Chanuka Family Experience: Fire and Light in Nature


Spring Valley
Park Ayalon Canada, Israel


Dec 05 2021


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

In our modern world, we can use fire whenever we want.  We don’t think about the difference that fire and light make in our lives.  But life would look different without fire, especially at this time of year.

In this incredible Chanuka experience on Sunday December 5th at 10:00 AM, expert guide Ben Zaltman will teach us the tricks of his trade. Acquire the skills to bring light into the world: discover techniques for building a fire using natural materials only – no lighter or matches!  Our group will also learn about the responsibility that comes along with building a fire, and how to keep nature safe.

The day will begin with an easy family hike through beautiful Ayalon Valley, the spot where the sun stood still for Joshua and Judah the Maccabi led two of the most important battles against the Greeks.

Nowadays, Ayalon Valley is a beautiful spot in nature, home to forests, hills, and natural springs.  We’ll ascend through the forest to a beautiful lookout.

After the guided walk through Ayalon (geared towards kids), we drive to a new spot nearby for a lesson in how to ignite a flame without matches.  Ben will teach the group how to build and safely manage fire in nature.  Then, we’ll break up into smaller groups to try out our new skills.  Younger kids will learn how to build cool sculptures out of mud and clay.

Afterwards, we’ll bake pitas on a taboun and hear some stories of Chanuka and light while gathered around a bonfire.

This event will take place from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 5th.  Best for kids ages 8-14, but people of all ages can enjoy this fun filled day in nature!

Babies and Toddlers (0-2) Free Entry

Children (3-12) 75 NIS

Adults (13 and up) 100 NIS

We reserve the right to cancel at any time for a full refund.

Advanced Registration Required

If you have any difficulty booking this event, please open a WhatsApp chat with us here, or email us at and we will try to respond as quickly as possible.


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  • Ben Zaltzman
    Ben Zaltzman

    My name is Ben Zaltzman, I’m a tour guide and a hiker in Israel who leads people on trails around the country. 
    I fell in love with nature at a young age.
    While exploring the wide open spaces of nature, I came to know that it was the place where I belong.
    A question I ask during our journeys is, “What happens to me in nature?”
    I found secret hiking trails, discovered magical corners in the country, and have been guiding others through my experiences.
    The trips I lead are about nature connection, the power of being in nature, and the changing environment.
    I’m an expert at long-distance hikes. I hiked for 6 month along the Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and have gone on lots of other journeys in Israel and abroad.
    Tour guiding course of the ministry of tourism, birdwatching course (Israeli SPN), educational tours (ministry of education), Storytelling, hunter-gatherers life skills, group dynamics leader, tour educator (on Birthright), Nature cure & connection journey.


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