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Jerusalem Season of Culture will soon be showcasing the The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, four days of exceptional world class music taking place at some of the most amazing cultural and historical venues throughout the city. The festival, now in its year, brings together diverse artists from around the world who ascend to the world's holiest city to present and explore their own brand of ‘sacred' music. Whether you are Christian, Moslem, Jewish or any other religion, the Sacred Music Festival offers a cultural tour of music that is beyond one religion and is truly music to the ears of all. The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival will take place from September 9-12, 2014.
When you combine ancient medicines, miracles and faith - you get a fascinating remedy in the form of the new exhibition now on display at the Tower of DavidL Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis. With a view of Jerusalem through the lens of medicine and faith, the exhibit curated by Dr. Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, takes a look at the constant human struggle of a healthy life through the unique context of the holy city of Jerusalem.
The exhibit begins thousands of years ago - from the time of King David and King Hezekiah and continues up to the modern history of Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals. Medicine in Jerusalem has always been a sequence of apostasy, sickness and epidemic intersected by an overriding story of healing, miracles and faith. This extensive exhibition draws inspiration from stories and medical cases, from doctors and pharmacies in the Old City and the new city, and from the many exhibits that are being shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition looks at the partnerships and contradictions found in the space between miracles and medicine.
Starting up in the Phasael Tower, and passing through the herb garden in the citadel's courtyard, and ending in the Crusader Hall, "Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis" recounts the uses and types of cures that have survived from Biblical times and reports on how sickness and plague have changed the fate of history. It shows how the holiness and stat
Pope Francis invited both Israeli president Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to his Vatican home to pray together for peace. The surprise invitation came after the recitation of the Regina Coeli following the celebration of Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem, on Sunday morning. Given the fact that the pilgrimage has been promoted as one strictly of a spiritual nature, the invitation came as a surprise. Both leaders quickly accepted the invitation which is expected to take place before Peres steps down from his position later this summer.
After the mass in Bethlehem, the Pope flew by helicopter to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport where many religious leaders and other dignataries awaited his arrival. President Shimon Peres welcomed Pope Francis to Israel in person this afternoon and recited the following welcome address:
"Your Holiness Pope Francis,
On behalf of the Jewish people and in the name of all the people of Israel, I welcome you with the age old words from the Book of Psalms: "Welcome in the name of the Lord."
Pope Frances arrives to Bethlehem today for the start of a two day visit to the Palestinian Territories and Israel in a pilgrimage entitled "Peace, Faith, Tolerance". The Pope is making this historic visit accompanied by his very close friend, Abraham Skorka, former director of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, and Sheik Omar Abboud, a former secretary-general of the Islamic Center of Argentina. Both figures are involved in inter-religious dialogue.
Highlights of the visit include a mass in Bethlehem on Sunday as well as a meeting and prayer service with Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew who is based in Lebanon. It is the fi
Spring in Israel is always an exciting and beautiful time to travel in the country as well as in the neighboring Palestinian Territories. With so many holidays over the next three months, including Purim, Easter, Passover, Independence Day, and Shavout (to name a few of the big ones), there are many exciting activities that will be occuring in the Holy Land.
Below is Travelujah's recommended listing of a few of our favorite fabulous events occuring in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories over the next few months:
- Purim festival at Derech Hatavlinim, March 15 - 17
The expression "Breaking bread," goes back to the bible and connotes the act of sharing a meal with someone and the subsequent bonding that comes with that. This is the concept behind a new tourism initiative founded by CEO of Travelujah, Elisa Moed and Managing Director of Samara Tourist & Travel, Christina Samara. Elisa, an Israeli Jewand Christina, a Palestinina Christian met four years ago on a holy land tourism marketing committee spearheaded by the Office fo Quartet Rep Tony Blair.
Breaking Bread Journeys, a Palestinian-Israeli experiential tourism joint-venture headquartered in Jerusalem, is based on the concept that sharing food while traveling can create deep connections and a better understanding of diverse cultures.
Courtesy Breaking Bread Journeys Breaking Bread Journeys was created by Elisa Moed, left, and Christina Samara.
The co-founders spoke to Tanya Mohn at NBC News and the full article can be read at the link below.
The Israel Museum is hosting a new exhibit, Dress Codes: Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe at the Israel Museum from March 11 thourhg October 25, 2014. The exhibition brings together over one hundresd pieces of traditional apparel from four continents from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The visually rich display showcases the colors, textures, history, and symbolism of clothing and presents clothing as representative of such universal human themes as identity and memory. Dress Codes offers a cross-cultural celebration of the history of Jewish dress and the ways in which traditional clothing has stimulated fashion design throughout history and continues to inspire the styles of today.
"Our treasury of Jewish dress - the richest of its kind in the world - was assembled over many years and holds a special place of pride among the Museum's collections - most especially as a testament to the trappings of Jewish life and their universal context," said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. "We are delighted to be able to present so comprehensive a display re
In celebration of its launch Breaking Bread Journeys is offering one lucky person a free 3 day 2 night tour for 2 people February 2 - 4, 2014 on its Holy Land Food and Culture Tour. Tour participants will meet with foodies, culinary chefs, and locals in a variety of interesting sites woven in, of course, with expert guiding and visits to many historical and relgious sites of interest. The deluxe tour includes the following:
- 2 nights at the American Colony hotel in Jerusalem for 2 people
- Breakinfast and lunch daily daily
- 1 festive dinner in Bethlehem
- all Entrance Fees according to the itinerary
- Fully escorted 3 day tour toJerusalem, Bethlehem and Nablus
The winner will have to blog and post daily about their experience throughout the Authentic Food and Culture Tour on Breaking Bread Journeys FB page and twitter.
To enter, please write 100 word essay on why you want to visit the Holy land and post it on Breaking Bread Journeys Facebook Page (and you need to "like" the page. Submissions must be received by the 23 th of January, 2014
Applicants cannot be Israeli citizens. All applicants are responsible for their own travel to and from Jerusalem from their point of departure. Note the free tour is only available on February 2, 3 and 4, 2014.
All entries must be made on Breaking Bread Journeys Facebook Page.
Visiting Jerusalem and looking for Christmas tidings? Or perhaps you are planning to tour Bethlehem and wish to find some authentic olivewood carvings or ornaments to take home.
Jerusalem offers two wonderful Christmas Bazaars which are open to the public on November 30th:
1. Jerusalem Expat Women's Charity Bazaar - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, American colony hotel Jerusalem Saturday November 30th. Proceeds benefit the UN Sabaya Programme aimed at empowering rural women. Many handmade tunics for women, children and other handmade textiles will be available for purchase. Entrance is free.
of the Redeemer - in the courtyardof the Church on Muristan Road from
1:00 - 4:00 pm with childrens activities, Santa Claus, gift items and
more. Cost 5 shekel to enter.
Bethlehem is also hosting a number of Christmas bazaars which are wonderful for the whole family:
1. Join the Christmas Market (01-08/12/2013) that will take place on the Manger Square in Bethlehem, just in front of the Nativity Church as well as the Childrens Parade. The market will open on the 2nd of December at 11 am. The first part of the day is organized by the Bethlehem Peace Center and features inte
Millions of Christians worldwide will be participating today, October 6, in the Annual Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem event which is held on the first Sunday every October. The event, to be broadcast live on God TV beginning at 6:30 pm Israel Time, 11:30 am EST, will be watched by well over 100 million viewers worldwide.
According to Robert Stearns, senior pastor of Eagles' Wings Ministries based in Buffalo NY and the founder of the annual Day to Pray, "Christians from China to Germany and from Kenya to Brazil will be raising their voices in fervent intercession with His Son, on behalf of Jerusalem and all her inhabitants, both Jew and Arab alike in response to what is happening in the world today, and in alignment with God's word in Psalm 122:6-7:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces."
The live event will be taking place in Jerusalem at the Clal building in the heart of the city. The important Day of Prayer was established by Stearns to remind people of Jerusalem and to pray for the peace of this all important city.