Attractions / Events
Jerusalem is packed with world-renowned sites and attractions. But here are a few of
our “insider’s” attractions you may not have heard of:
Although you have probably have heard of the Chagall Windows, which makes them less of an “Insider’s” attraction, many don’t make the time to include them in their itinerary. It’s worth the effort, as the brilliant colors and whimsical designs capture the imagination.
“This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all peoples.” – Marc Chagall, 1962.
Sunday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: closed
Temple Mount Sifting Project
Touch history and get your hands dirty sifting through soil removed from the Temple Mount during construction by the Waqf from 1996-1999. You’ll be helping to look for archaeological remains (of which many have been found so far). A great activity for the whole family.
Participants should come with comfortable work clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty, since the work is outdoors and involves both water and mud. There is no age limit, but children must be at least 3 feet tall to participate. Best to book in advance.
Sun – Thur: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 8am – 1pm
Jerusalem Artists House
The Jerusalem Artists House is situated in a historic building that once housed The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, which was founded in 1906. Just a few minutes’ walk from Windows Of Jerusalem, the House is a center for varied art exhibitions of both Israeli and international artists. Makes for a quiet, cool and contemplative indoor stop on a hot day of touring.
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00–13:00, 16:00–19:00
Friday: 10:00–13:00 Saturday: 11:00–14:00
Lights In Jerusalem
See the Old City in a truly different light. Artistic, creative and at times startling uses of light, conjured up by artisans from around the world, will bathe the walls, doorways and sometimes entire edifices of the Old City as part of the Lights In Jerusalem festival. Runs each night from June 11-19, 2014. Free.
Tens of thousands have flocked to the Old City during the festival’s first three years. This year’s exhibition has expanded to include ten international artists’ displays. www.lights-in-jerusalem.com.
La Traviata at Masada
And while we’re at it, here’s another ancient site with a modern twist on art. Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” will be performed on perhaps its grandest stage ever — at the base of Masada. Masada is located within easy reach of Jerusalem by car or bus (about 90 minutes each way). Reviews of previous operas at Masada have called them “jaw-dropping” and “magical”. June 12-17, 2014.
Entering its fourth year in 2014, opera performances at Masada have been noted for their with cutting-edge 4-D video technology and expansive lighting. www.latraviata-at-masada.com
Bloomfield Science Museum
And to balance out the arts with some science, the Bloomfield Science Museum is an informal, hands-on museum/exhibition geared towards kids (of all ages). Play, interact and learn. Makes for a nice air-conditioned break from the mid-day sun. Current featured exhibits include: “Can A Computer Fall In Love?” and “Exploration of Illusions”.
Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 14:00
Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
With the walls of Old City as a backdrop and situated just outside the Jaffa Gate, Teddy Park includes Israel’s only sound and light water fountain. The water pulses and splashes for 10 minutes starting on the hour from 8am each day. The water-light-sound show is free and starts at 8pm and 9pm. The park honors the memory of Jerusalem’s legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek.
Zikit – Family Adventure Park
Newly opened Zikit calls itself a “family adventure park” and offers activities for all ages including challenge ropes course, pedal go-carts, laser tag and a gymboree for the youngest adventurers. Many more activities are scheduled to open during 2014. Located in Maale Adumim, it’s open Sunday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday 9:00am-1:00pm, and from one hour after the end of Shabbat until 11:00pm. For more details: www.zikit.net or call *2303.
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, on the site of the city’s first train station built 120 years ago, First Station is a hub for entertainment, activities and, of course, food. Open seven days a week, there’s something going on at all hours including a “culinary bazaar”, once-a-week Tai Chi, Pilates and Zumba classes, a hula hoops workshop, and gigantic soap-bubble blowing for kids (of all ages). www.firststation.co.il
Night Spectacular – Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David
The Old City’s Tower of David Citadel courtyard is the venue for a visually stunning and creative celebration of Jerusalem’s history. The Night Spectacular, a 45-minute show, uses trompe l’oeil technology in which the storied stones and structures of the courtyard’s walls dissolve into scenes of additional stories from Jerusalem’s past. Accompanied by original music, the show envelops its viewers.
Just a 15-minute walk from our Windows of Jerusalem tower. Or take the light rail with a stop just steps from our door.
Audio Walking Guides of the Old City (Android Devices) – Free
A series of 15 guided tours is available for Android devices with this free app. Wend your way through the winding alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City and learn about many of the important historical landmarks including the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, synagogues, mosques, the colorful marketplaces and more.
The Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City is just a 15-minute walk from our Windows of Jerusalem tower. Or take the light rail with a stop just steps from our door.
Free Chamber Music at the Jerusalem Theater
The Jerusalem Theater hosts live chamber music on most Monday evenings at 5:00pm, and it’s free. All the great masters are featured. The perfect way to relax and wind down after a full-on day of touring. It’s best to call beforehand to verify, especially during holiday seasons.
For more info call The Jerusalem Theater: +972-2-560-5755