Sunday, April 30, 2017

Army Bases and Events (Open to the Public) on Yom Ha'Atzmaut

Several of you have asked what else is there to do on Yom Ha'atzmaut besides the 70 free museums. And it turns out, there will be lots of things for you to choose from:

Here is a listing of some Army Bases that will be open on Yom Ha'Atzmaut, with various activities and exhibitions available:

The Machane Horon Base will be open to the public between 10am - 4pm. Here you'll be able to see various army vehicles and other equipment.
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Yad LaShiryon at Latrun will be open to the public between 8am - 4:30pm. The exhibit will feature the many aspects of IDF's Land Forces.

Ramat David Air Force Base will be open to the public between 8am - 1pm

Air Force Technical Training School, near Haifa, will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm. Parking is available on Rechov Julius Simon.

Tel Nof Air Force Base (near Gedera) will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm

The Air Force Museum, on the Hatzerim Base, west of Be'er Sheva, will be open to the public between 9am - 2pm

You must show your teudat zehut and submit to a security check in order to enter any of these bases. No guns will be allowed. No animals will be allowed in. No Bikes or Motorcycles.

Additional Exhibits at the following Parking areas:


Exhibits will be open between 9am - 4pm:


Tzomet Golani

Maalot (Montfort Lake)

Beit Hillel (near Kiryat Shmona)


The parking lot next to Magen David Adom in Sderot, from 9am - 3pm

Parking Lot at the Mitzpe Ramon Orchard, from 10am - 4pm


Center and Jerusalem:

Exhibits (including tanks and other miliary equipment) will be open from 10am - 4pm:

Um Tzafa Forest (near Neve Tzuf)

Machane Horon Army Base

Kiryat Arba and Southern Hebron Hills near Tzomet Meitarim


Shaarei Tikva

"Chativat HaYovel" School in Ariel

Open from 9am - 5pm:

Karnei Shomron

Afula - Kfir Monument

Beit Shean - at the Ampitheater

Givat HaTachmoshet in Jerusalem

Park Givatayim will host an exhibit from 11am - 10pm


The Navy will have a Ship Exhibition in Eilat Harbor from 10:30 - 12:00

Save BIG when you rent a car for Yom Ha'atzmaut!

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Need wheels this Yom Ha'atzmaut?

It can be hard to get around with limited public transportation on Israel's Independence day, so if you have plans to get together with friends or family, or visit one of the 70+ museums that are open for FREE to the public on Yom Ha'atzmaut, you are probably considering renting a car.

There's a Groupon deal for Budget Car Rentals, just for Yom Ha'atzmaut!

The deal is 69nis per day (including VAT), for an X-class vehicle (Hyundai i10 or similar). Insurance is INCLUDED, and you'll have a maximum of 120 km travel per day. Maximum rental period is 7 days for this price, with no option of extending further. 

Available April 30 - May 5.

Driver must be at least 23 year old and have had a license for at least 2 yrs.

If you exceed 120 km, you'll be charged 1nis + VAT for every km over the limit.

You'll need a valid credit card in the driver's name available.

There are other conditions, please read the Groupon deal carefully, or call Budget at *2200 with questions!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Best Deals of the Week!

(links in the post may be affiliate or referral links, and I may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking a link. Thanks in advance for your support!) and Janglo have teamed up to bring you some great Groupon deals you don't want to miss!

If you're looking for Food deals (restaurants and shabbat take-out), check out the Restaurant Deals Post!

Here are some of this week's best Groupon Deals for your home:

Leather-look storage Ottoman -- perfect storage solution for a living room, guest room, or bedroom! (239nis plus 49nis for shipping)

Here's a smaller storage ottoman in your choice of colors, and the price is GREAT! One for 55nis, or 2 for 105nis, and just 20nis for shipping!

Shomrat Hazorea has a special online furniture collection - this sleeper sofa is a really great deal! Easily host overnight guests!

Organize your life with Keter drawers and shelves - starting at 149nis. Perfect for when you're not quite ready to invest in something permanent.

Your teens and kids are going to LOVE this huge pillow-chair. So comfy and casual and perfect for hanging out. 299nis plus shipping fee. (I might have to get a couple of them for my kids!)

Discount tix/admission for "Things to Do":

Here are some discount tix to Stand-Up Comedy shows around the country this Spring! 

Here are discount tix to the children's show "Yuval Hamevulbal / Pinocchio" (Little kids love Yuval Hamevulbal. Don't ask me why, I'm an adult!) Show dates and times over the next few weeks, all around the country.

Discount tix for Segway Tours in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv!

Horseback riding near Modi'in! Deals for one rider or two. You must reserve your spot after purchasing the Groupon.

Beer Making Workshop in Jerusalem. Have fun learning this craft, it's an 8 hr workshop for just 249nis!

Grab the ever-popular Laser Tag deal while you can!

Try out the  Escape Room in Ramat Gan! Discount tix for a group of 4 or 5 are available!

Happy Savings, and of course, don't forget to join Groupon Israel's Best Deals on Facebook, for daily updates with the best of Groupon!

Follow my Facebook page and stay up to date on deals, free things, savings, frugal tips, and more!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kosher Restaurant Deals

(links in the post may be affiliate or referral links, and I may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking a link. Thanks in advance for your support!) and Janglo have teamed up to bring you some great Groupon deals you don't want to miss!

Pizza Deals:

Pizza Portabello on the Tayelet in Bat Yam (19nis for a personal pizza with toppings and a drink, or 39nis for a family size pizza with toppings and garlic bread)

Pizza Cheese in Modi'in (best deal is the 1+1 - get 2 personal pizzas with a topping and drinks for 27nis)

Pizza Francesco in Kiryat Ono (personal pizza with topping and a drink for 22nis, or a family size pizza with a topping, and a Belgian Waffle, for 40nis)

Pizza Del Mondo in Petach Tikva (2 36cm pizzas - Israeli style or Margarita - for 59nis)

Pizza HaGesher in Be'er Sheva (29nis for an XL pizza)

Pizza HaGesher in Ramat Gan (29nis for an XL pizza)

Sushi Deals:

Special Sushi in Ohr Yehuda (79nis for a meal for 2)

My Sushi in Givat Shaul (Jerusalem) for half price

Sushi at Frangeliko in Jerusalem (Beit HaKerem) (88nis for a meal for 2)

HaSushiya in Afula (meal for 2 for 79nis, or a party platter for 199nis)

Keiseki in Bat Yam (Buy 1 Get one Free Deal)


Bereishit Restaurant in Petach Tikva (119nis for meal for 2, 235 for a party of 4)

Aziza - Grill Bar in Ashdod (Badatz) (Half price vouchers) 

Dominique Kitchen Bar in Ramat Gan (Half price vouchers)

Avazi Steakhouse in Talpiot (vouchers for 50-55% off)

Steakiya BaKfar in Moshav Ya'ara (in the Galil) (Half price vouchers)

El Gaucho in Rishon (dinner for 2 for 229nis)

ReyMeat in Kadima (near Netanya) (Half price vouchers)


Ruben in Herzliya Pituach (starting at 27nis)

HaShnitzeliya at the Central Bus Station in Be'er Sheva (starting at 25nis)

HaParah in Be'er Sheva (Burger meals starting at 35nis)

Burger Factory in Tel Aviv (on Ibn Gvirol) (dinner for 2 for 69nis)

Shabbat Takeout:

Jerusalem Delights (Half price vouchers)

Wedding Club (Talpiot) (Half price vouchers)

Bishulim (Petach Tikvah)  (Half price vouchers)

Minei Gan (Netanya) (Half price vouchers)

Machvuz (Ramat Gan) (Half price vouchers)

Ben's Takeout (Kfar Sava) (Half price vouchers)

Maadanei Yerushalayim (Badatz) (Ohr Yehuda) (Half price vouchers)

Fortuna (at the gas station in Petach Tikvah)  (Half price vouchers)

Pinati (Jerusalem) (Half price vouchers)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Free Attractions for Yom Ha'Atzmaut!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, is Yom Ha'Atzmaut, and this year, in honor of 69 yrs of the State of Israel, more than 69 attractions around the country will open to the public at no charge.

The list on this page represents many hours of work translating and researching, and I request that if you want to share this information, you link to this blog post. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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 many 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, that I haven't heard of, so please add information for other places in the comments, or send a note to and I'll add it in! Thank you.

I have tried, wherever possible, to link to websites in English. There were a few museums/historical sites that only had Hebrew websites, though. My apologies in advance. If you find a broken or incorrect link, please email me at so I can take care of it! Thanks!

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. It's a good idea to confirm in advance that the place you plan to go will be open as posted. Some places require advance bookings even if not specified.

If you need wheels for Yom Ha'atzmaut, check out this great deal for just 69nis per day!

Be sure to find me on Facebook and stay up to date about great Israeli free and frugal living ideas!


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

Ben Gurion's Hut (Sde Boker) - open 10 am to 4 pm. Last admission at 3 pm 08-6560469

Maoz opposite Gaza in Kibbutz Saad 052-3726644

The Joe Alon Center for Bedouin Culture at Kibbutz Lahav 08-9913322

The Revivim Museum named for Yosef Weitz. 10 am - 2 pm 08-6562570 \ 08-656263 

Metzudat Yoav, The Givati Museum 08-6611316

Beersheba Turkish Railway Station (Engine 70414), Open 9-5, sign up in advance for guided tour: 08-6234613

Be'erot BaNegev Visitors Center in Kibbutz Alonim, Open 10-2, advance registration required for guided tours, 08-9937300

Jerusalem Area:

The Old Yishuv Court Museum, 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 - 02-6265333 or *2884

The Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem - 10 a.m - 5 pm. 02-6233166

The Shai Agnon House - 02-6716498

Menachem Begin Heritage Center - 02-5652020 02-5652011 

Yad LaShiryon at Latrun - for more info: 08-9784321

Jewish Quarter Tours, from 9-5, every hour. Advance registration required. Call *4987

Levi Eshkol House, 9-6, advance registration required. Call 02-6313091

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

Sarona-Hakirya Visitors' Center - 03-6048434, 03-6049634

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

The Etzel 1948 Museum - open 9am - 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 - 2 pm. advance reservations required 03-9598862, 03-9598890 

The Eran Shamir Moshava Museum in Mazkeret Batya. Open 10:30 am - 3:30 pm (also open Wed night from 8-10:30pm). 08-9349525 

Ayalon Institute, (Bullet Factory) Rechovot. Open 9 am - 4 pm. Last guided tour at 3 pm. Advance reservations required. 08-9406552

Netanya Museum, Open 10:00 - 1:00 09-8840020

HaG'dudim Museum, Moshav Avichayil. Open 9-4 09-8822212

The North and Northern Coast:

The Tower and Stockade Museum at Hanita. 04-9859677 

The Jezreel Valley Train Museum - Kfar Yehoshua. 04-953-4226 open 9am - 2pm

Atlit Detention Camp, Advance Registration Required, 04-984-1980

The Treasures in the Walls Museum, Akko. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-991-1004

The Underground Prisoners Museum, Akko. Open 9am - 4pm. 04-991-1375 . Update on April 25: all tours are fully booked. They will not accept any more reservations for guided tours.

The Fisher House, Kiryat Ata. Open 9 am - 2 pm. 04-844-0207

The Museum of the First Aliyah in Zichron. Open 10 am - 4 pm. 04-6294777 

The Khan Museum (04-6322330 , 04-6324562 Open 10 am - 3 pm)Hadera

The Feinberg House (04-6343296, open 9am - 2 pm), Hadera.

The Haifa City Museum. 04-9115888

The Herman Struk Museum 04-9127090 The National Maritime Museum. 04-853662

Etzel Museum at Shuni Forest. 052-8330177 Audio-visual presentation every hour between 9am and 3pm

Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, Haifa 04-8537672 open 9am - 4pm

Watchman's House Museum - Kfar Giladi. open 8 am - 4 pm. 04-6941565

Tel Hai Courtyard - 10 am - 3 pm - 04-6951333 Advance reservations required.

The Birya Fortress - open 9 am - 5 pm. 04-6922433 

HaReut Museum, Metzudat Koach- 04-6432810 open 10am-4pm 

The Restored Pioneer Village at Rosh Pinah, Open 10-2. 04-6936913

Beit HaMeiri, Tsfat 04-6921939open 10am - 2pm. Guided Tours require advance registration

The Kinneret Courtyard - guided tours at 10, 12, and 2. 04-6709117 

Naharayim Experience in Gesher. Guided tours at 11:00 and 12:30. Open 9 am - 4 pm. 04-6752685

The Palmach Cave - guided tours on the hour between 10 and 3. 04-9898946 ,052-4471109 

The Historic Nahalal Police Station - guided tours at 9 am, 11am, and 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 - 3 pm. 04-6548974

The Chaim Shturman House - at Kibbutz Ein Harud. 04-6486337 | 04-6486328
Zemach Train Station, Open 10-1:30. 3969774–050

Other FREE attractions and activities:

The Israel Museum

Army Bases and Public Exhibits 

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Surplus lettuce, cabbage, and celery

According to a WhatsApp notice going around, Moshav Talmei Yehiel (Kiryat Malakhi region) has a surfeit of lettuce, cabbage, and celery. It would cost them more to harvest it than they would get paid for their produce, so if you're in the area, you may want to check it out. 

Call 054-577-8932 for details.

Have fun picking veggies if you go!