Overview Jerusalem

Visiting Jerusalem

Perched on a plateau in the Judean Mountains, Jerusalem boasts a wildly diverse population of close to one million Jews, Muslims and Christians, thousands of sacred sites and some of the best dining, hotels and nightlife in the region. You’d be hard pressed to find a place as chock-full of history as the Old City of Jerusalem, where religious sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock draw tens of thousands of believers. Locals and tourists alike visit the Western Wall, better known as the Wailing Wall, where they tuck their prayers into its cracks and hope for an answer. The Israel Museum houses a fine collection of art, and the complete collection of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. One of Jerusalem’s biggest draws is the Dead Sea. The... Read More Perched on a plateau in the Judean Mountains, Jerusalem boasts a wildly diverse population of close to one million Jews, Muslims and Christians, thousands of sacred sites and some of the best dining, hotels and nightlife in the region. You’d be hard pressed to find a place as chock-full of history as the Old City of Jerusalem, where religious sites like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock draw tens of thousands of believers. Locals and tourists alike visit the Western Wall, better known as the Wailing Wall, where they tuck their prayers into its cracks and hope for an answer. The Israel Museum houses a fine collection of art, and the complete collection of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. One of Jerusalem’s biggest draws is the Dead Sea. The lowest point on earth, this lake contains the second saltiest water in the world – so salty that it sustains no life, though you’ll float with ease. So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve tucked their own prayers into the Wailing Wall.    Close

Stories and Tips Jerusalem

Security Precautions: Take Photos of Your Documents and Credit Cards

Written by Mark Gokingco on 27 Oct, 2010

A couple of things I did for security before I left the U.S. to protect myself in the unlikely event that something happened like I get pick pocketed or I lost my passport.1. I took my smartphone and its camera and took photos of…Read More


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Jerusalem, Israel

Written by Mark Gokingco on 26 Oct, 2010

Here it is. My Pilgrimage reaches its peak today. Again, remember to retain your ISRAELI LANDING CARD you received in Day 6 along with your Sea Card and photo ID. Basic information and recommendations are the same here as it is for…Read More


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Educating Israel

Written by BawBaw on 10 Aug, 2010

On April 1, 1925, Lord Arthur James Balfour stood on the summit of Mount Scopus (Har Hatsofim, in Hebrew) to dedicate the establishment of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Today, 85 years later, the university looks back proudly on an impressive record of accomplishment. As…Read More


Living in the Shadow of Terror: Lessons from Ben Yehuda

Written by BawBaw on 06 Aug, 2010

Based on my own memory, Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in West Jerusalem has been the object of terror attacks--or attempted attacks thwarted--since the 1980s. One such incident occurred in December 2001, less than 3 months after the events of "9-11" here in the United States.…Read More


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Jerusalem

Written by MALUSE on 01 Sep, 2009

We set out in the afternoon to get a first glimpse of the Old City, the historical and religious heart of Jerusalem. We entered through the Damascus Gate, one of the eight gates (of which seven are still in use) of the old city wall…Read More


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An invisible occupation

Written by saberzaitoun on 13 Mar, 2006

From that checkpoint at the edge of the West Bank where the Israeli airport taxi dropped us off, the way to Ramallah winded through dark valleys on the western slopes of the West Bank, through many new Israeli colonies (the so-called "settlements").We took a Palestinian…Read More


Into the Dark of Night 2

Written by saberzaitoun on 13 Mar, 2006

Finally at the terminal, the "place of birth" on my American passport, and the seemingly innocent question of "How's your Hebrew", were enough to identify us and lead us into the infamous "Arab Room", now reduced to a small corner of the airport. Despite our…Read More


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Into the Dark of Night

Written by saberzaitoun on 13 Mar, 2006

It was a very long plane ride. Seven hours from the U.S. to Frankfurt, spending a few hours at the airport, then changing to another plane bound for Tel Aviv.Though Palestine is my homeland, I haven't been back for 5 years. The last time I…Read More


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Ram Allah: The Heart of Palestine

Written by HobWahid on 13 May, 2003

For many, Ram Allah is the heart of Palestine -- it signifies the spirit of the Palestinian people. It is the financial center of Palestine as well as the seat of the Palestinian Authority. A city of around a half a million people, Ram Allah…Read More


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Just Jerusalem

Written by phileasfogg on 04 Jul, 2002

A circular bed of tulips gleams red and gold through the shining glass pane of the window, and the young man at the check-in counter has a smile just about as bright. "Shalom," he grins at us. "I hope you enjoyed your trip…Read More


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