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Ein Rafa Festival - March 28

Tel Aviv, Israel
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Ein Rafa Festival - March 28

Yesterday I visited the Ein Rafa "Ta'am Shel Pa'am" Festival in the Israeli Arab village of Ein Rafa near Jerusalem. The festival will continue next Saturday March 28 so you have another opportunity to spend an interesting and entertaining afternoon there.

The village is located on the south side of Highway 1 at the Hemed Interchange, opposite Abu Ghosh.

The main feature of the festival is a courtyard where the residents sell local food that they have prepared themselves - soups, stuffed vegetables, pitas, pastries, desserts, etc - together with music and dancing. There are also walking tours in the village and the surrounding area (Nahal Kisalon) and and "open houses" where you can meet and chat with the town residents.


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1. Re: Ein Rafa Festival - March 28

Thanks, mbgg!

As Douglas (Labatt) mentioned in his report yesterday, it was a nice surprise meeting you there yesterday.

I join in the recommendation to visit this heartwarming and interesting event. The festival is quite small and not polished or slick, and it's the first time that this pretty village is opening itself up in this way. Definitely worth encouraging.

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2. Re: Ein Rafa Festival - March 28

It was indeed wonderful, and thank you, Shaul, for taking me! It is exactly the kind of "real Israel" event that I love, just as I love walking through Shuk Ha-Carmel in Tel Aviv or Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem.

And thank you for writing more about it, mbgg -- it was a delight running into you!

Douglas Duckett

In Jerusalem

Edited: 5:36 am, March 22, 2015
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