Category Archives: Jerusalem area

Ein Itamar Spring in the Jerusalem Hills – En Itamar Spring in Reches Lavan

The spring is named for Itamar Doron who was killed at the site on October 13, 1998, when he and a companion were swimming in the spring; his companion was critically wounded by the two Hamas terrorists who ambushed them.

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Hike in Upper Nahal Og – Very challenging hike in the Judean Desert

This hike in Nahal Og bears no resemblance to the classic lower Nahal Og hike with the three waterfalls. This is probably the most “technically” difficult hike I have ever done, with a number of spots where my fellow hikers had to help each other. Having said that, it was amazing and great fun – but it should not be attempted alone or by inexperienced hikers.

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Anne Frank Memorial in the Martyrs’ Forest – Anne Frank Memorial near Jerusalem

Anne Frank is one of the most well known victims of the Holocaust, due to her diary which has been printed in many languages throughout the world. From her hiding place in an attic in Amsterdam, Anne could see a chestnut tree through a window. The tree fell in a storm in 2010, and a project was initiated to commemorate Anne and the tree.

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Zechariah’s tomb in the Kidron Valley – Monument for Zecharia the priest

Zechariah’s tomb in the Kidron Valley is associated with Zecharia son of the priest Jehoiada. According to the Book of Chronicles (Divrei HaYamim), he was stoned at the behest of King Yoash of Judah when Zechariah berated the Jews for not following God’s commandments. Zechariah lived in the 9th century BCE, during the first temple period.

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Knesset Menorah – Seven branched candelabra by the Israel Knesset

The Knesset Menorah is located opposite the Knesset building in the Rose Garden. The menorah was designed by Benno Elkan; it is a seven branched candelabra like the menorah from the ancient temple. The six branches on the outside depict the struggles of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, while the center branch depicts the history of the Jews since the establishment of the state of Israel.

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Kever Dan ben Yaakov – burial site of Dan son of Jacob – Dan’s tomb

When Joseph’s bones were brought to Israel with the Jewish people, his brothers were buried in Israel as well. Kever Dan ben Yaakov (קבר דן בן יעקב) is located just outside of Bet Shemesh; as usual, with an ancient burial site, there is some doubt as to the veracity of this being his burial site.

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Madras ruins in Park Adulam – Hirbet Madras near Beit Shemesh – Churvat Madras in Park Adulam

Hirbet Madras, known as Churvat Madras in Hebrew, is the remains of an agricultural village located in Park Adulam.  The Hirbet Madras ruins include houses, burial caves, hiding caves, a columbarium cave, and a burial pyramid.

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Israel Supreme Court Building in Jerusalem – Supreme Court Architecture

Israel’s Supreme Court Building was built by architects Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi-Melamed. The building was opened in 1992; previously rented premises were used for the court. The building was donated by Dorothy de Rothschild; pictures of the architects and letters from Rothschild can be viewed in the Court building.

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Connecting Path from Yad VaShem to Har Herzl – Path from Holocaust to New State

The connecting path between Yad VaShem and Har Herzl brings us from the years after the Holocaust to the creation of the state of Israel. The path, which is an easy stroll, is marked by historical signs which explain the major Jewish events leading up to the state. One of the markers, depicting the declaration of Independence, includes a recording of Ben Gurion’s famous speech. Later markers show the Arab attacks on Israel immediately afterwards.

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Memorial for Ethiopian Jews who died en route to Israel – Memorial for Ethiopian Jews on Har Herzl

The Jews of Ethiopia dreamed of coming to Israel for generations. This was finally possible in the early 1980s, although at the risk of their lives. In order to get to Israel, the Ethiopian Jews needed to get to Sudan, where they were airlifted to Israel in Operation Moses in 1984.

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Ancient Burnt House in Jerusalem – Katres House in Jerusalem

The burnt house, also known as Katres House, is the excavated remains of a house in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem which was destroyed at the time of the destruction of the second temple. The house is believed to have been owned by a priestly family.

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Scroll of Fire Sculpture in the Judean Hills – Sculpture in Martyrs Forest in Israel

The Scroll of Fire sculpture, Gviley Ha’aish in Hebrew, is a large memorial to the Holocaust, located in the Martyrs Forest in the Judean Hills. The bronze sculpture portrays the trauma of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the Jewish nation. The sculpture, by Nathan Rapoport, was dedicated in 1971, after three and a half years of work.

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Yad VaShem Museum Complex – Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum

Yad Vashem is Israel’s official Holocaust Museum. The original museum was established in 1953. The museum complex contains the holocaust history museum, hall of remembrance, museum of holocaust art, children’s memorial, and a research institute. Yad VaShem’s goals include education, documentation, commemoration, and research of the Holocaust.

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Shmuel HaNavi’s tomb in Israel – Samuel the Prophets tomb at Nabi Samuel

The grave of Shmuel HaNavi, known in Arabic as Nabi Samuel, is located just north of Jerusalem. While some question whether this is really the grave site of Samuel the prophet, Jewish tradition dating back to the middle ages holds that this is his tomb.

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Ramparts Walk National Park – Jerusalem’s old city ramparts

The ramparts walk along the top of Jerusalem’s old city walls provides a new view into parts of the old city which are otherwise inaccessible, and a view into the lives of the inhabitants of the old city. The views from the walls of the old city as well as the new city are spectacular.

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Israel Museum – Dead Sea scrolls, art, and archaeology in the Israel Museum

The Israel Museum, located in Jerusalem, was founded in 1965 as the national museum. The museum has collections of art, archaeology, and Judaica. The museum has a youth wing, a display of Jerusalem during the second temple period, and a display of the Dead Sea scrolls.

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L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art – watch collection, art, and history in museum of Islamic Art

The L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art was founded by philanthropist Vera Bryce Salomons. It was founded in memory of her friend and teacher, Professor Leo Aryeh Mayer, rector of the Hebrew University and a scholar of Islamic art. The museum opened to the public in 1974.

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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo – Tisch Family Zoological Gardens

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, officially known as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, was originally opened in 1928 by Aharon Shulov of Hebrew University. The Zoo was a small children’s zoo at that time, in the center of Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo moved to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus (Har HaTzofim, in Hebrew). The animals were traumatized by the shelling during the War of Independence in 1948, so they were moved once again to the Ezrat Torah neighborhood. The zoo remained there from 1950 to 1991; over time the zoo became dilapidated and overcrowded. In 1991, the zoo was closed and reopened in 1993 in the Malha neighborhood.

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Tel Azeka in the Valley of Elah – David and Goliath’s battle in the Valley of Elah

Azeka was a biblical town in the heights above the Valley of Elah, in the region given to the tribe of Judah. David fought and conquered the Philistine Goliath in the Valley of Elah. Tel Azeka is located in Park Britannia; from the tel you can see the Valley of Elah where the famous battle took place.

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Shuk Machane Yehuda – Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda Market, known in Hebrew as Shuk Mahane Yehuda, is the main outdoor fresh food marketplace in Jerusalem. Aside from the fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, fish, meat, and spices, you can also purchase houseware and clothing. The market has recently attracted some upscale shops and restaurants as well.

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Lifeline for the Old – Yad LaKashish workshops for the elderly

Lifeline for the Old (Yad Le’Kashish in Hebrew) provides employment to the impoverished elderly in Jerusalem. Many of the impoverished elderly are immigrants who have no savings from their working years. Although often they are educated people, they have no skills which could provide them with income after retirement. Yad La’Kashish provides them with jobs as well as a social framework.

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Ammunition Hill Museum and Memorial – Givat HaTachmoshet Museum

Ammunition Hill, known as Givat HaTachmoshet in Hebrew, was the most heavily fortified Jordanian stronghold in 1967. It was also the site of one of the fiercest battles during the six day war. When the Israeli paratroopers captured the hill, the liberation of the old city of Jerusalem was possible.

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