Top 5: Indoor activities for rainy Jerusalem day

The capital has myriads of indoor options for those looking to escape the cold and wet as well as enjoy an enriching few hours.

December 13, 2012 14:33
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Rain falls in central Jerusalem

Rain in Jerusalem GALLERY 465 2. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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Jerusalem House of Quality

Dedicated 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 more.

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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

Where 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 diverse audience.

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 2012-2013 season.

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 music.

Address: Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Yemin Moshe
Phone: (02) 623-4347

The Time Elevator (Voyage Terminal)

If 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
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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.

Guided 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
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