During this tour, you will get an appreciation of the New City of Jerusalem and its beautiful sites. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem and head to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbors. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Today, the commerce, culture and entertainment compound known as “Jerusalem First Station” is a thriving and welcoming hub, a place for eating, drinking, upscale shopping, tours, regular activities and special events. Jerusalem’s Israel Museum is so vast, it could take several days to explore its campuses and see its entire collections. Overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City, the Yemin Moshe neighborhood is named for Sir Moses Montefiore, the Jewish British banker and philanthropist whose financial support helped establish the neighborhood just outside the crowded and unsanitary Old City of Jerusalem in the middle of the 19th century. Less than a year after Israel became a state in 1948, the Knesset, Israel’s parliamentary house, convened for the first time as an official arm of the Israeli government, replacing two previous bodies that acted as legislative arms of the Zionist leadership in Israel. The Chagall Windows bring both light and art to the Abbell Synagogue at the Hadassah University Medical Center, on the southwestern outskirts of Jerusalem. In a way that entertains as it informs, the Herzl Museum demonstrates how Theodor Herzl’s devoted political activities eventually led to the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Located on the grounds of Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl national cemetery. This tour gives you not only the foundation for your experience in Jerusalem and Israel, but also helps you understand the historical context in which the City evolved.
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