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The Hecht Synagogue on the Mount Scopus Campus
Meeting place: the Forum concourse at the entrance to the Academon Bookstore
Thursday, October 18th, 14:30  
Architect: Ram Karmi, 1983
An hour-long tour led by Mr. Aryeh Salomon, a religion and heritage coordinator at the Hebrew University. Its focus will be on the Hecht Synagogue, which was designed by the architect Ram Karmi as the spiritual summit of the campus and overlooks Jerusalem`s Holy Basin. The synagogue was built after the university returned to the Mount Scopus campus following the Six Day War (it was opened to the public in 1983). The building features a variety of symbolic elements, the most prominent of which is the huge panoramic window that extends across most of the synagogue`s western wall. This western wall is situated between two arks, from which there is a breathtaking view of "built Jerusalem."
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Schatz House
3 Bezalel St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:30 (in English)   Thursday, October 18th, 17:15   Thursday, October 18th, 18:00   Friday, October 19th, 9:00 (in English),    Friday, October 19th, 9:45   Friday, October 19th, 10:30   Friday, October 19th, 11:15   Friday, October 19th, 12:00   Friday, October 19th, 12:45   Friday, October 19th, 13:30  
Architect: unknown, 1908-1915
In honor of some new exhibitions of works by the Schatz family that are scheduled to open in the coming year in Israel and in Europe, and marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of Prof. Boris Schatz`s utopian novel, Built Jerusalem, visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the compound where members of the Schatz family lived and worked in the 20th century. Their house was located next to the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, which was founded by the head of the family, Prof. Boris Schatz, and later became the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. The compound was home to Schatz, his wife Olga Pavzner, and their children Bezalel and Zahara (who later received the Israel Prize for art). It also housed the family`s private studio. Over the years, other artists took up residence there, including Ze`ev Raban and Mordecai Ardon. The tours, led by Jimmy Levinson who is a scion of the family and the executor of the estate, will include a brief explanation about the compound, a tour of the house, and a look at some of the works created by the family.
Advance reservations required; each of the 10 tours is limited to 20 participants.
Dr. Efklides`s Residence
3 Rachel Imenu St., Greek Colony
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-13:00  
Architect: Spyro Houri, the beginning of the 20th century
A visit at this home 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.
The Greek Community Club
8 Yehoshua Bin Nun St., Greek Colony
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-13:00  
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 leisurely sit. Guided tours will start every 30 minutes.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
Preservation Conflicts
Meeting place: Community Administration, 10 HaBukharim St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00  
Echologic Tour
An opportunity to hear about preservation policy in Jerusalem and become acquainted with the conflicts that preservationists have to deal with when striking a balance between the needs of the population and the city, on the one hand, and the tenets of the preservation policy, on the other. The 90-minute session will focus on the Bukhara neighborhood as a case study – which was designed according to a European model with crisscrossed streets, but also has buildings reminiscent of traditional Bukharian construction. When built at the end of the 19th century, it was considered the most upscale Jewish neighborhood in the city.
The first part of the session, devoted to an introduction to the topic, will be held at the neighborhood`s Community Administration – the former Davidoff House. The second half will consist of a tour of the neighborhood.
Session participants include the architect, Shmuel Groag, from the Department of Architecture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the historic preservation architect, Moshe Shapira, who together with local residents initiated a preservation plan for the neighborhood in 2008.
Open discussion and open tour. Reservations not required.
Museum of Natural History (Villa Decan)
6 Mohilever St., German Colony
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-14:00;   guided tours will be conducted at 11:30 and 12:30  
Architect: unknown, 19th century
A visit at the only villa in Jerusalem that has remained in its original state since the 19th century and is now home to the Museum of Natural History. It was built by a wealthy Armenian merchant named Decan, who wanted a luxurious estate that could function as a passive solar building ideally suited to Jerusalem`s climate. The house is surrounded by a large garden – which is currently the Museum of Natural History`s botanical garden. For a number of years, the house was the official residence of Jerusalem`s Ottoman and British governors, explaining why it is replete with relics suggestive of its previous grandeur. The tours, led by Valentina Nelin who is a sustainable building consultant, will highlight the special ecological qualities of the historic building and compound. She will also touch on issues associated with their conservation and the history of the estate.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
YMCA Garden (King David`s Crown)
Meeting place: the concourse at the entrance to the YMCA, 26 David HaMelech St.
Saturday, October 20th, 11:00  
The sculptor, Israel Hadany, will talk about the garden he designed behind the YMCA building together with the landscape architect, Zvi Dekel. The garden is situated on what used to be the legendary soccer field used by the Beitar Jerusalem team. This large-scale environmental undertaking included a gamut of aesthetic and functional aspects, such as walls, walkways, a pergola, the design of squares, a sculpted element, canals, seating areas, lighting fixtures, and more. The tour is scheduled to last about 45 minutes.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
A Hybrid Hostel
Stay Inn Hostel. 21 King George St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00, 16:45 and 17:30  
Accessabile Tour
Interior design: Yaron Tal, 2017
A glimpse of a hostel with a contemporary, multicolored and carefully planned design, located in a building in downtown Jerusalem that experienced a fire in the past. During the tours, the developer, Mati Roffe, will talk about hostel accommodations today and recount the story behind the opening of this particular one.
3 open tours for the first 25 people in line. Reservations not required.
The Central Zionist Archives
2 (George) Herlitz St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00   Thursday, October 18th, 17:00  
Architect: Moshe Zarhi, 1987
Guided tours in the basement of this six-story building, which is hidden from sight and contains archival materials dating back to the beginning of the Zionist movement. These Zionist movement treasures also chronicle life in the Jewish community in the country starting at the end of the 19th century and up to the first decades following the establishment of the State of Israel. The visit will include entry to the storerooms and a look at selected documents, maps, photographs and posters dealing with Theodor Herzl, the visionary of the Jewish State, and Richard Kaufmann, the father of Zionist architecture.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 25 participants.
Schocken Library
6 Balfour St., Rehavia
Friday, October 19th, 9:00   Friday, October 19th, 9:45   Friday, October 19th, 10:30  
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. The 30-minute tours will be led by the architect Noam Seri from the Ben Zvi Institute, who will talk about the architecture and the blueprint for Salman Schocken`s library. Participants will also get 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 building currently houses a library open to the public as well as a Jewish Studies research institute.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 35 participants.
American Colony Hotel
1 Louis Vincent St. (near Nablus Road)
Friday, October 19th, 10:00   Friday, October 19th, 11:00   Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
Original architect: unknown, the end of the 19th century
Compound architects: Michael Schwartz & Associates, 1992-2018
A brief tour inside a compound that was originally the palace of Pasha Rabah Effendi El Husseini, a member of Jerusalem`s Arab aristocracy, and the heart of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Today, it is a hotel with a distinct international flair, surrounded by lush gardens. The tour includes both the new and old sections of the hotel.   
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 20 participants.
Villa Brown
54 HaNevi`im St.
Saturday, October 20h, 11:00, 11:50, 12:40, 13:30 and 14:20  
Original architect: unknown, the end of the 19th century; Restoration: the architects Nahum Meltzer and Galit Shifman Baer Nathan; Architecture: Miki Cohen Magen; Interior design: Morris Algazi; Interior decor: Ariela Gluck and Leon Avigad, 2017
A tour with Leon Avigad, the developer and one of the hotel`s owners, at this historical building that was converted into a stylish boutique hotel. Its design was inspired by colonial motifs that seek to revive the Ottoman zeitgeist of the period in which it was built as well as the hedonist atmosphere that characterized European colonialism in the Holy Land. Additionally, the 40-minute tours will recount the story of the Jewish physician Yitzhak (Gregory) Amcislavsky – better known as Dr. D`Arbela - who was the first to reside in the original villa. Avigad will also describe the metamorphoses that the building has undergone in the 150 years of its existence, as well as the architectural challenges inherent in its restoration and conversion into a hotel.
5 open tours for the first 100 people in line. Reservations not required.
Levi Eshkol`s Home
46 Ben Maimon Blvd., Rehavia
Thursday, October 18th, 17:30 and 19:00 – guided tours led by Shahar Kalman,   the director of the Visitors Center Friday, October 19th, 10:00 and 11:15   – tours about the history of the house led by Pazit Schweid,   the director of the Urban Communities and Urban Activities department at SPNI;   at 12:30, there will be a tour dealing with the restoration works,   led by the historic preservation architect, Moshe Shapira.  
Architect: Benjamin Chaikin, 1933
Guided tours of this house that was originally built for Julius Jacobs, the deputy governor of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period, and his family. Designed in the International Style, the exterior walls of the building are covered with plaster and not stone, which is unusual for Jerusalem. The design also incorporates local motifs such as arches. Between 1950 and 1974, it served as the official Prime Minister`s Residence and was home to David Ben Gurion, Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir (Golda`s famous kitchen was located here). In 1977, it was handed over to Yad Levi Eshkol, a nonprofit organization that commemorates the life and work of the former Israeli Prime Minister.
After undergoing extensive renovation and restoration works, it currently houses the Jerusalem offices of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and Yad Levi Eshkol.
5 open tours. Thursday`s tours are limited to the first 30 people in line. Friday`s tours are limited to the first 40 people in line. Reservations not required.
A Jerusalem Chronicle
58 King George St.
Thursday, October 18th, 19:00 and 20:00    (the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art will be open from 18:00 to 20:00)    Friday, October 19th, 10:00   (the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art will be open from 9:00 to 11:00)  
Architects: Dr. Alexander Friedman and Meir Rubin, 1958
Experience- and surprise-filled tours that will introduce participants to the building that houses the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art at Hechal Shlomo, which was built about a decade after Israel`s establishment as the seat of the Chief Rabbinate. The hour-long tours will include a guided panoramic view of Old and New Jerusalem from the roof of the building (with an emphasis on the architecture) as well as a brief visit at the museum to see the artifacts on display there.
3 open tours for the first 45 people in line. Reservations not required.
The First Live Structure in Israel
The Jerusalem Bird Observatory, James Rothschild Blvd., Kiryat HaLeom
Friday, October 19th, 9:00-13:00 Saturday, October 20h, 9:00-12:00.   Guided tours will start every hour on the hour.  
Fit for childrenEchologic Tour
Architects: Weinstein Vaadia Architects, 2009
An opportunity to hear about the first live structure of its kind in Israel, located at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory – which is a unique urban-community nature site devoted to studying avian behavior in a city setting. The tours will include a view of the flora and fauna system incorporated in the structure`s walls and roof, as well as a guided observation of the different natural habitats and wild animals found within the observatory`s domain – witnessed from a concealed lookout point.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
Between Faith and Art
Meeting place: 7 Yehuda Hamaccabi St., Mekor Baruch
Thursday, October 18th, 18:00 and 20:00 Friday, October 19th, 8:00 and 11:00  
An opportunity to become acquainted with the Art Shelter Gallery that is situated in a bomb shelter in the heart of Mekor Baruch – and is the first art gallery ever opened in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. The 90-minute sessions will start with a tour of the neighborhood, during which participants will learn about the lifestyle of its residents and its public buildings. They will conclude with a visit at the "Act of Letters" exhibition and a discussion about the tension between faith and art. The gallery was opened in 2000 by the artist, Ika Yisraeli, who embraced the practices of Orthodox Judaism.
Participants are requested to wear modest clothing.
4 open tours. Reservations not required.
The YMCA Building
26 David HaMelech St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00   Friday, October 19th, 16:00   Saturday, October 20th, 16:00  
Architect: Arthur Loomis Harmon, 1933
Come and get acquainted with one of the most impressive colonial buildings in the city, hear about the history of this beautiful structure that was designed by one of the architects of the Empire State Building, and view the frescos and ceilings that decorate its various spaces. The hour-long tours will highlight motifs associated with the three major religions that are embedded in the building. Participants will also be able to see the underground chapel and will be allowed to get a glimpse of the new underground sports center at the YMCA – which is the largest sports center in the Middle East.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 40 participants.
The Western Cardo
Meeting place: the square on HaYehudim St., across from Chabad Center
Friday, October 19th, 11:00  
Architects: Peter Bogod and Esther Niv-Krendel, together with Shlomo Aronson, 1982
An urban planning project (and winner of an architecture competition for restoring the Jewish Quarter held in 1971) that uncovered the main thoroughfare in Jerusalem during the Roman-Byzantine period, which had been buried for centuries and thanks to the project was integrated into the modern-day urban fabric. This ancient street is depicted in the Madaba Mosaic Map found in Jordan, which served as an inspiration for its design. During the tour, Bogod will talk about the project`s evolution and execution that lasted 12 years: the use made of an ancient mosaic as a basis for the design, the excavation works and unearthing the ancient cardo, and the architectural choices that were made in order to harmoniously blend contemporary uses (homes and shops) with archaeological findings that are on display in the public space.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Lorenzo Serafin House (HaMiffal)
3 HaMa`aravim St., Mahane Israel
Thursday, October 18th, 12:00-23:00 (open house);   Friday, October 19th, 12:00-17:00 (open house);    at 15:00: tour with the architects Orit Ofek Feidman and Avner Ofek  
A visit at a house constructed in 1865 in Mahane Israel - the second Jewish neighborhood built outside the Old City walls and the first to be built as a private initiative of the Mugrabis – and an opportunity to hear about the future plans for the building. The house changed hands a number of times and after being vacant for many years, it is now home to the HaMiffal cooperative of local artists. The 50 or so artists in the HaMiffal community work on the premises and also hold scheduled events and spontaneous activities there. The hour-long tour, led by the architects Orit Ofek Feidman and Avner Ofek, will recount the history of the building and present the model and future plans for it. The project is an initiative of and is managed by Eden – The Jerusalem Center Development Company.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
Millionaires and Lepers All Together
Meeting place: Jerusalem Theater concourse, 20 Marcus St., Talbieh
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00  
A tour that will tell the story of one of Jerusalem`s most upscale neighborhoods. For decades, Talbieh was home to aristocratic Christian Arab families and people suffering from leprosy. Led by the tour guide Cila Gera, the three-hour tour will pass by the stately homes in Talbieh, most of which were built about 100 years ago, and talk about the prominent people who lived in the neighborhood, the headquarters of the British Royal Air Force, the headquarters of the Lehi underground movement, and other events that took place there.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
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