop and taste sam­ples of the Seven Species. Dur­ing the two and a half hour tour, par­tic­i­pants will taste bou­tique beers (wheat and bar­ley), Is­raeli wine (grapes), stop at a stall sell­ing fra­grant spices, learn all about figs, drink a pome­gran­ate shake, taste some of the best hum­mus and mal­abi for dessert made from honey and dates.

Dates: Un­til Oc­to­ber 30.

Price: NIS 250. Reg­is­tra­tion: www.face­­mar­ket/


Sukkot, which is also known as the Har­vest Fes­ti­val, takes place in the fall when the weather is fi­nally cool­ing off. The Hatseva Field School in the Arava has planned a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and hikes in the desert, such as to Na­hal Gidron, which is ap­pro­pri­ate for fam­i­lies with small kids. Par­tic­i­pants will learn all about the an­i­mals that live out in the desert, as well as the unique veg­e­ta­tion that grows there. Best to wear closed shoes and bring hats and wa­ter for hike.

Lo­ca­tion: Hatseva Field School.

Length: 2.5 hours.

Dates: Oc­to­ber 19 & 21, 9 a.m.

Price: Chil­dren 3-14 NIS 40; adults NIS 30.

De­tails: (08) 658-1546/576


The last week­end of Hol Hamoed is the per­fect time to en­joy a trip out into na­ture. The Yarkon River area in cen­tral Is­rael, known as the “Green lung of Gush Dan” is home to a num­ber of won­der­ful na­ture re­serves. One of them is Hanofarim Pool, which is lo­cated near the Yarkon Springs. The 100-meter long pool is sur­rounded by lush green­ery, reeds and wil­low trees. There are lots of beau­ti­ful yel­low wa­terlilies grow­ing in the pool.

Di­rec­tions: Drive on Road 483 to­ward Tel Afek Na­tional Park. Pass by the en­trance to the park and con­tinue driv­ing on the dirt road. Park in the park­ing area next to the fence. It’s a 600-meter walk to the pool from there.

Price: En­trance is free.

(Itai Beli­son)

(Miriam’s Maze)

(Adva Ofir)

(Ja­cob Skol­nik)

(Maya Mimuni)

(Shay Ben Efraim)

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