Updates

"The times they are a changin ..."

posted Dec 3, 2013, 6:12 AM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Dec 3, 2013, 6:12 AM ]

For a combination of reasons, "Tour With Jack" has ceased operations as a commercial enterprise for the time being. I will continue to guide a limited number of tours but will ask the participants to donate what would have been my fee to charity. I don't want to undercut my colleagues who rely on their guiding fees for a living and I would like the charities to benefit. I have in mind organisations whose work I should like to support but I am happy for people to donate the money to a charity that they prefer.
 
Thank you alI for your support and friendship, your comments and suggestions about the tours and for the many kind messages I have received. I have very much enjoyed guiding you over the past six years and hope to see you again.
 
Happy Chanukah and my best wishes,

A New Blog Post and a Tour for Chanukah

posted Oct 24, 2013, 5:27 AM by Jack Cadranel

My latest blog post "Earthquakesand King Solomon's Mines in the Jordan Valley" is out now.  Read it at http://tourwithjack.blogspot.co.il
 
I will be guiding a special walking tour in the Old City during Chanukah.  Here are brief details.  Please contact me to register and for further information.
 
On Monday december 2nd enjoy the glow of Chanukah candles as you walk in the alleyways and on the rooftops of the Jewish Quarter.  Hear stories of Chanukah and celebrate with doughnuts.  Meet at 4.30 pm just outside the Jaffa Gate.
 
I plan to arrange a trip to Akko and Atlit in the Spring of 2014.  Watch out for further details..

Tours for June 2013

posted Jun 6, 2013, 8:34 AM by Jack Cadranel

I look forward to guiding you on my tours this summer.
 
I am currently planning a full day bus tour to Akko and Atlit and a tour in Jerusalem that will give a glimpse into the world of the Hassidim. Watch for details. Meanwhile here are this month's walking tours.
 
On Monday June 10th we shall visit many of the historic buildings along the Jaffa road between the Mahane Yehuda market and King George Street. The Jaffa Road that led from the Old City of Jerusalem to the port of Jaffa, was the first street in Jerusalem to be paved. Over the past few years it has seen tremendous changes and huge disruption. Now, with the light rail in operation, it has been reborn. This tour costs 70 shekels.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. on Jaffa Road at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda open market.
 
"Let's Talk Herod" on Monday June 17th. We will visit the model of Second Temple Period Jerusalem, the Archaeology Wing and the fabulous new exhibition “Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey” at the Israel Museum. Meet at 2.00 pm in the entrance foyer of the museum. The tour will cost 50 shekels plus museum entrance. Places are limited on this tour. Make sure you register in advance.
 
On Monday June 24th join me to tour "North Along the Seam Line: from Mount Zion to the Mandelbaum Gate". We'll walk from Mount Zion around and on top of the Old City walls, through the Musrara neighbourhood where Moshe Dayan and Abdulla a-Tal drew the cease fire line, to the site of the Mandelbaum Gate. The tour will cost 75 shekels. Meet at 9.30 am just outside the Zion Gate.
 
Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each walking tour lasts about 3 hours. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum number of people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email jack@tourwithjack.com.
 
Please note my new email address: jack@tourwithjack.com

New Season, New Blog Post, New Tours, New Email Address!

posted Mar 17, 2013, 12:37 PM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Mar 17, 2013, 12:37 PM ]

A new blog post "Kaiser Wilhelm II, Vincent van Gogh and Herod the Great: Exhibitions of Genius and Madness" introduces a new season of tours for Tour With Jack. Read it at: http://tourwithjack.blogspot.co.il/2013/03/kaiser-wilhelm-ii-vincent-van-gogh-and.html
 
The first tour of the season is called "Let's Talk Herod". We will visit the model of Second Temple Period Jerusalem, the Archaeology Wing and the fabulous new exhibition “Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey” at the Israel Museum.
We will meet at 2.00 pm on Wednesday April 3rd in the entrance foyer of the museum. The tour will cost 50 shekels plus museum entrance. Places are limited on this tour. Make sure you register in advance.
 
On Yom Ha'atzmaut, Tuesday April 16th join me to tour "North Along the Seam Line: from Mount Zion to the Turjeman Post". We'll walk through the Musrara neighbourhood where Moshe Dayan and Abdulla a-Tal drew the cease fire line, past the site of the Mandelbaum Gate to the Turjeman Post, now the home of the Museum on the Seam.
The tour will cost 75 shekels.
Meet at 9.30 am just outside the Zion Gate.
 
New tours in the pipeline include: Hostels and Hotels in the Old City, A Glimpse into the World of the Hassidim, a new look at the history of Medicine in Jerusalem, the neighbourhoods of Talpiyot.and Baka.
 
Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each tour lasts 2-3 hours. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum number of people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email jack@tourwithjack.com
 
Please note my new email address: jack@tourwithjack.com
 
Happy Pesach!

Jerusalem Rebuilt and Jerusalem Divided

posted May 17, 2012, 2:05 AM by Jack Cadranel

Our tour of Mount Zion and the Jewish Quarter on Monday May 21st covers 600 years of Jewish history - The Rebuilding of Jewish Jerusalem from the Ramban to the Old Yishuv. When Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman arrived in Jerusalem in 1267 he found the city in ruins and just two Jews living here. By 1860 the Jewish population had grown to 8,000 and the community had begun to build hospitals, schools and housing projects. Jerusalem was on the brink of rapid development. 
Meet at 2.00 p.m. just outside the Zion Gate (Bus No.38 or 38א).Please wear modest dress for this tour. 
 
A Walk along the Cease Fire Line will introduce you to some of the quirks and crazinesses of the 1948-1967 Cease Fire Line as it cut through Jerusalem. You'll follow a wonderfully scenic route along the Haas and Sherover Promenades through Abu Tor to Yemin Moshe. Join this tour on Wednesday May 23rd. 
Meet at 9.30 a.m. in the Haas Promenade (Tayelet) parking lot near the UN building (Bus No.8). 
 
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com . Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 plus site entry fees. There is a small site entry fee on Monday's tour.

Rehavia and Nahlaot - Europe and the Mystic East

posted May 11, 2012, 2:05 AM by Jack Cadranel

Both of our Jerusalem walking tours this week explore neighbourhoods that were built in the New City as immigrants arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The neighbourhoods reflect the characters of their early settlers - some from Europe and some from the "mystic east". 
 
On Monday May 14th explore Rehavia.  Built in the 1920s as a "garden suburb" the upscale neighbourhood was home to many of Israel's early leaders.  We'll take in the neighbourhood's architecture and history, hear the stories of some of it's more famous residents and find out why Yekkes were living in Spanish Streets.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. at the corner of King George and Keren Kayemet Le'Israel Streets.  
 
Nahlaot - The Far Side: Yemenites, Persians, Kurds and Aleppans is the theme of our tour on Wednesday May 16th.  From Kurdistan and Persia, the Yemen and Syria poor families set out on the long and difficult journey to Jerusalem, often losing what little they had along the way.  At first they lived in makeshift huts and little by little established themselves and their communities.  This tour tells their stories and visits their early neighbourhoods. 
Meet at 9.30 a.m. outside Ima's Restaurant at the corner of Agrippas Street and Ben Zvi Boulevard.  
 
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered.  Registration in advance is required.  Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com .  Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water.  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70.

Tour With Jack in May

posted May 2, 2012, 10:24 PM by Jack Cadranel

Date

Time

Tour

Meeting Point

Wednesday May 2nd

 

8.00 a.m.

The Temple Mount

Just inside the Dung Gate

Monday May 7th

9.30 a.m.

The Southern Wall Excavations: In the Shadow of the Temple

Just inside the Dung Gate

Wednesday May 9th

9.30 a.m.

Ir David: The City of David

By the ticket office, City of David visitors’ centre

Thursday May 10th

 

 

Tour With Jack to Jaffa: It’s Not Just About Oranges!

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Monday May 14th

9.30 a.m.

Rehavia: Yekkes in Spanish Streets

Corner of King George and Keren Kayemet Le’Israel Streets

Wednesday May 16th

9.30 a.m.

Nahlaot - The Far Side: Yemenites, Persians, Kurds and Aleppans

Outside Ima’s Restaurant, corner of Ben Zvi and Agrippas

Monday May 21st

2.00 p.m.

Rebuilding Jewish Jerusalem: From the Ramban to the Old Yishuv

Just outside the Zion Gate

Wednesday May 23rd

9.30 a.m.

The 1948 Cease Fire Line: From the UN Building to Yemin Moshe

Haas Promenade (Tayelet) parking lot, near the UN building

Monday May 28th

9.30 a.m.

The Old City Ramparts: The Jaffa Gate to the Damascus Gate

Just outside the Jaffa Gate

Wednesday May 30th

9.30 a.m.

When Jews Lived in the Muslim Quarter

Bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot

All Around the Jaffa Road - Tours for the Week of Yom HaAtzmaut

posted Apr 19, 2012, 11:10 PM by Jack Cadranel

The Jaffa Road has been "Main Street, Jerusalem" ever since the New City began to develop and new neighbourhoods arose along its sides.  This week's tours explore it and the neighbourhoods around it.  
 
In the last quarter of the 19th Century Jewish neighbourhoods began to spring up along the Jaffa Road. A makeshift market grew up in a nearby field in an arrangement that suited everyone.  Farmers from the local villages had found an outlet for their produce and residents of the new neighbourhoods were saved the long walk to the Old City to buy their food.  Our tour on Monday April 23rd takes you to neighbourhoods of Nahlaot and to the Mahane Yehuda market that are today much loved features of the city.
Meet at 2.30 p.m. at the corner of King George and Agrippas Streets. 
 
The Jaffa Road that led from the Old City of Jerusalem to the port of Jaffa, was the first street in Jerusalem to be paved. Over the past few years it has seen tremendous changes and huge disruption.  Now, with the light rail in operation, it has been reborn.  On this new tour on Yom HaAtzmaut, Thursday April 26th you will visit many of the historic  buildings along the Jaffa road between the Mahane Yehuda market and King George Street.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. on Jaffa Road at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda open market.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered.  Registration in advance is required.  Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com .  Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water.  Each walking tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70. 

The week after Pesach - new tour for Erev Yom Hashoah

posted Apr 11, 2012, 9:35 PM by Jack Cadranel

On Monday April 16th take A Walk on the Walls of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Damascus Gate. Starting at the Jaffa Gate you'll follow the Ramparts Walk to the Damascus Gate and see the Old City and beyond from a whole new perspective. You'll walk through the colorful local markets on your way back to the Jaffa Gate where the tour ends.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Jaffa Gate. 
 
Yad Vashem is the world's major Jewish Holocaust memorial site. This tour on Wednesday April 18th, Erev Yom Hashoah, will take you to monuments and memorials in the grounds of Yad Vashem that reflect different aspects of the Holocaust and the way in which attitudes towards it have changed in the State of Israel over the past six decades.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. in the entrance foyer of the Yad Vashem visitors' centre.
 
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com . Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each walking tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 plus entry fees. There is a site entry fee of NIS 16 on Monday's tour. 

Two tours in the Old City for Chol Hamoed Pesach

posted Apr 5, 2012, 11:11 PM by Jack Cadranel

Here are two tours for Chol Hamoed Pesach.  Please note that Monday's tour is at 2.30 p.m. and not as advertised in the newspapers.
 
On Monday April 9th follow the drama of the Battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948 and 1967.  In the 1948 War of Independence the Jewish Quarter of the Old City fell to the Arab Legion just two weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel.  For 19 years until its recapture by Israeli troops in the Six Day War in 1967 Jews did not set foot in the Old City.  This is a story of  Exile and Return.
Meet at 2.30 p.m. just outside the Zion Gate.  Please wear modest dress for this tour.  
 
On Wednesday April 11th explore Markets and Marketplaces in the Old City.  For three thousand years, since King Solomon built the First Temple, Jerusalem's shopkeepers have catered to the needs of local residents and to the needs of thousands of pilgrims and tourists.  The bustling, colourful markets reflect the long history of the city and the diversity of her residents and visitors.  The tour will visit markets ancient, mediaeval and modern.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Jaffa Gate.  
 
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered.  Registration in advance is required.  Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com .  Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water.  Each walking tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 plus entry fees.  There are small site entry fees on both of this week's tours.  
 
Wishing you all chag sameach,

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