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2020 Events

3/13/2020 All Cottages closed due to Coronavirus


As part of an effort to maintain social distancing and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the House of Israel will be closed until further notice. All international houses will also be closed, and I’m sure you’ve heard of the many events that have been canceled recently.

Balboa Park’s Earth Day celebration has been postponed from April 19th to September 23rd.

We are monitoring this evolving situation and will decide on a weekly basis whether to open or not based on the best current information. Of course, even if we are open we will understand if volunteers prefer to cancel and come back once things have calmed down.

In the meantime, wash your hands and remember the unofficial official phrase of Israel, “יהיה בסדר”- yiyeh b’seder – everything’s going to be fine.

Open All Year Long

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Admission and Parking are Free

For the first time since 1935, all the Cottages are being asked to open on Saturdays, too. We are excited to be able to greet even more people!  However, we don’t always have volunteers. Please call in advance if you are coming specifically to the House of Israel on a Saturday.

School Field Trips

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Admission and Parking are Free

International Cottages are open on the 4th Tuesday of each month to welcome school field trips.  

Easter – Sunday, April 12, 2020

All of the International Cottages are closed, including the House of Israel.

Ethnic Food Fair – Sunday, May 24, 2020 – cancelled

The Ethnic Food Fair has been cancelled due to public health concerns surrounding the Coronovirus.

Celebration of Israel! – Sunday June 7, 2020 – cancelled

The House of Israel Lawn Program  has been cancelled due to public health concerns surrounding the Coronovirus.

Earth Day – Sunday, September 23, 2020

House of Israel and all Cottages will be closed ….BUT……

The House of Israel is proud to exhibit ‘Israel’s Contribution to the Environment’.  Our over-sized exhibit will allow visitors to learn about Israel’s breakthrough technologies in water conservation and agriculture; at the end, the first 2000 guests will receive a tomato plant grown from Israeli seeds!  Earthday allows us to reach visitors that we don’t typically see on a Sunday afternoon, allowing many more to learn about the many Israeli innovations that contribute to a cleaner Earth. (originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to Coronavirus).

Exhibits free 
9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Location – Plaza De Panama, Balboa Park – right in the center of the Park!

HPR International Christmas Festival – Friday&Saturday,  December 4 & 5, 2020
(AKA December Nights)

Admission is Free – There is a Parking Fee
Consider ride-sharing or shuttle.

House of Israel will serve traditional Israeli food and various spirits in the “Beer Garden”.

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday night ,   5-10 pm, and Saturday, noon-10 pm.  As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.” Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 300,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Post December Nights

We will be closed, as we will all be ”sleeping it off” after our big December Nights celebration!