Things to do in Israel this week

Discover the very best things to do over the next seven days, from cultural events to live music and more


Thought you’d sneak in a relaxing week? Well, think again. Israel’s got loads of culture-packed activities this week, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From new art exhibitions and restaurant openings, to the hottest musicians both visiting and local and secret speakeasies off the beaten path, you’ll be crawling to work come Sunday. See how many things to do in Israel over the next seven days you can check off your bucket list. After all, YOIO — “you only Israel once.”

What's on this week

Van Gogh - The Exhibition © Ivanov Christinean
News, Art

Van Gogh-ing to Israel: World-renowned exhibition to arrive in Herzliya this January

Millions of visitors in more than fifty cities around the world have got to watch the wonder that Van Gogh - The Exhibition and now it has arrived in Israel. Vincent van Gogh has been celebrated for more than 150 years as one of the world's most influential modern artists of all time. Having been exhibited in the most prestigious museums throughout the world, van Gogh's latest showcase will be in the arena complex of Herzliya.

January - April 2020

Neta Elkayam © Estwanat Hai
News, Events & Festivals

The Red Sea Jazz Festival - Winter Edition

Eilat's Red Sea Jazz Festival, the winter edition, returns this year with the intoxicating jazz sounds and gives music lovers a particularly warm jazz event The Red Sea Jazz Festival takes place at the foot of the breathtaking views of the Eilat Mountains and the Red Sea, while celebrating a decade of jazz festivities, and features a special weekend of music with Israeli and international artists, special productions, master classes and a Jam-session stage that plays into the wee hours of the night.

February 20-22

Anemones in the northern Negev © Daphne Siboni

Anemones, Anemones: The Red South

The celebration of red anemones in bloom in the northern Negev has been a major event for the past 15 years, attracting travelers year after year. As part of the Darom Adom (Red South) Festival, a series of cultural, artistic and horticultural events will take place along the forest trails, at agricultural and historic sites, between the Shikma and HaBesor streams. As part of ‘Darom Adom Live’, there will be a variety of performances on Thursdays through Saturdays with the best artists in Israel including Idan Raichel, Ishay Ribo, Balkan Beat Box, Dikla and more. During February weekends,

Kfar Blum, courtesy of PR

Cultural Weekends: Kfar Blum

The Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel has the winning formula for a perfect winter holiday. The ‘Pastoral Sounds’ music and culture package is celebrating 18 winters and offers a weekend of events and the opportunity to enjoy the magical Galilee landscapes. You can enjoy a special musical 'weekend of opera' in collaboration with the Israeli Opera, with the participation of the Israeli Opera Soloists (27.2-29.2).

Eilat © Shutterstock

Winter Sun Festival: Eilat

This year, Israel's southern city has launched the Winter Sun Festival, which includes 35(!) festivals - street theater, graffiti, street art, music (electronic, Greek, chamber, jazz, and guitar), photography, fashion, desert nature, sports, and food - to be held through April. The International Jazz Festival (20-22.2) will be held at the Isrotel Agamim Hotel and will include performances, master classes, and jam sessions that will go on through the night.

A night at the museum © Igor Kaplunovich

Duchamp’s Games

Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod

In Duchamp's most famous work and essential point of study in the field of art history, L.H.O.O.Q, a cheap reproduction of the Mona Lisa breaks the boundaries of the classical art world, and conservative values of the past by adding male attributes to da Vinci's famous female portrayal and consequently evoke explicit sexual implications. The Duchamp’s Games exhibition has invited 18 Israeli artists to respond to the Duchamp's works in an open discussion on gender fluidity. 

Oswaldo Romberg © Ofrit Rosenberg

Osvaldo Romberg: a look into one of Israel's most influential artists

The Israel Museum, Neve Sha'anan

Although originally born in Argentina, Osvaldo Romberg quickly rose through the ranks of new Israeli immigrants to become one of the country's most beloved and respected artists. While teaching in the fine arts department of Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy, Romberg created a vast collection of art that has helped to conceptualize Israeli art. Romberg is known for his fundamental approach to Conceptual art by constantly breaking down the artistic act into most basic components: form and color. This exhibition will examine Romberg's scientific investigations, architectural sketches and theoretical framework incorporated into his art. 

Tomko Fuse © Octai Agronov

Tomko Fuse - Origami Installation

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Hadar-Carmel‏

Tomoko Fuse's beautiful work draws the viewer to think about the relationship between tradition and innovation. Fuse first became famous in the eighties and in recent years, has created pure art from single sheets of paper, a series of spiral shapes and surfaces of seemingly complex textiles. In her contemporary creations, Fuse constructs large-scale installations reminiscent of Japanese gardens made of gravel and rocks.

Jun Kamei, Amphibio © Jukan Tateisi
News, Art

'State of Extremes' at the Design Museum of Holon

The Design Museum of Holon & the Holon Mediatheque present an exhibition surrounding the past decade in the face of time, ten years after the museum's first-ever exhibition A decade ago, in 2010, the Design Museum of Holon presented The State of Things, an exhibition that featured more than 100 objects that reflected the issues of consumption culture and its impact on international design.

December 12 - May 28

Emoglyphs © Israel Museum

Emoglyphs: from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji

The Israel Museum, Neve Sha'anan

During the succeeding millennia, these crude and limiting symbols were replaced by roughly 20 signs representing sounds rather than ideas, evolving into today's much more dynamic alphabet used by most of Western society. But oddly enough, the reemergence of picture writing has made a comeback in the Cyber Age in an unexpected way: the Emoji. By presenting the metamorphosis of picture writing from Antiquity through modern times, Emoglyphs illuminates the timeless power of the picture to act as a complex and sophisticated system of communication. The exhibition is designed by Shirley Yahalomi, who uses film and multimedia projections to showcase a wealth of archeological finds from ancient Egypt within the context of contemporary Emoji use. 

Winter Soup Festival © Shlomi Amsalem
News, Eating

Winter Soup Festival at Jerusalem's Inbal Hotel

Get your bellies ready for a variety of simmering soups to keep you warm during Jerusalem's winter days. When the temperatures (finally!) plummet, there is nothing like the Jerusalem winter to enjoy a rich, comforting soup. Out of a great love for soups and the culinary abundance of raw materials that Jerusalem offers, a seasonal tradition called the "Winter Soup Festival" was created at the Inbal Hotel for its fifth year now.

The festival takes place Sunday through Thursday until the end of winter

Jazz Show © Shutterstock
Music, Jazz

7 Hot Spots to Catch a Jazz Show Every Single Night of the Week

Snap your fingers, tap your feet - because Tel Aviv is alive with beautiful be-bop and cross-rhythm from the jazz genre. As we see more and more special jazz nights popping up on the regular, we have rounded up our favorites, giving you the opportunity to take a hit of the stuff any night of the week. 

Nahalat Binyamin Fair © Shutterstock
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair

Nachalat Binyamin

In one of the oldest districts in Tel Aviv, adjacent to the Carmel Market, Nahalat Binyamin Street has a wonderful now-not-so-well-known secret, which makes itself known twice a week. Every Tuesday and Friday, the Arts and Crafts Fair brings around 220 artists together as they attempt to sell their works. Each artist has a regular stall, so if you like the look of a piece of art, but don’t want to buy it just yet, you can always come back to the same spot next week to think again – although be careful, it may have already been snagged by another member of Tel Aviv’s art-hungry community. Each work of art is authentic and original, creating an extra-special atmosphere as you stroll through a sea of pure creativity. From stunning glass dinnerware to one-of-a-kind custom-made door signs, this is the ultimate place to truly experience the art capital of Israel.