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December 7th and 9th

posted Dec 3, 2009, 10:38 PM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Dec 3, 2009, 10:55 PM ]
On Monday December 7th we'll explore Ethiopia Street.  To some this was a “treife gasse” but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was the intellectual heart of Jerusalem. Priests, libraries, schools, the Hagana, the Joint and Jerusalem's intelligentsia all found a place in this intriguing neighbourhood and many countries had their embassies here.  On this tour you will visit Jerusalem’s Ethiopian church, the home of Eliezer Ben Yehuda and much more.
We shall meet at the junction of HaRav Kook and HaNevi'im Streets at 9.30am.
Wednesday December 9th's tour is called The Battle for the Jewish Quarter.  In the 1948 War of Independence the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was under siege.  Despite a valiant fight it fell to the Arab Legion just two weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel.  The fighters were taken into captivity and the rest of the residents expelled.  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 tour tells the story of exile and return.
We'll meet at 9.30am just outside the Zion Gate
Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus any site entry fees.  There will be site entry fees of NIS 7 on Wednesday's tour.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .