Workshops in Israel: From Rocks to Rock Candy

Israel with Love loves the opportunity to meet Israeli citizens across the country. It’s so fun to hear about the daily lives of people who live in a different part of the world, especially when that part of the world is in the Middle East. One of the most fun ways to meet people is by participating in workshops. In between sanding wood, chiseling stone, kneading bread or bending silver, you’ll learn about what it’s like to move here, live here, and what locals like to do when they’re not working. Instead of buying souvenir, you’ll get to make one right here in Israel! Workshops can be a highlight of any trip to here, so Israel with Love is going to highlight just a few of the many options that you can build into a tour of Israel.

1. Tucked into a corner of Old Akko is the Saleem’s stone cutting workshop.  Saleem runs his AlMAdrasa workshop with such passion and fun as he regales you with stories of ancient and modern stone cutting successes and mishaps.  You’ll leave with a piece of art you can proudly display on your mantel once you return home.

2. Saidels bread-baking workshops. Les Saidel, originally from South Africa, left the world of hi tech to create a bakery right in his own home in Karnei Shomron. He offers fun-filled workshops in baking croissants and bourekas, bagels, donuts and even breads of the Beit HaMIkdash (the Temple). What a great way to spend an afternoon!

3. Mandy Broder and her family left a comfortable life in England to make aliya. They now live in Gush Etzion. Just minutes from Jerusalem, Mandy has opened The Workshop, a woodworking shop where YOU create your own Judaica! Imagine getting together with friends or family to make your own challah boards or chanukiya (menorah) or a welcome sign for your front door. Mandy can share stories with you highlighting the funny side of aliya while you create your own made-in-Israel keepsake.

4. Suri Provisor runs a modern weaving workshop at Keda Ancient Crafts in the ancient  city of Shilo.  After a short demonstration, you’ll have the opportunity to try backstrap/Bedouin ground looms/Standing Navaho Looms/Inkle belt looms and modern floor looms. In addition to regular workshops, Suri offers ones for bat mitzvah girls and their friends.  What a great way to celebrate this right of passage!

5. Candy, Candy, Candy!   Who doesn’t love candy?  Especially when you can make it Tel Aviv’s neighbor, Ramat Gan.  Come meet Tony, the owner and founder of ToMO (kosher)  Originally from Australia, Tony grew up on kibbutz, became a commercial litigator, but left the legal world behind to open up a candy workshop in Ramat Gan .  You can’t help but have a good time

Saleem teaches us the ancient art of stone-cutting

Israel with Love has had a great time assembling this list for you. And, after participating in these activities, kick back and enjoy a glass of Israeli wine! L’hitraot (see you soon)!

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