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Preservation versus Development on HaNevi`im st.
Meeting place: the corner of HaNevi`im St. and Strauss St.
Saturday, October 20th, 9:30  
A tour along the street formerly known as the "Back Street" - whose construction began in the second half of the 19th century when residents started moving out of the overcrowded Old City. Led by the tour guide Cila Gera, the three-hour tour will trace the story behind the street, the building styles characterizing it, the motivation that led hospitals and various public institutions to choose to locate there, and the famous people who lived on HaNevi`im Street or had a personal stake in it. Please note that entering Tabor House with a weapon is not allowed.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Hidden Observation Points
Meeting place: the entrance to the Orient Hotel, 3 Emek Refaim St.
Saturday, October 20th, 15:00  
A tour led by Adi Arbel of some charming Jerusalem spots in the vicinity of the German Colony and Abu Tor, which are also special observation points of Jerusalem and hold historical and urban importance for the city. The two-hour tour will end at the First Station complex.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Urban Renewal in Historical Districts
Meeting place: the corner of Diskin St. and Keren Kayemet St.
Saturday, October 20th, 10:30   
A tour led by the architect, Marla Haber Goldstein, who specializes in restoring historic buildings and neighborhoods. The tour relies on research she conducted while studying for a M.A. in Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion, which dealt with the restoration of neighborhoods in historic districts and focused on residential neighborhoods in Jerusalem as a case study. The two-hour tour will pass through Rehavia and Sha`arei, where Haber Goldstein will talk about their original plans, changes that were made to them over the years, and additions to buildings designated historical landmarks.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Mature Trees and Urban Nature in Jerusalem
Meeting place: the entrance to the Hansen Center, 14 Gedaliah Alon St., Talbieh
Thursday, October 18th, 18:00  
House for reservationEchologic Tour
A two-hour tour with Yisrael Galon, the Head of the Flowers and Flora Engineering Division at the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, which will focus on mature and unique trees and some enclaves of urban nature: Moon Grove, Sun Grove, and the garden at the Museum of Natural History. Galon will talk about the special qualities of mature trees and the overall importance of trees to the urban environment as part of sustainable urban planning. The tour will end in the German Colony next Mesila Park.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Sergei`s Courtyard
13 Heleni HaMalka St.
Saturday, October 20h, 10:00-13:00;    tours of the courtyard will be held at 10:00 and 11:30  
House for reservation
Architect: Frank Gia, 1890; Historical preservation architect: Uri Padan, 2017
An open house and guided tours of one of the most famous and most beautiful buildings in the city, which in the past served as a hostel for Russian pilgrims and was recently restored to its original use. The tour at 10:00 will be led by Pazit Schweid, the director of communities and urban activities at the Society for the Protection of Nature. The tour at 11:30 will be led by Uri Padan, the compound`s historical preservation architect.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
The Poor Folk`s Cemetery
Meeting place: Zion Gate (outside the Old City walls)
Thursday, October 18th, 10:00 and 12:00;   Friday, October 19th, 9:00 and 11:00  
House for reservation
Tours of the neglected Samboski Jewish cemetery, which is located at the foot of the King David`s Tomb and is where Jerusalem`s poor were buried for over 200 years. The tours will trace and tell the stories of the people who were laid to rest there, who are now anonymous because their names no longer appear on the gravestones. The cemetery also used to be the site of splendid processions that were held when old Torah scrolls were buried. The 75-minute tours will end at Zion Gate.
4 open tours for the first 35 people in line. Reservations not required.

Yad Vashem`s Planning History
Meeting place: next to the Yad Vashem model in the Visitors Center
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00 and 17:15  
Inspirational tours that will recount Yad Vashem`s planning history, whose design began prior to the establishment of the State of Israel (1942) at the initiative of Mordechai Shenhavi – before the magnitude of the tragedy that befell the Jewish people and the depth of the horrors of the death camps were even fully known. The tours will focus on the period that preceded the construction of the first buildings in the 1950`s and 1960`s. The prolonged architectural planning process that took place at the site reflects the changes that occurred in those years regarding the awareness of the Holocaust and the representation of Israeli nationalism. The 75-minute tours will be led by Neta Shani, who researches the planning history of Yad Vashem.
2 open tours. Reservations not required.
Tabor House, The Swedish Theological Seminary
58 HaNevi`im St.
Thursday, October 18th, 9:00;   Saturday, October 20th, 10:30 and 11:30  
Architect: Conrad Schick, 1882-1889
Guided tours of a building that Teddy Kollek, the city`s former mayor, once called "the most beautiful house in Jerusalem." It was designed and built by Conrad Schick for his own family, who lived there between 1882 and 1901. From an architectural standpoint, the style of the building is European with Middle Eastern motifs. Tabor House is currently owned by the Swedish Lutheran Church and serves as an academic institute for theology studies. The tour on Thursday will be led by Israel Haran, a member of the Tabor House staff. The tours on Saturday will be led by Tzipi Ron – an environmental activist, chair of the Cultural Landscape Committee at Icomos, and a member of the Municipal Conservation Committee. The tours will include the intimate garden and the chapel. Weapons of any kind will not be allowed into the compound.
3 open tours. Reservations not required.
Along the Light Rail Route
Meeting place: the corner of 52 Jaffa Rd. and King George St.
Saturday, October 20th, 17:00  
House for reservation
A two-hour tour along Jaffa Road led by Malka Eliyahu-Kosovitch, which will pass by historic neighborhoods and end at Nordau Square. She will talk about preservation and renewal issues in light of the hi-rise construction in downtown Jerusalem and the renewal project underway at the entrance to the city.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Commemoration Architecture
Ammunition Hill Heritage Center, 5 Zalman Shragai St.
Thursday, October 18th, 10:00   Thursday, October 18th, 11:00   Thursday, October 18th, 12:00   Thursday, October 18th, 13:00   Friday, October 19th, 9:00   Friday, October 19th, 10:00   Friday, October 19th, 11:00   Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
Accessabile Tour
A guided tour of two projects at Ammunition Hill, whose construction was recently completed - Jerusalem Park and the path running along it that tells the story of the Ammunition Hill battle, and Commemoration Hall. The front section of the new Jerusalem Park, which extends across an area of nearly two acres, features a set of plaques that depict the history of Jerusalem starting in the modern period and up to the Six Day War. Commemoration Hall is dedicated to the 182 Israeli soldiers who died in the battle for Jerusalem. Its design reflects an unconventional approach to commemoration, using elements such as simulations, music, fire, water, touchscreens, and personal items belonging to the fallen soldiers.
Advance reservations required; each of the 8 tours is limited to 40 participants.
The Post Hostel
23 Jaffa Rd. (the entrance is from 3 Koresh St.) 3rd floor
Thursday, October 18th, 15:00;   Friday, October 19th, 13:00;   Saturday, October 20th, 13:00  
Original building architects: Austen St. Barbe Harrison and Percy Winter, 1938; Hostel architect: Michael Azoulay, 2017
Brief tours of this hostel designed in a vibrant urban style, located on the top floor of the main post office in downtown Jerusalem. The original building, which was designed by two of the most prominent architects of the British Mandate period, is a blend of the International Style and local Middle Eastern motifs, such the seven arches found along the main entranceway. An opportunity to see a land use change and urban renewal at their best.
3 open tours for the first 20 people in line. Reservations not required.
The City Entrance Tunnel Project
Meeting place: the corner of Heichal HaMishpat St. and Abba Eban St.
Thursday, October 18th, 12:00   Thursday, October 18th, 13:30   Thursday, October 18th, 15:00   Thursday, October 18th, 16:30  
Inaccessabile Tour
A joint project of the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Finance, Israel Land Authority and Jerusalem Municipality; the works are managed by Eden – The Jerusalem Center Development Company, and the infrastructure works are being carried out by Moriah Jerusalem Development Company
An opportunity to visit the site of the underground construction works underway at the City Entrance Project, which promises to be the largest business district and transportation hub in Israel, and hear from its managers about the total transformation of the entrance to Jerusalem. This is the largest construction project in the country, consisting of 1,500,000 m2 extending across an area of roughly 75 acres, which is scheduled to add about 60,000 new jobs in the city. The project will also offer around 2,000 hotel rooms as well as public spaces. Over 350,000 people are expected to pass through there every day. There will be an express train to Tel Aviv, two light rail routes, public transportation lanes and bike paths.
The tours will include a brief explanation about the project and entry to the underground tunnels that are being excavated.
The 90-minute tours will be in groups of 20 and participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their reserved tour starts so they can be advised of the safety instructions.
Participation is contingent on wearing long pants and closed-back shoes and anyone dressed differently will not be allowed to enter the site. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult authorized by their parent. Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed to take part in the tours.
The tours at the construction site are not accessible to persons with a walking disability or gait disturbance. It is advisable to use public transportation to reach the meeting place.
Advance reservations required; each of the 4 tours is limited to 20 participants.
Sacred and Profane on Mount Scopus
Meeting place: Frank Sinatra Concourse on the university campus
Thursday, October 18th, 15:00  
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. Diana Dolev, whose doctoral dissertation deals with the Hebrew University campuses. It 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 in the meantime 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.
The Masonic Lodge
13 Ezrat Yisrael St.
Thursday, October 18th, 14:00 and 16:00;   Friday, October 19th, 12:00 and 14:00;   Saturday, October 20th, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00  
Sessions at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Jerusalem that will include a lecture and a tour of the building. A rare opportunity to see the ornate room where the freemasons hold their ceremonies, which is replete with symbols that depict the history of the organization, its objectives and its age-old roots. Each session will last about two hours.
8 open sessions for the first 50 people in line. Reservations not required.
The Mandel School
Meeting place: the main entrance to the Botanical Garden on the Hebrew University
Thursday, October 18th, 13:30  
Architects: the Boston-based firm Kallmann McKinnell & Wood (the architect, Michael McKinnell) and the local firm A. Lerman Architects (the architect, Tammy Yaniv), 2016
An hour-long tour led by Professor Israel Yuval, the school`s academic director, and the architect, Tammy Yaniv, at this new and much talked about building on the Mount Scopus campus. The 4,600 m² building caters to outstanding students and senior researchers. 
The architectural concept underlying the building reflects its sensitive location on the seam dividing East and West Jerusalem, Jews and Arabs, and the wasteland and populated areas. This concept was translated into an architectural language of transparency and multiple perspectives on the landscape. The entrance is via a bridge that connects the Botanical Garden with the fifth and top floor of the building, which is designed like a transparent pavilion. From its northeastern corner that is made of glass, there is a spectacular view of the Judean Desert, Moab Mountains and village of Issawiya.
The building`s American architect, Michael McKinnell, who was chosen by the donor Morton Mandel, also designed Boston City Hall, which served as inspiration for the Bank of Israel in Jerusalem.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Jerusalem`s Hotels in the 19th Century
Meeting place: Jaffa Gate
Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
Where did Emperor Wilhelm II stay during his visit in the Holy Land? Which hotel did Moses Montefiore choose to sleep in? A tour of 19th century guesthouses, pilgrim hostels and upscale hotels in the Old City. The two-hour tour, led by Reut Odem, will include the old Amdursky Hotel in the Christian Quarter, the Lutheran Hostel, Petra Hotel and others.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Cinema Hostel
4 Shamai St.
Thursday, October 18th, 17:30   Thursday, October 18th, 18:15   Thursday, October 18th, 19:00  
Renovation and conversion architect: Liat Argaman, 2018
A glimpse of a newly opened hotel situated in a building that used to house the Orion movie theater in downtown Jerusalem. It was built in 1938, inspired by Radio City Music Hall in New York. The 30-minute tours will point out the changes and adjustments that were made in order to convert the building into a modern hotel, while at the same time preserving the old building`s structural elements.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 15 participants.
In the Footsteps of Architect Shimon Powsner
Meeting place: the entrance to Hebrew University Secondary School on Ruppin Rd.
Friday, October 19th, 11:15  
In honor of the launch of the book Shimon Powsner, Architect (Dvir, 2018), its authors, the architects Dr. Zvi Elhaini and Michael Jacobson, will lead this tour together with Powsner`s son, Gidi Powsner, who is also an architect. It will include prominent buildings on the Givat Ram campus that Shimon Powsner designed or collaborated on their design: Hebrew University Secondary School, the square at the entrance to the campus, different faculties and the National Library. The 90-minute tour will focus on Powsner`s design approach, which blended international modernism of the period with his quest for a local and unique architectural language – material and climatic.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
The Home of the Artist Birgitta Yavari-Ilan
30 Tura St., Yemin Moshe
Friday, October 19th, 10:00-13:00;   Saturday, October 20th, 17:00-20:00  
Architect: unknown, 1860; Building addition: the architect Lev Stern, 1979
A visit at one of the original Mishkenot Sha`ananim homes that overlooks the walls of the Old City. A wing was added to it after the Swedish artist, Birgitta Yavari-Ilan, moved in the 1970`s. The visit includes a short tour of the house, which is filled with traditional Swedish furniture and artifacts, as well as Birgitta`s own paintings. Visitors will also get to meet the artist, who is known for her love for Israel. Entry to the house will be in groups of 25 every thirty minutes.
Open tours. Reservations not required.
The Bergman Residence
17 Ruppin Rd., Museum District
Friday, October 19th, 10:00    Friday, October 19th, 12:30  
Architect: Al (Alfred) Mansfeld, the 1970`s
A 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 household 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 literary 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 Or from the Israel Museum`s staff and are not handicap accessible.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 20 participants.
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