As Passover flies by, Adam and I are trying to take advantage of the many activities that are going on throughout the week. The week of Passover is a vacation for a good portion of the country, so there are lots of activities planned by various places. One morning we went to the Botanical Gardens with friends. Admission was free and the place was packed with families. Our other free day, we went to the Mevo Modiim Fair, which is occurs twice a year. The first time is during the week of Sukkot and the second time is during the week of Passover. It has been on our list of things we want to do before we leave Israel, and so this Passover break, we made sure to go!
Mevo Modiim is a small farming township near the larger city of Modiin. Formally, it is called a moshav, which is an Israeli town that is a type of agricultural community. It is similar to a Kibbutz since it emphasizes cooperative farming, but unlike a kibbutz, individuals actually own their property rather than everything being communal. As with many of our other travels, it felt nice to be away from the city. The air felt cleaner and the moshav was filled with beautiful plants and trees.
Mevo Modiin is about 35 minutes from Jerusalem. To make the journey easier, we rented a car. Two of our friends went with us. When we arrived, we made our way toward the fair. It was a bit smaller than I expected, but there were lots of people. The area was divided into three sections. There was the main section that had the stage and arts and crafts fair. People picnicked while listening to the different music groups perform. If you weren’t interested in sitting, you could walk around and look at all the different booths. People were selling hand-made pottery, jewelry, and clothes. There were inspirational books on sale, an acupuncturist, and a palm reader. We liked looking at what people were selling but didn’t purchase any of these beautiful crafts. The second section was the women’s tent. Because the moshav is a religious township and a large number of the fair-goers were religious, they had a separate area for women. This section was not to keep men and women separate. In fact, it seemed like there were more women than men in the main section. The purpose of the women’s tent was to create a safe space for women to be more open about things. There were discussions and programs designed for women that took place here. I didn’t have a chance to visit the women’s tent.
The last section, which was the most fun, was the children’s section. Here they had arts and crafts for kids to make while there was music, jugglers, or a play going on. Kids were learning to juggle while others were making vases with glue and tissue paper. I was very excited to take Adina to see the jugglers. We caught the very end of this program because we spent some time eating lunch first. I thought she would be mesmerized by the flying objects, but she ended up playing with Adam’s necklace while we watched the man juggle fire. After the program ended, we found a nice place to sit on the ground. Adina doesn’t get to play in the grass ever so we wanted to give her a chance to experience it. As soon as we put her down, she went crazy grabbing at it, feeling it, moving it around, and trying to eat it, the latter of which we prevented. She had a really great time exploring!
After we had explored everything at the fair, there wasn’t much more to do but sit and enjoy the music. Our friends who came with us met some of their friends there and our group decided to take a stroll around the moshav. It was absolutely beautiful! We got to see a pomegranate tree in bloom, and lots of other pretty flowers. The walk was very peaceful. It was nice to get away from the fair for a bit as well as from the hustle and bustle of life.
The fair was really relaxing. I really enjoyed the music, and it was a great place to people watch. There were a lot of people who appeared to be “hippies” mingling with the more stereotypical religious. Everyone was getting along and there was a great sense of peace and harmony. A lot of the people at the fair spoke English, which made things less stressful for me. It was a great experience!
If you are ever in Israel during Sukkot or Passover, you should visit the fair! It is a fun experience!
Until next time…