Jerusalem, referred by many as the center of the world, allows you to seamlessly glide between past, present, and future. The cobble stone streets of the Old City, the most famous area in Jerusalem, zig zag through shops, historical centers, and places of worship for the three major religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Taglit-Birthright Israel trips spend most of the time in the Jewish Quarter, which includes visiting the Western Wall, a tunnel tour of Ir David (City of David), digging through archeological artifacts at the Davidson Center, authentic Israeli cafes, and shopping along Cardo. The Jerusalem experience also includes a night out in the city center of Ben Yehuda street.
Must See Sites:
Western Wall: Feel the emotion surrounding the only remnant left of the Second Temple from 2,000 years ago. The Kotel stands as one of the most important places for the Jewish people.
Machane Yehuda Market: Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of this colorful outside market.
City of David: Tour through thousands of years of Jerusalem history, including an underground water tunnel used in the time of kings and prophets.
Davidson Center: Relive the times of the Second Temple era through this active archeological site that beautifully frames the roles of the Temple Mount, Western Wall, and Southern Wall.
Kotel Tunnel Tours: Go underground to the hidden layers of the Western Wall to further connect with the story of ancient Jerusalem.
Cardo Street: The perfect union between old and new is found on the streets of Cardo where shops line the underground passageway, while original columns stand from 1,500 years ago.
Yad Vashem: Learn about the horrors and perseverance we experienced during this difficult period of Jewish history through The Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Har Hertzl: Pay respects to the fallen Israeli soldiers and past Israeli prime ministers who have shaped the country. Hear personal stories from the Israeli peers on your trip of what Israel’s national cemetery means to them.
Knesset: Witness first-hand the workings of the Israeli government at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
Ben Yehuda: The place for the best nightclubs, hookah bars, restaurants, and souvenirs in Jerusalem.
Friday Night at the Western Wall: It’s a huge celebration with people across the world dancing and singing together on Shabbat.
Shabbat Dinner in the Old City: Enjoy a festive five-course meal with insights from the 3,000 year old Jerusalem history
Night Out on Ben Yehuda: Enjoy the nightlife of Jerusalem. Dress to impress!
#Protips: Stop by the Hadaya store on Cardo Street for a necklace, ring, or bracelet engraved with your favorite Hebrew phrase.
Also, it’s respectful to wear modest clothing when visiting the holy sites of Jerusalem (ie the Western Wall), so bring along a scarf or cardigan.