Search
 

 More From Region

 

Cities:

Meah She’arim

The Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah She’arim in Jerusalem offers a rare opportunity for a religious and cultural experience ​​​

On this Page:

A walk through the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah She’arim is a rare opportunity for immersion in a fascinating religious and cultural experience that contrasts sharply surrounding modernity.

 

It was an auspicious day in 1874 when a small group of Jerusalem Jews resolved boldly to build this neighborhood in the nearly empty lands outside the walled city. They sought a promising name to symbolize their dream: In that week’s Torah portion were the words: meah she’arim – one hundred fold, the bumper crop Isaac reaped (Gen. 26:12), showing divine favor.

 

Its original buildings are still there: built in pairs, facing each other across narrow, bustling courtyards, accessed by gateways from the street. As visitors* browse the fruit and vegetable market, Judaica and religious bookstores, they will notice the variety of dark suits among the men, indicating their specific Hassidic or non-Hassidic allegiance, the women’s modest dress – and many, many children! An added attraction on a Thursday-night visit is the quarter’s bakery, at its busiest churning out challahs for the Sabbath.


 

*Residents require visitors to dress modestly (skirts for women with knees and elbows covered), and do not like to be photographed.


 

 Sites & Attractions

 
Museum on the Seam is a unique museum in Israel, displaying contemporary art that deals...
Israel's current official presidential residence was constructed while Zalman Shazar se...
An academic branch of Brigham Young University for Middle Eastern Studies, built at the...
. Mount Herzl. The State of Israel’s national cemetery was named after the state visio...
The House of Representatives of the State of Israel, comprising a plenary, conference r...
Memorial established on the Jordanian military post, with a permanent exhibition on the...
 

 Accommodations

 
Harmony Hotel is a boutiqe hotel with 50 rooms facing the roofs and the uniqe alles of ...
The Agron Guest House is situated in the heart of the Jerusalem and as such it is ideal...
Various-sized units in an old Arab house, from single rooms to six-person family suites...
Guest units surrounded by a grassy area, with balconies facing the Jerusalem hills and ...
Jewish_Sites