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On the Wall I Stand


Stories of heroism in battles during 1948 and the Six-Day War,  xemplifying  dedication, and self-sacrifice for the State of  Israel.  The tour concentrates on defense of Jerusalem, stopping at stations that tell the story of the Jewish Quarter in 1948, all the way to the circle was closed in the Six-Day War.  Among other things, the tour concentrates on stories of young people and their contribution to defending the homeland.

*Comfortable walking shoes, hat and a bottle of water are recommended

Among the sites we will visit

The Jerusalem Shelter for the Needy (“Batei Machseh”)

“The shelter for the needy and guesthouse on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem” was the official name of the small neighborhood within the Jewish Quarter that was established to provide a place to stay for needy and to enable them to save money and improve their lot in life. There is a large building in the neighborhood that includes a Dutch and German Kollel (Jewish studies center) that was donated by the Rothschild family. In 1948 this was the last bastion held by defenders of the Jewish Quarter and this is where the remaining families gathered until their surrender in May, 1948.
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.
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.
Mt. Zion

Mt. Zion

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