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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 1st 2003

After an unsuccessful attempt to go to services this morning (although I did have a rather pleasant walk), I returned to Ramat Rachel for a nap and then lunch with the group. We had a text study after lunch, where we looked at the different views in Torah with regard to how Jews are obligated to treat strangers among us. We had the rest of the afternoon free until we got together for havdalah before heading out for the evening.... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 1st 2003

Despite the piguim (attacks) last night and this morning (one at a border checkpoint and one near French Hill), things seemed pretty normal today. There was some impact on our program, as the Arab journalist we were to meet with in the morning was delayed in arriving because he had to go through the checkpoint that had been attacked. We were able to reschedule him for the afternoon. Our first speaker was Dr. Guy Bachor of the Interdisciplinary College in Hertziliya. He gave us an overview of American/Western involvement in the Middle East situation, with an understanding of how Arab and Middle Eastern culture has responded to this involvement. After lunch at the JCC office, we had to relocate to the HUC campus down the street because we couldn't get the video to work (a not ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 1st 2003

Today was a very emotional day. We started off with a discussion of the matsav with Dr. Debbie Weissman and Israel Meidad, both modern orthodox but on the left and right, respectively, politically. The group then split up, with most going to see Dr. Michel Strachansky, the director of research at the Bank of Israel (the equivalent of the Federal Reserve). A few of us (Addie, Elana, and myself) went to Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus to hear about how the matsav has affected their work. After a brief overview and tour, we met with several victims of piguim who are recovering from their injuries (Mt. Scopus specializes in rehabilitation, in contrast to the Ein Kerem hospital that specializes in trauma care). Needless to say, our meetings with the victims were the most emotional part of ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 1st 2003

This morning we visited Har HaZikaron, the hills including Yad Vashem, the cemetery at Mt. Herzl where Israel's national leaders are buried, and the military cemetery. While we only visited the latter two sites, we did discuss the overall layout of the hill, in terms of how the places came to be sited and so forth. All of this was in the context of understanding Israeli collective memory. In the afternoon, we went to the archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin. We had a tour of the site and had a chance to participate a little bit in the current dig. At this site the people who built houses dug out the soft rock to use for the homes, leaving cellar caves which are now being excavated. We did find some interesting pieces of pottery, and had ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem June 1st 2003

Today was Yom Yerushalaim, which marks the retaking of the Old City during the 1967 war. Most of us started by having breakfast with Alvin Mars, who has been active in camping for many years. We then had project group meetings. The youth project group met with a staff member and a teen leader from the Israeli Scouts to discuss the structure and activities of the Scouts. We then went down the hill behind Ramat Rachel to observe part of a most interesting ceremony. Ethiopian Jews mark Yom Yerushalaim as a memorial day for those who died on the trek through the desert during their journey to Israel. The ceremony included chanting by the leaders of the community, but it was interesting to observe the variety of traditional Ethiopian clothing, in bright colors, as compared to ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem May 19th 2003

After our security briefing this morning with Sara, we had some "getting-to-know-you" activities with David and Shirel. This was a good morning (read easy) for our first full day. We had an outstanding lunch at a Turkish restaurant in Talpiot, a working class neighborhood near where we are staying. This location established a sense that this trip is different from the typical tourist or youth trip. Rather than eating someplace central or scenic, we were eating in a typical, everyday area. In the afternoon, we had a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and of the Rabbinic Tunnels under the Kotel. The tour focused mainly on the history, both archaeological and recent, of these areas. After spending some time at the Kotel after the tour, we headed back to the hotel. Our ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem May 19th 2003

We dove into the start of the program this morning, first with an overview of the current matsav with David and then with an interesting driving tour along the 1948-1967 dividing line in Jerusalem. We started right near Ramat Rachel, which had been an army outpost along the border. We then proceeded to a spot where we had a panoramic view of the city and ended at the Mt. Zion Hotel. All through the tour, we gained an understanding of how winding the border between Jewish and Arab areas really is. After the end of the tour, the group split up to get lunch and then to do some pre-Shabbat shopping. Most of us went to Kol HaNeshama, a liberal synagogue, for Kabbalat Shabbat, before returning to the hotel for Shabbat dinner and an Oneg Shabbat. ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 1st 2000

Hello my fellow travellers! I'll be continuing to catch up on old travels before writing about my more recent journeys. Next up was a trip with my high school to Israel and Palestine as a part of our sociology class. We chose Israel and Palestine since it's a very volatile region and one of my class mates Nancy's family was Palestinian and living in Tel Aviv at the time. We lived with Nancy's family in Tel Aviv but of course we visited Jerusalem and we also went to the West Bank to visit Bethlehem and Wadi Qelt. Since I don't know the exact dates I will split this into two posts, one for Israel and one for Palestine. The tension was very tangible back then and just the following month after our visit, on September 28 ... read more
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Nancy's Relatives and Me

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 14th 1996

short trip to israel... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 14th 1993

h2Nov 14, 1993 *City official name :Jerusalem *Founded date : *Location :Jerusalem Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (help·info), Yerushaláyim or Yerushalaim; Arabic: القُدس (help·info), al-Quds ("the Holy"); official Arabic in Israel: أورشليم القدس, Urshalim-al-Quds (combining the Biblical and common usage Arabic names) is the capital and largest city of the State of Israel with a population of 724,000 (as of May 24, 2006) contained in 123 km². An ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 metres (about 2000-2500 feet), Jerusalem is lo... read more
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