The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

Located in Neve-Zedek neighborhood in Tel-Aviv, the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art was opened on May 3rd 1988 by the Nahum Gutman Society and the Tel Aviv Foundation, in the presence of Israeli President Ezer Weizman.  The entire museum collection was donated by the artist’s family who wished to illuminate Nahum Gutman’s multi-dimensional character and portray him as painter, illustrator, sculptor and children’s author, thus allowing the public to become acquainted with his oeuvre.
The museum’s first director and founder was the late writer and curator Yoav Dagon.   The museum was established in a historical house, built by the Schulman family in 1887, one of the first 48 houses forming the nucleus of Neve-Zedek. 

The museum exhibitions create a meeting space between Gutman and young Israeli contemporary artists, creating a cultural dialogue between old and new works of art.The visit to the museum exposes the visitor to a wide range of Israeli artistic endeavor, including an inner cultural dialogue between the different eras and perspectives.  The fact that Gutman drew both Tel Aviv and Jaffa, portraying Jews and Arabs with the same amount of love and interest, provides us with a wonderful tool for the teaching of tolerance as well as a cross-cultural meeting place.
The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art is funded by the Tel Aviv/Jaffa Municipality, the Ministry of Education’s Cultural Affairs Bureau and private donors.

Haifa International Flower Exhibition 2012 / April 7th – 14th

With the coming of spring and blossom, during the Passover period, the mythological flower exhibition is returning to Haifa. 19 years after the first “flower show” took place, Haifa is proud to host the largest flower exhibition to ever take place in Israel.

Spread across 30 acres of exhibition space at Hecht Park, at the southern outskirts of Haifa, nine breathtaking “Flower Worlds” will be exhibited. Each world is impressively large and spectacular in their rich and colorful beauty with a scent to intoxicate. Each of these worlds is dedicated to a unique theme: Flower World, Paris Boulevard, The Hanging Gardens, Land of the Rising Sun, Wild World, Senses Land, Fantasy Land, Never land, and the Vanishing Garden.
The exhibition’s visitors, who are welcome to stroll through the “flower worlds”, will experience a breathtaking sensory delight of soft scents, nature, sights and colors that are unique to the exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the general public from 10:00 – 22:00 in the evening at which point, as the dark descend, an enchanting light display will illuminate the park.
A vast team of Danish artists and flower designers will be coming to Israel especially to create the “Flower Worlds” and to realize the exhibition. This is in addition to the over 500,000 flowers that are being shipped in for the exhibition from the far reaches of the planet to be exhibited alongside local Israeli produce.
Work has already started in preparation and with much enthusiasm by Israel’s leading flower designer, Benzi Gil, in collaboration with his Dutch partner Alexander Zilmans. Co-owner of ZUIDKOOP, an internationally acclaimed flower design company, Zilmans is one of the world’s leading and award winning flower experts. He has founded a school for flower design in Taiwan and is responsible for various international flower shows. His expertise lies in designing arrangements for large-scale events such as family, diplomatic, and royal events and can boast designing the Iceland summit for Gorbachev and Reagan.
Alongside the “Flower Worlds” will take place various artistic activities, exhibits, and outdoor events for the whole family. Furthermore, there will be a sculpture and herb garden, flower carpets, topiary gardens, a flower market, planting and seeding workshops, environmental workshops and more.
April 7th – 14th 2012 Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Upper Galilee trek – optional plan including Keshet Cave and Monfort Fortress

Keshet cave - Click to enlarge

Galilee is the greenest area of Israel. It is hilly with many historic sites, carefree scenery, recreational and gastronomic offerings for tourists.

This post is an optional plan that is suitable for one or two days in the Galilee area, weekend or middle of the week.

Day 1 , Saturday:

  1. Visiting Adamit Park -  the Keshet Cave and Garden Trail.
  2. Visiting the Pottery fair at Vradim Village.
  3. Checking in our wooden house at Elkosh village.
  4. Dinner at Hurfeish village.

we woke up early and left Tel Aviv at 10:00 heading for the north. Our first attraction to visit was the Adamit park, 400 meters above sea level (click here to open a map) in which you can see the Keshet cave and walk the “Garden trail” and more.

The trail for the Keshet cave is paved and suitable for all walkers and even a wheel chair which allow you to get a few meters from the magnificent Keshet (arc), and takes 15 minutes to get there. There are signs and a paved parking lot. There are toilets and drinking water too.

From there we went to a nice pottery fair in Kefar Vradim. We saw nice hand made pottery, sculptures, Judaica, Pitchers and cups. We bought two cups and a pitcher.

Our Wooden house in Elkosh

We then headed to our room at Elkosh village not before we stopped at Hurfeish village which is a few minutes drive, to eat. We sat down at one of the places for a lamb Sambusak (like a pita bread with minced lamb meat on it), Salad and Tea.
After that, we headed to our cozy room at Elkosh village.

Day 2 , Sunday:

  1. Breakfast in the garden
  2. Visiting the Dalton winery which is located at a town called Dalton. The winery is at the industrial area number 3. Dalton is close to Gush-Halav village. You can take a
  3. Goren Park – Observation of the Monfort Fortress. An easy 5 minute walk on a paved trail, suitable for all ages.
  4. Goren Park – Going down the valley for the Kziv river, takes about 45 minutes one way.  Difficulty level – medium to difficult.

We started day 2 with a breakfast in our garden, and we then headed to Dalton winery for a tour. We had wine tasting inside the visitors center. Israel is known for it’s good red wines, which is what we tasted. Two wines I can recommend were the Cabernet Sauvignon and The Shiraz. They are very good red wines, that are aged in wooden barrels.

Monfort Castle

We then  headed to the Montfort Fortress (Hebrew: מבצר מונפור‎, Mivtzar Monfor) which is a ruined crusader castle, about 22 miles (35 km) northeast of the city of Haifa and 10 miles (16 km) south of the border with Lebanon.
The site is now a national park inside the Kziv nature reserve, and it constitutes an important spot of tourism and attracts many tourists both from inside and outside Israel. The Kziv river flows all year long.

There is a choice of 4 to 6 hour trek, but we came at 13:00 which would of been too tight, as it gets dark at around 17:30 in October. So, we just stopped at the Monfort observation and then followed the unpaved road (1km)  east and a bit up to the Ein Tamir  “Olives” parking lot, which is the Kziv river trek starting point .
We follow the trail marking and went down the mountain to the Vally.

So, to sum it up you have these options for Park Goren:

  1. 7 km trek, 4 to 6 hours of medium to difficult difficulty level – Start at the Monfort Castle observation point and go down the red marked trail. At the river you’ll see the remains of a crusader  farm. Up on the hill you’ll see the Monfort castle. Head east while you cross the river a few times , until you get to remains of an old mill. Trail continues in flora bushes  and trees, ponds and fountains. After 3 km from the farm, you’ll get to the Ein Tamir fountain which is waters that flow from underground, surrounded by white stone and magnificent flora. Very nice place for lunch!
    From there you’ll take the blue trail which is steep , and onto the Parking lot above. Last part will take you about 45 minutes to an hour. Please bring drinking water.

    Kziv river (Ein Tamir)

  2. Second option is to separate the two – see the castle and then take the car to the end point, and go down to the  river. So, just enter the Goren park, stop at the first parking lot you see, that is the Monfort Observation, park the car and follow the paved trail that leads to the observation of the castle, that’s a few minutes walk.
    Then take the car and drive strait along the road , about a km east (maybe more) until you get to the Ein Tamir / Olives parking lot. That’s the starting point of the blue trail that gets you down to the Kziv river, the white stone and the cave. That option is shorter and will  take you about 2.5-4 hours to cover depending on your pace.

Follow the RED, GREEN and BLUE markings.

Goren park map - Click to enlarge

 

The narrow cave - not for clastrophobics...

 

White rocks

 

Breakfast at Elkosh

 

Turned out there was a pottery fair at Vradim Village, so we stopped there.

 

Gush Halav village from a distance

 

Dalton is only one of several wineries in the green north, you should visit at least one.

 

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