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Houses from Within is a municipal architectural event which takes place once a year in the streets of Tel Aviv, designed to throw light on the city's architecture and create an awareness of its constructed surroundings.

At the end of the week, between 16-17 May, ten buildings will be opened for visits, tours and discussions: private houses, public and government buildings, places of worship and special gardens. Children's activities focusing on the subject of building will also be provided. All events are free and some require registration in advance (for tours, early registration from 7.5).

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Discussion events:

The Rabin Center,
77 Rokah Avenue, Tel Aviv.
Friday 16.5, 12:30. Free entry.

Architects: Moshe Sefadie and Zachi Halberstadt. Building opening: 2005, on the 10 year anniversary of Rabin's murder.

Open tour with architect Zachi Halberstadt through former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's commemoration project.

The first part of the visit will include a presentation and explanation of the project, followed by a tour of the building's interior (currently in the final stages of construction) as well as the gardens around it.
Limited to first 100 guests.

Architect Eitan Goodman's House,
247a Benei Ephraim Street, Tel Aviv.
Saturday, 17.5, 9:30-12:30.

Architects: Oren Israel and Joseph Borishanski, 1964.

Open house in architect Eitan Goodman's home, purchased in 2006 for his family and renovated by the architect. This is a 'floating' house that sits on pillars, under which is a spacious open garden.

Open tour. Pre-registration not required.

Heichal Yehuda Synagogue,
13 Ben Saruk Street, Tel Aviv.
Friday, 16.5, 8:30-12:00. Free entry.

Architects: Yitzchak Toledano and Aharon Russo (engineer), 1980.

Open house in the synagogue designed by architect Yitzchak Toledano that earned its nickname 'The Shell' due to its unique design. This is a hidden and relatively unknown building, despite its central location. It is made of special concrete casts, instilled with vitrage windows and a carved front wall.

Open tour. Pre registration not required.

David Ben Gurion's House,
17 Ben-Gurion Boulevard, Tel Aviv.
Friday, 16.5, 8:00-16:00; Saturday, 17.5, 10:00-18:00.

Architect: Engineer David Tuvia, 1930-1931.

Open house in the private home of David and Paula Ben-Gurion, includes a peek into the couple's modest lifestyle and their impressive library. Guided tour on the hour.

Open tour. Pre registration not required.

Dizengoff Square Tour with architect Zvi Lishar,
Meeting point: by the entrance to the Cinema Hotel.
Friday 16.5, 10:00 and 11:00. Free entry.

Architect Zvi Lishar designed the new square in 1978. During these two tours, he will explain the reasoning behind raising the square above ground level, and will talk about his ideas for upgrading and renovating the square today.

Open event. Pre-registration not required.

Municipal events:

Tel Aviv Synagogues,
Friday 16.5, 10:00.

Tour sponsored by the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Tourism Association.

The tour is guided by Haim Gliss who will pay a visit to some of the unique synagogues in Tel Aviv, specifically the 'Grand Synagogue', Ohel Mo'ed Synagogue, and the Bilu Synagogue, and will recount their history, and that of the people who prayed in them.

To register: 03-5166188.

Neve Tzedek,
Friday, 16.5, 10:00.

Tour sponsored by the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Tourism Association.

The stories, characters, gossip and nostalgia surrounding Tel Aviv's first neighborhood. Guided by Shula Vidrich.

To register: 03-5166188

Rothschild Boulevard,
Friday, 16.5. 11:00, guided by Doron Ezer. Saturday, 17.5, 11:00, guided by Carl Velter.

Tour sponsored by the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Tourism Association.

Two tours along the oldest boulevard in Tel Aviv will lead you through the city's first kiosk and first lamp-post. Hear stories about the buildings lining the boulevard (where the Declaration of Independence took place), as well as their inhabitants, during the 100 years of the city's existence.

To register: 03-5166188.

Jaffa's Old Alleys,
Saturday, 17.5, 11:00.

Tour sponsored by the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Tourism Association.

Guide Bosmat Kochav will mark a picturesque route through Old Jaffa's alleys, passing by the Greek monastery, Abu Nabut's mosque and the observation point overlooking Jaffa's port.

To register: 03-5166188.

Tel Aviv's Pantheon - The Trumpeldor Cemetery,
Friday, 16.5, 10:00.

Tour sponsored by the Center for the Familiarization of Tel-Aviv, The Shalom Tower.
Guide: Ya'akov Merkel.
Meeting point: Cemetery entrance.

A tour of the cemetery-turned-institution, the place where Bialik, Ahad Ha'am, Devorah Baron and other city and state notables were laid to rest. A time-tunnel journey back to the first days of Tel Aviv will acquaint you with the people behind the street names, and stories and anecdotes about the relationships, social intrigues, love lives and power struggles between those who today, are lying side by side.
To register: 03-5100337

Children's events:

Charming Spots Hayarkon Park,
Saturday, 17.5, 16:00-17:30

A bicycle tour through the charming hidden spots of Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv's 'Central Park'. Guided by Gal Tal, an instructor at the Tel Aviv Jaffa Nature Protection Society.

Meeting point: the Hayarkon estuary, at the Tel Aviv port (Namal) side.
End point: The Memadion parking lot.

Limited to 25 riders.

Mud Brick Construction Workshop,
Eshkol Ganim,
25 Ha'avoda Street, Tel Aviv.
Saturday, 17.5, 10:00-14:00

Come and learn how to build mud bricks structures-from a Taboon to a hut. An open workshop that will take place in the back yard of Eshkol Ganim in the heart of Tel Aviv, Suitable for all ages. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

Open workshop. Pre-registration not required.

Play and Bake at the Dyada Center in Bet Hana,
75 Ben-Gurion Blvd. Tel Aviv.
Friday, 16.5, 16:00 and 18:00. Saturday, 17.5 at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00.

The Dyada Center is opening its yard for a combined activity with the 'Lechem Erez' bakery and cafe inspired by the workers that inhabited the place many years back.

There will be a simulation of a bakery production line where kids can play an active part in kneading, designing, baking and eating -hosted by the local staff. Every session is an hour and a half long and will include a special activity organized by Dyada House, for 3 year-olds and up.

Friday, 16.5, 16:00 and 18:00: Simulation of Challah production line and Kabbalat Shabbat.
Saturday, 17.5 at 11:00 and 16:00: Simulation of a pastry production line, brownies, muffins and story time with Yigal Aharon from Dyada House.

Saturday, 17.5, 13:00: Simulation of a pastry production line, brownies, muffins and outdoor activities with Yigal Ben Aharon.

Pre-registration required. Free of charge. Limited to 30 pre-registered kids.
To register: 03-5244484.

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With thanks to the architects, promoters, house owners, restaurant managers and nature conservation and construction heritage personnel.

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