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A Gateway to the Heart

From outside the walls to the Chain of Generations Center and the Kotel

Learn about the stories of some of those who took part in the battles, join a tour of the first neighborhood outside the walls, a “change of attitude” and the transition to self-defense.  The second part of the tour visits defensive positions on Mt. Zion and the Jewish Quarter before a meeting with the Kotel, followed by a visit to the Chain of Generations Center, expressing the yearning for return to Jerusalem by generations of Jews everywhere in the world.


Among the sites we will visit

Burma Road  - The Serpentines

Burma Road - The Serpentines

The Burma Road, that bypasses Latrun and Sha’ar Hagai on the road to Jerusalem, is the mountainous road that was created as a safe alternative route to Jerusalem after the Jordanian army had captured Latrun in the War of Independence. The road is winding and difficult to pass and is named for the country of Burma where the protected mountainous road was first developed.

Kiryat Anavim Cemetery

This military cemetery was used for soldiers from the Palmach’s Harel Brigade led by Yitzchak Rabin who were killed during the 1948 War of Independence. The Brigade was based in Kiryat Anavim and from there went out on difficult missions aimed to open the road to Jerusalem and defend the city. The memorial in the cemetery was designed by Menachem Shemi, whose son Jimmy was a commander in the Brigade and was killed during the war. He is buried in the cemetery. Also buried there are those killed in the battle at Nebi Samuel and in the downed plane in the battle of Beit Machsir.
Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Mishkenot Sha’ananim

This is the first Jewish neighborhood established outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem in the middle of the 19th century by Baron Moshe Montefiore, and the symbol of the beginning of the “exit from inside the walls” and the settlement of the new city. The source of the neighborhood’s name (“quiet dwellings” in Hebrew) is from the verse, “And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18).
Zion Gate

Zion Gate

This gate in the walls of the Old City was built during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and connects the Old City with Mt. Zion. During the 1948 War of Independence, after Mt. Zion was captured, Palmach soldiers led by David Elazar broke through the gate in an attempt to reach the Jewish Quarter under siege. Signs of those battles can still be found on the walls of Zion Gate
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Tour Duration

6 hours

Start Point

Entrance to Jerusalem

End Point

The Western Wall

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