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Wanna Chol lot of Moed

by michael October 10 2008
Things to doFor the kidsHolidays
Pomegranate festivals and other Chol HaMoed madness

Greetings Jerusalemites. Now that your conscience is hopefully clear (and your belly hopefully full) in the wake of Yom Kippur, it's time to kick off your repentin' shoes and get in the Chol HaMoed Sukkot spirit. After a couple of sparse weeks for culture in the Holy City, fun times return for the holiday's intermediary days, and Jerusalemite is making sure you don't miss a minute:

  • For a more intellectual Sukkot experience, stop by Beit Avi Chai's sukkah for a series of holiday-themed lectures. Thursday's covers Hannah Szenes and more.
  • Sukkot is all about the harvest, and what better way to celebrate it than to attend Ein Yael's tribute to one of Israel's signature fruits? The Pomegranate Festival runs from Wednesday to Monday.
  • More in-depth lectures will take place at venues all over the city as part of the Gateways festival, including lectures in English, from Thursday through Sunday.
  • Put down the pipe, pick up your knitted kippah and get down to the Old City for a bunch of crunchy-religious, English-language spiritual Sukkot party events at the Jerusalem Soul Center Sukkah every day of the holiday and Chol HaMoed.
  • The Train Theater is running a daily schedule of kids' puppet theater productions during Chol HaMoed - At Night I Dreamt of Animals on Friday is a sure winner.
  • The beginning of the Targ Music Center's season happens to be during Chol HaMoed, and it all kicks off with some Schubert on Saturday.
  • Saturday sees the beginning of the much-beloved yearly Abu Ghosh Music Festival in hummus capital Abu Ghosh, which runs through Tuesday.

Can you believe there's more? Check out our full listing of Chol HaMoed events, and have a chag sameach. We'll be back after the weekend with more special Sukkot content.

Image courtesy of chany14 from Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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