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    JAFFA GATE

    by Danalia Written May 4, 2011

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    nside Jaffa Gate is a small square with entrances to the Christian Quarter (on the left), Muslim Quarter (straight ahead) and the Armenian Quarter (to the right, past the Tower of David).
    A tourist information office and shops line the square.
    The entrance to the Muslim Quarter is part of the Arab shuk (marketplace).
    The gate's location is determined by the city's topography, located along the valley followed by Jaffa Road into the old city, between the northern hill of the Acra and the southern hill of Mount Zion.[6] The road and the valley it follows continue eastward and down into the Tyropoeon Valley, bisecting the northern and southern halves of the city, with the Christian and Muslim Quarters to the north, and Armenian and Jewish Quarters to the south.

    View of Jaffa Gate (left) and the Tower of David (right).
    Running along the Old City walls south of Jaffa Gate is the Tower of David, a Jerusalem landmark that dates back to antiquity. The current tower was built during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. It is called the Tower of David because the foundations of the tower go back to King David's times with the building of the first tower on the site, as described in the Hebrew Bible.

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    Jerusalem film Festival

    by Danalia Written May 1, 2011

    On May 17, 1984, Le Bal, directed by Ettore Scola, opened the first Jerusalem International Film Festival. Over the course of three weeks, about one-hundred films were screened, including Israeli premieres, alongside the year’s best selection of international films. In addition, a distinguished group of guests honored the first festival, among them, the First Lady of Silent Film, Lillian Gish, as well as Jeanne Moreau and Warren Beaty, John Schlesinger, and Andre Delvaux.

    Since then, and throughout the 1980s, the festival's character matured into its present form: the festival is ten days long, screening between 150-200 films in a number of programs: Panorama, showcasing the best of international feature films; Documentary Films, dedicated to international documentary film-making, The Jewish Experience, dealing with issues of Jewish identity and history, In the Spirit of Freedom, concerned with questions of freedom and human rights, Television Dramas, New Directors, and of course, Israeli Film.

    Since then, and throughout the 1980s, the festival's character matured into its present form: the festival is ten days long, screening between 150-200 films in a number of programs: Panorama, showcasing the best of international feature films; Documentary Films, dedicated to international documentary film-making, The Jewish Experience, dealing with issues of Jewish identity and history, In the Spirit of Freedom, concerned with questions of freedom and human rights, Television Dramas, New Directors, and of course, Israeli Film.

    From its inception, the festival has dedicated a central and unique space to Israeli film, premiering features, documentaries, and shorts. In 1989, the festival granted an official stamp of validity to Israeli film with the introduction of the Wolgin Competition, named after the charitable Jack Wolgin of Philadelphia. Today, the Wolgin Competition grants a yearly award to a full-length feature, a documentary, and a short. The Wolgin Competition became the first stage to showcased the majority of the most important Israeli films of the past two decades. In time, additional Israeli film prizes became part of the festival, including the Film & Television Award in Memory of Anat Pirchi, as well as other prizes and grants for best actors and scripts. These competitions placed Israeli film in the limelight and turned the Festival into an esteemed stage for local cinema.

    Beyond its contribution to Israeli film, the Jerusalem International Film Festival remains one of the few platforms that present the world’s finest contemporary cinematic trends to its local audiences. Over the years, the Festival has screened film debuts by Wong Kar Wai, Tsai Ming-liang, John Sayles, Jim Jarmusch, Stephen Frears, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Jordan, John Lasseter and other names that have turned into the masters of our time. Many of these directors’ films became regulars at the Festival, and personal favorites with the Israeli audience.

    An impressive and exciting group of guests has blessed us with their presence, among them:
    Lillian Gish, Jeanne Moreau, Warren Beaty, Marcello Mastroianni, Robert De Niro, the Taviani brothers, Chantal Ackerman, Mike Leigh, Adrienne Shelly, Alan Corneau, Susanne Bier, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Nanni Moretti, Hany Abu-Assad, Anouk Aimée, Fanny Ardant, Alexander Askoldov, Wouter Barendrecht, Jean Pierre Bekolo, Roberto Benigni, Anthony Bergman, Irene Bignardi, Jane Birkin, Jean Claude Brisseau, Ingrid Caven, Veronique Cayla, Roger Corman, Axel Corti, Paul Cox, Kirk Douglas, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne,Steven Frears, Jane Fonda, Geoffrey Gilmore, Christopher Hampton, Michael Haneke, Bob Hoskins, Otar Josseliani, Irene Jacob, Hanry Jaglom, Benoit Jacquot, Chen Kaige, Marin Karmitz, Elia Kazan, Arsinée Khanjihan, Jeroen Krabbe, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Claude Lelouch, Dusan Makavejev, Terrence Malick, John Malkovich, David Mamet, Chris Marker, Rashid Mashrawi, Deepa Mehta, Anthony Minghella, Manoel de Oliveira, Nagisa Oshima, Ulrike Ottinger, Ferzan Ozpetek, Jerome Paillard, Lucian Pintilie, Roman Polanski, Sally Potter, Lord Puttnam, Francesco Rosi, Helma Sanders-Brahms, John Schlesinger, Ettore Scola, Delphine Seyrig, Karen Shakhnazarov, Elia Suleiman, Bertrand Tavernier, Guiseppe Tornatore, Liv Ullman, Peter Ustinov, Margharetha von Trotta, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom and many more personalities who brought their stardust, charisma, and wisdom to the Festival.

    Beginning with the 1990s, the Festival has been growing and spreading its wings. It has reached out to a wide range of audiences: from open-air screenings in Sultan’s Pool, through avant-garde and innovative works, to professional events catering to the local film industry. Such a variety of events have gradually turned this unique and intimate event into the most important cinematic gathering in Israel.

    This year, the Festival celebrates its 24th anniversary. In addition, the Festival’s historic Cinematheque building ends its renovation project and continues to expand. Next year, as the Festival celebrates its half-jubilee, we hope to inaugurate the new wing together with a third screening hall.

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    The Mamila mall and shopping center, Jersualem

    by Danalia Updated Apr 30, 2011

    The beautiful unique shopping mall is already open. Why unique? cause it is located in the heart of Jerusalem, Jaffa Gate touching distance of the Old City walls and within a short walk from the Western Wall.
    The Mamila mall is already boasts over 100 international brands and local stores, the shops you will find: shoes clothing stores such as Castro, , Renuar, Mango, Gap, Golf, Nine West and more. Cosmetics and beauty shops as of April, love, Mac, Michal Negrin, th. Stern and others. Also in cafes and restaurants, gift shops and books.
    That week of april, in the Mamila BLVD there was a exhibit of images from the bible, made by differents artist.
    I choose to give them some respect in the following pages:

    The Creation of Adam, by Betty W.Sh

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    Western Wall Tunnel

    by Danalia Written Mar 19, 2011

    The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the Western Wall in its full length. The tunnel is adjacent to the Western Wall and is located under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. While the open-air portion of the Western Wall is approximately 60 m long, the majority of its original length is hidden underground. The tunnel allows access to an additional 485 meters of the wall.

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    The Kotel (the Western Wall), Jerusalem

    by Danalia Written Mar 19, 2011

    The Western Wall is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard and is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism outside of the Temple Mount itself.
    The Western Wall refers not only to the exposed section facing a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, but also to the sections concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount, such as the Little Western Wall - a 25 ft (8 m) section in the Muslim Quarter.

    Prayer at the Wall: The sages state that anyone who prays in the Temple in Jerusalem, “it is as if he has prayed before the throne of glory because the gate of heaven is situated there and it is open to hear prayer

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo 12

    by Danalia Written Feb 22, 2011

    Noah's ark – visitor center

    The Ark serves as visitors' center. It includes an auditorium that is used for screening films and holding lectures; a gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions; computer stations that provide information relating to the animals in the zoo, as well as animals mentioned in the Bible; and a souvenir shop and cafeteria. The cafeteria is situated on the deck of the Ark, and the deck offers a spectacular view of the majestic landscape of the Jerusalem Hills.

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo 5

    by Danalia Updated Feb 22, 2011

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    About the Zoo hospital

    The Phyllis and Otto Frey Animal Medical Center located at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, Israel opened in 2000. The animal hospital includes a large surgery room with diagnostic equipment, recovery and treatment rooms, a laboratory and a quarantine unit. The animal hospital serves all of the zoo's animals with the exception of “the big 5”- elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos and bison. These large animals are treated in their own quarters within their exhibits. Diagnostic and preventative medical programs are an integral part of veterinary zoo medicine.

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo 4

    by Danalia Written Feb 22, 2011

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    The zoo trian :

    Operating Sunday through Friday, the zoo train route is circular, giving a general overview of the zoo grounds. The train engineer provides explanations along the way, usually in Hebrew.

    Starting Point: At the far end of the bridge, on the lower level
    First Station: (Only for getting off) Next to the Bear Exhibit
    Second Station: (For boarding and getting off) Next to the Noah's Ark Visitors' Center and the exit of the Bible Land Wildlife Preserve
    Third Station: (For boarding and getting off) Next to the Hippopotamus Exhibit and opposite
    the Elephant Exhibit
    Final Station: (Only for getting off) Adjacent to the Flamingo Pond, on the lower level

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo 3

    by Danalia Updated Feb 22, 2011

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    How to get to the zoo:

    By private vehicle:
    The main entrance to Jerusalem, turn right onto the Herzl Route (in the direction of Mt.Herzl), and at the third traffic light, turn left and immediately right onto the Begin South Freeway. Once on Begin, drive to the end of the Freeway (first traffic light)
    at Golomb Junction. At the traffic light, turn right (towards Kiryat Yovel). At the next traffic light, turn left (under the bridge). Now, following the signs to the zoo, take the second
    right turn into the parking lot at the entrance to the zoo.

    By public bus:
    The No. 26 Bus, from Mt. Scopus via the Jerusalem Central Bus Station
    The No. 33 Bus, from Har Nof and Bayit VeGan
    The No. 99 Bus, also known as the Circle Route or the Tourist Route
    For time table and more information enter the israel rail website: http://www.egged.co.il/Eng/

    By train:
    Israel rail operates a train that stops at the zoo or at malcha mall which is close to the zoo.
    The zoo offers spcial rates for those traveling by train: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Fun/Pages/BiblicalZoo.aspx
    For time table and more information enter the israel rail website: www.israrail.org.il

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo 2

    by Danalia Updated Feb 22, 2011

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    Opening Hours
    Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Friday and Holiday Eves: 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
    Saturday and Holidays 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    The ticket booth closes one hour before closing time

    Ticket Prices

    Adults (age 18 and up) - 46 NIS
    Children (3 - 18), Seniors, and Soldiers - 36 NIS
    Children below age 3 - FREE

    FYI:
    Zoo prices are changing from March 1st, 2011:
    Adults (age 18 and up) - 47 NIS
    Children (3 - 18), Seniors, and Soldiers - 37 NIS
    Children below age 3 - FREE

    Group Rates for groups of over 25 people (organizations, schools

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

    by Danalia Updated Feb 22, 2011

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    The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo was originally established in 1940 as a tiny little children's zoo on Harav Kook Street in central Jerusalem Today, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, as it is still unofficially known.
    On February 28, 1993, the zoo opened its doors to the public for a preview period.

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    "Scroll of Fire" ("Megilat Ha-Esh")

    by iblatt Updated Jan 23, 2011

    On one of the peaks of the Jerusalem Mountains, 700 m above sea level, stands a unique monument. This 8 meter tall bronze monument was erected by the Holocaust survivor Nathan Rapoport, in the shape of two scrolls: the one represents the Holocaust, the other represents the resurrection of the Jewish people after the Holocaust and the building of the State of Israel.

    The sculptor Rapoport wrote: "My words have been cast in bronze and sculpted in stone. They are silent, heavy and eternal".

    You can see concentration-camp prisoners behind barbed wire, the all-cosuming fire, Gehtto rebels holding hand grenades, illegal immigrants arriving to the shores of Israel, praying Jews holding the Torah scrolls, sounding the Shofar (ram's horn), Jewish pioneers, farmers and soldiers carrying the Menorah, and many more symbolic details.

    The monument is eloquent and powerful, and its location on the mountain-top is impressive. There are good views of the Jerusalem hills and towards the coastal plain.

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    The Mini Israel exhibition

    by Danalia Written Dec 27, 2010

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    A must for every tourist that comes to Israel
    Mini Israel in Latrun is the “Showcase of Israel.” Exhibited in it are hundreds of amazingly exact models, at a scale of 1:25, of the most important architectural, historic, archeological, religious and social sites as well as buildings of importance to all religions and cultures inhabiting the country. The 25,000 miniature “Israeli” residents in the models are all… 7cm in height!!

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    The Jerusalem March

    by Danalia Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    Every October , every year, people who love and adore Israel, and mostly Jerusalem, are coming from all over the world, to the big march, that also knows as "The Jerusalem march".
    Those who don't take an active part at the march, are standing on the side walks all around the city. Its colorful , wonderful, and a big real fest.
    Here are some of the Jerusalem march photos.

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    Mar Elias Monastery

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    Mar Elias Monastery is a XII-th Century Greek-Orthodox monastery which is located on the side of the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem 600meters south of Kibbutz Ramat-Rachel. It was built over the ruins of a Byzantine church. Now it serviced the pilgrimage route to Bethlehem.

    The monastery is named after Prophet Elijah (St. Elias), who according to tradition stopped here.

    The three story building looks more like a fortress; it was designed this way to add protection to its residents.
    The square bell tower rises over the monastery.

    You can watch my 2 min 03 sec HD Video Jerusalem District Ramat Rañhel Mar Elias Monastery out of my Youtube channel.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem District on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 44' 3.08" N 35° 12' 35.70" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mar Elias Monastery 1.
    and my high resolution photo of Jerusalem District on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 44' 5.32" N 35° 12' 38.86" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mar Elias Monastery 2.

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