The Jewish Quarter is one of four historic quarters from the original Old City of Jerusalem. This area extends approximately fifteen acres in the southeastern part of the walled city, and stretches across the Zion Gate, along the Armenian Quarter towards the west, up to the Street of the Chain in the north and extends to the Western Wall and Temple Mount in the east.
Israelis have lived in the Jewish Quarter for many centuries, and after the capture of the Old City by the Arabs in 1948, many of the buildings were destroyed. Israel regained control of the Old City in 1967, and immediately after began to reconstruct and today the Old City flourishes with many Jews living and studying in the Jewish Quarter.
On your Jewish heritage trip to the Jewish Quarter you will also visit the memorial of the Hurvah Synagogue that was ravaged in 1948, the archeological ruins of the broad wall built by Hezekiah before 701 B.C., Jewish ritual baths, attesting to the importance of ritual purity for Jews back in the first century A.D., and an impressive menorah plated with 95 lbs of gold, the first one like this to be made since the destruction of the Jewish Temple.
Touring the Jewish Quarter is a must during your Israel Jewish tour, and Israeli tour guides will provide you with plenty of time to explore the Old City, as well as a few Jewish heritage itineraries will provide with an extra day of leisure to visit the Old City on your own.