Some 300 school children, parents and pensioners visited the Land of the Bible Park in the Ramot forest outside of Jerusalem on Friday to experience the ancient route of pilgrimage to the holy city, as part of a series of events commemorating the unification of the capital city.
The event, initiated by the Communal Administration of Ramot Alon together with the Jerusalem Municipality, was designed to promote greater affinity with Jerusalem through connecting traditions of the past, historical sites and the Bible.
The children and other participants were able to press grapes underfoot in a wine press, get their hands dirty with some pottery, become acquainted with ancient ancient spices and perfumes, cook flat breads in a traditional pan and understand agricultural practices from Biblical times.
The event was attended by Kulanu MK Rachel Azaria and Jerusalem Municipal Council member and head of the Communal Administrations Moshe Lion, as well as Israel Prize winner for archaeology and Ramot resident Professor Amihai Mazar.
“The Land of the Bible Park in Ramot enables us to preserve this green area close to the city of Jerusalem where many Jews walked on their way to the capital and the Temple,” said Azaria while addressing the participants at the event.
The MK said that she is now promoting the establishment of a “green path” leading from the Land of the Bible Park to the Western Wall, adding that preserving parks, green spaces and historical sites was critical for the Jewish state.
Lion made similar remarks, and also praised the Land of the Bible Park for is efforts in “connecting the past, the present and the future of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.”