This tour is designed to offer sites in Jerusalem from a Jewish context. Historic and Religious sites will be toured and described in detail. It is of course open to non Jews who may be interested in learning about the culture.
We begin at the Israel Museum as I like to pair artifacts with the sites we will explore. Here we can enter the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will see examples of the type of scrolls discovered from the ancient library and even have the chance to look at one of the world’s oldest Bibles. There is also a model of Jerusalem as it appeared in the 1st century.
Afterwards, we will visit the City of David. This is where Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel began. There are remains of what may be the Palace and other ruins nearby. We will investigate the site and walk through 2 dry tunnels searching for the source of the city’s water.
Now we can enter the Old City and go to the Western Wall (cover photo). Jerusalem’s holiest spot for Jews to pray at is the most visited site in the country. After introducing the history and context you will have some free time to touch the Wall, pray or just marvel at its construction. Don’t forget to write a note and place it in one of the cracks!
We will take a break for Lunch before continuing our tour. The Jewish Quarter has some great archaeology which is free to see and brings up stories of the Bible. As we walk through the Old City we will discuss the history of Jews in Jerusalem as we make our way to our final destination.
The 4 Sephardi synagogues: Sephardi Jews lived primarily in the Arab countries of North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Southern Europe. In contrast, Ashkenazi Jews developed their culture in Central and Eastern Europe. You will notice differences between Sephardi and Ashkenazi synagogues here as both are represented.