Gourmet leven-free eats and sleeps
What: With more and more restaurants remaining open on the intermediate days of Passover with Kosher menus, you won't have a hard time finding a place to eat out. This year's Kosher for Passover options include Eucalyptus,Black Bar, La Boca, Pini's Kitchen, Joy, Luciana and Little Italy. For full lodging, check out the Inbal Hotel'sPassover packages.
When: April 14-22, call for opening hours and reservations
A Seder night out
What: For those looking for an out of the box Passover eve experience, Brasserie Ein Kerem will be open on the first night of Passover-at-Brasserie-Ein-Kerem/), Seder eve, (April 14, 2014) with a special festive menu complete with a traditional ritual holiday plate of tastes, for those interested. (NOT Kosher or Kosher for Passover.)
When: Monday evening April 14th, call for reservations
Passover around the museum circuit
What: Throughout the Passover break Jerusalem's many museums will offer special activities and attractions for families. Experiment with building at the Bloomfield Science Museum, learn about ancient customs at theMuseum of Italian Jewish Art, and create arts and crafts and watch live performances at the Museum of Islamic Art.
When: April 13-23, check each event page for dates and times.
Jerusalem's great outdoors
What: Immerse yourself in nature and history and experience exciting outdoor activities right here in the city over the intermediate days of Passover. City of David is offering bike tours, Segway tours, archaeological sifting and much more, while extreme sports such as rappelling and rock climbing are par for the course with Challenge Tours at Ammunition Hill.
When: Wednesday-Thursday April 16-17
History comes alive
What: The Menachem Begin Heritage center invites the whole family to a variety of festive activities over the intermediate days of Passover. Highlights include an interactive, experiential tour of the museum, arts and crafts, a history-inspired performance by actors, films, riddle solving with prizes for winners, and more.
When: Wednesday-Thursday April 16-17
Not just shopping
What: Get your last minute pre-holiday shopping taken care of at the Jerusalem Mall (Malcha)-Mall/)'s Passover-themed gift fair/), on through Monday. Over the intermediate days of Passover the mall will host children's activities/) including live performances, a "Rainbow Loom" style jewelry making workshop, beauty salon station, and Playmobil extravaganza.
When: April 13-14, 16-17
What: Celebrate Passover with the Tower of David Museum. Highlights include "A Jerusalem Childhood": a nostalgic Jerusalem happening that will revive memories of Jerusalem from day gone by, a playspace dedicated to old-fashioned neighborhood games and contests, and of course, the Night Spectacular. 25 NIS entrance in honor of the museum's 25th birthday!
When: April 14-22 ("A Jerusalem Childhood" will take place on April 16-17 only)
A nightlife breather
What: Nocturno’s Wednesday night live music series continues with a live show on April 16th by “I Forgot”: an indie-pop-rock show by a Jerusalem trio with a love for blues, funk and vocal harmonies. The energetic performances get the audience involved as active participants, singing along and dancing.
When: Wednesday April 16th at 21:00
Florentine circus in Jerusalem
What: The “Fire and Water” Florentine Circus will hold performances at First Station from April 10-22. Fire and water meet on stage in a spectacular, hypnotic circus show for the whole family starring performers from the Florentine Circus and international circus performers.Click here for direct online ticket orders!
When: April 10-22
Back to flaky doughy goodness
What: Once Passover is over, let the "hametz" (leavened-food) fest begin. The third and final session of Beit Avi Chai's "Culinary Novel: About Food and Hebrew Literature" series will take place at First Station on April 23, and the theme is "Koubane and Bourekas": Food in the literature of Jerusalem.
When: April 23 at 19:00
Kosher dining's inexorable march to sophistication continues with Luciana, an Emek Refaim kosher dairy Italian restaurant housed in a classic 19th century German Colony building and managed by the culinary minds behind the nearby Joy. Main courses draw heavily on simple Southern Italian preparations of local fish and a robust lineup of pasta (fettucini, pappardelle, tortellini, ravioli, gnocchi and risotto), along with specialty hand-tossed thin crust pizzas and salads. All pizza, pasta, bread and other baked goods are prepared fresh onsite, and, rare among the city's Italian restaurants, Luciana boasts an impressively extensive daily breakfast menu. The wine list is brief but impressive, culled from both the big names in kosher wine (the Golan Heights Winery) and the boutique vintners in the Judean Hills who have begun to cause a stir among oenophiles. The decor also attracts attention - elegant lamps shine down on intimate booths and intricately patterned tile floors, a cozy meeting of modernism and classic bistro ambiance. Diners can also sit in a courtyard graced by a 300 year old eucalyptus tree, or on a wooden deck with authentic Italian flooring.