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Explore Jerusalem in the week of Yom Yerushalayim

posted May 5, 2010, 8:44 AM by Jack Cadranel
There's no better time to explore Jerusalem than the week of Yom Yerushalayim.  
On Monday 10th May we'll tour Nachlaot from Even Israel to Batei Minsk.  Encouraged by the success of the first few neighbourhoods, by the last quarter of the 19th Century the Jews of Jerusalem sensed that their future lay outside the walls of the Old City..  Neighbourhoods began to spring up along the Jaffa Road and elsewhere.  Come and explore some of the picturesque 19th Century neighbourhoods of Nachlaot and hear the stories of the pioneers who built them and the people who lived there.
We'll meet at 2.30pm at the corner of Agrippas and King George Streets.
On Wednesday May 12th there is a special tour for Yom Yerushalayim.  It tells the story of the Battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948 and 1967In the 1948 War of Independence the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was under siege.  Despite the valiant fight of its defenders 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 is about exile and return.
We shall meet just outside the Zion Gate at 9.30am.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water for these tours.  Each of them lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus site admission fees.  On Wednesday's tour there is an admission fee of NIS 10.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or tourwithjack@gmail.com .
The following week we'll tour Rechavia on Monday 17th May at 2.30pm.  Wednesday 12th May is Shavuot, There will not be a tour.