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November 9th and 11th - 600 years of Jerusalem's History

posted Nov 4, 2009, 11:05 PM by Jack Cadranel
Our tour on Monday November 9th is called The Jewish Quarter from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century.  Its theme is the revival of Jewish life in Jerusalem.  When Rabbi Moshes ben Nachman (the Ramban) arrived in Jerusalem in 1267 he found the city in ruins and just two Jews living there. By 1860 the Jewish population had grown to 8,000. All Jewish life was still confined within the single square kilometre inside the walls of the Old City which was overcrowded and horribly unsanitary. In response to Christian missionary activities Jewish hospitals and schools had begun to be set up. The first Jewish housing project had been built. The gates of the city remained locked at night. We'll follow the story from the 13th to the 18th Century on this tour of Mount Zion and the Jewish Quarter.
We'll meet at 1.30 pm just outside the Zion Gate.  Please wear modest clothing for this tour.
Wednesday 11th November's tour is called Yemenites, Persians, Kurds and Aleppans in Nachlaot: Poor Folk from the Mystic East. 
In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries poor families set out on the long and difficult journey to Jerusalem from Kurdistan and Persia, the Yemen and Syria, They often lost what little money and belongings 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.
We'll meet at 9.30 am outside Ima's Restaurant - corner of Agrippas and Ben Zvi Boulevard.
Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus any site entry fees.  There are site entry fees of NIS 7 on Monday's tour.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com if you wish to join one of these tours.