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July 9, 2009July 9, 2009  1 comments  Geography

The Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, situated at 417 meters below sea level, is one of the finalists in the new competition of the seven great wonders of the world.  In a show or cooperation and support, the Tourism Ministries of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority individually signed the official supporting papers for candidacy of the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea is also known as the Sea of Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities which were destroyed in Gen 19:1-29. There is nothing in the lake that breathes life, no fish or animal or any moving waters.


In 2007, the level of the Dead Sea was minus 421, almost the lowest in the last 2,000 years and each year the lake claims to be shrinking by 3 feet. More than 90 percent of the water from the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers that once fed the Dead Sea is now diverted to meet agreicutlural, industrial and tourist demands. the sea has no exit and water is lost due to evaporation.


The New 7 Wonders of Nature competition was launched in 2007 with about 440 sites from 220 countries (more than those competing in the Olympics). The Megillot Dead Sea Regional Council proposed the candidacy of the Dead Sea for the competition in order to promote tourism to the region and raise public awareness around the world of the problems facing the sea, which has lost about one meter in height every year for the past 30 years, mainly from the effects of restricting the flow of the River Jordan at the Degania Dam.

Other contenders for the title of New 7 Wonder of Nature include the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, Niagara Falls, Kilimanjaro Mountains, the Black Forest, the Maldives Islands and many more in seven different categories.



April 10, 2011April 10, 2011  1 comments  Geography

The Holy Sepulchre is more than just a large, ancient church, but is a holy site for Orthodox and Catholic Christians divided into many smaller chapels dedicated to different parts of the Easter story.

Also known as the Church of the Resurrection, the cavernous church commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial. It sits on the edge of the Christian Quarter in the Old City and is home to several Christian denominations: Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Orthodox and the (Latin) Roman Catholic are the larger denominations while the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox also possess rights and properties in the building.

Originally built by Constantine’s mother in 330 A.D. on top of a pagan worship site, inside the church many first-century tombs hewn from rock were discovered there, one identified as that of Joseph of Arimathea, used for the body of Jesus after his resurrection.

holy sepulchre, tomb, easterThe Church of the Holy Sepulcher has weathered many attacks during various periods of history in the Holy Land. Most of the present building is the result of 12th-century reconstruction by the crusaders. Since 1520, the keys of the church have been kept by a Muslim family rather than one of the Christian groups.

Because many denominations share the building, disputes often arise regarding the space. One is the continuing dispute between the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox concerning ownership rights in the Chapel of the Ethiopians, located on the roof of the Chapel of St. Helena. Also, during Easter fights sometimes break out between the Greek and Armenian Orthodox during the Holy Fire ceremony.

Click here for a list of services and the various chapels in which they take place.

The following is a description of the chapels and significant locations within the church, memorializing the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Tomb of Jesus
The tomb, also known as the edicule, is at the center of the Holy Sepulchre Church, and symbolically sits under the largest dome in the church. The tomb is used in turn by all of the denominations for daily mass. A rectangular, tall structure built of red granite and adorned with candlesticks outside the door, the edicule houses two small rooms - the Chapel of The Angel and the tomb itself. The Chapel of the Angel contains a stone, which represents part of the larger stone that was rolled away from Christ's tomb on the day of the resurrection, according to tradition. On this stone is an imprint of a hand believed to be that of one of the angels who waited in tomb to announce the resurrection. A Greek monk is always present in this room to guard the Tomb of Christ. The Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre contains the tomb of Christ, the 14th Station of the Cross and the holiest site in Christendom. A marble slab lies in the place where Jesus was laid.

holy sepulchre, tomb, easter, stone of anointingStone of Anointing
Upon entering the Holy Sepulchre from the spacious courtyard, the Stone of the Anointing or Unction, lies just beyond the iron doors. Tradition has it that this is the spot where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea. Jesus was anointed and wrapped in a clean linen cloth according to the Jewish tradition of those days. The limestone slab dates to 1808 replacing the one destroyed in the 12th century. Opulent lamps hang above the stone. Many pilgrims stop here first to kiss the stone before moving on to the rest of the church.

Golgotha (or Calvary)
To the right of the stone is a staircase that leads to two chapels on the tip of Golgotha, where Jesus was nailed to the cross. The first room is a Catholic Franciscan Chapel with an altar dedicated to the Nailing of the Cross (Station 11 of the Via Dolorosa). The Greek Orthodox Calvary is the second room, with the actual Rock of Golgotha (Station 12 of the Via Dolorosa) that can be seen through glass. Pilgrims may touch the rock through a small opening in the glass.

holy sepulchre, tomb, easterThe Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene
This Franciscan chapel, to the north of the tomb, is believed to the where Mary Magdalene watched Jesus’ burial, as recounted in Mark 15:47, and also encountered Jesus after his resurrection. This is the Catholic area of the church.

The Prison of Christ
This small area is believed to be where Jesus was temporarily held with the two thieves before he was crucified.

The Chapel of the Division of the Robe
The Armenian chapel is the location at which it is believed the soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ robe according to John 19:24.

The Chapel of St. Longinus'
The Greek chapel is dedicated to Longinus, the Roman soldier who led the group of soldiers that escorted Jesus to Golgotha. According to Matthew 27:54, after the crucifixion the Roman centurion acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God.

The Chapel of the Crowning of the Thorns
This Greek Orthodox chapel is located at the base of Golgotha and, as the name suggests, memorializes the abuse Jesus suffered at the hands of the Roman soldiers. According to John 19:2, the soldiers mocked Jesus and put on him a purple robe and crown of thorns. A small fragment of the column from the Prison of Christ is in this chapel.

holy sepulchre, tomb, easterThe Catholicon
The main chapel facing the Tomb of Christ is a large rectangular area with a dome and is considered the “naval of the world” - the spiritual center of the earth (Ezekiel 38:12). Two thrones are on the altar, one for the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and the other for the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. The ornate chapel is a large area used by the Greek Orthodox.

The Chapel of St. Helena/Chapel of St. Gregory
The Greeks consider this Helena’s Chapel while the Armenians call it the Chapel of St. Gregory. Located at the base of the stairs near the Crowning of the Thorns, there is a throne and an original mosaic from the church which has been preserved. Along the stairway small crosses carved by medieval pilgrims are etched into the wall. The chapel has two apses, one dedicated to the repentant thief and the other to St. Helena, mother of Constantine who searched for the true cross, according to tradition.

The Chapel of St. Vartan
This Armenian chapel, not often open to the public, is adjacent to St. Helena’s Chapel and was only discovered in the 1970s. Remnants of the wall date back to the 2nd century and one is etched with a merchant ship and an inscription which translates "Lord, we shall go."

The Chapel of the Finding of the Cross
According to tradition, St. Helen discovered Jesus’ cross here in 330 AD. She found three crosses - one for Jesus and the two thieves crucified with him. She brought a sick man to touch each cross and determined that the one at which the man was healed was the cross of Christ.

The Coptic Chapel
Located on the other side of the tomb, the small chapel has its own separate entrance.

The Syrian Chapel
For the Syrian Orthodox Christians, this chapel on the east end of the church was used for burials in Jesus’ time.

By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for www.travelujah.com, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. Travelujah is a vibrant online community offering high quality Christian content, user and expert blogs, travel tours and planning services for people interested in connecting with or traveling to the Holy Land.

April 18, 2011April 18, 2011  1 comments  Geography

Holy Week was ushered in to Jerusalem on Sunday with thousands of Christians waving palms and walking the route believed to be the same one Jesus took when he entered Jerusalem in his final week.

easter, holy land, palm sunday“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!’ Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: ‘Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.’” John 12:12-15

Thousands of Christians, both local Arabs and Armenians, plus pilgrims, poured into the alleys of the Old City to attend Palm Sunday services and then left with their symbolic fronds for family dinners or to visit more of the city.

The excitement that always marks this time in Jerusalem was palpable in the Old City on Sunday.  As the week carries on, the anticipation of the holy day builds until the Saturday of Light and then ultimately Easter Sunday.

Many of the Holy Week events in Jerusalem are relived as in the Bible. Because of the geography here, Christians can actually follow the footsteps of Jesus around Jerusalem to the holy sites that commemorate the week of his last supper, death and resurrection.

Anthony, a tourist from Romania, was making his first Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He said he was moved by being able to live out some of the passion of Jesus, on location.

easter, holy land“I think it is important to do this at least once in order to strengthen my faith,” he told Travelujah. “I feel the Easter story coming alive to me.”

Services took place at various churches around Israel and the Palestinian territories.

By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for www.travelujah.com, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. Travelujah is a vibrant online community offering high quality Christian content, user and expert blogs, travel tours and planning services for people interested in connecting with or traveling to the Holy Land.


April 22, 2011April 22, 2011  0 comments  Geography

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” John 19:17-19

easter, holy land, good fridayThrough occasional rain drops and thick clouds, thousands of Christian pilgrims carrying wooden crosses made their way along the slick stones of the Via Dolorosa to retrace the steps of Jesus as he carried his cross to Gologotha and was crucified on Good Friday in Jerusalem.

The Via Dolorosa, or the Way of Suffering, is marked by 14 Stations of the Cross, where Jesus is believed to have stopped on his way to Golgotha. The final four stations are in side the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Some 100,000 Christian pilgrim
s from Egypt, Ethiopia, Italy, Russia, Armenia, France, the United States and many other nations, are visiting the Holy Land for Easter Week. Hundreds were crowded into the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre this morning awaiting their turn inside the church that most Orthodox and Catholic Christians contain the original crucifixion and burial site.

Jesus was sentenced and crucified on Good Friday, and rose from the dead three days later.

“It is awesome, how can I explain?” said Meaza Yohannes, an Ethiopian pilgrim who was in Israel for the first time. “Especially for me being a Bible teacher. Everything that is in the Bible I am seeing with my own eyes. The Bible is coming alive.”

easter, holy land

An Italian tourist, Mirella from Florence, said that every stone in the Old City was special.

Local Christians were busy preparing for the holiday, the highlight of the Christian calendar for the community here. Candles were being sold in anticipation of the Saturday of Light, the climax of festivities for Orthodox Christians.

On Good Friday, each church held  its own procession from its Old City headquarters to the Holy Sepulchre to hold mass there. Some churches hold a burial service in the afternoon as well and then prayer vigils in dark churches throughout the night.
By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for www.travelujah.com, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. Travelujah is a vibrant online community offering high quality Christian content, user and expert blogs, travel tours and planning services for people interested in connecting with or traveling to the Holy Land.


October 15, 2014October 15, 2014  0 comments  Geography

While Christians and other ethnic minorities face brutal persecution and even death across the Middle East at the hands of Islamic terrorists, Israel is the safest country in the region for followers of Jesus.

And despite a war that ravaged Israel all summer, a record number of Christian tourists came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles this past week during the weeklong Sukkot holiday.

The ICEJ's Feast gathering drew nearly 5,000 Christians from more than 80 countries this year, making it the largest Feast attendance in seven years. Prominent leaders of Jewish and Christian organizations took the occasion to call for action on behalf of the region's persecuted people.

Dignitaries including World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder and Co-chairman of the Empowered21 Global Council and President of Oral Roberts University William M. Wilson joined ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler in signing a letter addressed to 120 world leaders.

"This letter gives an important voice to Christians who are being persecuted and even killed for their faith around the world, especially in the Middle East," Wilson said. "Most Christ followers in these difficult situations will not respond with violence and therefore need global governmental authorities to stand with them against these injustices."

Lauder has been outspoken about Jews needing to lend their support to persecuted Christians.

"Just as Christians defend Jews against anti-Semitism, just as Christians support Israel, we Jews have an obligation to speak out against the growing persecution of Christians in many parts of the world," Lauder said.

"Islamist extremists have launched a full-fledged assault on our Western values, on our civilization, and Jews and Christians must work hand in hand to defeat this threat. For too long, the world has remained silent in the face of this evil. We must act before it is too late," Lauder added.

Bühler noted that the participation of Lauder as head of the main umbrella organization representing world Jewry, together with leading Evangelical ministries, makes this event "historic."

"The current plight of Middle East Christians is heart-breaking and even western churches have to do more to bring the suffering of our fellow believers to the forefront worldwide," Bühler. said "But to have a prominent global Jewish leader lend his voice to this moral call for protecting the region's persecuted Christians is unprecedented in modern times."

The letter laments the widespread ignorance on the issue of Christians in Muslim countries: "The executions, persecution and uprooting of ancient Christian communities is an on-going tragedy, yet world leaders have largely ignored this problem and it is past time for that to change. [...] The test of moral leadership right now is whether you will take up their cause and make it a priority. ... Therefore, we urge you to speak out forcefully against the persecution and expulsion of Christian communities in the Middle East. We also call on all Western democratic leaders to take collective action in confronting this problem through firm diplomatic action against those nations that allow the religious persecution against Christians to continue. This is something that cannot be delayed. We all must act, now!"

The ICEJ Feast celebration took places at the new Jerusalem arena, the Pais Center.

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Nicole Schiavi Jansezian is a contributor to Travelujah and is the director of Christian Friends of Shalva (www.christianfriendsofshalva.org), a network of believers who have taken a stand for special needs children by supporting Shalva, the Association for Physically and Mentally Handicapped Children in Israel.



August 8, 2010August 8, 2010  0 comments  Biblical Archaeology

While not the exact temple destroyed by Samson, archaeologists in Israel have uncovered a Philistine temple that dates back to the 10th century BC that could typify the type of structure Samson brought down with his God-given supernatural strength as told in Judges 16.
Prof. Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University said he and his team of international volunteers have discovered a Philistine temple and a number of ritual items dating back to the Iron Age.

“We found a structure that we have been slowly exposing over the last few seasons,” Maeir told Travelujah, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. “What is unique about this temple is there are two large pillar bases situated 2 meters away from each other. That immediately rings the bell of the story of Samson.”

The temple of Dagon, the one Samson knocked over, was located in present-day Gaza, Maeir said. Finding this temple, however, is reminiscent of the time of Samson and the biblical narrative.

“It adds flesh on the bones or color on the story to the biblical story,” he said. “Even if you don’t believe if it happened ... the story resonates cultural authenticity (through the archaeology).”

The excavations at Tel Zafit National Park have been ongoing for 15 years. This year, the team also found evidence of an earthquake in the 8th century BC, possibly the one mentioned in the Book of Amos.

“In several parts of the excavation we found buildings that collapsed,” Maeir said.

holy land, archaeology philistine, templeHe explained how an exposed brick wall, more than 2 meters high, was toppled over. Seismologists estimate that the energy for such a fall can only be caused by a major earthquake. The destruction of the wall was dated in the mid-8th century BC and coincides with the earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1.

Excavations have also uncovered evidence of the destruction of the city by King Hazael of Damascus, around 830 BC, as mentioned in 2 Kings 12, as well as evidence of the first Philistine settlement in Canaan, circa 1200 BC, and different levels of the Canaanite city of Gath.

The park is located in the southern coastal plain of Israel, between Jerusalem and Ashkelon.  It is open to visitors and includes a nature trail with a view to half of country, archaeology finds and a window into the nature of land of Israel.

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project is a long-term investigation aimed at studying the archaeology and history of one of the most important sites in Israel. It is one of the largest ancient ruin mounds in Israel and was settled almost continuously from the 5th century BC until modern times. Maeir blogs about the findings and other items at gath.wordpress.com.
Participants in this summer's dig hail from the US, Canada, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Holland, Poland, and Israel.  Maier said volunteers are welcome to join the dig every summer.

“It is an enjoyable, enriching experience,” he said. “In the 14 years I’ve been doing this, of the hundreds of volunteers that have come through, I have yet to hear someone say, ‘I did not enjoy this.’”

For more information on how you can volunteer, visit the Tell es-Safi/Gath website.

By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for Travelujah.com, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. Travelujah is a vibrant online community offering high quality Christian content, user and expert blogs, travel tours and planning services for people interested in connecting with or traveling to the Holy  Land.

February 23, 2011February 23, 2011  0 comments  Events

Mario Gomez, knelt down in prayer, even before hugging his wife.  Mario Sepúlveda was quoted as saying "I was with God, and the Devil - and God won."  Omar Reygadas, a 56 year old mechanic emerged from the rescue capsule holding a bible and wearing a helmet with "God lives" written on it. All of the 33 miners emerged from the capsules wearing shirts that said, "Thank you Lord" on the front, and with the back reading "To Him be the glory and honor," taken from Psalm 95:4. "Because in his hands are the depths of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are His."

 Chilean Miner, Mario Gomez, kneels in prayer

Chilean Miner, Mario Gomez, kneels in prayer immediately after rescue. Courtesy Hugo Enfante AFP Getty Images


On Wednesday October 13, 2010 the last of the 33 Chilean miners were shuttled 15 minutes through a dark shaft emerging at the surface to be greeted by friends, family and the worldwide media.


While most media reports downplayed it, faith clearly played a starring role in this story.  From the beginning, the miners families set up a prayer area at Camp Hope where many prayed continuously for the miners. Crucifixes, bibles, rosaries and other religious articles were sent down to the miners and Pope Benedict XVI sent down a rosary to each man. One miner, Jose Henriquez , became the defacto spiritual leader, leading his trapped colleagues in daily prayer. Chile is an extremely religious country and over 70% of the population identifies themselves as Catholics, and 15% as Evangelicals.  


Like others around the world, I too, followed this ordeal with a mixture of anticipation, hope, and fear. How would I feel if it were my husband trapped down there?  Imagine the elation I would have if my beloved was granted a second chance of life? I  would surely wish to give thanks to God for answering my prayers. 


So - when that last miner was rescued on October 13th, I immediately sent off an email to Rafi Ben Hur, the Deputy General of Israel's Ministry of Tourism.


"Rafi - I want to create a joint initiative with the IMOT to bring these Chilean miners to the Holy Land."


Within moments Rafi replied, "More details, please."


And that's it how it all started. Within five minutes I wrote a short brief to Rafi explaining how I saw them proceeding and why this trip of all trips possible would be so important to them.


"I think we should begin by working thru the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have them connect us with the Israeli Embassy in Chile and we should offer a spiritually oriented Christian themed tour, provided by the State of Israel and flights thru ELAL - if possible. This is a very spiritual group of men - and God is very important in their lives. After this ordeal I cannot imagine them taking a more meaningful trip. .... . .We should get an invitation out now to the miners."


On the 14th I received this response from Rafi, "Your idea is rolling, I'll keep you informed".

 Rafi Ben Hur and Elisa Moed

Deputy General Rafi Ben Hur and Travelujah CEO, Elisa Moed


Three days later I received another email from Rafi, "Here are the results of your idea. We'll be in touch."


And he forwarded the yet to be published press release from Minister of Tourism Staz Misezhnikov stating that Israel was inviting the Chilean miners on a weeklong all expense paid pilgrimage to the Holy Land.


"Your bravery and strength of spirit, your great faith that helped you survive so long in the bowels of the earth, was an inspiration to us all," the tourism minister wrote in his invitation. "It would be a great honor for us to welcome you as our guests in the Holy Land."  


Staz Miseshnikov 

Israel Minister of Tourism Staz Misezhnikov


I was obviously very proud to have initiated an idea that not only did our government quickly act upon, but will provide these men and their spouses the opportunity  to experience a faith affirming journey to the Holyland that may very well be the most meaningful  trip of their lives.


On November 10th, the media reported that the Chileans had accepted the invitation, despite the fact that many people urged the Chileans not to come.


Faith guided these men through a most stressful ordeal.  What better way to celebrate that renewed faith than to come to the Holy Land where God's presence is uniquely felt?  On behalf of all Israelis, I am very thankful that our government  is sensitive  enough to recognize that the pilgrimage experience that only we can offer is a most important blessing for these men. 


Chilean Miners arrive in Israel

Chilean miners arriving yesterday in Israel. Photo Courtesy: Yaron Brener, YNET News


The miners received many invitations to travel around the world after their nightmare but, according to the miners representative Jose Enriques,  it was a privilege for them to come to place where they can be close to God and an opportunity for them to  strengthen their faith in Jesus. They will visit holy sites in Israel over the next six days and will also be visiting Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Territories on Saturday.



Welcome miners! 


Elisa MoedElisa Moed is the Founder and CEO of Travelujah.com (http://www.travelujah.com) the leading Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.



May 18, 2011May 18, 2011  0 comments  Events

The historical churches of Jerusalem will become the venues for a cultural sampling of Israel’s classical music scene.
As part of the 2011 Israeli Opera Festival, Jerusalem churches will host classical concerts in an appetizer of sorts to the city’s main events: a gala opera concert with the Arena di Verona Orchestra on June 2 and a performance of Verdi’s Jerusalem, conducted by David Stern, in the shadow of the Old City on June 6, both at Sultan’s Pool.
Michael Ajzenstadt, artistic administrator of the Israel Opera Tel Aviv-Yafo, said that every year the  opera directors discuss which operas to perform for the festival. This year, the choice was easy, he told Travelujah.

“We thought, if we are doing this festival in Jerusalem, what would be better than an opera written by the greatest opera writer about Jerusalem?” Ajzenstadt said.

Giuseppi Verdi wrote Jerusalem in March 1847 for the Paris Opera. It was loosely based on I Lombardi all Prima Crociata. The four-act opera is about a crusade to Jerusalem and takes place partly in the crusader staging areas in Ramla.

At Masada’s outdoor theater, Verdi's Aida will be performed on June 4, 5, 9 and 12, conducted by Maestro Daniel Oren and on June 3, Verdi’s Requiem with the Arena di Verona Orchestra conducted by Giuliano Carella.

The Jerusalem concert series will take place on June 3 at 10 different churches and other Christian sites. Click here for a complete list.

This first Jerusalem opera is part of the Israeli Opera Festival, which featured open-air performances at Masada of Verdi’s Nabucco. Israel joins the international community hosting summer operas at historic archeological sites in Italy, France, Austria, Turkey, Greece, Spain and England among others.

The Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion, the Austrian Hospice and the Church of the Redeemer are some of the venues in the Old City. St. Andrew’s Scottish Church,

Last year, the first Masada Opera Festival drew more than 41,000 opera lovers from Israel and around the world came to the Dead Sea.

By Nicole Jansezian, Travelujah

Nicole Jansezian writes for Travelujah, the leading Christian social network focused on connecting Christians to the Holy Land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.

Schedule of performances:

(Photos by Ron Peled)
st. andrew's scottish churchSt. Andrew's Church
The Art of the Concerto: Concerti by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli
The Israel Camerata Jerusalem - Avner Biron, conductor
Muki Zohar, oboe
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 11:00, 13:00

The Lutheran (Redeemer) Church
Misa Criolla and other Latin American Liturgical Works
Yotam Cohen, tenor
The kibbutz Artzi Choir
South American Ensemble
Yuval Ben Ozer, conductor
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 13:00, 16:00

Augusta Victoria Church, Mt. Of Olives
Hear My Prayer: Choral works by Raminsh, Poulsen, Carter, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Busto
The Ankor Choir (Dafna Ben Yohanan, conductor)
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 11:00, 13:00

Dormition Abbey
Ave Maria - Choral Works for Girls Choir
The Young Bat Kol Choir - Anat Morag, conductor
David Feldman, Countertenor
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 13:00, 16:00

david citadelTower of David Museum
Opera Sancta: Sacred songs by 19th century Italian opera composers (Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini)
Mima Millo, soprano
Alaa Vasilevitsky, soprano
Yifat Weisskopf, mezzo soprano
Julia Rovinsky, harp
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 13:00, 16:00

The Austrian Hospice - The Chapel
Meeting Cleopatra - Arias by Handel, Mattheson and Hasse
Hila Baggio, soprano
Shira Raz, mezzo soprano
Baroque Trio directed by Eithan Schmeisser
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 13:00 16:00

The Austrian Hospice - Auditorium
English Baroque - works by Dowland, Purcell and Handel
Yael Levita, soprano
Na'ama Goldman, mezzo soprano
Baroque ensemble directed by Eithan Schmeisser
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 11:30, 14:00

The Sisters of Zion Church, Ein Karem
From Monteverdi to Bach
The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 13:00, 16:00
st. vincent de paul
Vincent de Paul Church
Bach Barndenburg Concerti - No. 3, 4, 5, 6
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra
David Shemer, conductor
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: 10:00, 11:30

Henry Crown Symphony Hall
Mahler - Das Lied von Der Erde (chamber version)
Gil Shohat, conductor
Ayala Zimbler, mezzo soprano
Gabriel Sadeh, tenor
Date: June 3rd, 2011
Hours: One performance only at 13:30


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