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Art in Israel

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This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Israel for 10 days with a program called Birthright. It was a whirlwind adventure of hiking, food, friends, sunshine, desert, bus rides, history, and culture. In short — it was incredible.

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Israel is a country full of natural and man-made beauty and I was so excited to see so much art everywhere — especially public art all over mostly in the form of monuments or commemorations.

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The architecture is beautiful; especially in Jerusalem where all of the building are made out of limestone.

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The columns, arches, and aqueducts are Roman inspired. Walking through Jerusalem felt like traveling back in time a couple of millenia. The stone streets were smooth weathered with hundreds and hundreds of years of wandering feet.

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Check out this awesome mosaic:

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We went to the room where The Last Supper (supposedly) took place:

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The mystical city of Tzfat is famous for artists and musicians. There were plenty of both selling art or playing music in the streets.

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A harpist playing the harp under a statue of a harpist playing a harp:

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This is a beautiful and intricately carved wooden ark where the Torah is kept. This was in an old Synagogue that was also filled with beautiful stained glass windows.

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A stained glass window with the “tree of life” symbol:

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tzedakah or charity box outside the synagogue:

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The amazing waxworks in a small candle shop (made by weaving wax — WOW!) :

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We got to meet and talk to one artist named Avraham. He was so inspiring and creative! Here he is in his studio shop:

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Beautiful contemporary Kabbalistic art:

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If you know me in real life, you know that I absolutely love street art. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had some really cool tags and graffiti.

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One very special art related moment occurred at the top of Mount Herzl (the military cemetery). A woman had an easel set up and she was painting a gorgeous landscape with oil paints. It was such a beautiful moment for an artist on top of a mountain in the sun.

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Israel is full of vibrant art. From street art to monuments, from paintings to architecture there is creativity throughout the country.And the beauty doesn’t stop at man-made — there is plenty of artistic and natural beauty.

Masada:

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The Dead Sea:

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The desert:

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Gardens:

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And of course the marketplace!:
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I enjoyed every minute of my time in Israel and I cannot wait to go back and continue to explore such a vividly beautiful country. I am excited to use my experience as inspiration for my own art and to inform my teaching through understanding of other cultures. 🙂

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

6 thoughts on “Art in Israel

  1. How fabulous! I’ve heard the Birthright trips are amazing. Thanks for posting your photos – I really like the colorful ark. Is it modern or older? Do you know where it was made?

    • Thanks, Rina! It was such a blast. All I can remember about the ark is that it was hand carved — which took over 40 years. Up close the motifs and details looked more modern, maybe 30s or 40s but that is a wild guess. Not sure where it was made either. Thanks for reading!

  2. What a wonderful opportunity for you! I figured something big must have come up as you were real quiet on the blogosphere for a while there. But this is a great post and I can’t wait to read more about your experiences!

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