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The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In nearly seventy years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture. In November 2017, Prof. Ido Bruno took up his role as Director of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. To Prof. Bruno's Welcome Address In the summer of 2010, the Israel Museum completed the most comprehensive upgrade of its 20-acre campus in its history, featuring new galleries, entrance facilities, and public spaces. The three-year expansion and renewal project was designed to enhance visitor experience of the Museum’s collections, architecture, and surrounding landscape, complementing its original design by Alfred Mansfeld and Dora Gad. Led by James Carpenter Design Associates of New York and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects of Tel Aviv, the project also included the complete renewal and reconfiguration of the Museum’s Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Archaeology Wing, Edmond and Lily Safra Fine Arts Wing, and Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life. Among the highlights of the Museum’s original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine’s presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Museum’s celebrated Billy Rose Art Garden, designed for the original campus by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, is counted among the finest outdoor sculpture settings of the 20th century. An Oriental landscape combined with an ancient Jerusalem hillside, the garden serves as the backdrop for the Israel Museum’s display of the evolution of the modern western sculptural tradition. On view are works by modern masters including Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith, together with more recent site-specific commissions by such artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark Dion, James Turrell, and Micha Ullman. The Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education, unique in its size and scope of activities, presents a wide range of programming to more than 100,000 schoolchildren each year, and features exhibition galleries, art studios, classrooms, a library of illustrated children’s books, and a recycling room. Special programs foster intercultural understanding between Arab and Jewish students and reach out to the wide spectrum of Israel’s communities. In addition to the extensive programming offered on its main campus, the Israel Museum also operates two off-site locations: the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, an architectural gem built in 1938 for the display of archaeology from ancient Israel; and Ticho House, which offers an ongoing program of exhibitions by younger Israeli artists in a historic house and garden setting.
Mahane Yehuda Market, often referred to as "The Shuk" (or "Machne", the "shorthand nickname" used by locals), is a marketplace (originally open-air, but now at least partially covered) in Jerusalem, Israel. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the market's more than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat and cheeses, nuts, seeds and spices, wines and liquors, clothing and shoes, housewares, textiles, and Judaica. In and around the market (whose name literally means "Judah's camp") are falafel and shawarma stands, juice bars, cafes, and restaurants. The colors and bustle of the marketplace are accentuated by vendors who call out their prices to passersby. On Thursdays and Fridays, the marketplace is filled with shoppers stocking up for Shabbat. Eventually, the bugle sound every Friday afternoon signifies that the market will soon be closing for the Sabbath. While the market stalls close before Shabbat, there are still some cafes and restaurants that remain open.
The David Amar Worldwide North Africa Jewish Heritage Center is a cultural hub and museum in Jerusalem, Israel. Established in 1865, it is located in the heart of the Mahane Israel (also Mahaneh Yisrael) neighborhood. Built in the mid-19th century by David ben Shimon, founder of the North African Jewish community in Jerusalem, the North African Jewish Heritage Center is housed in the quarter's oldest building. The museum contains permanent and temporary exhibits, focusing on the history and heritage of the Jewish communities of North Africa, particularly in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The restoration was funded by the Casablanca, a Morocco-based businessman, David Amar, and was renamed in his honor. Construction was completed within four years and required Moroccan craftsmen to create the intricate zellige mosaic tile work. However, it was considered quite controversial to reconstruct the building in an authentic Moroccan style. Some saw it as "importing foreign architecture and damaging a historic building", although it is expected to become one of Jerusalem's top tourist sites. It opened in June 2011 in the presence of President Shimon Peres and former President Yitzhak Navon. Photo Attribution: Heritage Conservation Jerusalem Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons
Join our Jerusalem Day Tour for the easiest, most comprehensive, and best value way to discover this magical city. You will explore ancient Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as the modern, vibrant, metropolis of today. Our Jerusalem Day Tour visits the highlights within the walls of the Old City, including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It also takes you to the hot spots of modern Jerusalem such as the scenic lookout point on the Haas Promenade, where you’ll be able to see all of Jerusalem’s iconic skyline, The Knesset’s (Israeli Parliament) Rose Gardens, the First Station cultural complex, and much more. Finally, you’ll visit the bustling, world-famous Machane Yehuda Market, where locals and tourists all come together to soak up the flavors and scents of everything this famous market has to offer. - Description and images by Tourist Israel
Take in the panoramic views of Jerusalem from the top of Mount Scopus. Then, travel down the mount passing the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations, and Kidron Valley that holds monumental Jewish tombs. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Cardo; the Byzantine-era main street of Jerusalem. We stop at the sacred Western Wall to place a prayer note between the ancient stones of the wall. The tour follows part of the Via Dolorosa to the stunning Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, we see the site of Christ’s crucifixion and his burial tomb. After a lunch break and walk through the Old City bazaar we travel to new Jerusalem. Driving through the modern city we reach Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum. The museum’s exhibits include authentic artifacts, original documents, photos, and video testimonials of Holocaust survivors. Hotel pick-up is additionally offered and available to anyone on the tour.
We connect people to Israel by curating engaging and interactive virtual experiences through Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Our programs take participants on a deep dive into a variety of topics from ancient and modern Israel. You tell us your interests and we can build a program for you. Some of our tours include: Jerusalem of three faiths or Jewish heritage Jerusalem Temple Mount and the Holy of Holies Jewish Quarter, Mount Zion and the 6 day War Life in the Jewish Communities along the Gaza Strip Geopolitics, the Golan Heights and the Iron dome Wonder Women thru Jewish history Culinary tour of Machene Yehuda, Akko, Lewinsky, etc Graffiti tour of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Banksys Bethlehem Nature, language, the Bible and the land of Israel Ancient and Modern Jaffa Givat Haviva and Coexistence Wellness, Spirituality and the Negev The Kings
11 years ago, Naomi and Aharon opened Ochlim B’Shuk in the center of the Jerusalem market, Machne Yehuda, where around the clock there are pots steaming on kerosene burners. Everyday, there are at least thirty different pots brewing on the stovetop at this local hotspot, and upon opening each pot, one will be introduced to a different world of the explosive flavors of Syrian and Persian food.
The Tahini hummus family was born in Sderot, in 2010, out of a need we identified in our areas in the south, in the Gaza Envelope - an area where we were born and lived all our lives. The need was for a pleasant and homey meeting place, where you can by chance (or not by chance ...) encounter a familiar face, eat a delicious, nutritious meal and at a fair price. We are encouraged to do it a little differently, with the understanding that the place is the people within it and the experience we will give is created in every meeting we have with you - as guests in our home. The restaurant in Sderot was a great start but after two years of investment, growth and success we expanded the store and now have locations in Beersheba, the capital of the Negev, as well as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. We offer popular, comforting, fresh and pampering food for all and have many vegan-friendly dishes as well. On the menu is a variety of hummus dishes with toppings, crispy fries, green falafel and perfect vegetable salad chopped fresh each day. Everything is made fresh every day in our kitchen with lots of love. Of course, our desserts are also homemade, the beer is excellent and there is also arak!
The mythical meat restaurant whose name has been around for over 40 years is in the heart of the Mahane Yehuda market. Sima immigrated from Iraq in the early 1950s, and has always "had it" in everything to do with cooking, business, and the joy of life. In 1969, Sima initiated the establishment of the Jerusalem restaurant on Agrippa Street in the Mahane Yehuda market, which proudly bore her name - Sima. In the beginning, the restaurant was based on home cooking and satisfied the hunger of the market workers. Over the years, the name of the restaurant went before it when the flagship dish was and is - the Jerusalem mix and the dinner crowd expanded beyond the residents of the capital.
I’ve been always fascinated by our small but special land of Israel. So small but so much to see, so much history and many experiences to collect. I’m lucky to discover my passion in an early stage of life, and even more lucky to share that passion with people from all around the globe. I believe that a tour guide real role is to make you feel the heart of the land of Israel by reviving its history and connecting it to the present and the future. - Eli Vogman
My name is Amit Musaei. My life hobby is to travel and explore the land of Israel. at 2013 I decided to make a living from my passion and became a Licensed Tour Guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Israel. Nowadays I guide independent tourist & groups. I expertise in History, religions & ancient cultures. Through my tours I connect my travelers to the history of the land by showing the abundance of archaeological evidence, walking through world heritage sites & through Israel’s diverse nature. To enhance the experience we meet locals and travelers get to learn about Israel’s society. When leading spiritual tours aspect of religions comes alive either by following Jesus footsteps or when coming to experience the land of the Jewish ancestors following the bible. When touring in Israel Geopolitics would always be an interest, as a tour guide I am offering different aspects and trying to be unbiased. Contact me on any question regarding your future visit to Israel. I am offering guiding services all around Israel and will plan the tour to your requests and interest. - Amit Musaei
Ilan Bloch heads Accord Tours. He is an Israeli Ministry of Tourism qualified tour guide (and a graduate of the Ministry of Tourism Islam and Islamic tourism, and Christianity and Christian tourism, specialization courses), with many years of experience. He has an MA in Education and a Teaching Diploma. He was raised in Melbourne, Australia, and today lives in Jerusalem with his wife and twins. On behalf of Accord Tours, he will be very pleased to assist you with all of your travel and tourism needs during your stay. In the meantime, please feel free to sign up to our free newsletter.
The American Colony Hotel is a luxury hotel located in a historic building in Jerusalem. It previously housed the utopian American-Swedish community known as the American Colony.
The Harmony Hotel is located in the heart of Jerusalem's charming Nahalat Shiva neighborhood, within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions. Blending traditional style with contemporary elegance, our tranquil sun-filled lounge exudes the unique character of Jerusalem in its brick walls, sleek decor and stunning photographic ceiling depicting the colors, faces, and fabrics of this captivating city. Guests can also make themselves at home in our charming English Lobby, featuring traditional games and billiard table and adjoining sundeck overlooking the streets below. 60 stylish rooms have been designed to offer guests a relaxing space after a day of sightseeing.
The Abraham Hostel Jerusalem is located in Jerusalem's City Center and offers everything independent travelers and small groups look for. It contains an inviting atmosphere, modern facilities, a great location, and experienced, welcoming staff. The hostel offers 72 en-suite rooms, both dorm (mixed & female) and private room (single/double/triple/family). All rooms include air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, and FREE WiFi reception. Our great facilities include large common areas, a bar with the ability to host a range of nightly events, Wi-Fi & internet access, travelers' information desk, an elevator, a game room, and much more. We welcome you to visit Jerusalem's top hostel - Abraham Hostel Jerusalem.