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Top 5: Tu Bishvat activities in Jerusalem
By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
There are so many excellent ways to celebrate – from planting a tree to enjoying a gourmet holiday-inspired meal.
Tree planting at the Biblical Zoo
afternoon at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo in Malha is an easy and enjoyable way to
get a little closer to nature in Jerusalem. This year the Zoo is celebrating
Tu Bishvat a few days after the actual holiday with a tree planting party for the
The planting will take place at the Zoo's wolf
exhibit, which is anticipated to open this coming spring. The event includes an
arts and crafts workshop using materials from nature, as well as other workshops
and snacks.Situated on beautiful, tranquil grounds, the Biblical Zoo makes a
great day out for those who enjoy animals (many endangered species), beautiful
flowers and trees.
Address: 1 Derech Aharon Sholov, Jerusalem
Date: February 1
Tu Bishvat at Inbal
Celebrate Tu Bishvat through the palate and indulge in a festive
meal at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel's Sofia Restaurant. The Hotel is offering an
indulgent holiday-themed meal that was put together especially by the Hotel's
head chef Moti Buchbut.
The special menu will include chocolate
balls filled with crème brulee, macaroons and dried fruit with pear cubes, and
lots more. The Tu Bishvat-inspired menu will be available until the end of
Address: 3 Jabotinsky Street, Talbiyeh
Phone: (02) 675-6666
When: Until January 31
A unique way to celebrate Tu Bishvat is with
a visit to the herd of deer that have made their home in the middle of Jerusalem,
surrounded by major roads on all sides.
You can experience this
special and extraordinary phenomenon by taking a walk and tour through the area
with the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and the Society for Protection of Nature in
Israel (SPNI). The sweet gazelle can be accessed at the major intersection of
Herzog and Tzomet Pat Road. Tours are by advance reservation.
Corner Herzog and Tzomet Pat Road
Phone: (02) 653-7374; 052-386-9488
When: January 24 (2p.m. – 4:30p.m.) and January 25 (11:30 a.m. –
Tu Bishvat elections at Botanical Gardens
In honor of the recent elections
and the holiday of Tu Bishvat, the Botanical Gardens are holding elections where
visitors get to vote for their tree of choice. One day of voting already took
place on Election Day but more fun and festivities will take place this Shabbat.
The winner of the democratic elections will be published on the Botanical
Gardens Facebook page after polls have closed.All activities are included in the
regular entrance fee.
Situated on the southern edge of Hebrew
University’s Givat Ram campus, the Botanical Gardens offer a spectacular, vast
expanse of greenery with plant life from each continent of the world.
Yehuda Burla Street
Phone: (02) 679-4012
Tree planting with the JNF
thousands of school children, families and other groups who make their way to
forests and woodlands around this time to plant saplings to mark the festival of
One of the most traditional ways to
celebrate this holiday in Israel is planting trees with the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael
Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). It is a simple way to connect to the environment
and makes for a pleasant day out. Tree planting and related events are taking
place all over Jerusalem and Israel, so make sure to call to find out more about
what's happening near to you.
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