“The class was excellent. I was really moved and had tears in my eyes. I loved the documentaries and the concrete evidence of the people who experienced the separation from Jerusalem.  Well done.”  Yehudit Liebb, Middle School Ivrit Curriculum Director, Yeshivat Noam

Jerusalem: 50 Years of Unification


Since it became the capital of the Kingdom of Israel 3000 years ago, Jerusalem has played a central role in Jewish life. For almost 1000 years it was the site of the Bet Hamikdash and the destination for three annual pilgrimages for Jews throughout Israel and the diaspora. For the next 2000 years, the Jews in exile faced Jerusalem when they prayed, prayed daily it return to its gates, and instituted a number of customs designed to keep it fresh in their memories, such as breaking a glass at Jewish weddings. In 1948, Jerusalem was revitalized as the capital of the State of Israel, and on June 7, 1967, the Old City and the Kotel came once again into Jewish hands.

JETS is offering a number of special sessions to commemorate the 5oth year of the unification of Jerusalem. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your students’ connection to the eternal city.

Two Tracks: Jerusalem Tales (four sessions)
                       Jerusalem Through the Ages (four sessions)

Jerusalem throughout the Generations

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  Jerusalem Tales

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Course descriptions:

Jerusalem throughout the Generations

 Session 1 – אם אשכחך ירושלים

Though the Temple was destroyed in the year 70 Jews never stopped praying and dreaming of returning. New laws were written and additional practices evolved in order to maintain the memory of the Temple and of Jerusalem fresh in the minds of Jews during their long exile. We will explore the customs of Jews throughout history to keep this dream alive and be inspired by the stories of individuals who never lost their passion to return. 


Session 2 – יבנה המקדש עיר ציון תמלא

Jerusalem, with its magnificent Temple, was in its glory during the period of Herod, and served as the focal point for Jews in Israel and the Babylonian diaspora. By studying texts and exploring archaeological finds, we will reconstruct life during the times of the Second Temple, with a special emphasis on aliyah leregel ­ the three annual pilgrimage festivals. 

 Session 3 – סובי ציון והקיפוה

Beginning in the 1860’s, new Jewish neighborhoods began to sprout in “West Jerusalem”, outside of the walls of the Old City. In this session, we will take a virtual tour of a number of modern Jerusalem neighborhoods and landmarks, and meet a few of its special personalities along the way. Participants will get a sense of how Jerusalem has grown in modern times and reemerged as the capital of the State of Israel. 

 Session 4 – היינו כחולמים

After the armistice agreement in 1948, Jews were not allowed to live in the Old City, even in the Jewish Quarter, and were refused access to the Western Wall. We will return back to those faithful 6 days in June 1967 to see and hear first hand how the Jewish people were reunited with their beloved city. 

 Suggested Audience: Can be adapted for grades 5 and up, including adult learners

Note: This is a 4 part series, but individual sessions can be ordered separately.

Price: $150 a session         See in Store  

Jerusalem Tales

Nov.Sigd Celebrations in Jerusalem – The Remarkable Story of the Ethiopian Aliyah


The Ethiopian Jewish community (Beta Israel), exiled prior to the destruction of the first Temple and cut off from the rest of the Jewish world, was sustained by its yearning for Jerusalem , reflected in its Sigd holiday. The trying and miraculous return of the Ethiopian Jews to Jerusalem is one of the highlights of the remarkable process of Kibbutz Galuyot in modern times. In this session, a young Israeli woman tells the story of her family’s journey to Jerusalem including the trials along the way, the surprises that they discovered upon their arrival, and the challenges of adapting to life in the modern State of Israel . At the conclusion of the session, students make a virtual visit to Jerusalem to experience the celebration of the Sigd holiday, which was recognized in 2008 by Israel as an official state holiday.

December/JanuaryRaiders of the Lost Menorah


Students trace the history of Jerusalem through the eyes of the Menorah, among the oldest symbols of Judaism. Its tale encompasses three millennia, beginning in the Temple in ancient Jerusalem, through its rededication during the wars of the Maccabees and its exile following the destruction of the second Temple, and concluding at the Knesset in modern Jerusalem.

March / April


Ancient Jerusalem through my Eyes : Come with Me to Jerusalem (Gr. 4-7)

JETS Israel Ancient Israel Course

Students examine the centrality of Jerusalem to Jews in Israel and the Diaspora by accompanying a young girl and her mother on a pilgrimage (aliyah leregel)  to Jerusalem and the Temple to celebrate Pesach. Join them as they stop at an ancient mikvah on their way from Beer Sheva to Jerusalem, view the city from a distance, shop on the main street of Jerusalem for their holiday needs, and ascend the steps to enter the Temple Mount.

Stones that Speak – Aliyah Leregel in Ancient Jerusalem (Gr. 8 and up)


Just under the surface throughout Israel lie artifacts with stories to tell about ancient history, that can enrich our current lives as well. Through a look at archaeological finds, students will gain a greater understanding of the centrality of Jerusalem in the lives of all Jews during the second Temple period. Stones on the approach to Jerusalem and in the Old City will testify to the pilgrimages that took place three times a year, and made Jerusalem the city that “unites all Jews” (Jerusalem Talmud).

April/MayOne Day in June, 1967 – United Jerusalem

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On June 7, 1967, the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Kotel and the Temple Mount, were liberated by the IDF and the city of Jerusalem was reunited. In this session, the moving story of that day will be seen through the lenses of eyewitnesses –  soldiers, rabbis, and the Kotel itself. Through these insights, students will explore the significance and ramifications of this day.

Suggested Audience: Can be adapted for grades 5 and up, including adult learners

Note: This is a 4 part series, but individual sessions can be ordered separately.

Cost: $150 for a 1-time session. Please contact JETS to find out about discounts for multi session orders

JETS educators will work with your school or institution to adapt the session so that it meets the needs of your students
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