Open season

Open Holidays celebrates Jerusalem’s diversity through its many holiday activities.

December 7, 2017 21:39
 different traditions: Open Holidays co-founders (from left) Inbal Halperin, Nir Cohen an

Experiencing different traditions: Open Holidays co-founders (from left) Inbal Halperin, Nir Cohen and Tali Ysia. (photo credit: LIORA KOREN)


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The holiday season can mean many different things, depending on religion and culture. For some, it means latkes and lighting hanukkiot. For others, it means decorating a tree and attending midnight mass. Jerusalem is home to an incredibly diverse mix of people; a unique asset of the Holy City that is felt particularly during the winter months when such an array of holidays is being celebrated. A desire to showcase the city’s cultural diversity led to the creation of the Open Holidays project.

Nir Cohen, co-founder of Open Holidays, was living and working in London when he was struck by how different the diversity there felt.


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