Hol Hamoed on a budget in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

The two cities offer a variety of pleasures.

jerusalem 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
jerusalem 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
  • The Jerusalem Municipality invites the public to take part in the celebration that will close the events for the capital's 40 years of unification. The festive event, called the Wall, is a multimedia show of sound, light and pyrotechnics that will be screened on the Old City's walls. The unique show tells the story of the unification of Jerusalem, 40 years ago, and the city's history throughout the different rulers it has known. The public is invited to watch the show from the Alrov Promenade, near Jaffa Gate, April 22-24 from 19:30. In addition, on those evenings, authorized tour guides will lead walks into the Old City and the Jewish Quarter, 19:30-22:30. (Visitors to Jerusalem during Pessah might find it economical to purchase the Holypass-Over-Night card the municipality has issued for the holiday, which will be sold for NIS 35 in the Alrov Promenade. The card covers entrance to three of the Old City's sites during Hol Hamoed, as well as discounts on attractions such as touring the city on bus line 99 or in a Segway, and discounts in restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For more information, go to www.holypass.co.il.)
  • The traditional priestly blessing will take place at the Kotel on Tuesday, April 22, from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger, as well as Kotel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, will welcome the pilgrims. For those who cannot attend the traditional ceremony, the Kotel's Web site offers a live peek at www.thekotel.org. (Shuttles will transport the Old City's visitors from the Karta Parking Lot outside the Jaffa Gate to the Kotel and back throughout the week of Hol Hamoed for a nominal fee.)
  • Two farmers' markets will be held during Hol Hamoed in the capital. At a colorful market in the University Botanical Garden, April 21-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can participate in workshops for adults and children while viewing the garden's magnificent selection of flowers and plants. At the Adam School yard in the German Colony, on April 24-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., food stalls and creative workshops will entertain guests, and there will be live music and street shows.
  • The Tel Aviv Port invites the public to a first of its kind "Busking" fair of artistic performances. It's up to the audience to decide how much money, if any, to put in the hat after the show. This unique fair will be held on April 22-24, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on the deck of port. Seven groups of street theater performers will present 15 different shows for the family.