14 Things To Do in Jerusalem This Week

It’s Tuesday and you have a boatload of work and unanswered emails. But never fear: Jerusalem is full of fun events that are sure to take your mind off of your job, and make the week just a little bit brighter.

  1. Poetic Tuition, Tuesday, May 1, 8:30 pm at 43a Emek Refaim: This free English-language creative writing workshop with poet Jane Medven, sponsored by Jerusalemism, is geared towards writers of all levels and is a great way to perfect your craft.
  2. David Broza in Conversation, Tuesday, May 1, 8:30 pm at Beit Avichai: This English-language Times of Israel event presents Israel’s famous balladeer in conversation about his life, his works, and his dreams of coexistence.
  3. If All the Seas Were Ink with Ilana Kurshan, Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 pm at Pardes: Come listen to author Ilana Kurshan discuss her memoir, which chronicles her life through the prism of her Talmud study.
  4. Freedom Poetry Slam, Wednesday, May 2, 8 pm at the Begin Center: Celebrate freedom with this Hebrew-language spoken word event, accompanied by live music. Open to the public free of charge, with advanced registration.
  5. Israeli Music Concert, Wednesday, May 2, 6:45 pm at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance: Come listen to new pieces created by the staff of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and performed by its students.
  6. Monolingua, Thursday, May 3, 10:30 pm at Hamazkeka: This contemporary Arabic-music dance party is not to be missed.
  7. Hasalon Lag Baomer Party, Thursday, May 3, 10 pm at Beit Alliance: Celebrate the day in style with this dance party that promises to be hotter than a Lag Baomer bonfire.
  8. Evening Activities, Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm at Barbur: The activities have 2 parts: Part 1: “Sideways Roots” a poetry reading in celebration of poet Gilia Haimovich’s new chapbook. Part 2: A guitar, bass, and sax performance that promises to imitate a rectangle. How? You’ll have to be there to find out.
  9. Simply Singing, Thursday, May 3, 8 pm at the YMCA: This concert series brings people together through music; the Hebrew-Arabic concert will feature Nasser Medina and Zahava Ben.
  10. 1-Year Birthday Party, Thursday, May 3, 8 pm at Gola Cultural Terminal at First Station: Come celebrate the 1-year birthday party of this hopping concert venue; entrance is free, and beers are buy one get one free.
  11. Free Museum Day, Thursday, May 3, times vary, at different museums: Lag Baomer is also free museum day! Participating museums include The Tower of David Museum, the Old Yishuv Court Museum, The Bible Lands Museum, the Menachem Begin Heritage Museum, the Museum for Islamic Art, the Bloomfield Science Museum, the Museum of Italian Jewish Art, and more.
  12. Giro D’Italia, Friday, May 4, throughout the city, times vary: One of the “Grand Tour” bicycle races will ride through the city on Friday afternoon; it will start on Yitzhak Kariv street and wind up on Shlomo Hamelekh street; passing by Ramban, Betsalel, and King George streets, among others.
  13. Alagag Taverna Opening, Friday, May 4, 12 pm at Ben Maimon 1: Come for the drinks; stay for the rooftop views of Jerusalem.
  14. Closing Event and Performance, Friday, May 4, 11 pm at the New Gallery Artists Studios Teddy: The closure of the “Bikurrim” exhibit, which debuts the work of new artists, is accompanied by the “Serpentine” dance performance, which takes the audience on a snaking path to an unknown destination

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