Many Faces

Guided Tours following the different communities and families of Jerusalem

Jerusalem has many faces – the cultures and religions that have existed in the city throughout the years have created unique mosaic of different peoples.

In the series of guided tours “Its Many Faces” we will become acquainted with the stories of different people in the city and discover the fascinating stories of the different communities living in Jerusalem.

Each meeting of “Its Many Faces” combines a tour in the neighborhood or the site of one of the communities of the city as well as a meeting face to face of a member of the community who will give us a close peek into the community in which he or she lives.

Guided Tours in Hebrew


 

The Misnagdim I Thursday, 8.3.2018 I at 17:00

775_3502Walk in the footsteps of the Misnadgim community in Jerusalem’s old and picturesque neighborhoods.

From the communal oven to the water wells and the unique sundial, we will learn about the Aliya of the first Misnagdim, about distinguished people and about the tension between them and the Hasidic community. Meeting a representative will allow us a peek into their everyday life, costumes and views.

Guide: Naama Nissani

  • Meeting place will be given after booking
  • Mandatory dress code: for men: long rouses and a yarmulke or hat, for women: long skirt or trousers and shirts with sleeves
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The Orthodox Greeks I Thursday, 24.4.2018 I at 17:00

775_3503A tour through the Christian Quarter in the footsteps of the Greek Orthodox community. A visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy. Historically considered senior and the most important of all patriarchies and churches in Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchy sees itself as “the mother of the churches” and the cradle of Christianity.

We will enter the Helena and Constantine church as well as the small Greek churches, where we will witness unique Orthodox rituals that set them apart from other Christian sects. We will learn about the legal controversy surrounding the New-Imperial and Petra hotels and conclude out tour in the Wedgwood Center, a unique vantage point of the city, and meet its founder.

Guide: Dova’leh Nutkevitch

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The Franciscans I Thursday, 17.5.2018 I at 17:00

775_3504A tour of the Christian Quarter in the footsteps of the Franciscan Order. We will visit the Church of Flagellation, where we will learn about the Franciscans’ main mission – guarding the holy places in Eretz Israel. We will hear about this order’s fascinating history and its members’ historical influence in the creation of various posts within the sacred geography of Jerusalem.

We will pass the stations along the Christian Via Dolorosa, where so many pilgrims walk every year. The tour will take us to the Saint Savior (San Salvador) Church and adjacent Franciscan monastery, home of the Custos. Meeting a monk, we will learn about their unique way of life, their dress and current occupations.

Guide: Ms. Yael Regev-Hass

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The Mughrabi and African communities I Thursday, 7.6.2018 I at 17:00

775_3505A tour of the Muslim Quarter in the footsteps of the Mughrabies and the Africans. We will learn about the Muslim-Mughrabi from Morocco, who until the Six-Day War were the largest Muslim community in the city. We will hear the unfamiliar yet unforgettable story of the Mughrabi neighborhood, whose houses crowded the area known today as the Western Wall Plaza.

We will hear about a relatively unknown group of Muslims who during the Ottoman period emigrated from Africa directly to Eretz Israel, meet their descendants, still living in the heart of the Muslim Quarter and try to understand the reasons for that immigration

Guide: Ofrah Regev

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The Christian communities of the city center I Friday, 6.7.2018 I at 10:00

775_3506A tour of the center of Jerusalem in the footsteps of different communities living and operating in the west Jerusalem. We will learn about Christian communities observing Shabbat and visit the Franciscan school near the Rechavia neighborhood.

We will see schools, B&Bs and places of worship, go to the Capuchin Monastery in Talbia, see the Y.M.C.A building and learn about the unique activities there.

Guide: Hanna Bendakovski

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The Spanish Ladino speaking Jews I Thursday, 23.8.2018 I at 17:00

775_3507Tour of the Jewish Quarter, in the footsteps of the Spanish, Ladino speaking Jews, who, for centuries had been the largest Jewish community in Jerusalem. We will pass through the back streets where, for many generations, the members of that community lived and worked and learn about the unique story of their arrival in Jerusalem and the development of the Ladino language.

We will listen to famous Spanish romances and be privy to the secrets of Spanish cuisine. We will visit four Spanish synagogues, which were the center of the community’s spiritual and social life, and the Old Yishuv Court Museum. At the end of our tour, we will meet a representative of the Spanish congregation’s committee, who will tell us about the committee’s archives documenting the story of this congregation.

Guide: Edna Asis

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Price for a tour + meeting: 90 NIS for an adult | 80 NIS senior citizen/student

Price for the complete series (6 meetings + tours): 450 NIS for an adult | 400 senior citizen/student

The Fine Print:

  • Session Duration 3 hours
  • 25% discount on the additional series for those signing up for more than one
  • Sign up by calling *2884 or on the website www.tod.org.il . The Reservations Centre operates Sunday to Thursday from 08:00-16: 00.
  • Notice of the meeting place will be sent via email upon registration.
  • Cancellation policy:
    No fee if cancelled at least 4 business days before the meeting
    50% fee if cancelled 1-4 days prior to the meeting date
    Full fee if cancelled the day of the meeting
  • The Tower of David Museum reserves the right to make changes in the program / series, and to replace and / or add lecturer
  • Due to unforeseen constraints there may be changes in the dates of the meetings. In this case, every effort will be made by the Tower of David to notify all applicants of the change in advance