BATTLE OF A LIFETIME
The film Woman in Gold is a British-American drama based on the true story of Maria Altmann, a Holocaust survivor who goes on a journey to retrieve a work of art that she believes belonged to her family before World War II. Together with her young lawyer, E. Randol Shoenberg, they embark on a long legal battle against the government of Austria. With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds.
In April, the Israeli Opera presents Verdi’s opera Nabucco, conducted by Daniel Oren. It tells the story of the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and the Jews’ attempts to prevent it. Directed by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic and general manager of the Royal Opera of Wallonia, Liege.
Tuesday and Wednesday (last concert on April 25) at 8 p.m. at the Opera House in Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 692-7777.
3 THE LEGACY OF BERTINI
Honoring a decade since the death of legendary conductor Gary Bertini, The Gary Bertini Israeli Choir will tour Israel with a series of concerts, presenting a cappella and diverse orchestral programs with guest choirs, soloists and conductors. The Jerusalem Theater concert features The Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra with conductors Ronen Borshevsky and Stanley Sperber, hosted by Danny Or Stav.
Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theater. For tickets, call (02) 560-5755; *3221.
4 YIDDISH REVIVAL
The International Yiddish Music Festival will be hosted for the first time in Israel.
Singers and ensembles from all over the world will present Yiddish songs, honoring the language and its culture. Participants include Polish pop star Kayah; Norwegian vocalist Bente Kahan; Scandinavian world music ensembles Louisa Lyne and Di Yiddishe Kapelye; the Barak Marshall–Wonderland modern dance group; and jazz singer Faustina Abad in a tribute to her grandfather.
Saturday through Monday at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 510-5656.
5 ART ADOLESCENT ALTRUISM
Different Together is an American artistic educational project aimed at inculcating values of equality, tolerance, recognition of the other and coexistence. Twenty schools in Tel Aviv and its surroundings participated in the project, submitting hundreds of artworks by elementary and high-school students. Selected by a panel of judges, the best works were enlarged to billboard size and will be presented at an outdoor exhibition in Jaffa Port, as well as the Ruth Daniel Residence in Jaffa.
Until April 11. For more information, call (03) 544-2740; www.beit-daniel.org.il.
HOW TO LAUGH
During Passover the Israel Children’s Museum in Holon will offer, in addition to its tours and exhibitions, a creative workshop in the spirit of the Haggada in the interactive exhibition “What’s Funny.”
The focal point will be humor. Visitors will discover how humor comes to fruition in diverse art forms: the plastic arts, theater, comics, multimedia, cinema and music.
For ages four to eight (must be accompanied by an adult).
April 2 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Israel Children’s Museum, Holon. For more information, call (03) 650-3000.
7 GOING EXTREME
The launching of the largest Israeli extreme park will take place just before Passover, after an investment of NIS 22 million. Park Extreme includes the biggest climbing wall in the Middle East, with thousands of meters of artificial walls; the highest bungee jump in Israel; air surfing on ziplines; a site of hanging bridges; and many more facilities that challenge gravity.
Suitable for the whole family.
Open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Extreme Park, Shlom Hagalil St., Acre.
8 RIDDLES FROM THE PAST
The Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City provides an opportunity to experience the holy and historical sites of the First and Second Temples until today.
The Archeological Garden invites families to meet characters from the past, who will provide clues to what happened and what needs to happen to solve the riddle.
Visitors will be given a huge map and will walk through the garden, ascend the steps of the Temple, descend into ancient ritual baths and witness more exciting excavations.
Sunday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Archeological Garden, Jerusalem (near the Western Wall). For more information, call *4987.
9 MIXED BAG
The 11th annual Poalim for Culture, Nature and Beauty project, sponsored by Bank Hapoalim, has become a Passover tradition, where hundreds of thousands of families enjoy free visits to museums and diverse sites across the country. The locations combine present Israeli culture and the history of the nation and land, allowing visitors to enjoy the holiday while enriching their knowledge of the beauty and culture of Israel. Sites included are the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Haifa Zoo, Jerusalem’s Botanical Gardens, the Begin Heritage Center and the Eilat Museum.
April 5 to 9 at numerous locations. For a list of sites and times: www.bankhapoalim.co.il.
10 HOLIDAY SCIENCE
Passover at the Madatech will offer diverse activities, such as a workshop at a 3D printer lab for printing pyramids with the participants’ names and experiencing the new technology; a day camp with a focus on food and science for ages seven to 10; lectures about “delusional sight” – the different between the real world, which isn’t always true to our deceiving eyes; various creative workshops; and the last opportunity to see the international exhibition “Ships and the Sea,” which displays 30 interactive sea exhibits.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space in Haifa. For more information, call (04) 861-4444.