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January 11th and 13th

posted Jan 6, 2010, 11:50 PM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Jan 7, 2010, 1:49 AM ]
The tours for next week are as different as they could be from one another.  Monday's is about internal strife and destruction in the Old City in the year 70 CE.  Wednesday's is all about innovation and the growth of the New City in the early 20th Century.  I hope you find them interesting.
On Monday January 11th we shall visit the Herodian Mansions and the Burnt House.  On the eve of the destruction of the Temple the Jews were torn apart by internal struggles; rich against poor, Sadducees against Pharisees, Zealots against the peace faction.  Some of the wealthiest families and priests had homes on the slope of the Western Hill with a wonderful view of the Temple.  Their power and position did not save them from the disaster that was to come. We'll visit their houses and learn about their lifestyles and the strife that led to their downfall.
We shall meet at the bus stop in the Jewish Quarter parking lot at 9.30am. (Bus 38)
On Wednesday January 13th we shall explore Rechavia in a tour called "Yekkes in Spanish Streets".  Built in the 1920s as a "garden suburb" the upscale neighbourhood of Rechavia 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 its more famous residents and find out why Yekkes were living in Spanish streets.
We'll meet at 9.30am at the corner of King George and Keren Kayemet Le'Israel Streets.
Each of these tours lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus site entry fees.  There are site entry fees of NIS 35 for adults, NIS 25 for senior citizens and NIS 16 for children on Monday's tour.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
The following week we'll explore some of the picturesque neighbourhoods of Nachlaot on Monday January 18th and recall the time When Jews Lived in the Muslim Quarter on Wednesday January 20th.