Friday, April 17, 2015

Free things to do on Yom Ha'atzmaut

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This coming Thursday, April 23, 2015, is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (celebrated), and this year, in honor of 67 yrs of the State of Israel, more than 67 attractions around the country will be open to the public at no charge. These are sponsored by Misrad HaTarbut V'HaSport and the Mo'etza L'Shimur Atarey Moreshet.

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Check it out and find a place you've never gone to, and go have fun! In past years we've gone to museums that were free on Yom Haatzmaut, and they was almost completely empty. I think Israelis prefer their mangal in the park and sitting in traffic. I prefer free admission!

I'm sure there are other places that are offering free programs or free admission.
Please add information for other places in the comments, or send a note to ester@kosherfrugal.com and I'll add it in! Thank you.

I have tried, wherever possible, to link to websites in English. There were some museums/historical sites that only had Hebrew websites, though. My apologies in advance.

Have a wonderful Yom Ha'atzmaut. May it bring us closer to the Geulah Sh'laymah! 
So, let me know where you'll be going! Just leave a comment below this post.

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Yad LaIsha HaLochemet in Nitzanim - guided tours 9 am - 1 pm. 08-6727895
The Open Museum in Negba -  050-55605540 

From Holocaust to Revival Museum in Yad Mordechai - 08-6720599 , 052-3923104
The Water and Security Museum in Nir Am - 050-5709042
Mitzpe Gvulot - Kibbutz Gvulot - 054-7919000
Ben Gurion's Desert Home (Sde Boker) - open 10 am to 4 pm. Last admission at 3 pm 08-6560469
Maoz across from Gaza in Kibbutz Saad 052-3726644
The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture at Kibbutz Lahav 08-9913322
The Museum Revivim Museum named for Yosef Weitz. 10 am - 2 pm  08-6562570 \ 08-656263
Metzudat Yoav, The Givati Museum  08-6611316 
B'erot BaNegev Visitors' Center - Kibbutz Alumim 08-9937300

Jerusalem Area

The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 10 am - 3 pm. Guided tours available 02-6276319, 052-4002478
Ammunition Hill Memorial Site - 02-5829392/3, ext 115,
The Yellin House - in Motza -  052-4257345
The Gush Etzion Visitors' Center - in Kfar Etzion. 02-9935160
The Tower of David Museum - 02-626533
The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem - interactive programs 11 am - 4 pm, open from 9 am - 6pm. 02-6233166 

The Shai Agnon House - open 9 am - 4 pm -02-6716498
The Bank of Israel Visitor's Center - with advance reservations 02-6552828,0 2-6552520, 02-6552718
Alone on the Walls of Jerusalem - open 9 am - 5 pm - for more info: 02-6265906
Menachem Begin Heritage Center - free tours, fee for the movie. 02-5652020 02-5652011
Yad LaShiryon at Latrun - for more info: 08-9784321
Tel Aviv and the Center

Independence Hall -03-5106426,  03-5173942 
The Israeli Museum at the Rabin Center - with advance reservations only.*4585
Ben-Gurion House - 03-5221010
The Jabotinsky Museum - open 8 am - 4 pm. 03-5287320
The Joseph Bau House - 054-4301499
Rokach House - for more info: 03-5168042 or email  info@rokach-house.co.il
IDF Historical Collection Museum - (Toldot Tzahal) -03-5172913 , 03-5161346 
The Etzel Museum 03-525-3307
The Hagana Museum -  03-560862
The Lechi Museum - guided tours at 10:30, 12:00. 1:30. 3:00. Trivia contest at 1 pm. Reservations required. For more info: 03-6820288 or email lehi_museum@mod.gov.il
The Etzel 1948 Museum - open 8:30am - 4pm. 03-5177180 , 03-5172044 
The Nachum Gutman Museum of Art - 03-5161970
The Hosmasa Museum - Holon -  03-5050425
The Mikveh Israel Visitors Center - with advance reservations.  03-5030489
The Rishon L'Tzion Museum - open 10 am - 3 pm. 03-9598862,  03-9598890
The Eran Shamir Moshava Museum in Mazkeret Batya. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 08-9349525
Ayalon Institute, Rechovot. Open 9 am - 4 pm. Last guided tour at 3 pm. 08-9406552
Weizmann House, Rehovot 08-9343230

The North and Northern Coast

The Sliqim at  Kfar Giladi - Guided Tours every hour from 9 am - 3 pm. 052-2512915
HaShomer House Museum - Kfar Giladi. open 8 am - 4 pm.  04-6941565
Tel Hai Courtyard - 10 am - 2 pm -  04-6951333 
The Birya Fortress - open 9 am - 4 pm. 04-6922433
The Restored Pioneer Village at Rosh Pinah, open 10 am - 2 pm. 04-6936913
The Kinneret Courtyard - guided tours at 10, 12, and 2.  04-6709117
Naharayim Experience in Gesher. Guided tours at 12:30 and 1:30. Open 9 am - 4 pm.  04-6752685
The Palmach Cave - guided tours on the hour between 9 and 5.  04-9898946 ,052-4471109

The Historic Nahalal Police Station - guided tours every hour from 10 am to 1 pm.  04-6415073 
The Nahalal "Sliq" - guided tours every hour from 9 am to 3 pm.  052-3347194
The Pioneer Settlers Museum - Kibbutz Yifat. Open 11 am - 4 pm. 04-6548974  
HaReut Museum - 04-6432810  open 9am-4pm  
The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud.  04-6486337 |  04-6486328
Beit HaMeiri, Tsfat 04-6921939  
The Jezreel Valley Train Museum - Kfar Yehoshua. 04-9534226   
Clandestine Immigration Boat Tour, Atlit. For more info and reservations: 04-9841980
The Treasures in the Walls Museum, Akko. Open 10 am - 4 pm.  04-9911004
The Underground Prisoners Museum, Akko.  04-9911375 
The Fisher House, Kiryat Ata. Open 11 am - 6 pm.  04-8440207
The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-6294777  
The Chanah Senesh House, Kibbutz Sdot Yam.  04-6364366   052-8795366   
The Gdudim House Museum. Open 9 am - 4 pm. 09-8822212    
The Khan Museum, Hadera. Open 9 am - 3 pm.  04-6322330 , 04-6324562     
The Haifa City Museum. 04-9115888  


Other FREE attractions and activities:
Ramat HaNadiv in Zichron
Neve Tzuf Forest - family celebration, 10 am - 4 pm - 02-9977101
The Pinat Chai in Katzrin (always free)

I will add more free attractions in this space as I find them!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shabbat Menu Planning

Here's my plan for this post-Pesach Shabbat!

I'm still a bit under the weather (yes, it's getting ridiculous already), so I hope this plan is not too ambitious. Most of the oven cooking will be done all at the same time, and I'm putting my kids to work chopping all the various vegetables...

Fresh Challot
Vegetable-noodle soup
Black bean Cholent with vegetarian kishke (have to write up that recipe someday soon)
Oven Fried Chicken
Baked Rice with garlic
Apple Crisp
Roasted Vegetables (I've got kohlrabi, kishuim, eggplant, and peppers)
Make your own salad

For seudah shlishit, I'm making challah rolls and salads:
pasta salad
potato salad
cut veggies

For dessert, I will have one of the kids make a chocolate chip cake 

What's on your Shabbat menu?

Faulty Ketchup Caps!

Osem has announced that some ketchup bottles, labeled with the words "New Cap!", have faulty caps.

They are removing ketchup bottles with faulty caps from store shelves, and are offering replacement caps to anyone who  has bought their ketchup with a faulty cap. If your bottle says "New Cap" and has an expiration date before 30.10.2015, it may have a faulty cap.

To request a replacement cap, please call Osem at 1-700-70-7676.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pesach Wrap Up

How'd you do with Pesach this year?

It was interesting in my household, as I've been sick for over 3 weeks now, so all the preparations and the chag itself were hampered somewhat by my state of health. I'm afraid to say that I think I may have to figure out how to anticipate this type of spring from now on - much of it seemed to be allergy and asthma related, and that's going to happen every spring, unless I can find the miracle cure I've been waiting for my whole life.

So here's what happened - we did really well with our shopping choices. We DID buy more chocolate than we needed, but we did really well with most of the staples, and did not run out, nor were we very overstocked.

I'm so glad we were able to streamline our purchases like this! Whatever is left is stuff we'll just use up in the next few weeks, or some things I purposely stocked up on because we shopped at Osher Ad, so it wasn't a Pesach-specific purchase.

We kept the cooking simple - more so because I've been sick. No one starved or even kvetched too much (except we lacked easy snacks - the kids wanted more potato chips and fewer fruits, but that doesn't mean we'll let their requests dictate our purchases next year either!). We did not eat out at all, and we only had matzah pizza once (though the kids would have been happy with that more, we did not buy a ton of matzah nor a ton of cheese).

We ate a lot of soup. I think that was a good, easy way to help us get thru the chag while the main chef was sick. I'll be keeping that trick in my bag for next year, even if I'm healthy!

I hope you all managed an easy turnover back to Chametz, and most of all, I hope this Pesach we have all come a step closer to freedom and redemption.