Beit Hanassi 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Once a year, the residence of the president of Israel can be visited by Israelis
and tourists alike without the need for an appointment or an official
It has been a long-held tradition for the presidents of
Israel to open the residence to the wider public during one of the intermediate
days of the Succot festival.
In previous years, the residence was open
both in the morning and the afternoon to accommodate the huge crowds, but during
the tenure of President Shimon Peres, the time frame has been reduced to the
morning only, while the volume of exhibits and the number of activities has been
This year, the president will open the residence on Monday,
October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The focus of the day will be the quality
of the environment.
Exhibits inside the residence and in the grounds will
highlight Israel’s achievements in the fields of agriculture, science,
technology and welfare. A photo exhibit will show the president with some of the
international dignitaries he has received at the residence.
also be a variety of activities for both parents and children.
who have only read about alternative energy, or have heard about it on radio or
television, will be able to see for themselves what it’s all about. They will
also get a glimpse of Israel’s latest agricultural developments, and in the
realm of science, will be able to view the 10-meter-high Shavit satellite
Dancers, singers and musicians will be performing throughout
the morning to keep visitors entertained.
For security reasons, anyone
planning to attend should make sure in advance that they are carrying an ID card
or passport. Visitors are also asked to refrain from carrying weapons, large
bags or parcels. It is advisable to arrive early as queues are usually long and
the security process can be very time consuming.
Entrance to the compound
is through the main gate.