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Tours October 12th and 14th

posted Oct 7, 2009, 4:42 AM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Oct 12, 2009, 11:24 PM ]
Here are two tours for the week "aharei hachagim".
Monday October 12th's tour is called The Revival of Jewish Life in Jerusalem - from the days of the Ramban to the Old Yishuv.  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 2.30 pm just outside Zion Gate.
On Wednesday 14th October we'll tour Ramat Rachel.  The history of this strategic hilltop high above Jerusalem spans 2,700 years. There are remains here of a royal palace and citadel from the time of the First Temple, a village from the time of the Second Temple, a Roman villa, a Byzantine monastery, trenches from the 1948 War of Independence and a Jordanian outpost from the Six Day War. See all this and more including amazing views over Jerusalem while you hear the history of this special site.   
We'll meet at 9.30 am at the entrance to the Ramat Rachel Hotel (Bus No.7).
Each tour costs NIS 60 per person plus any site entry fees.  There is a site entry fee of NIS 7 for the Four Sephardi Synagogues on Monday's tour.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or tourwithjack@gmail.com if you wish to join one of these tours.