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A Celebration of Mind: the 14th Recreational Math Festival

If you are into recreational math, puzzles, games and magic, you should mark June 1st on your calendar – this is a festival you simply must participate in

Activity summaries

Israel's National Recreational Math, Games and Puzzles Festival and Conference is an annual meeting that attracts hundreds of participants of all ages in the field of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, art, magic and recreational math. The event is also one of the international Celebration of Mind events, organized by the G4G organization, promoting the legacy of the famous recreational math author Martin Gardner.

Participants will enjoy lectures and workshops given by experts, on topics in recreational math, such as card magic, origami, tic-tac-toe, magic squares and much more. Unique games, riddles and puzzles will be showcased, exchanged and offered at the many booths. The number of participants is limited, so save the date and be quick to buy your tickets.

Participants that will dress-up in the spirit of Lewis Carroll will be in for a surprise!


From age 6 and above. Experts and enthusiasts of creative math and puzzles.



Monday, May 21, 2018 (The day after Shavuot).
Hours: 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Registration begins at 2:30pm.



Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Center and the Barvaz Building, Davidson Institute of Science Education campus in the Weizmann Institute of Science






Subscription to the event is limited and done through the website, on computers and not from smartphones.
For accessibly issues and more details call: 08-9378300


More about the program

This year we will host the mathematician, artist and juggler, Dr Colin Wright, expert in math and juggling.
Dr. Wright is a professor in the fields of combinatorics and graph theory, founder of the international MathsJam and of the company Solipsys that develops workshops and studies the connection between mathematics and art.  

Last year we hosted mathematician, artist and juggler, Assistant Prof. Henry Segerman, expert in 3D geometry and topology.
In the past we hosted, architect Frans de Vreugd, who is an expert on Burr puzzles and other mechanical puzzles and international flexagon expert, Ann Schwartz .

Every year we host international origami artist, Ilan Garibi and Dror Vomberg, former world champion in solving a Rubik’s Cube with his eyes shut.

During the event we will hold five sessions,  each session will include a choice of seven workshops or lectures, among them the mathematical magic show of the perception artist Lior Manor, a puzzle competition hosted by Ilan Garibi and more. In parallel, we will hold a festive fair of booths and giant brain teasers on the lawns around the building.  Save the date for May 21st 2018!


Team Members

Program Director: Dr. Alona  Sarver
 Program Coordinators: Revital Aronov and Sivan Trau-Rozenstein
Chair of Steering Committee: Dr. Yossi Elran 



For more information: +972-8-9378300

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