I’ve written here in the past about the always popular and equally awesome Batim MiBifnim event in Jerusalem. Though the name literally means “Houses from Within” or “Open Houses,” the annual event features so much more than just a peak into private homes. Numerous private institutions and historical buildings also open their doors to the public, and a number of theme-focused walking tours are also included.
At this year’s event, scheduled for later this week on Thursday to Saturday, I am proud to be giving a tour (twice) on Mount Zion, outside the Old City walls. For the second year in a row, the JCJCR – Jerusalem Council for Jewish-Christian Relations is co-hosting “A Window to Mt. Zion” — a series of tours and lectures focusing on the various religious communities who call the area home. My tour will be the only one in English, along with a few of the lectures as well.
Mount Zion houses a patchwork of religious sites, institutions and cemeteries belonging to all three of the major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. My tour will focus specifically on the various Christian communities with a presence there. I felt that many of the people who will be joining the tour will have a better knowledge and familiarity with Judaism and its connection on the hill, and likely will have little more than a rudimentary knowledge of Christianity.
So my tour will focus on who these different Christian groups are, and why Mount Zion is important to them. The tour will last around 45 minutes, and I will be giving it twice: at 11:00 and 12:00. With a short tour of this nature, you can easily fit it in with other tours at Mt. Zion, and/or others around the city.
I look forward to seeing some of you there, and please spread the word to those who might be interested.
And if you’d like to arrange a private tour focusing on various religious groups in Israel, please contact me!