Jerusalem Israel
Our Eternal Capital

Jerusalem Israel, the eternal Capital of Israel and of the Jewish People is holy to the three main monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A visit to Yerushalayim as it is known in Hebrew fills your soul with overwhelming emotions through a real religious and spiritual experience.

On every step of your visit you may virtually touch and hear every moment of its glorious history.

This is the reason it has drawn millions of pilgrims of all faiths for thousands of years.

Amazing view of Jerusalem Israel from the Mount of Olives

Capital of Israel

Jews in particular have been linked to Jerusalem physically and emotionally for all the years of wanderings until today. It is known that in all Jewish Holidays, the most important phrase at the end of the payers is “Next Year in Jerusalem”

The city is full with many tourist attractions that range from archaeological digs to museums of art; from best hotels and restaurants to inexpensive hostels and Schwarma and Falafel stands.

Jerusalem is mainly divided into Old Jerusalem and New Jerusalem.
The new city has expanded outside the walls to become an immense metropolis with the most diverse population that you may find in any important world city.

The spiritual center is the Old City of Jerusalem Israel, surrounded by walls that go back to more than three thousand years when King David made it his capital.It is divided into four quarters, Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim.

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Old Jerusalem top sites

  • Western Wall Jerusalem – Without any doubt this is the most sacred of Jewish Holy sites. Many Jews and Christians come to the Wall to pray and leave a written request between the stones.

  • Dome of the Rock – This is Islam’s third most holy site, and the place from where Mohammed raised on his “Night Journey” to heaven.

  • City of David – An incredible experience providing information about Ancient Jerusalem

  • Via Dolorosa – it is also known as the “Way of Sorrows”, Jesus’ final path. Many pilgrims come to Jerusalem to follow the 14 Stations of the Cross, ending at…

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulcher – The church where Christians mark the crucifixion and burial of Jesus,

The walled Old City Jerusalem

New Jerusalem Israel main attractions

  • The Knesset
    This building houses the Israeli Parliament. There are guided tours to visit the plenary, the Hall of State receptions and many pieces of art.
  • The Supreme Court Building
    This is a relatively new building designed to be impressive. There are guided tours. It is worth a visit with children. We took our grandchildren to visit there last years.
  • The Chagall Windows
    They are featured at the Hadassah Hospital Synagogue. Marc Chagall said in 1962 “This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.”
  • Yad Vashem
    Yad Vashem is the Holocaust Memorial. It is a museum and an educational center in remembrance of the Holocaust built on Har Hazikaron or Mount of Remembrance. A visit to this extraordinary site will leave you with a new understanding about the horrors of the Shoah.
  • Hadassah Hospital
    This is the most important and best hospital throughout the Middle East. It accepts patients from all countries in the area, with no consideration of race and national identify. Hadassah has saved many lives of Palestinians and many residents of Arab counties that are at the moment in a state of War and consider themselves as Israel enemies.
  • The Knesset Menorah
    Standing majestically in front of the Israeli parliament, it was designed by the Jewish English sculptor Benno Elkan, and was donated to the Knesset by the members of the British Parliament in 1956.

The Knesset Building home of the Israeli Parliament

Jerusalem Israel

  • Israel Museum
    This is the National Museum of Israel located in Jerusalem. Among many of the important items shown, the most important are the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibited at the Shrine of the Book.
  • Bible Land Museum
    This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. The Permanent Exhibition spans from earliest civilization to the Early Christian era in the Lands of the Bible.
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    This is the world's most recognized center for Judaic Studies. It was established in 1925. Tens of thousands of students from all sectors of society join here to study and actively pursue their degrees. Jews, Christians and Moslems fro all cities, villages and kibbutzim mingle here with the only purpose of study.
  • Mount Scopus
    It’s called in Hebrew Har Hatzofim. It stands at an elevation of more than 800 meters above sea level overlooks the city with spectacular views.
    It is common procedure among Israel guides to bring their tour participants to Mount Scopus direct from the airport, for a very emotional toast over wine and reciting the blessing of Shehecheyanu, thanking God for the opportunity to visit Jerusalem.
  • Jerusalem Archaeological Park
    It features outdoor displays around the Temple Mount, the valley of Hinnom and the slopes of Mount of Olives. For those that like to be inside, the Davidson Center shows Jerusalem’s multi-period history.
  • The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
    It features more than six thousand plant species, which were brought to Israel from all over the world and are being preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Important Neighborhoods of Jerusalem Israel

  • Mea Shearim

At first you look at it and you may think you entered a polish town of the 19th Century. This is home to most Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Modest dressing is required while walking on its streets, and of course, the operation of vehicles on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays is strictly prohibited.

  • The German Colony

When I first arrive in Jerusalem this was a quiet neighborhood. During the years the main artery Emek Refaim Street has become a chic Paris style avenue with many cafes with outside table. Walking there you’ll hear as many languages as in the Tower of Babel.

  • Ein Karem

This is a remote neighborhood home to many numerous galleries where artists and sculptors exhibit their pieces of art. The area is also famous for being the birthplace of John the Baptist, hosting several churches.

Some of the most important districts or neighborhoods are:

• American Colony• Atarot• Baka• Bayit VeGan• Beit HaKerem• Beit Hanina• Beit Safafa• Bukharim• French Hill• Geula• Gilo• Givat Ram• Givat Shaul• Ir David• Jabel Mukaber• Katamon• Kiryat HaYovel• Kiryat Moshe• Kiryat Shmuel• Mahaneh Yehuda• Malha• Mamilla• Mishkenot Shaananim• Motza• Nachlaot• Nahalat Shiva• Neve Shaanan• Pisgat Zeev• Pisgat Ze'ev• Ramat Eshkol• Ramat Shlomo• Ramot • Ras al Amud• Rehavia• Romema• Russian Compound• Sanhedria• Sheikh Jarrah• Shmuel HaNavi• Shuafat• Silwan• Sur Baher• Talpiot• Yemin Moshe

The Ultra Religious neighborhood of Mea Shearim

Jerusalem Israel is not just for pilgrims. It is the capital city of a thriving country and home to religious and non religious people alike. In this city Jews and Arabs live next to each other.

Some older areas are being renovated like the German Colony, where I lived and studied for a year back in 1959. Then it was a quite remote neighborhood. Today it’s a lively area with many outdoor cafes and restaurants.

We can watch tourists and locals alike walking up and down the famous Midrehov Ben Yehuda. This is a Pedestrian Mall with restaurants and, tourist stores. No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to Ben Yehuda.

Jerusalem Israel, is an unforgettable experience. As a good friend of mine who is a devout Christian once told me:

“After a visit to Jerusalem you are not the same person again”

Image Credits:
Jerusalem by Wayne McLean
Western Wall by Math Knight and Zachi Evenor
Old City of jerusalem by Shmuel Spiegelman
Knesset by Leif Knutsen
Holy Sepulchre by Berthold Werner,br>All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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