Inaugurating the Orient

The Orient Hotel, which took more than four years to construct, and still requires a few finishing touches, is certainly one of the most spacious in the capital.

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July 27, 2017 22:50
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AN AERIAL view of the Old City of Jerusalem.

AN AERIAL view of the Old City of Jerusalem.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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THE BIG question is whether Julian Lewis, the president and owner of the Isrotel Hotel chain, chairman of its board of directors, will do for Jerusalem what his late father, David Lewis, did for Eilat. London-born David Lewis, the quintessential English gentleman who died in August 2011, opened his first hotel in Israel, the King Solomon , in 1984. At the time, it was the largest and fanciest hotel in Eilat. It was the first of nine hotels in Eilat that are links in the Isrotel chain.

The 18th Isrotel, the Orient, which is bordered by the German Colony’s Emek Refaim Street on one side and Bethlehem Road on the other, was inaugurated last Sunday night with the affixing of the mezuza by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall. The fact that men and women were sitting together and that several of the women had sleeveless tops or dresses, didn’t seem to bother him. Nonetheless, out of respect for his sensitivities, the a capella choir, which goes under the name of Kippalive, was strictly male and confined itself to songs about Jerusalem.

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