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Tell Us What You Really Want - and get a Free Traveler's Prayer
July 07, 2014

Before we get to all that's going on in Jerusalem this month, we'd like to ask you a question. Ten of them, actually.

What Is it You Really Want?

We'd like to know what you want. Besides a totally awesome trip to Jerusalem -- we get that! And it's our goal to help you get that.

That's why we hope that our site and newsletter provide you with the information you need and want when planning your trip to Jerusalem. And it's also why we want to make it even better.

Since our mission here is to help you, we want to know what we can do to provide you with greater value.

Would you please take a moment to answer 10 short questions in order to help us do that? We'd really appreciate it!

Click here to take our survey.

To thank you for taking the survey (and even if you don't take the survey, in which case it is to thank you for reading our newsletter!) here's a free copy of the traditional Traveler's Prayer - Tefillas Haderech - in English and Hebrew. It's in pdf format and you can download it here.

July in Jerusalem

It's officially summer vacation this week in Jerusalem, with kids heading for the parks, the mall and the beach ...

Wait -- did I say beach?

In Jerusalem?

Indeed. I'm not sure I'd have believed it without seeing it, but there it is: a beach, complete with surfing simulator, beach bar and volley ball net. It's at the First Train Station for the rest of the summer. Don't believe it either? Pictures here to prove it!

As for what else is going on here this month, it's hard to trim the list to the length of a normal newsletter. We've got a special exhibit at the Tower of David that looks at Jerusalem's history through the lens of medicine. Ah Jerusalem, the musical now showing there on Friday afternoons is said to be a nice change of pace, with humor, whimsy and song.

The Israel Museum has a slew of different things going on, including one of the largest climbable bamboo structure in the world.

Flower-child wannabes and '60s groupies can relieve the good old days at the Woodstock Revival taking place July 10, while the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets going on July 10 through July 20. Street Ball, Jerusalem's basketball frenzy, kicks off July 22 through July 24. You have until the 17th to register.

If you find yourself with some spare time Friday mornings this month, take a stroll through the Betzalel Arts Fair downtown or, if you prefer air conditioning and epicurean delights, check out the Culinary Fair at Malha mall. For more July events, check our monthly calendar of events and remember you can sync your Google calendar with ours, so you don't miss anything.

Think Ahead

Some of the best things to do in Jerusalem require advance planning or you'll miss out.

Jerusalem Scavenger Hunts, for example. We can't recommend this activity enough. You’ll discover things about Jerusalem you never knew – no matter how long you might have lived here! It’s lots of fun and a fabulous educational activity for older kids and teens. Since last year, they've added scavenger hunts in Gush Etzion, following the footsteps of the Patriarchs.

Normally, these are for groups of five and above only, but this month, you have two more chances to join an "open" hunt, no matter how few are in your group: July 16 and 20. Preregister here, so don't miss your chance!

Our tour guides are booking up fast, not only for August, but already for the Fall holiday period. So if you're looking at a September or October trip to Jerusalem, now is the time to arrange for your tour guide or book a Jerusalem Walking Tour.

Your Prayers in the Wall

Even in the middle of summer, we are here to deliver your prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem for you. (Your prayers are strictly confidential and are deleted from our system as soon as they are delivered to the Wall.)

This is a free service that we consider a privilege to provide. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that prayer and charity, together, have the power to change Divine decrees. So please consider super-charging your prayer with a donation to our charity fund for disabled children in Jerusalem. Your donation, however small, will help provide much needed services, therapy and medications for severely disabled children in Jerusalem.

On a Somber Note

Our last email to you begged for prayers for the safe return of three boys who had been kidnapped on their way home from school.

As many of you probably already know, there was no happy ending. We join the many thousands around the globe in extending our condolences to the families of Gil-ad Sha'er, Yakov Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, as well to the family of a fourth teenager, Mohammed Abu Khder, all of whom passed away in tragic circumstances.

May their memories be a blessing.

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