Beit HaGefen Arab Jewish Cultural Center: Haifa City Tour: A History of Tolerance and Diverse Traditions

Haifa City Tour: A History of Tolerance and Diverse Traditions

Haifa, Israel

Beit HaGefen Arab Jewish Cultura...

Non-profit organization

4-5 hours
From$356 USDPer person

Beif HaGefen is an Arab-Jewish cultural community center which seeks to promote peace and tolerance through education.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore one of Israel's most diverse cities and support efforts to combat intolerance through dialogue and education.
  • Visit the famous Museum Without Walls in the Wadi Nisas neighborhood.
  • Take a tour through beautiful gardens and old mosques and synagogues.

Tour revenue directly funds Beit HaGefen's educational programs which seek to promote peace through tolerance.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time


  • Duration

    4-5 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Arabic, Hebrew

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    5 to 100

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Camera, Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

The city of Haifa is a fascinating cultural mosaic made up of Jews and Arabs, veterans and new comers, and Eastern and Western influences. Visit the Center at Beit HaGefen and explore Haifa's origins as a tolerant cosmopolitan city with diverse cultural treasures and religious traditions. Visit the Museum Without Walls in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood, a public open-air museum meant to signify unity in a multicultural city and embody the concept of open dialogue between Jewish and Arab culture. Visit the Baha'i Gardens, Stella Maris Church, The German Colony, and the Ahmadi (Ahmadiyya) mosque.

Tour Start Address

2 Hagefen Street, Haifa, Israel

How To Get There

By foot or by car from Haifa Center Ha-Shmona Railway Station via Sderot Hatsiyonut.

More About Beit HaGefen Arab Jewish Cultural Center


To create common and equal spaces that encompass the variety of identities and cultures in Haifa in particular and in Israel in general.

Main Programs

  • Beit HaGefen Art Gallery is a culture house dedicated to local, Middle Eastern, and international art that addresses multiculturalism and dialogue. The gallery strives to generate and facilitate artistic discourse surrounding these social and political issues, which are inseparable from Haifa's unique cultural fabric. The gallery's activities focus on five main areas: hosting public art exhibitions, education, encouraging local art, fostering curatorial practices in the Arab society, and establishing collaborations with Israeli and international institutions.

  • The Department of Culture promotes Beit HaGefen as an active culture house that hosts artists and produces shows for the general public. The department initiates activities and collaborations between different groups in a variety of cultural domains such as music, theater, circus, and more with the aim of establishing groups that will represent Beit HaGefen in Israeli and in international cultural events.

  • The Clore Library and Children's Cultural Center is the only public center in Haifa with thousands of books and media items in Arabic alongside literature in both Hebrew and English. The library is located in a beautiful historic building and is part of a culture complex which offers unique activities that foster and promote the intercultural openness and coexistence in Haifa. The center houses counseling services, a modern media center, and a service offering assistance with homework.