The Dona Gracia Museum in Tiberias portrays the life history of a remarkable woman. Gracia Mendes Nasi, known as Dona Gracia, was born to a Jewish family in Lisbon. Her family fled from Spain to Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition in 1492, but was forcibly converted along with all the other Jews in Portugal in 1497.
The original gates to the Knesset complex were designed by sculptor David Palombo. The gates are a memorial for the destruction of world Jewry during World War II by the Nazi regime. The gates were moved in 2007 so that they are now a stand-alone structure.
The Knesset Menorah is located opposite the Knesset building in the Rose Garden. The menorah was designed by Benno Elkan; it is a seven branched candelabra like the menorah from the ancient temple. The six branches on the outside depict the struggles of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, while the center branch depicts the history of the Jews since the establishment of the state of Israel.
The Museum of Babylonian Jewry covers 2700 years of Jewish history, from the Babylonian exile through the return from Iraq to Israel. There is also a heritage center which researches Babylonian Jewry and maintains a genealogical database of Iraqi Jews.
The Ghetto Fighter’s House is a holocaust museum in Lochamei HaGetaot in the Upper Galilee. The museum commemorates both the holocaust and Jewish heroism during the holocaust.
The Diaspora Museum, known as Beit HaTefutsot in Hebrew, tells the history of the Jewish people in Diaspora, beginning with the destruction of the first temple and ending with the state of Israel in 1948.
The U Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art has a display of Judaica from Italy. The museum was established in 1982 and includes artifacts which date back to the 16th century.
The Scroll of Fire sculpture, Gviley Ha’aish in Hebrew, is a large memorial to the Holocaust, located in the Martyrs Forest in the Judean Hills. The bronze sculpture portrays the trauma of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the Jewish nation. The sculpture, by Nathan Rapoport, was dedicated in 1971, after three and a half years of work.
The Eilat Gallery displays artwork by local Eilat artists. The gallery is located opposite the Eilat museum. The artwork inside the museum is for sale, yet the display gives the visitors the feeling of walking through a museum rather than a shop.
Rokach House is one of the first homes built outside the old city of Jaffa. In this house, built in 1887, you can see the old home which was famous for its domed roof. The house is preserved as it was at that time. There is also a display of old photographs showing the early days of settlement in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood.
The Gutman Museum showcases the works of the artist Nachum Gutman, who worked in a variety of media, often focusing on the oriental charms of the Arab and Arab way of life. The exhibits in the museum include the works of many other artists who portray the Arab, as well as the temporary photographic exhibit of Chalil Raad’s work. The museum, located in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, is well worth a visit.
The Arts and Crafts Fair in Nachalat Binyamin has a wide assortment of wares available for purchase. In addition, there are street performances of music, fortune telling, clowns and caricature drawings offered.
Located outside of the Eilat museum, there are sculptures from a peace collection. Although the sign claims that there are 5 sculptures by international artists, I only saw three.
The Anna Ticho House in Jerusalem, Beit Ticho in Hebrew, was one of the first houses built outside the old city walls, in the Beit David neighborhood. The house was bought by Dr. Avraham Albert Ticho and his wife, Anna, in 1924.
The Artists’ House is home to the Association of Jerusalem Artists. With 500 members, the Association of Jewish Artists displays national and international exhibits which are changed as often as every three weeks. The artists’ work is sold in the gallery on the main floor.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has one of the largest collections of Israeli art in the world. The museum was founded in 1932, and has exhibited a variety of art, including sculpture, drawings, photography and design.
The Aniam Artist’s Village is a small quaint village in the Golan. Workshops and galleries line the paved road in the village. The village seems to be still relatively unknown, and is quiet and uncrowded.
Lake Monfort is an artificial lake in the lower Galilee. The lake has pedal boats for rent. The walk around the lake is lovely, with a number of islands in the middle of the lake.
The Museum of Psalms was established in 1995, featuring the works of Moshe Tzvi HaLevi Berger. These paintings are a visual rendering of the psalms of David, where each psalm is a visual Kabalistic rendering onto canvas. The paintings which cover all 150 psalms, took over seven years to complete.
Jerusalem has beautiful pictures painted on the sides of buildings in the center of town and in the Mahane Yehuda Shuk.
Jaffa, known as Yafo in Hebrew, is an ancient city with a natural harbor which was used as early as the bronze age. The city was ruled by many ancient peoples, including the Egyptians, Caananites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Romans. In the middle ages, it was ruled by the Arabs and the Crusaders.
The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem is a beautiful building, with stained glass windows depicting biblical themes. A large mezuzah collection is on display in the foyer of the synagogue.
The Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art has a collection of antique Jewish artifacts from Jewish communities around the world. These include Chanuka menorahs, miniature models of synagogues made of matchsticks, a display on Jewish holiday customs from various countries, and a display of Jewish ceremonial art for birth and wedding ceremonies.
The Sculpture Garden, also known as Mitzpor HaShalom (Vista of Peace), in Haifa displays the sculptures of Ursula Malbin. The Garden has a stunning view of the Haifa bay, from its location on the hills above.