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Visitors to the Gush Etzion region situated near Jerusalem can enjoy a host of family-oriented activities during the Gush Fridays festival on 19 and 26 June and 3 July. The main event, the Gush Etzion Cherry Festival will take place in Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim with cherry, raspberry and berry picking, (pick as much as you want and eat as much as you can while picking), cooking presentation with chef, workshops, tractor rides, farmers' market, creative corner for kids, performances and activities for the whole family.
In addition, on these selected Gush Fridays, discounts will be given on entrance fees to all the Gush Etzion tourist sites, including Deerland, Herodion, zipline, Biyar Aqueduct, Kfar Etzion Field School, Havayot Farm, Gush Etzion Winery and the audiovisual presentation at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion.
Other activities taking place include guided hikes and jeep tours, trail-blazing with the Gush Etzion field school guides, extreme sports and the longest zip-line in Israel, a tour of Herodion with Professor Ehud Netzer, the chief archaeologist who discovered Herod's tomb, wine-tasting and special discounts at the Gush Etzion Winery, a wet hike through the underground aquaduct and even musical jam sessions and laughter workshops.
Gush Fridays Schedules - June 19, 2009
* Cherry Festival Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim
10:00 - 15:00
* Free Hike - Path of the Patriarchs,
guided tour by reservation, only 60 places - 02-9410124 - 8:45-11:00.
* Herodion - tour with Professor Ehud Netzer, head archaeologist who discovered Herod's Tomb.
Reservation only - 057-761143. 9:00-11:00
An additional tour will take place 12:00-14:00 with a guide from the Herodion National Park
* Winery - Lecture: "Pre Nuptual Agreements"
Rabbi Elyashiv Knohl and Rabbinical Advocate Rachel Levmore discuss the issues at hand, agunot, agreements, and the issues of refused divorce. 02-9932437 - 10:00-11:00
* Meet the Poet "Pichi" Yoram Ben Meir 10:30 - 11:30 on the grass by the old Judaica Center
* Playback Theatre
Improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot; with actors from Gush Etzion. 02-9932437 11:30-12:30 10 NIS
* Hike with the Kfar Etzion Field School Through natural springs and new trails
02-9410124 by reservation only - 9:00-14:00.
More detailed information (in English) at: http://www.gush-etzion.org.il/cherry-2009b.htm