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Jerusalemites of Gold – Female Jewelry in Jerusalem
Thursday July 18, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ticket price: NIS 120, including refreshments, a guided tour of the Jewelry Making: Past & Present exhibition, and bus transportation to the exhibition.
Meeting point: Museum for Islamic Art
This unique tour, in the footsteps of the jewelry and ornamental items worn by women from the three religions to which Jerusalem is dedicated: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. What jewelry do Jerusalem women wear? Is there a difference between the jewelry worn by women of the different religion – Jewish, Christian and Muslim? Who created the jewelry, and where? How much gold does a Muslim woman receive before her wedding, and how is the wedding night jewelry chosen? What are golden olive pips? And what is the connection between jewelry made in the 21st century, and Ottoman and British coins from the 20th century?
There’s more on the tour which takes place exclusively in the alleyways of the Old City, and its secrets. We will be hosted at a variety of unique jewelry stores, we will meet with jewelry makers and with gold and diamond traders, and we will see, smell and touch gold.
The tour will be led by tour guide Esther Saad:
She is an 8th generation Jerusalemite tour guide. She was born, grew up and still lives in Jerusalem, and never ceases to be moved by the city and marvel at it.
The tours will be conducted in Hebrew
To register for the Jerusalemites of Gold tour: https://eventbuzz.co.il/lp/event/ynays
Jerusalem of Jewelry –A Tour of The City’s Unique Jewelry-Like Buildings
Friday August 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Towards the end of the 19th century, with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the various European powers, including Germany, France and Britain, began to consolidate their presence in Jerusalem. They started to put up various buildings around the city, each with its own architectural language that reflected the country of origin.
This special tour follows in the footsteps of the unique buildings of the city of Jerusalem which, like jewelry worn by women, also decorate the city, glorify it and accentuate its beauty. As the poet Yehudah Amihai wrote: “For Jerusalem is like a beloved woman, who bedecks herself with jewelry from her lovers from all over the world.”
The buildings featured in the tour include: The Russian Compound, the Italian Hospital, the Anglican St. George Cathedral, the French Notre Dame, including a view of Dormition Abbey, the German Augusta Victoria hospital and the Scottish St. Andrew’s Church.
To register for the Jerusalem of Jewelry tour: https://eventbuzz.co.il/lp/event/tszga
Vatican State – A Rare Glimpse of the Heart of the Franciscan Order
Friday September 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
800 years have elapsed since the first Franciscan monks came to the Holy Land, to found the Franciscan Order here. The order, which received from the Poe the custody of Terra Sancta (Custody of the Holy Land), by virtue of its role, represents the Catholic church and is responsible for the sacred sites in the Holy Land.
The tour offers a rare glimpse of the Order’s large old monastery in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The participants in the tour will get a close look at the monks’ work in the Holy Land over the years. They will meet with a Hebrew-speaking monk who will accompany the unique tour through the courtyards of eth compound, the magnificent church, the monks’ dining hall, the wine cellar, the conservatory and, of course, the jewel in the crown where the sacred artifacts and valuable works of art, sent to Jerusalem by Europe’s Catholic aristocracy over the centuries.
She is an 8th generation Jerusalemite tour guide. She was born, grew up and still lives in Jerusalem, and never ceases to be moved by the city and marvel at it.The tours will be conducted in Hebrew
To register for the Vatican State tour:https://eventbuzz.co.il/lp/event/thkjv
Holy Boxes – an Out of the Box Tour
Friday October 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The art of jewelry making has always addressed the immortalization of beauty by creating eternal jewels and jewelry artifacts. However, it transpires that great importance is also attached to the boxes that contain them. The boxes contain a whole world of imagery designed to glorify the artifact/jewel inside.
The tour takes you along the alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem, between valuable and sumptuously decorated gold and silver boxes which serve repositories of sacred artifacts of great spiritual and religious value, and dedicated to the three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The tour stops include the mother of pearl Franciscan room where sacred Christian bread boxes are kept, a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter with a hammered silver box encrusted with precious stones, for a Torah scroll, and beautiful citrus fruit boxes, for etrogim, and mezuzot, and superb damascene Koran boxes kept in the Muslim Quarter made of shell-encrusted wood.
To register for the Holy Boxes tour: https://eventbuzz.co.il/lp/event/iwfxb