This fascinating museum is free for you to peruse over chol hameod. Yehezkel Hameiri, a journalist and researcher, spent 20 years restoring this five-story building and adding many antiquities from Tsfat plus photographs, archives, paintings and collections of old timers’ tales.
There are also many museums, galleries and archeological parks all over the north that offer free admission during chol hamoed.
Beit Hameiri, 158 Keren Hayesod Street 04-6971307, 04-6921939
If you like Carlebach-style prayer, Tzfat is the place to be for chol hameod. If you like to play, bring your instruments to The House of Love and Prayer and the Beirav synagogues. Many people bring guitars, flutes, violins and drums. They sing and dance, then sing some more.
If you’re between 21 and 30 years and are looking for an inspiring Pesach experience, check out the Livnot Program. Running from April 20-26, participants will go hiking, volunteer in the community and be part of a festive Passover seder that you won’t forget!
You won’t go hungry if you’re visiting Tzfat over chol hamoed. Several great restaurants are kashered for the chag. These include the Art Café, Gan Eden, Araleh’s and Café Bagdad.
Don’t miss a visit to Kadosh Cheeses, which is kasher for Pesach. Run by the Kadosh family for seven generations, they specialize in making salty Tzfati cheese, blue cheese kashkaval and pecorino. They also make the cheese on the premises and are happy to sit and chat over a Turkish coffee.
Described as one of the best kept secrets in Tsfat, the Abuhav winery is kosher for Pesach and open to visitors. It is a beautifully restored stone buildings with sweeping views of Meiron. Check out this video to see the transformation. And…the wines are exceptional.
Mimouna - A Moroccan Farewell
On the last evening of Pesach (April 30) after chag is out, come celebrate Mimouna with the North African Jewish community of Tsfat. Many families open their homes for tea, mofletta (a traditional pancake), nuts and dates.