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Light tours
jj levine
11/29/2007
Anyone can take the standard tours of Jerusalem and see the well-known sites, but to really get a feel for the Holy City, one needs to know the perfect time and place.
Anyone can take the standard tours of Jerusalem and see the well-known sites, but to really get a feel for the Holy City, one needs to know the perfect time and place. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is offering two such tours through the neighborhoods of Jerusalem during Hanukka, just as the sun sets and Jerusalem residents light their candles. The first is a tour of Nahlaot, starting at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Thursday and the following Monday. The timing is perfect to start a walk through this 150-year-old neighborhood, as the narrow alleys of cold Jerusalem stone are warmed by the lights peering through windows. The tour guide will explain the history and legends that have swirled around this community, which has long been a home for Sephardic immigrants and has recently started to attract a bohemian-artistic population as well. The other tour starts off at Sir Moses Montefiore's famous windmill in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City, passes into the Old City and ends at the Western Wall. This tour, to be held this Wednesday and Thursday and the following Tuesday, starts at 5 p.m., to be able to catch the hanukkiot of the Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Jewish Quarter neighborhoods. The focus of the tour will be the interface between the holy and the mundane and the critical issues that have faced the communities of Jerusalem during various historical periods. Prices are NIS 130 for a family, and NIS 55 for individuals. Call the Parks Authority at 02-5006279/61 for registration and details.
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