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The Synagogues of Jerusalem

Tours of the Jewish Quarter's Synagogues

Join a rich and colorful tour of the Old City's synagogues, which have been preserved for hundreds of years.  We'll hear the stories hidden behind them, discuss the synagogue's centrality in communal life in all its aspects – cultural, religious and traditional.

Among the sites we will visit

King David’s Tomb

King David’s Tomb

The structure on Mt. Zion is, according to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions, where King David is buried. Inside the structure is the site of a grave, above which, evidently, was an ancient synagogue. During the period immediately after the establishment of the State of Israel, when the Kotel and Temple Mount were in Jordanian hands, the Tomb of David was considered the holiest site of the Jewish people within the borders of the State of Israel.
The Old Courtyard Museum

The Old Courtyard Museum

This museum gives visitors a look into the Jewish settlement in Jerusalem during the Ottoman and British periods. The museum includes apartments from different periods, giving visitors an insight into the day-to-day lives of residents during the old Yishuv period. The compound also includes a reconstruction of the synagogue in which, according to tradition, the ARI (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria,1534-1572) was born, and on the second floor is the synagogue of the Or Hachayim, Rabbi Chaim ben Atar, who moved to Jerusalem from Morocco in the 18th century.
The Hurva Square

The Hurva Square

This open square that serves as the Jewish Quarter’s central square was built after the Jewish Quarter was renovated following the 1967 Six-Day War. The square is adjacent to the magnificent Hurva synagogue, and is surrounded by shops and restaurants.
The Four Sephardi Synagogues

The Four Sephardi Synagogues

This compound includes four synagogues that were built by Spanish Jews who arrived in Palestine after the expulsion from Spain in 1492. Each of the synagogues was built separately. The first was the Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai synagogue that is situated on the site, by tradition, of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai’s study hall during the Second Temple period. The Elijah the Prophet synagogue, the middle synagogue and the Istanbul Synagogue were built later. These synagogues were the heart of the Sephardi community in the city and even today Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi, called the “Rishon L’Zion,” is inducted on this site.
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Start Point

Jaffa Gate/Zion Gate

End Point

The Western Wall

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