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Ice Skating in Jerusalem

The new Jerusalem ice Skating Rink that was opened last March 10-April 14, 2011 in Safra Square proved to be a real success. The space featured 500 square meters of ice for skating plus a 200 square meters of area for hanging out, all covered by a vast 1000 square meter tent. Included in the non-ice area are coffee shops, booths and a small shopping area.

With a winter wonderland effect, the whole …

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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park in Jerusalem

The Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park in Jerusalem covers around 1,250 acres of rolling hills in the Judean Lowlands. The hills, which are roughly 400 meters above sea level, are primarily composed of chalk covered with a harder rock called the “Nari”.  It has a thin layer that could be use as roofs for caves.  The thick layer of soft limestone below is easy to dig. Hundreds of caves were dug in its surroundings causing …

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Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem

The Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem is a place of a wide collection of marvelous antique and rare artifacts, all with Jewish significance.  Approximately 5,000 items are on display in the museum.  Each item has a story to tell as it represents a Jewish history thousands of years ago. Anyone who is fascinated with candlestick holders and Chanukah menorahs are more than delighted to visit the place. Five rooms with …

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Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

… you want your grandson to be named Ahmed ben Sarah?” a street poster slapped on the walls of Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods inquires, in a not-so-subtle dig at the Yesh retail chain.

The problem the authors of the broadside (pashkevil, in Hebrew ) have is that Yesh, the Haredi arm of the Super-Sol supermarket chain, allows Arab men to work alongside Jewish women.

Read more : @ haaretz.com

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Zion Gate in Jerusalem

The Zion Gate in Jerusalem, which is also known as David’s Gate, acquired its name from the belief that King David’s tomb is on Mt. Zion.  The gate is found along the southern wall of the old city in front of Mount Zion and Hebron. In 1540 AD, the Ottomans built the gate.   In the gate, you would come across a stone plate honoring the person who designed it by the name of Sultan Suleyman Iben …

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Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem

The Church of Mary Magdalene is one of Jerusalem’s main attractions on the Mount of Olives with its unique style.  David Grimm created the design of the church in the traditional Russian style with tented roof that was popular in 16 th and 17 th century in Russia.   It also includes seven golden onion domes that have been newly painted and glitter in the sun. With its beautifully carved towers combined with its various …

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Cinematheque in Jerusalem

The Cinematheque in Jerusalem is located in a splendid area overlooking old city walls and the Kidron valley. It is one of the finest cinema houses in Jerusalem. Initiated by Lia and Wim Van Leer, the film archive is the main reason why it was developed and built. If you are a movie-buff or a film-lover, then this place is perfect for you.  The cinema plays variety of films, whether it is the latest Hollywood …

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Uganda in Jerusalem

Uganda was launched in Jerusalem in May of 2005, with it’s primarily purpose of creating a bar, café specialist record/ dvd/ comic store and a venue. Different crowds especially the young and radical go there to interact and listen to good music, and foreign activists gather around to talk about arts and politics.  You could also go around and check the local bystanders.  The walls are lined with comic books …

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German Colony in Jerusalem

The German Colony is a vicinity, located in southern Jerusalem and spreads out from both sides of Emek Refaim street. It is formed in Israel during the second half of the 19 th century by the affiliates of the Templar Society known as the Templars.  They are mainly farmers who belong to a German Christian group. The colony was constructed in a German village style with thatched rooftops of cypress wood and pine, lots of greenery and …

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Haoman17 in Jerusalem

Haoman 17 in Jerusalem has been regarded as one of the top nightclubs in the world. Famous DJs from around the world spin house music, techno, trip-hop and acid jazz electronic music.

This fashionable dance club has two dance floors that could accommodate just about 200 party animals. It is chicly decorated with a high-tech lighting setting including digital screen along with the stylishly made …

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Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem

Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem

The Tomb of Jesus is located in the north of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Outside the city walls is a rock-cut tomb regarded by some to be the area of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The whole place is covered with trees and bushes and appears to be isolated from the city. Once you are inside, you seem to be in a different world.  With a very peaceful scenery, it is indeed a perfect place for serious …

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Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem

The Monastery of the Cross is located outside the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a private Byzantine monastery. According to traditions, its exact spot is where the famous tree, primarily composed of olive, cypress and cedar grew that was used to make Christ’s cross and that’s were it acquired its name.

Walls surround the church, appearing like a castle rather than a Holy place. These enormous walls and the defensive design of the Monastery were …

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Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem

Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem is one of the several tourist spots with historical significance. Considered as one of the excellent creation of water engineering in the pre-classical period, this tunnel goes below Ophel in Jerusalem.  The construction period is approximately in 701 BC under the supremacy of the King of Judah, Hezekiah.

In the City of David, which is outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem is …

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Tisch Family Zoological Garden in Jerusalem

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, publicly recognized as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens was formerly founded in 1928 by the late Prof. Aharon Shuloy, one of the pioneers in the field of zoology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  It started out as a small children’s zoo located at Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem. In 1947, the zoo was transferred to the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. …

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Time Elevator Jerusalem

The Time Elevator Jerusalem is a 25-minute multi-media presentation that tells us about the fascinating story of the City of Jerusalem. With an exhilarating original film written by historians and archeologists, featuring special effects, it is absolutely a one-of-a kind interactive experience as one goes back through Jerusalem’s long, chaotic and unforgettable history 3,000 years ago. Chaim Topol, the star …

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Four Israeli divas serenade traffic from atop Jerusalem bridge

Four Israeli female opera singers on Wednesday performed at a prominent outdoor Jerusalem area landmark, singing classical arias in the midday traffic to promote an upcoming opera festival at Masada.

The singers from the Tel Aviv-based Israeli Opera were promoting an opera festival that will center around an outdoor venue at the shore of the Dead Sea mountain of Masada.

“We are promoting the opera festival … it is a bit weird to sing here, but it is special,” …

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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

…  where the entire hill sides  is covered by thousands of grave stones facing the old city of Jerusalem. The hill is 100 meters above the the old city and 830 meters above sea level. In the North of the hill is the headquarters of the Romans during the time of obstruction in Jerusalem.

Mount Olives, also known as the Mount of Summit where Jesus stood when he wept over the future destruction of Jerusalem, taught his believer the Lords prayer and the place where Jesus was betrayed and …

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Group petitions court to halt vote on Jerusalem chief rabbi

… is asking the High Court of Justice to put a freeze on the process of electing a chief rabbi for Jerusalem until the regulations governing the process are altered to better represent the public and prevent political deals.

Ne’emanei Torah Ve’avoda on Monday filed a petition asking the court to basically reduce the weight of the religious services minister in the process.

In a city like Jerusalem, the rabbis are elected by a body composed of 48 people – 24 representatives of …

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Two Islamic Jihad leaders detained over Jerusalem terror attack

… Jihad militant group have been detained for questioning over the deadly bombing that struck Jerusalem on Wednesday, members of the organization said.

No group claimed responsibility for planting the bomb, which exploded near a crowded bus stop and left one woman dead and dozens wounded.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned militant groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday that Israel would act decisively to defend itself.

Read More: @ yiddishnayes.com

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25 hurt in Jerusalem bombing

Terror in capital: At least 25 people were hurt Wednesday afternoon after an explosive device was detonated in a phone booth near the Jerusalem Convention Center.

One person sustained grave wounds in the explosion and three others were seriously hurt. Five other victims were moderately wounded and the rest sustained light injuries.

Most victims are young, aged 15-30, said Shaare Zedek Medical …

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Real Jerusalem Streets: Israeli Apartheid Rebutted in 24,000 Words

Real Jerusalem Streets: Israeli Apartheid Rebutted in 24,000 Words

The Real Jerusalem Streets blog has effectively rebutted the accusations of Israeli Apartheid in a 24,000 word blog post, i.e., 24 pictures (each worth 1000 words) showing Arabs freely moving about and doing their business on the Jerusalem streets. Bravo.

Yes, of course, this is not a deep investigation into the charges of apartheid. No such process needs to be undertaken since there is no …

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Israel ‘Shocked, Insulted’ as EU Calls Jerusalem a Settlement

Israel is shocked by international criticism of the demolition of a Jewish-owned property in Jerusalem.

“Calling Jerusalem a settlement is a misinterpretation, an insult to the history of the city,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the French news agency AFP. “It is incomprehensible that they are mixing questions of private rights, international law and politics,” he added.

Read More: @ israelnationalnews.com

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‘Jewish WikiLeaks’ goes live in Jerusalem

'Jewish WikiLeaks' goes live in Jerusalem

“A breakthrough in journalism research,” the director of the National Library of Israel, Oren Weinberg, called the institution’s project to scan and upload to the Internet hundreds of thousands of pages from Jewish newspapers from the 19th century to the present.

Historical Jewish Press, whose official launch was on Monday, is a joint initiative of the national library and Tel Aviv University “that …

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Jerusalem hassidic leader was held ‘captive for years’

Jerusalem hassidic leader was held ‘captive for years’

… Banim has taken another twist, with its spiritual leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s return to his Jerusalem home from his hiding place in the North on Saturday night, after breaking away from 10 years of captivity, during which he says he was little more than a marionette controlled by his son and grandson.

Some two weeks ago, prominent members of the small Jerusalem-based community found a DVD outside their homes, containing videos and documents proving that the 73- year-old Berland …

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Barak’s vision of dividing Jerusalem is not Israeli policy, says Netanyahu

… Sunday distanced himself from Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s expressed support for partitioning Jerusalem along Jewish and Arab lines, according to an initiative presented by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2000.

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Team Tzvi is Training For Jerusalem Marathon

… his friends we organized Team Tzvee as a way to recognize our continued determination to ride in the 26 mile five borough bike tour in New York City. We even made a web site.

Now a group of runners has started yet another Team Tzvi to train for the first ever 26 mile Jerusalem marathon.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com

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Obama calls east Jerusalem construction plans ‘unhelpful’

Obama calls east Jerusalem construction plans 'unhelpful'

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US President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday at a news conference in Indonesia, following Monday’s announcement that Israel has advanced plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem.

“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama said during a visit to Jakarta.

Also on Tuesday, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the international community to counter Israel’s latest construction plans by …

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Jerusalem suburbs will one day be part of Palestinian capital

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad declared Tuesday that the suburbs of Jerusalem would one day be part of the eternal Palestinian capital, according to Israeli media reports. Fayyad made his remarks at a reception marking the inauguration of two East Jerusalem schools in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Dahiat al-Barid, on the Palestinian side of the separation fence.

The Palestinian premier had decided to skip the inauguration of another school, in the …

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Fayyad inaugurates east Jerusalem school

Fayyad inaugurates east Jerusalem school

… Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday morning arrived for the inauguration of a new wing at school in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Dahiyat al-Barid, despite an Israeli ban on Palestinian evens in Jerusalem’s municipal area. However, Fayyad called off his plan to inaugurate a road in Shuafat and visit a school in Sheikh Jarrah.

Dahiyat al-Barid is located north of the Jewish neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, on the Palestinian side of the separation fence, but at least part of it …

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The Battle for Jerusalem

Mordechai Gur

Publisher: I Books

Lt. General Mordechai Gur, who played a major role in Israel’s military operations since statehood, has vividly written an unforgettable account of the events surrounding the critical Battle for Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. General Gur’s fast-paced narrative brings alive all the tension, terror, uncertainty, hope and desperation of the conflict.

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