Religious Heritage, Local Experience, City
Kid Friendly: Yes. Remember it's a walking tour and the focus is on the history and architecture of 19th century synagogues.
Maximum travelers: 6
English (fluent), Hebrew (advanced)
Historical architectural tour of iconic synagogues in Jewish quarter
The Hurva synagogue was built about 1721 by followers of Reb Yehuda HeHasid who died 3 days after arriving in Jerusalem with up to 1000 followers. The synagogue was destroyed by Arabs shortly after and finally rebuilt in 1864. It was the main Ashkenazi synagogue of the Old City and stood as a landmark for almost 100 years until it was blown up by the Jordanian Legion in the fighting for the Jewish quarter in 1948. After the Six Day war when Israel recaptured the Old City there were discussions about rebuilding the synagogue. World-class Jewish American architect Louis Kahn was invited to Israel. This tour follows in Kahn's footsteps as he explored the historical geography of the area and submitted plans for a new Hurva synagogue. But before anything was built Kahn died of a heart attack in New York City's Penn station.
In addition we'll visit two other synagogues built around the same time with fascinating stories, Tiferet Israel and Ohel Yitzchak.
Tiferet Israel synagogue
Ohel Yitzhak synagogue
If you're interested in extending the tour it's also possible to visit
13th century Ramban synagogue
4 Sephardic synagogues.
I can also arrange the Western Wall Tunnel tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at your Jerusalem hotel and we can walk or take a taxi to the start of the tour. Alternatively, to save time, I can meet you at Jaffa gate.
End location: Clients often continue exploring the Old City on their own after the tour. I'm also happy to take you back to Jaffa gate.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
This is a walking tour. It is possible to travel to starting point by taxi.
During the tour I share the religious and historical significance of the sites as well as the architecture.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 New Israeli shekels - There is an entrance fee to Hurva synagogue.
You can extend the duration of the tour and thereby see other synagogues and archeology.