Category Archives: Jerusalem miscellaneous

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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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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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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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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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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German Hospice – St. Mary’s crusader hospice – Crusader Church

The Crusader Church was first built during the 12th century when Jerusalem was under Crusader rule. The hospice was run by the Teutonic Church and the Order of the Teutonic Knights. The hospice was known as St Mary’s of the German Knights, and was used to care for the sick crusaders who arrived in Jerusalem.

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St George’s Monastery in Wadi Kelt – Monastery in Nahal Prat

St. George’s Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery located in the gorge of Wadi Kelt. The Monastery began in the 4th century by a few monks, but was built in the late 5th century. It was then destroyed in 614, restored by the Crusaders in 1179, but ignored when the Crusaders left the holy land.

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