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Things to do in Israel this month

Discover what’s on this month in the Holy Land as we roundup the best festivals, events, jazz jams and more

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Dig out your dancing shoes, throw on your finest classical concert-viewing attire or simply tuck in for a good night’s rest and save energy for daytime events. Either way, there’s something to do in Israel this month for every person. From outdoor festivals to indoor entertainment, Time Out’s got you covered with the hottest happenings this month. Start your month off with a bang and keep the good times rolling with our picks of the very best things to do in Israel this month.

What's on this month

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Ajami, The Face of Darkness

Yaakov Elad ventured into the Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami with an open mind and an open lens. His goal was to capture the jumbled neighborhood in an attempt to understand and hopefully bridge the disparities that exist there. This photography exhibit in the Eretz Israel Museum plays with light sources, displaying Elad’s findings in regards to the binaries of Ajami. For instance, an image of ugly plastic chairs and shutters appears next to a photograph of a stylized staircase. Yaakov Elad looks at the neighborhood at eye level. He sees the full spectrum among the spots of light and darkness, and at the same time follows his own face as photographer.

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Until Sat Jan 28
2

Blues&Booz

The weekly blues jam at the King George establishment, Bootleg, is BYOB: bring your own band, but no need to 'bring your own booze'. The top blues jam in Tel Aviv continues to live up to its reputation, Sunday after Sunday. Bootleg is a great place to enjoy muddy waters and all you can drink booze at the beginning of the work week, while listening to the Blues&Booz House band. Make sure to sign up for the jam that follows by messaging the Blues&Booz facebook page or at the actual jam itself until 00:30 once you've built up enough liquid confidence to test out those new riffs on a twelve-bar blues .

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Bootleg , Tel Aviv City Center Sunday January 22 2017 - Sunday April 23 2017
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“Tel-Aviv Improv Workshop”

“Tel-Aviv Improv Workshop” creates a comfortable environment where every level of comedian—from new comer to veteran—can assemble to improve their improv. Each week, a different member of the community hosts a themed workshop in Dubnov Garden. The hands on workshops encourage participants to take part in as many skits as possible, forcing them to step out of their comfort zones and tap into their creativity.

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Dubnov Garden , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Tuesday January 24 2017 - Tuesday May 30 2017
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Rooftop Hop - Jerusalem Swing and Blues

Rooftop Hop - Jerusalem Swing and Blues is a nonprofit organization offering swing dancing lessons to the public. Under the direction of Shikma Zaarur, Itai Rosenfeld Cohen and Lihi Karni (teacher at the Media Hop swing community in Tel Aviv), you'll Lindy Hop, jive and high five your way into the 1920s for a night of hip-swinging fun. So bring a date or come meet your soul mate on the rooftop of the Prizma Center this Sunday. Don't forget comfy shoes!

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Prizma Center (the Muslala community balcony of Clal Center) , Jerusalem Sunday January 22 2017 - Wednesday May 31 2017
5

Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism

In 'Regarding Africa', the exhibition’s curator, Ruth Direktor, brings a striking, direct glimpse into the power of African creativity when defining themselves, with moments of joy, ensuring that even art novices will leave the exhibition with a lasting impression. For those more familiar with Afro-Futurism, Direktor has brought the genre closer to home, featuring works created in Israel. These reflections on Little Africa, composed of a growing community of immigrant workers and asylum seekers from Africa, in south Tel Aviv, express the merging of African and Israeli cultures.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Until Wednesday March 22 2017
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Tuesday Jazz in Space

On top of being a funky underground bar off of the beaten – Carmel Market – path, every Tuesday, The Space is transforming into an out-of-this-world Jazz club. Witness Gil Livni jam out on his guitar alongside Amit Friedman on the sax, or sip mojitos and enjoy the Brazilian beats made by Salit Lahav on the flute and Oded Aloni on pandero. Each week brings a new understanding to the word 'jazz', from contemporary to bebop to the indefinable. Enjoy some midweek musoc to get you through to Thursday – because after a night of delicious drinks at dirt cheap prices, you may miss Wednesday all together. 

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The Space , Shuk  HaCarmel Tuesday January 24 2017 - Tuesday April 4 2017
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The Goldstar Zappa Sound System festival

It's that time of year again – when Israel's leading musicians and bands bring the local masses to Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 for an amazing lineup of crowd-pleasing concerts. Aviv Gefen, one of Israel's biggest rock stars and a judge for the Israeli version of 'The Voice', will be kicking off this year's festival with a throwback concert dedicated to his second album, 'Cloudy Now'. And what better sponsor than Israel's top-selling local beer, Goldstar? So swing by the Port, grab a cold beer and enjoy the great music that Israel has to offer.

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Hangar 11 , Old North Until Saturday January 28 2017
8

Jazz nights @ Arte Glideria

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Pop into Arte Glideria and treat yourself to this Sicilian slice of heaven on Nachalat Binyamin. Arte Glideria’s staff are wonderfully friendly, and, if you can catch them at the right moment, are keen to show you their “laboratory”” at the back of the shop where they concoct their signature flavors. Staff picks are “Marco’s cake,” a creamy base topped with fruit coulis and rich almond crumble, their Mojito Granita, made in true Sicilian fashion by reducing the temperature of the ingredients to produce a snow-like texture, plus an array of vegan water-based flavors. 

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Arte Glideria , Nachalat Binyamin Thursday January 19 2017 - Thursday May 25 2017
1

Mother Funkers

Mother Funkers TLV is hosting a daytime dance party for the ages...and it's for a great cause too. The event raises awareness and collects donations for Mothers Make a Difference – an incredible organization collecting much-needed items for mothers and babies countrywide. Mother Funkers is family-friendly, inviting adults to groove to their favorite tunes, while their children spend the afternoon taking part in loads of fun activities. Strap on those dancing shoes and get ready to boogie.

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Magid Community Centre , Old North Friday January 20 2017
2

The World of Victor Hugo

The Israeli Opera strikes again with an incredibly entertaining event. As a part of the 2016/2017 'Saturday Morning Opera Highlights' series, the opera chorus delves into the dark and twisted world of Victor Hugo's 'Les Mis' as adapted to musical stages worldwide. Excerpts from 'Les Misérables' will be accompanied by excerpts from Verdi's 'Rigoletto' to complete a emotional musical rollercoaster from music of hope to despair, from lust to love, from imprisonment to empowerment and everything in between. 

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The Israeli Opera - Tel Aviv , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Saturday January 21 2017
3

Overview – eyeglasses

From December 20 until the end of April, the Design Museum Holon shifts the spotlight to an object that we are all familiar with and most of us encounter at some point in our daily lives: eyeglasses. The essential accessory is one of the most important inventions in human history. Throughout its evolution, though function has remained stable, eyeglasses have taken on thousands of different shapes, forms, sizes, and styles. “Overview” borrows 400 rare items from esteemed collector Claude Samuel to examine in detail the changes from different perspectives: cultural, fashion, medical, scientific, material, technological, and so forth in Israel’s most fashionable museum. 

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Until Sat Apr 29
4

The 'Shaolin Warriors'

The most famous temple in China, the Shaolin Monastery, has reared some of the most well-trained, disciplined disciples inside its 1600-year-old walls. Nestled atop the mountain of Sung, the secluded space is the perfect training grounds for the Shaolin monks to practice their art. This January, come witness an amazing spectacle as the Shaolin Warriors travel to Neve Tzedek. Their strength almost supernatural, their flexibility unbelievable and their pain-endurance near to impossible, you'll have to see the ultimate Buddhist warriors with your own eyes, and still won't believe their abilities. 

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Suzanne Dellal Center , Neve Tzedek Until Saturday January 21 2017
5

theAngelcy

Trying to put theAngelcy in a box in terms of musical genre is extremely difficult. Though some may call them folk, they have created a sound unique to anything you've ever heard. Perhaps it's due to their choice in instruments: a double bass, a clarinet, a viola and two drummers (on a single drum kit), plus their bizarrely beautiful voices of course. With unusual patterns and arrangements, and even stranger themes, you won't know whether to clap or feel existential angst. Either way, you'll find yourself buying their newest albums and following them to their next gig.

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Yellow Submarine , Jerusalem Saturday January 21 2017
6

The Goldstar Zappa Sound System festival

It's that time of year again – when Israel's leading musicians and bands bring the local masses to Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 for an amazing lineup of crowd-pleasing concerts. Aviv Gefen, one of Israel's biggest rock stars and a judge for the Israeli version of 'The Voice', will be kicking off this year's festival with a throwback concert dedicated to his second album, 'Cloudy Now'. And what better sponsor than Israel's top-selling local beer, Goldstar? So swing by the Port, grab a cold beer and enjoy the great music that Israel has to offer.

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Hangar 11 , Old North Until Saturday January 28 2017
7

Shtuby

When it comes to the world of Electronic music, Shtuby is at the top of the list. Add influences from funk, jazz and groove to their electronic vibes and there's no telling where the hypnotizing beats will take you. Shtuby – along with his bandmates – keeps fans on their toes with his 'modular concerts' bringing together funky instruments like theremin, ewi, clarinet, synths, percussion, drums, flute, bass and spoken word poetry to top it off. The creative genius produces his music in real time, so every show is a new and exciting experience you won't want to miss.

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Barby , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Friday January 27 2017
8

Israman Eilat

Among one of the toughest triathlons to date, this Eilat Ironman will test how ready you are to join the I.D.F. or how fit the I.D.F. has truly made you. Swim, bike and run through 226 km of course or opt for the half-triathlon; either way, you’re in for a challenge.

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Eilat Mountain Hike Wednesday January 25 2017 - Saturday January 28 2017
9

Ein Gedi Experience

This event’s popularity can be explained by the range of options tailoring to every runner, including a big 30k, a half marathon, 10k runs and walks, a short 2k run and a family race. Throw in Masada and the scenic Dead Sea coastal view in the background and the Ein Gedi organizers dare you to come up with a valid excuse not to join in on the fun.

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Dead Sea , Dead Sea Saturday January 28 2017

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