Passover’s right around the corner. Whether you celebrate seven days or eight, you’re looking at a whole lot of matzah. Luckily, Jerusalem is chock-full of cultural events that are sure to take your mind off the lack of leavened bread.
- Game On at Hansen House, April 3-5, Times Vary: This three-day game extravaganza promises to be fun for the whole family. Games range from classics, like Pacman and traditional arcade games, to more modern fare, like Nintendo and Xbox games. There will also be special performances by Alma Zohar and by Incubator Theater, as well as cooking lessons for children and a special Jerusalem Double backgammon tournament.
- Passover Activities at the Israel Museum, April 1-4, Times Vary: The Israel Museum has a wide array of family activities, from a Seder table with a Hagaddah that kids can illustrate, to Passover themed puzzles, special interactive tours focused on Jewish history, mask-making workshops, and even an arts and crafts “summer” camp.
- Concerts at the Yellow Submarine, March 31-April 4, Times Vary: The Yellow Submarine, a premier music venue, is hosting 3 concerts over the holiday: The Piris Eliyahu Ensemble, in a special performance inspired by the Judean desert, Israeli singer-songwriter Ariel Horovitz in a debut of his soon-to-be-released album, and Yogev Shetrit, in a jazz performance that takes inspiration from Shetrit’s Moroccan roots.
- Agnon Festival at the Khan Theater, April 3-7, Times Vary: This theater festival celebrates one of Israel’s most famous authors, Nobel Prize winner Shai Agnon, through theater adaptations of his works, as well as lectures and screenings. Events with English subtitles include the plays “Tehilla” and “In the Prime of Her Life”, both of which are based on stories by the author.
- Puppet Plays at the Train Theater, April 1-3, Times Vary: Jerusalem’s beloved children’s theater is showing three different plays over the holiday: The Lost Crown, a magical tale about the good night fairy’s crown, The Gift Train, a beautiful story about the love of grandparents, and One-Two, a unique take on Sleeping Beauty.
- A Festive Passover Concert at the Jerusalem Theater, April 3 at 8 PM: This special concert by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra features renowned Cantor Netanel Hershtik in orchestral renditions of classic Passover songs.
- Passover Activities at First Station, April 1-4, Times Vary: Starting with a White Night featuring breakdancing, swing dancing, yoga and beer, and continuing with a performance by the Harel Orchestra, as well as Israeli folk dancing, First Station promises to be a non-stop hub of activities.
- Pharomania at the Bible Lands Museum, April 1-5, Times Vary: The Museum’s annual Passover fair is back, with a myriad of activities, including a papyrus workshop, a play about mummies, a performance about sphinxes, and an Afikomen hunt.