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March 14th and 16th - from the sacred to the profane

posted Mar 9, 2011, 10:39 PM by Jack Cadranel
This week's tours take you from the sacred to the profane and from the ancient to the (relatively) modern -  from the Temple Mount to Ethiopia Street, the home of Jerusalem's secular intelligentsia of 100 years ago. 
On Monday March 14th tour the Temple Mount.  The Temple Mount is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. We shall explore the history and significance of this important and controversial site and see some of the buildings which occupy it today. Please wear modest clothing for this tour and do not bring prayer books, bibles, tefillin or any religious books or articles.
Meet at 8.00 am just inside the Dung Gate (Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 38) 
On Wednesday March 16th discover 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.
Meet at the junction of HaRav Kook and HaNevi'im Streets at 9.30 a.m.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water.  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person.  Registration in advance is required.  Please call 054-647-8955 or email
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
There's no tour on Shushan Purim Monday 21st March.  On Wednesday March 23rd take a Walk on the Walls from the Jaffa gate to the Damascus Gate.