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Top 5: Indoor activities for rainy Jerusalem day
By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
The capital has myriads of indoor options for those looking to escape the cold and wet as well as enjoy an enriching few hours.
Jerusalem House of Quality
to creating and showcasing original art, the Jerusalem House of Quality
Center is home to nearly two dozen artists in a variety of disciplines –
Judaica, ceramics, mosaics, copper, foil, enamel, jewelry, wood and
The public can watch the artists at work, browse
exhibitions, or take part in fascinating workshops, conferences and
lectures, as well as cultural and musical events. The building features a
courtyard in the style of an Arab khan (traveler's inn), an Armenian
ceramics room, and a copy of a 2,700-year-old silver scroll that was
found nearby containing a Priestly Blessing in ancient Hebrew script.
Visitors will also enjoy the Center's captivating views of the Old City walls. Tours are by advance booking only.
Address: 12 Derech Hebron, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 671-7430
The Jerusalem Cinematheque
better to take refuge during a downpour than in the cinema, and there
is no better choice in Jerusalem than the Cinematheque overlooking the
Old City walls. The Cinematheque screens the very best selection of
classical and modern, known and rare, world and local cinema to a
The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival is
currently underway and features a variety of films, from Israel and
abroad, that explore themes of Jewish faith and practice, history,
culture, music, the Holocaust, contemporary life in Israel and the
Jewish Diaspora, as well as the relationship between Judaism and other
world religions and the role of Jewish identity in the State of Israel.
Opera lovers won't want to miss the HD screenings of the Met Opera
Address: 11 Derech Hebron, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 565-4333
The Jerusalem Music Center (JMC)
There is something decadent and romantic about the notion of enjoying a fine classical music performance on a rainy day.
The Jerusalem Music Center in Mishkenot Sha'ananim
is known as a leading venue with top-notch concerts, many of which
feature young musicians that the Center helps nurture as well as some of
the leading classical musicians in the world. The JMC has been around
for nearly 40 years and is dedicated to promoting co-operation through
Address: Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Yemin Moshe
Phone: (02) 623-4347
The Time Elevator (Voyage Terminal)
you're looking for a condensed journey through Jerusalem's rich 3,000
years of history, you may want to take a rather bumpy ride on the Time Elevator.
Narrated by tour-guide Shalem (Chaim Topol of 'Fiddler on the Roof'
fame), the elevator journey begins deep underground in ancient Jerusalem
and slowly climbs through history.
You’ll encounter King David;
King Solomon’s First Temple and its destruction; the fearsome Saladin
as he fends off the Crusader invasion of the Holy Land; and a
magnificent aerial view of the modern city. For those who prefer a
milder experience, the seats that move are adjustable and there are a
few stationary seats too.
Address: 37 Hillel Street, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 624-8381
The Bloomfield Science Museum
The Science Museum
is fun for people of all ages with its many interactive and zany
exhibits and experiments that simply beg you to touch, play and get
involved. You may want to try your hand at writing with colored beams of
light, learn more about Israeli innovations or explore what it means to
be human in the digital age.
tours take place at the Museum on a daily basis, as well as
demonstrations and crafts workshops for young children, who get to build
items to take home as a souvenir. On Saturdays, holidays, and during
vacations, there are often interactive performances involving the
audience and suited to the entire family.
Address: Museum Row, Givat Ram
Phone: (02) 654-4888
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