In Jerusalem

A nook in the gate

Avi Margolin and his colleagues rejuvenate a Jerusalem tour-guiding tradition.

‘It is amazing that a Jew from upstate New York can stand where the Ottoman soldiers once were,” says Malkah Abuloff ecstatically. “It is unbelievable to work in this place that is 500 years old, and was built in 1538. I feel like I’m continuing history.”

Abuloff is describing a small walk-in closet-sized room that has recently been revived by several energetic tour guides at Jaffa Gate. She, Avi Margolin and Vivian Nadir are hoping to add a new level of service for tourists visiting the holy city.

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