“Nalag’at” means “please touch” in Hebrew, and at the Nalagaat Center in Tel Aviv, visitors learn about a world without light or sound as they’re led through unique experiences by deaf, blind and deaf-blind individuals who work at the center.
The BlackOut Restaurant invites visitors to sit down for a culinary adventure in total darkness, where dishes are served by blind waiters and diners’ senses of touch, taste and smell are heightened while the eyes are not engaged. At the Nalagaat Theater, a cast of deaf-blind actors and interpreters stage performances that offer insight into the world of darkness, silence and the struggles that go along. The center also hosts regular workshops with topics like sign language and wine tasting in the dark.
There are two seatings at the BlackOut Restaurant on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and it’s a good idea to make reservations several days in advance.