Months Visited: August
Our family enjoys a wide variety of activities and stops. We like adventure and excitement, but we also feel that educational stops are important as well. We enjoy luxury but we are willing to head off the beaten path or visit remote locations, even if this means roughing it. We are active and we enjoy spending time in natural settings, but we also try to visit historic spots and top attractions in an area even if they are a little touristy. When we travel we want to see as much as possible each day. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 14 years, Boy age 9 years, Boy age 7 years.
Address: 36-40 Misgav Ladach Street
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Fridays 9am-1pm
Admission: Starting at 20 shekel adult, 18 shekel child
Description: The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel is an organization that is dedicated to the Holy Temple of Jerusalem in every single aspect, from the history of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem to the present day implications and the future possibilities that this temple holds for the Jewish religion and people. Sacred vessels and other religious items have been created by the organization, with the final goal being to rebuild the Holy Temple that once stood on Mount Moriah according to the commandments laid out in the biblical teachings. This can be a very educational and fascinating place to visit for anyone who is Jewish or who is interested in the history of this religion.
Our Experiences: Our stop at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel was very informative and interesting. There are photos, artifacts and religious items, and other displays that help explain and educate about the third temple and the history of this very important structure. Some of the photos actually depict the sacred vessels and priestly garments that the Temple Institute has had produced. These items are being stored until the holy temple has been completed in the future and the items will be needed. This is a stop that everyone should make if they are Jewish or they are interested in learning more about the history of Judaism. The kids did not find this stop very fun and exciting, there were other stops they enjoyed more, but it was still important that they visited the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel and experienced it at least once. The spiritual and religious significance of this stop makes it an important one.
Description: The Cardo is a main central street in Jerusalem, Israel, and this area has a number of historic ruins and a rich and fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. When the Romans built on top of the rubble that was left behind after the Great Revolt in 70 CE the cardo was the central street that was used. This area contains a number of Roman and Corinthian columns and some very impressive ruins. Today the Cardo is a main area for shopping and eating as well as a a place where the past seems to come alive. There are many shops and some eateries that line this avenue, and this was also true in the past. Today many of these shops carry high priced items and luxury goods, and the Cardo can be a good place to wander and browse once all of the columns and ruins have been explored.
Our Experiences: Everyone in our family enjoyed touring and shopping along the Cardo. The kids enjoyed seeing the historic columns, and they had a lot of fun walking along the avenue and visiting many of the shops there. Some of the shops had very high prices and carried only luxury goods and items, but there were less expensive places that we visited as well. We had a good time at this stop and would recommend it to other families who enjoy this type of activity as well.
Description: The Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall is an area that can only be accessed on foot, vehicles are not allowed in this area at all. This is an open air pedestrian mall with a number of shops and open areas, and it is a popular destination for visitors and residents both. There are sidewalk cafes, street musicians, souvenir shops, stores that specialize in Judaic items, and many other things to see and do. On Saturday evenings after Shabbat is over the area may have crowds of young adults, and Israelis from all walks of life visit this mall on a regular basis.
Our Experiences: We had a great time at the Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall, and we spent part of the day shopping and browsing here. We stopped at one of the sidewalk cafes for lunch, and visited several of the stores in the area as well. The kids had a lot of fun looking at all of the things on display in the shops, and we purchased a few souvenirs to take home with us. This stop is a good one for families who like to shop, as well as anyone who enjoys discovering new things. The pedestrian mall was well kept and it was laid out very nicely, and our stroll through the area was fun and very interesting.