Wow – there’s so much great news to share in this month's issue! Here we go:
Contents for Issue No. 8
- Ready, Set, Launch – Our First Guide E-book is here!
- Jerusalem Is Tops
- Summer Festivals
- What's New in Jerusalem
- Jerusalem and Israel Around the Web
Our First Guide E-Book is Here!
Our own most exciting news of the month is the publication of Introduction to Jerusalem: a Mini Guide to the Holy City. This handy guidebook – which is available both as an instant downloadable e-book and in printed "real" book format – is based on the questions we get the most frequently from visitors to the website.
The 30-page book will help you come to Jerusalem prepared to enjoy your best trip ever. It will tell you what you shouldn't miss, how and where to change money, when the best time to come is, and what to see and do.
It's by no means the definitive guide – that one is still in the works (look for it sometime in the fall!) – but if you only have a few days in Jerusalem, then this is the one you need to get you oriented and up and running as soon as you get here.
And to thank you, my loyal readers, subscribers of this newsletter can purchase the e-book at the discounted price of $5.59, instead of the regular price of $6.99 – a 20% discount – until June 15, 2010. Click here to download your copy!
Jerusalem Is Tops
Jerusalem was voted one of the world's top 10 destinations for culture and sightseeing by TripAdvisor, one of the leading online communities of travelers. It's gratifying, exciting, but not exactly news to those of us who live here or have been here before: Jerusalem is simply one of the best places on earth and I'm glad the rest of the world agrees with me!
Festivals and Fun
Next: Summer is here and, of course, that means it is festival time in Jerusalem.
We start off with a bang, with the opening on the Jerusalem Arts Festival, Israel's most prestigious performing arts festival. The festival runs this year from May 25 to June 11 and will regale Jerusalemites with more than 40 different events. Click here for a listing and schedule of all events, ticket sales and more information.
Lest you get bored at the festival’s close, you can join the Beach Volleyball tournament in Liberty Bell Park on Mon-Tues, June 14-15. (Ok, so don’t look too hard for the beach!) There will be six separate divisions, for men and women from age 14 to adults. Registration closes June 10, so don't forget to sign up.
What's New in Jerusalem
14th Century Aqueduct Unearthed
Archeologists have been hard a work, along with public water works crews. In a city where turning over a simple rock can open a window into the past, public works must proceed with caution. It is prudence well worth the effort: in the course of repairing our modern-day water system, workers discovered the aqueduct that delivered water to Jerusalem from Bethlehem for over 600 years. Until the 19th century, it provided most of the city’s water. There were even photographs of the aqueduct from the Ottoman era, so workers knew what they were likely to find when they started working to the West of the Old City.
Although the arched aqueduct was built in 1320, it followed the route of the previous water delivery system that had been in place since the days of the Second Temple.
Yad Vashem Museum – Art by Holocaust Survivors
The exhibit "Virtues of Memory: Six Decades of Holocaust Survivors’ Creativity" is a unique compilation of art by over 300 Holocaust survivors, struggling to come to terms with the Holocaust through their creativity. Represented are such big names as Samuel Beck and Marcel Janco (a founder of the Dada movement) and amateur artists who are showing their works for the first time.
At the Yad Vashem Exhibition Pavilion, the show runs until April 2011.
Jerusalem and Israel Around the Web
I've stumbled upon some great videos recently, so instead of news articles this month I wanted to share a few Jerusalem or Israel related videos that were definitely worth taking a few minutes to watch.
This one, posted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, is a 7 minute documentary on the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It's a fascinating story – one that isn't finished yet!
Israel enthusiasts won't fail to be moved by Israel – Start Up Nation, a YouTube video based the book of the same name. (A highly-recommended read, by the way, full of fascinating facts! Order your copy here.)
The interview of Dr. Jacques Gauthier, a Canadian international lawyer, on CTS TV, is 45 minutes long, but it will change the way you perceive the Middle Eastern conflict and today's news forever. Who has the legal right to Jerusalem? Watch and you’ll know.
In case you missed our Jerusalem Day post (sign up for our RSS feed and you won't miss any of our posts again!), here is our own video: Jerusalem Skyline.
And for those of you who want to learn Hebrew – modern or classical - this last one is a short video on our site describing how you can learn Hebrew with the best Israeli language teachers, right in the comfort of your own home.
Book Your Hotel at Jerusalem Insider's Guide
You have to stay somewhere! So come on over and get the best rates on Jerusalem hotels. We’ve vamped up our hotel pages, included more reviews of our favorite hotels, including the Inbal Hotel and the Prima Hotels. Fill in our magic search box for the best rates available anywhere for the Jerusalem hotel of your choice.
See you in Jerusalem! Don't forget to tell us all about your trip and experiences at YOUR Jerusalem, our online community where you can post your stories and photographs and meet other like-minded lovers of Zion!
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Blessings from Jerusalem,