A few days before the holiday of Shavuot, a “celebration in white” will begin in the Modi’in region – the traditional festival that will take place on May 13-22. During the holidays, farms and tourist sites will offer visits and debuts for an authentic Shavuot experience.
Among the many events, there will be an open day in the business of Moshav Ginaton, an introductory tour of the local agriculture, guided tours and nature walks, workshops, a visit to restaurants, dairies and wineries in the area. Also at the festival: activities following the seven species at the Aladdin olive farm, the harvest celebrations at Neot Kedumim Park, a meeting with exotic animals at the nature children’s farm in Bnei Atarot and more. do not miss.
An open day in Ginaton
On Friday, May 21, from 10:00 to 14:00, you are invited to taste the unique talents of the residents of the small and green moshav, which is a total of about 25 minutes drive from Tel Aviv.
The morning will open with a musical meeting by the Grove It Mishilat ensemble. After a leisurely opening, head to the local La Calabrese pizzeria. The pizzeria is hidden in the heart of a magical corner with a wood stove in the center. The owner, Hanit Asa, who made a professional transition from high-tech seven years ago, decided to focus on the food industry. She began the big change in confectionery studies, after which she worked for a year at the Bereishit Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon and in Lachmanina. From there she skipped to Italy, where she studied cooking and worked in a local business. A year and a half ago she opened with a partner, who has since left, the pizzeria, which proudly bears a name inspired by the Calabria region of southern Italy, where she lives. In her intimate place she makes handmade Italian pizzas and gelato, which are based on local ingredients and Italian aroma.
The pizzeria is open Tuesday-Thursday, 17: 00-22: 00
Prices: 55 NIS for a pizza, 15 NIS for a small gelato, 25 NIS for a large pint
Olive Road 20, Ginaton. For details and reservations: 055-55345454
Besides, you can drop by to visit, among other things, “Grandpa Moti’s dolls”, the “Jewel in the Overcoat” gallery by goldsmith Tami Tzur, and also stop at “Poika Ginton” by Menachem Lustigman, the man who brought the Poika to Israel. In the yard of his house stands a magic cave of poika pottery, cast iron vessels, pans and more. Menachem will talk about the poika, and will offer a tasting of a steaming stew.
Wine and jazz at Natof Winery
Netof Winery, the oldest boutique wineries in the country, is opening its doors to tasting the winery’s wines, along with cheeses, olives and organic olive oil made by the farm. The winery’s winemakers, Meir Aqel and Zeev Cinnamon, will entertain visitors and share personal wine stories. Meir and Ze’ev, good friends and partners, established the winery in 1997 as part of a shared dream come true. They set up their boutique winery in the farmyard in the village of Truman. The two produce red wines from a variety of varieties, including Merlot, Petit Syrah, Barbara, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and varying blends.
Each year they make about seven different types of wine, and in total produce 4,000 – 5,000 bottles a year. Their wines are unfiltered and aged twice. Once in wooden barrels (about a year and a half) and again after bottling for another year.
Seven years ago they planted an olive grove and since then they have started producing fine olive oil and olives. Every Saturday they open the winery to visitors and offer a tour of the winery, a meeting with the winemakers and some wine stories. The experience includes four types of wines, a cheese butcher, olive oil, olives and breads. You can eat and drink comfortably in the magical courtyard of the winery, with pleasant music in the background.
On the occasion of the festival, on Saturday and Monday, Shavuot May 15 and 17, 11: 00-17: 00, They offer a slightly different hospitality experience, where each person who arrives will pay 60 shekels at the entrance to buy him a glass of wine and a cheese tasting. During the day, the event will be accompanied by a DJ and live jazz music.
Price: NIS 100
For more details and to register in advance: Ronen – 052-3581587, Meir – 052-8408424.
Cypress 45, Truman Village.
Rangers in the Ben Shemen Forest
Ben Shemen Rangers offer hikers in the area ranger tours around the Ben Shemen Forest. The trips include independent driving with upgraded and modern tools, independent driving. The route in the area is full of exciting observation points, lovely corners, blooms and driving challenges. In fact, they offer riding with a leading vehicle, stopping for observation and a slight relaxation in the field during the trip. Length of the route: about an hour and a half.
When: Every day except Saturday and holidays.
Price: NIS 450-550.
For more details: 054-6607099.
Bamboxan in Bnei Atarot
Dalia Siani, a restorer of handmade straw furniture, invites those interested to attend a wicker basket weaving workshop and fresh garlic weaving workshops. In the workshops, which are suitable for children (from the age of 7) and adults, you can weave a small basket from wicker, and make fresh garlic braids. The workshop lasts about an hour and a half, by prior arrangement.
When: 13.5 and 20.5, 16: 00-20: 00.
Price: Wicker shooting: child – NIS 80, adult – NIS 100. Braiding fresh garlic: NIS 80 including garlic.
Festive portrait photography
If you have always wanted to do a family book, you have a golden opportunity to do it professionally with photographer Eldad Maestro. Eldad is a veteran photographer with an impressive resume, which includes dozens of fashion, people, tourism and food photos. Tired of the Tel Aviv scene, he moved to Bnei Atarot, where he set up a successful photography studio, where he conducts intimate photography workshops.
Among the experiences he offers is a workshop for families that lasts four to five hours (NIS 850), which includes a field trip and photography. On the way you pass places where you can get great frames – Templar cellars, ancient buildings, forests and vineyards. At the end of the tour, they go out with lovely family photos.
Eldad distills all this experience in preparation for the festival, and offers a series of portrait photographs for families, couples, in the landscape of the vineyards and in the woods in Moshav Bnei Atarot. Each such photo session lasts 20 minutes, followed by about 30 photos.
When: During the festival from 16:00 to 19:00.
Price: A series of 20-minute photos for NIS 100.
For more details, and by appointment only, Eldad: 054-5905907
For full details on the additional activities and links to register: www.thm.org.il
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