Costumes and Carnivals – Purim in Israel

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This year, Purim holiday is from Wednesday, March 23rd, giving the children a long weekend off school. There are loads of events all across the weekend so here are the best of them compiled by Debrorah Dickson as published on Times of Israel: – enjoy!

Netanya’s celebrating Purim from the movies

Netanya's celebrating Purim from the movies (Enlarge)

Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Herzl Promenade and the new Independence Square.

Join us for a fantastic Hollywood experience with the stars: Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin
and enjoy the experience for children with the Little Mermaid, the Ninja Turtles and Harry Potter.
A flying circus with superheroes Superman and Spiderman, an area for princesses from all eras,
the ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean, Ami and Tami’s chocolate house and many more surprises.

On the main stage:

The children’s star – Michal Haketana

Israel’s boy band – Boyband

We look forward to seeing on the holiday from Hollywood!
Entrance is free! Free shuttle service

From Beit Feldman parking log (Ben Gurion Blvd.) to the corner of Jabotinsky and Gad Machnes
(near Tapei Restaurant) and back will be offered on the day of the event,
from 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

* The event will be held on Thursday March 24th and not on Friday, March 25th as was originally published in the ad that was attached to the city tax envelope at the beginning of March 2016.

Beach time fun just got a little less expensive

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that Israel’s beaches who still charge entrance fees will be a thing of the past. There are 136 authorized beaches in Israel but many of Israel’s nicest beaches – including in Ashkelon, in Nahariya, in Tiberias and Tel Aviv Hof Hatzuk – charge a fee for entrance. The idea was that this “symbolic” payment was to pay for cleanliness and upkeep of the beach. But over time, the charges rose, sometimes to 30 NIS per child and 60 NIS per adult. If you factor in parking too, that’s quite an expense for a day of fun in the sun.

On 13th March 2016, the Minister announced that the charges will be removed for the majority of Israel’s beaches. The fees will be lifted with the upkeep budget for beaches coming from another source. This will affect most beaches. The idea is to extend it to all but a decision from the Attorney General is pending regarding the beaches that are run by the National Parks Authority: Beit Yanai in North Netanya, Palmachim beach in South Rishon Lezion, Ashkelon Coast National Park, Habonim Beach and Achziv National Park Beach.

There is free entrance to Netanya’s Poleg, Argaman, Sironit and Seasons Beach, though there may be a fee for parking depending where you park.

10 wonderful walking tours in Tel Aviv

Netanya is just a 30 minute drive from Tel Aviv and if you don’t feel like driving in you can get there by bus, sherut (shared taxi) or by train (with free wifi).

There are of course many great things to do in Tel Aviv, Israel21c’s Abigail Klein Leichman has found some great walking tours for you to experience.  The best way to discover the many charms of Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa) is walking it.

Boasting 20 square miles (52 square kilometers) of flat terrain and glorious weather nearly year-round, Tel Aviv is tailor-made for walking tours. No wonder so many are offered daily. The municipality alone sponsors 20 paid walking tours and four free walking tours.

So lace up your walking shoes and take a guided stroll through Israel’s beautiful White City. Try one of these tours for English-speakers next time you’re in the White City Most tours require booking in advance.






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