Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shabbat Shwalk in the Old City

Our first Shabbat in Jerusalem and we were fortunate to pray with another Reform Congregation, Har-El.  Rabbi Serotta was honored with an aliyah and our B'nai Mitzvah group led the congregation in Motzi.  After that we continued our walking tour of Jerusalem and headed to the Old City.  Gila showed us the map of how Jerusalem considers itself the center of the world; all done in beautiful Armenian tile.

We arrived in the old city through the Jaffa gate and climbed David's tower.  It was a 5 star view of the city.  We also got the feel for the lay out of Jerusalem Old and New.

We saw some sites in the Jewish quarter; it was Shabbat so NO SHOPPING but we did get in the outside of a few Synagogues.  I was amazed to see this synagogue finally built as for many years there was so much infighting I never they would agree on who owned it so that they COULD finish it.  This is it the Hurva Synagogue and click on  the link to find out its history.

I didn't think it was possible but we actually fed  39 people in about 30 minutes or less and had great falafel and hummus.  Yum.

Then it was off the Shuk to see the wares and finally back to our hotel.

Motzie Shabbat after Havdahlah with Rabbi Serotta we went to see the Sound and Light show at David's Tower.  We weren't show what to expect  but we loved it.  Here are just a few pictures to show how they transformed the space with JUST sound and light.

So this was our Shabbat more on the B'nai Mitzvah soon!