Junior Journey: The City of David

Rabbi Dean Kertesz, Co-Dean of Students
In Jerusalem, the Juniors on the 11th Grade Journey learned about the history of the city and considered the impact of gegraphy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Today was our first full day in Jerusalem. The weather here is crisp and cold and when the wind blows it is very cold. Quite a change from the balmy weather we have enjoyed everywhere else we have been.
We began our day with two different tours. One group, including all first time visitors to Israel toured the City of David, the original Davidic capital, which is now south of the Old City. They watched a film explaining the history of the City, toured some of the excavations and walked through Hezakia's Tunnel the ancient underground aquaduct that feeds fresh water to the Old City. The second group toured the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sephulcre while learning about the Jewish roots of Christianity.
Both groups met in the Jewish Quarter for lunch, where students could choose from a number of restaurants and had time for shopping. After lunch we spent some time at the Kotel and the Kotel Plaza. 
Our final program was a geo-political tour of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We toured the area South and East of Jerusalem to gain a deeper understanding of the conflict and the impact of geography. Our tour was lead by Elhanan Miller who is the Arab Affairs correspondent for the Times of Israel, Tablet Magazine among other media outfits. 
Tonight was our last visitors night. Some students went out for the evening with family or friends, while others went out for dinner and shopping on Ben Yehuda Street.
Tomorrow we will visit Yad V'Shem and Har Herzl.
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