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Jerusalem Jazz Festival

David Sanchez, Alon Oleartchik, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Munir Hossn, Edward Simon – and other leading jazz artists from Israel and around the world – in special performances throughout the Museum

The Festival will include a sax player improvising between the paintings in the major German Expressionist exhibition Twilight over Berlin; a trumpet and a guitar weaving their magical rhythm between garments, jewelry, and beautiful objects in the Jewish Art and Life Wing; musicians and dancers sweeping along visitors in the exhibition A Brief History of Mankind in a free-for-all jam session.

The Museum is hosting an extraordinary celebration at the beginning of December, combining jazz with works of art. The first International Jerusalem Jazz Festival will transform the Museum's galleries into intimate spaces where visitors are invited to view the exhibitions while enjoying the performances – both scheduled and spontaneous – by the best of international and Israeli jazz artists.

Several key performances during the Jazz Festival will take place in the spacious Museum auditorium with an entrance charge) starring a number of jazz giants in one-time encounters: the legendary sax player, and Grammy-winner David Sanchez blends together colors of the Caribbean, African rhythms and Soul jazz in his new project; Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, one of the most fascinating figures of the New York jazz scene, in collaboration with Ravid Kahalani, a founder of Yemen Blues; and Alon Oleartchik with Eli Degibri in Tea for Two; "Duchess," the vocal jazz trio from New York, accompanied by a quartet of Israeli musicians and "The Three Cohens" – Anat, Yuval and Avishai – in an unplugged concert dedicated to their widely-acclaimed, recent album Tightrope.

David Sanchez, Grammy winner | Photo: Devin Dehaven

"Playing jazz in a place that is all about art and creativity, generates an unique, electrifying ambiance." says Avishai Cohen, renowned trumpet player and the Artistic Director of the Festival. "What guided me in the choice of musicians was the authenticity: the artists playing at the Festival are committed to their great love of music and their desire to make their unique voices heard."

Other prominent artists appearing at the Festival are Edward Simon, the award-winning pianist from Venezuela, considered one of the leading vocalists in the world jazz scene; Munir Hossn, virtuoso guitar and electric bass player of Afro-Brazilian Jazz; Israeli pianist Yonatan Avishai, who lives and works in France, and many others.

In addition to the performances in the galleries and the Museum auditorium, the audience will be in for special surprises – small, spontaneous performances to be held throughout the Museum that will evoke magical musical moments through unique, improvised connections.

The Jerusalem Jazz Festival is a spin-off of the Israel Festival, initiated and funded by the Jerusalem Foundation, also currently celebrating their own 50th anniversary since its founding.

December 2-4 | Doors open every evening 18:30. Friday – starting from 11: 00.
Performances are included in the Museum entrance ticket (excluding those performances in the auditorium).

Discounts for Museum Members, soldiers, and students

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Quiet Museum afternoons

Photo: Leora Fogelman

A Quiet Afternoon for Children at the Museum

Free entrance | Until Nov 19

Due to the security situation, the Israel Museum is offering a special activity in the Youth Wing during afternoons for Jerusalem children and parents.
Join us for a creative workshop and gallery tour for children.
The activities are designed for two age groups:
Kindergarten – 2nd grade and 3rd – 5th grade.
In cooperation with The Jerusalem Foundation.
Sunday – Friday | 4-6 pm | Youth Wing

Details and pre-registration at  »  02 677-1302

Monday Meetings at the Museum

Choice Artists, Mondays 6 - 7:30 pm
Israel Museum curators will lead a series of meetings dealing with five outstanding artists whose works are now or will be exhibited at the Museum.
Coming sessions:
Andy Warhol with Lihi Sapir Nov 16
Man Ray with Adina Kamien-Kazhdan Nov 23
Ai Weiwei with Ella Regev​ Nov 30

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Machol Shalem Dance House

Photo: Alex Eft

Research Effort

A Premiere Performance
Ten forms of efforts are explored in physical, emotional, and metaphorical ways in this dance and music performance.
Choreography and Dance: Bobbi Jean Smith | Music: Matan Daskal
As part of the Jerusalem International Dance Week produced by Machol Shalem Dance House.

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Order tickets: 053 3358210

For Members Only

Art Tour in Tel Aviv

A guided tour in Boutique Hotel Art Plus in Tel Aviv and in leading art galleries.
Nov 20 | 9 am | 100 NIS per person, including light refreshments and transportation
Space is limited

Young Talent - Wonderful Concerts

Two talented young ladies - piano and violin soloists - and other young talented soloists, in concert with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arie Vardi.
Nov 23 | 20:00 | Nov 25 | 20:00 | Henry Crown Hall
Special price for Museum Members:
One concert ticket NIS 70 (instead of NIS 165)
Two concerts tickets: NIS 120

Tour of the Museum's Toy Collections

Members are invited on a guided tour of the new exhibition of the Youth Wing's toy collections. The collection is comprised of some 15,000 objects including toys, games, and dolls, which were compiled over many decades offering overview of the experience of childhood from many aspects.
Grandfathers, grandmothers, and grandchildren (from age 6)
Nov 10 | 5:30 pm
Adults Nov 13 | 10:30 am 

20 IS, child 15 IS
Space is limited

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Gallery Talks

Man Ray – Human Equations with exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
17 Nov | Tues | 7 pm  

New Types: Three Pioneers of Hebrew Graphic Design
with exhibition curator Ada Wardi
18 Nov | Wed | 12 pm 

Gold from the Sea with exhibition curators Haim Gitler and Robert Kool 
Nov 24 | Tues | 7 pm; 25 Nov | Wed | 12 pm (In English) 

we the people with assistant curator Shir Aloni Yaari
1 Dec | Tues | 7 pm

Dürer and Friends
 with curator Tanya Sirakovich
2 Dec | Wed | 12 pm

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Tues and Sat, courtesy of Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and
David and Inez Myers, Cleveland, Ohio
Free entrance for soldiers doing compulsory military service and for those doing National Service, courtesy of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum
The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its guardian friends
November 15-21, The Leon-Levy Foundation​
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