An extensive list of things to do in Israel this Passover

Off for the holidays? Check out this extensive list of things to do to keep your bread-hungry minds busy
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By Jennifer Greenberg |

Getting through the Passover holidays with too-close-for-comfort relatives, antsy children without school, and cranky parents without work all breathing down your throat can get overwhelming to say the least. We’ve decided to help you out with loads of activities and things to do in Israel over the eight days of Passover to keep the masses happy. Hit up one of 36 free museums and sites, devour flourless cakes so good you’ll want to eat them year round, and check out a controversial exhibition in Herzliya featuring the one and only Banksy. Our extensive list has something for everyone.

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The Girl with the Balloon
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News, Art

Banksy does Bourgeoisie? The shocking truth behind the street artist's supposed exhibition in Herzliya

When the news leaked that anti-corporate, anti-commercialist, anti-identity  street artist, Banksy, was coming to Herzliya's Arena Mall, the media went wild. "Banksy is coming to Herzliya!" they wrote, each word steeped in disbelief. For years, Banksy secretly hung his artistic political criticisms in museums around the world – from Melbourne to Amsterdam and everything in between – revolutionizing the public's notion of graffiti with his stenciling technique. His pop-up nightmarish amusement park, Dismaland, drew the media to him, or more so the idea of him as Banksy preserved anonymity, shying away from the spotlight.   © Banksy       While he favors covertness, there are two things we do know about the street artist: 1) He is British, most likely Bristol and 2) "The Art of Banksy", his supposed upcoming exhibit in Herzliya has been curated against his will.   Yes, that's right. As the exhibition suggests in its title, Israel may be gaining the physical art of Banksy from April 4th to 18th (including famous pieces like "The Girl With The Balloon" and "Laugh Now"); however, what they will not see is any Banksy spirit or intention behind the exhibition.   © Banksy The first red flag came with the press release, boasting, "This exhibition is will never again see such an impressive amount of his work all concentrated in one place". On the contrary, each of Banksy's works are unique, and deserve their own attention, not a mass showing. The s

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Museums, Childhood

Passover kiddie korner: the top museums in Israel for holiday family fun

While time off seems enticing, the Passover holidays can be a parent's nightmare. Finding things to do in Israel that both you and your children will enjoy can be a hassle, especially with the Tel Aviv beach balagan and Park Hayarkon playgrounds reaching maximum capacity. Well, it's time to escape the heat and enter the magical world of family-friendly museums in Israel. These museums have everything from special events to kids camps to kaleidoscope-crafting workshops and even Afikoman hunts that will keep your kids happy and parents happier. Check out what the best museums in Israel have to offer this Pesach.

MTV EMA's 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals
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News, Music

The Belgian DJ duo Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike who took the electronic scene by storm are coming to Tel Aviv

Brothers Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike have risen to critical acclaim in a very short amount of time. And, it comes as no surprise either as this Belgian DJ duo knows how to put on a good show. They have maintained a steady upward trajectory on their path from celebrated DJs to kings of the electronic music scene. This year, they stole the prestigious number one spot in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs Poll; they've performed alongside some of the biggest names in the DJ world and have remixed songs by J-Lo, Lady Gaga and LMFAO.   Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike have taken Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America by storm and are now coming to the Holy Land to do the same. Start your Pesach off right. Don't miss their blowout performance with special guest Lost Frequencies, at Live Park in Rishon LeZion April 11th.   April 11, 19:00. Live Park, Rishon Lezion 

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News, Music

"Song of Songs" Festival - Musical Spring in Katzrin

Spring has sprung, and songs will be sung as many sounds fill the old Katzrin Park this Pesach for the "Song of Songs" festival during the Chol Hamoed (the secular, non-holy days) of Passover.   "Shir Hashirim" (the "Song of Songs") festival in Katzrin will present Israel's best contemporary music performances of the year. The varied program was carefully designed by the festival's management, to offer a glimpse into all components of Israeli society. Check out some of this year's lineup:   The Artists   Yonatan Razel - Apr 12, 10:00. Free admission.    Yuval Dayan will host Idan Amedi - Apr 12, 21:30. NIS 80 ahead, NIS 100 NIS evening of the show. © Zohar Ron       Eviatar Banai, who is celebrating 20 years of musical composition - Apr 13, 21:30. NIS 100, NIS 130 evening of the show.   The festival will conclude with a show for the whole family: "Wonder" by Alma Zohar, which takes audiences on a worldwide musical journey, full of joy and charm, with favorite songs from the children's album "Wonder" - Apr 14, 12:30. Free entrance. © Sara Plot       Katzrin Park (

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