Tour Series Focusing on the People who Made History in Jerusalem (IN HEBREW)

Jerusalem is blessed with many personalities who worked for the benefit of the city, and the city, in turn, influenced their characters and creations. Politicians, spiritual figures, visitors, and pilgrims. People from different time periods, from diverse nations and with varied religious outlooks. Personalities who became myths and personalities who remain on the fringes of historical memory.

In this new series we will focus on some of these people and explore places, historical periods and life stories of the city.


The Rebbetzin from Brisk (*Tour in Hebrew)

Friday | November 15 | 09:00

The tour will follow in the footsteps of the Rabbanit Sarah Sonia Diskin well known as “The Rebbitzin of Brisk”, an educated and charismatic woman who held a prominent and influential stand in the local Yishuv leadership in Jerusalem. She founded charitable and social welfare institutions in the city at the end of the 19th century, including the Diskin Orphanage and Ohel Moshe Yeshiva. Her work established her as an influential figure at the time and left behind a significant footprint on city life in Jerusalem.

The tour visits Christ Church and traces the missionary activities in Jerusalem of the 19th century with the arrival of the European powers, and continues to the ‘Ashkenazi Courtyard’ – which was the undisputed center of the Old Yishuv. From there we will walk to the first location of the Lamel School, which was a symbol of modern education in Jerusalem at the time. The tour will conclude at the location of the Diskin Court, the house and center of activities for the Rebbetzin from Brisk and her husband, Rabbi Diskin.

Guide:  Pinchas Abramowitz

Duration of the Tour: Three hours

Price: 90 NIS / 80 NIS

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Melisende | Crusader Queen (*Tour in Hebrew)

Friday | December 6 | 8:30

The tour will follow in the footsteps of Queen Melisende, the queen of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 12th century CE. The first Crusader queen to be born in Jerusalem, Melisende built many churches and monasteries in Jerusalem and was an important patron for Crusader art and literature.

After her death, Queen Melisende was laid to rest next to her mother in the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, where the tour begins.  From there it will continues to the Church of St. Anne, which was built under Melisende’s reign, and to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, from there we will walk to the Crusader market linked to Melisende’s fate and conclude at the Tower of David.

Guide:  Dr. Amichai Schwartz

Tour Duration: 3 hours

Price: 90 NIS / 80 NIS

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