I hate to admit it (especially since I’m a vegetarian and like to think of Shavuot as my holiday), but sooner or later the cheese thing is gonna get old. And not in a French, moldy blue cheese kind of way. More of in a self-induced lactose intolerance kind of way.
Which is why it might be good to get some fresh air at some point and get in touch with Mother Nature, which is what Shavuot is all about.
There are many outdoor Shavuot activities being publicized for this coming weekend, but not all of them are environmentally friendly. So if that’s your thing (and we hope it is), try out these options:
Nature Protection at the Manara Cliffs: The Manara Cliff site in the Galilee is focusing its Shavuot activities on nature protection this year. Activities include a recycling workshop, flower-pot making, and making mobiles out of natural materials. (June 8-9 from 9:30 to 17:00, for more information call 04-6905830)
Organic Shavuot at Kfar Tamar: Kfar Tamar, near the Kinneret, is hosting an organic farmer’s market this Shavuot which will include produce, legumes, organic crackers, and cheeses. There will also be tractor rides in the kfar’s orchards and farm. (June 7-8, for more information call 04-6709954)
Scarecrow Festival at the Hayarkon National Park: Celebrate pesticide-free ways of scaring off those pests at the Scarecrow Festival hosted by the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. The festivities include a scarecrow building contest, and the best three scarecrows will win attractive prizes. (for more information call *3639)