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Passover 2012: 100,000 at Israel's Parks, Nature Reserves

At least 100,000 people are expected to visit Israel's national parks and nature reserves this week during the Passover holiday.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 4/8/2012, 9:36 AM

Torah scribe in ancient synagogue at Masada
Torah scribe in ancient synagogue at Masada
Israel news photo: Hana Levi Julian

At least 100,000 people are expected to visit Israel's national parks and nature reserves this week during the Passover holiday.

The Nature and Parks Authority has set up dozens of information booths throughout the country, with free admission to most of the parks this week.

Those planning to visit these areas are asked to observe all safety regulations, and to check reports on the radio to ensure the areas they plan to visit are not overcrowded.

Bank HaPoalim has also sponsored free admission for numerous museums and other sites around the country as well, as it does each year. Others are opening free as well, to participate in the holiday spirit.

Among the many places with free admission during this holiday week are the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Ghetto Fighters Museum, the Gangoroo, Katzrin Park, Haifa Museum of Art, National Maritime Museum Haifa, Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, City of David, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Israel Museum Jerusalem (for children only through Passover, and everyone on April 12), Israel Air Force Museum, Museum of Bedouin Culture, Ben Gurion Hut, and Hai Negev Revivim. 

Higher than normal temperatures are predicted for today (Sunday), bordering on sharav (heat wave) conditions. Temperatures are expected to drop a bit by Monday, but still to remain higher than normal for the season, with warm weather Tuesday as well. A significant drop in temperature is in the forecast for Wednesday, with local rain predicted in the north.

The second and closing holiday of the Passover week begins at sunset Thursday night, April 12.