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1.
The Poor Folk`s Cemetery
Meeting place: Zion Gate (outside the Old City walls)
Thursday, October 26th, 10:00 and 12:00 | Friday, October 27th, 9:00 and 11:00   
Tours of the neglected Samboski Jewish cemetery, which is located at the foot of the Tomb of King David and is where Jerusalem`s poor were buried for over 200 years. The tours will trace and tell the stories of the people who are buried there, whose names no longer appear on the gravestones, making them anonymous. The cemetery also used to be the site of splendid processions, which were held when old Torah scrolls were buried. The tours will last about one hour and 15 minutes and end at Zion Gate.
4 open tours for the first 35 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
2.
The Templer House
16 Beit Lehem Road
Thursday, October 26th, 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:00 |   Friday, October 27th, 10:00-13:00   
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
Architect: unknown; year of construction, 1890
A visit at the home built by Christian Messerle, a Templer shoemaker who came to Jerusalem from Russia and made shoes for most of the residents of the German Colony. After the Templers left, an Arab family lived in the house until abandoning it in 1948. In 1951, it was occupied by the Beham family and the mother of the family, Aliza, lived there until her death in 2012. The tours of this unassuming building, which for the most part has been restored, will be led by her grandson and highlight the colorful floor tiles, original wooden doors, the windows and the hardware.
Tours for groups of 20 every 20 minutes. Reservations not required.
 
 
3.
Mount Herzl Without Heroes
Meeting place: the main entrance to Mount Herzl (the upper gate)
Friday, October 27th, 11:00 | Saturday, October 28th, 11:00  
A tour of Israel`s National Military Cemetery that will be led by Roi Offenbacher, the author of "More Than One, Less Than Two." The tour will deal with the design of the cemetery as a reflection of mourning practices in Israel, while examining how military headstones have undergone revisions as a result of changes that are occurring in the collective memory. The tour will highlight stories about fallen IDF soldiers, the circumstances of whose deaths have been defined as "fell in the line of duty" or "died during his service." Offenbacher will also talk about the politics, the hierarchy and the exclusion in Israeli bereavement.
2 open tours for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
4.
The First Station
4 David Remez St., the main entrance to the station
Saturday, October 28th, 8:00 and 9:15  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Preservation architects: E. Ziv Architects and Moshe Shapira; a project carried out in cooperation with the Jerusalem Development Authority
Tours with Nurit Basel at the old Ottoman train station complex, which following restoration and preservation works has now become a cultural and recreational venue. The tours will recount the history of the train station, which was commissioned by Yosef Navon Bey and built by a French company in 1892. It operated as a train station uninterruptedly until the 1990s, after which it was looted and burnt down. The hour-long tours will focus on the history of the site and the folklore that has been associated with it over the years. The tours last about an hour.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
5.
The Jerusalem House of Quality
12 Derech Hevron
Thursday, October 26th, 10:00-17:00 | Friday, October 27th, 10:00-17:00 |    Saturday, October 28th, 10:00-17:00.    Guided tours will start every hour on the hour until 17:00   on Thursday and Saturday and until 16:00 on Friday.  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architect: Clifford Holliday, 1925
Tours of this historic building which was once an annex of the St. John Eye Hospital that was run by an order of British knights (now the Mount Zion Hotel). Apart from its panoramic view of the Old City walls and Mount Zion, the building also boasts of a fountain in its courtyard, a room decorated with Armenian tiles and crests of Scottish aristocracy. There is also a replica of a silver scroll made 2,700 years ago, which bears a priestly blessing written in early Hebrew script. In addition to hearing about the building`s history, tour participants will also visit the studios of the artisans working there today, who will demonstrate ancient and modern jewelry-making techniques. The tours will conclude with a guided view of the Old City walls from the building`s rooftop.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
6.
Arab Katamon
Meeting place: the entrance to Misgav Ladach Hospital, 27 Hizkiyahu Hamelech St.
Friday, October 27th, 15:00  
Gideon Shilo, a tour guide who translated the diaries of Khalil Al-Sakakini – a Palestinian educator who lived in Jerusalem in the first half of the 20th century – leads this tour. He will trace the Arab neighborhood of Katamon as it was during the British Mandate period, based on descriptions provided by Al-Sakakini and his neighbors. In the book entitled "This is the Way I Am Gentlemen – A Diary of Khalil Al-Sakakini" – the author offers an account of the construction of his own home in the 1930s (currently 8 Yordei Hasira Street) and offers a glimpse of life in Katamon until 1948. Shilo will focus on the vicinity of Yordei Hasira Street and also talk about the preservation of some buildings in the neighborhood. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.
Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 50 participants.
 
 
7.
Behind the Scenes at Shaare Zedek Hospital
Meeting place: 12 Shmuel Beyth St., 4th floor lobby next to the main entrance
Friday, October 27th, 11:00 and 13:00  
A rare opportunity to tour sections of the hospital that are not usually accessible to the public and to become acquainted with the complex logistical systems in place at the medical center: the heating/cooling center that operates the hospital`s air conditioning and water systems, the central sterile supply department where sterilized instruments are processed for the 30,000 surgical procedures performed annually, the switchboard which handles around 5,000 incoming calls daily and schedules about 200,000 appointments every year, the computerized electric control room which distributes electricity to all the units in the hospital, and the emergency preparedness system for unconventional terrorist attacks. The 90-minute tours will be led by Gadi Ilan, Director of Logistics and Engineering, and Andre Gross from the Public Affairs Department.
* Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hospital, at the entrance facing the Beitar Lot.
2 open tours for the first 50 people in line. Reservations not required.
 
 
8.
Dr. Efklides`s Residence
3 Rachel Imenu St., Greek Colony
Saturday, October 28th, 10:00-13:00  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
Architect: Spyro Houri, the beginning of the 20th century
A visit at this house offers a glimpse of how Greek Orthodox families lived in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 20th century. It used to be the home of Dr. Photias Efklides, a pillar of the local Greek Orthodox community and the first director of the municipal hospital built under Ottoman rule at the end of the 19th century. The house has since then been restored as a museum that exhibits furniture, artifacts, and photographs belonging to the doctor and his family. Guided tours for groups of 25 will be conducted every 30 minutes.
Open house. Reservations not required.
 
 
9.
The Greek Community Club
8 Yehoshua Bin Nun St., Greek Colony
Saturday, October 28thh, 10:00-13:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architect: unknown, 1902
An open house and meeting with members of the local Greek Orthodox community. The building was constructed in 1902 as a club for this small community and it still serves as a gathering place and cultural center. The stone structure has a charming shaded courtyard with alcoves where people can sit. Guided tours will start every 30 minutes.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
10.
Graffiti in Jerusalem
Meeting place: the entrance gate to Mamilla Mall, Shlomo HaMelech St.
Friday, October 27th, 10:00 |   Saturday, October 28th, 10:00  
How does Jerusalem stone affect graffiti in the city? How does the street art scene in Jerusalem differ from other cities in Israel? And which pair of Jerusalem artists are considered the hottest names in the field?
A 90-minute tour led by Shachar Ben-Nun, an urban art guide from Alternative Tel Aviv tours, who will describe the young, yet wide-ranging, rich and diverse, world of graffiti in Jerusalem.
Advance reservations required; each tour is limited to 40 participants.
 
 
11.
I`m a Political Wall
Meeting place: Davidka Square (next to the fountain), at the intersection of Jaffa Rd.
Thursday, October 26th, 20:00  
When, if ever, have you closely observed a drawing or writing sprayed on a wall on some street? Most of us are inclined to filter that information as street `noise.` However, during these tours led by graffiti artists from the Grafitiyul team, full attention will be paid to them. An attempt will be made to investigate the Jerusalem manifestations of this urban art genre that is now prevalent in nearly every large city worldwide. By observing the writing and drawings, tensions existing between different groups in the city and their respective fields of interest will be revealed, as will the reality in the Holy City as seen through activist prisms. The boundaries of creativity and freedom of expression are among the topics that will be raised.
The tour will end at its starting point.
Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 30 participants.
 
 
12.
Jerusalem Artists House
12 Shmuel HaNagid St.
Thursday, October 26th, 10:00-18:00 |   Friday, October 27th, 10:00-13:00 and a guided tour at 12:00 |   Saturday, October 28th, 11:00-14:00  
Accessabile Tour
An opportunity to become acquainted with this historic building constructed by the Ottomans in 1890, originally intended to be an orphanage. It was purchased in 1908 (along with the adjacent building) by the Jewish National Fund for the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, which was founded by Boris Schatz (who lived across the street). It was converted into the Bezalel National Museum in 1925, and remained such until the Israel Museum was built. The collections at the Bezalel National Museum were transferred to the new museum and formed the core of the Israel Museum`s collections. Since the middle of the 1960s, the building has housed the Association of Jerusalem Artists and Sculptors.
The ground floor features an exhibition of historic works dating back to the Bezalel period (Ze`ev Raban, Haviv Sasson) as well as an interactive display.
On Thursday and Saturday, the building will be open for unguided visits. On Friday at 12:00, Nir Ortal will lead a tour dealing with the history of the building, called: "From Boris Schatz and the Jerusalem Commune to the Jerusalem Artists House."
Open house and open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
13.
Schocken Library
6 Balfour St., Rehavia
Friday, October 27th, 9:00;   Friday, October 27th, 9:45;   Friday, October 27th, 10:30.  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
Architect: Erich Mendelsohn, 1936
Tours of a building designed by the architect Erich Mendelsohn (who also designed the Weizmann House in Rehovot and Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus), which is considered one of Jerusalem`s architectural masterpieces. Tours of the building will be led by the architect Noam Seri from the Ben Zvi Institute, who will talk about the original blueprint of the building which was designed to house Salman Schocken`s library. Participants will also receive a rare glimpse of the beginning of the industrialization period in pre-State Israel, when each item in the building was designed by the architect himself – ranging from the door handles to the umbrella stand. The library is currently open to the public and the building also houses a Jewish Studies research institute. The tours will last about 30 minutes.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 35 participants.
 
 
14.
Sacred and Profane at the Hebrew University
Meeting place: Frank Sinatra Concourse on the university campus
Friday, October 27th, 10:00  
The wall-like campus that was built after the Six Day War contains remnants of the original Hebrew University campus. The tour will be led Dr. Yair Paz, a geographer and senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute and the author of the article: "The Hebrew University as a New National Shrine." The tour will simulate a journey in time starting in the early days of the university at the Gray Hill Estate, including the various blueprints and the special significance of the buildings, which have since then become legends. The two-hour tour will end at the Hecht Synagogue, which was designed by the architect, Ram Karmi.
* Participants are required to show identification when entering the university campus.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
 
 
15.
Ancient Homes and Veteran Photographers
The Photography Gallery at the Hutsot HaYotser Artist Colony, 23 Hutsot HaYotser
Friday, October 27th, 9:30-13:30  
This special photography workshop will trace the techniques and subjects of a variety of old photographs taken of Jerusalem and will attempt to recreate them. The workshop, led by Yaal Herman who is a professional photographer and workshop facilitator, will consist of three parts: the first – will present the old photographs and provide a brief explanation about them and the techniques used to take them; the second – will involve a short, hands-on photography experience in the field; and the third – will be a wrap-up session where the photographs taken by the workshop participants will be displayed. The third part will also include a brief historical review of the American Colony in Jerusalem, combined with tips and techniques dealing with photo processing. Participants should come equipped with their own camera (or smartphone) and are also advised to bring a tripod and a wide-angle lens.
Advance reservations required; the workshop is limited to 22 participants.
 
 
16.
Between the YMCA and Katamon
Meeting place: the entrance to the YMCA, 26 David HaMelech St.
Thursday, October 26th, 17:00 | Saturday, October 28th, 15:00  
The legendary YMCA and Katamon soccer fields – which are considered heritage sites by every Jerusalem soccer fan – are also intensive urban spaces that were, and still are, home to community life and real estate ventures. The two-hour tours, led by Roi Offenbacher from the Training Department at Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem, will talk about the fields and the unique folklore associated with soccer in Jerusalem, the social struggles, the politics, the songs sung by fans, and even a poem that laments the demise of the fields.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
 
 
17.
The Bergman Residence
17 Ruppin Blvd., Museum District; the tours will leave from the entrance to the Israel Museum
Friday, October 27th, 10:00;   Friday, October 27th, 12:30  
Inaccessabile Tour
rare opportunity to visit the home of Charlotte Bergman, who was one of the Israel Museum`s most important benefactors. The house is located on the Museum campus and was designed to be an integral part of it. It was built especially for Mrs. Bergman at the initiative of Jerusalem`s legendary mayor, Teddy Kollek. From an architectural perspective, the house translates the Museum`s construction language into domestic uses. The interior design was influenced by Mrs. Bergman`s home in New York and is replete with original works by Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Moore, Picasso, Calder, Maillol, and other artists. It also contains furniture, artifacts and jewelry that Charlotte collected during her numerous trips around the world, some of which she took with her husband Louis, who died in 1955. In its heyday, the house served as a literature and art salon that hosted intellectuals and men and women of the arts.
Charlotte died in 2002 (at the age of 98) and the Museum continues to honor her wish that the house be kept exactly as it was – namely, the home of a late 20th century art collector – just like the period rooms in the Museum.
The tours will be led by Nurit Orr, a senior guide from the Israel Museum`s guide staff.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 20 participants.
 
 
18.
The Conservation Laboratories at the Israel Museum
11 Ruppin Blvd., Museum District; the tour will leave from the entrance to the Israel Museum
Friday, October 27th, 10:15  
Inaccessabile Tour
A tour with Andre Weiner, who runs the Conservation Laboratories. It will offer participants a rare glimpse of the labs concealed in the depths of the Israel Museum, as well as the restoration department that is entrusted with treating three-dimensional artifacts (archaeological and others) made of different materials. The tour is not handicap accessible.
Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 20 participants.
 
 
19.
The Illustrations Library and Rare Book Stockroom
11 Ruppin Blvd., Museum District; the tour will leave from the entrance to the Israel Museum
Friday, October 27th, 10:45  
Inaccessabile Tour
An extraordinary opportunity to see the rare book stockroom and illustrations library at the Israel Museum. During the tour, participants will be shown books from the 19th century that tell the history of illustrated children`s books through rare editions of well-known classics. The tour will be led by Orna Granot, a deputy curator of illustrated children`s books. The tour is not handicap accessible.
Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 15 participants.
 
 
20.
The Youth Wing Collection at the Israel Museum
11 Ruppin Blvd., Museum District; the tour will leave from the entrance to the Israel Museum
Friday, October 27th, 11:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
A tour of the toy collection of the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education at the Israel Museum. It contains around 15,000 items, including dolls, games and other childhood-related artifacts from different periods. The items, which were collected over a period of several decades, reflect various aspects of childhood and family life: playing, learning, friendship, competitiveness, inquisitiveness and imagination.
The tour will be led by Smadar Gafni, a deputy curator of exhibitions and the person in charge of the collection. The tour is not handicap accessible.
Advance reservations required; the tour is limited to 20 participants.
 
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