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Eastern Jerusalem - Visit Reclaimed Jewish Neighborhoods


Musrara
Musrara
Nachalat Shimon
Nachalat Shimon
Shimon HaTsaddik
Shimon HaTsaddik
 
Maaleh Hazeitim
Maaleh Hazeitim
Eastern Jerusalem
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Musrara
Musrara

Background
The Musrara neighborhood is located 20 meters from Schem Gate of the Old City on the strategic Road No. 1 artery. Musrara was established in 1875 by Rabbi Nissan Beck. He and his followers planned to develop a new neighborhood in honor of Sir Moses Montefiore. By 1898 there were 120 homes in the area. In the aftermath of the 1929 Arab riots (where 19 Jews from this neighborhood were massacred), Beck and his followers, like all Jews, were expelled from the area while 3 synagogues were destroyed. Intense efforts brought some of the families back, but many of the Jewish properties fell under Jordanian control in 1948, resulting in their occupation by Arab squatters until today.

Jewish Presence
In 1999, a JCDF affiliate acquired its first property in the neighborhood. Today 4 Jewish families live in the neighborhood in two properties.
 
Nachalat Shimon
Nachalat Shimon

Background
Purchased in 1892 by a private Jewish group, Nachalat Shimon is located to the west of Shimon Hatsadik and hugs the modern Road #1. Shortly after its establishment, Nachalat Shimon was home to some twenty Jewish families. Twenty years later, a broad-based development project was undertaken. Another section of the neighborhood, Um Aharon, was built in 1915 , and in 1927 the adjacent and modern “Nachalat Yitzchak” neighborhood was dedicated. By 1947 there were 100 houses in the area. In early 1948, the British expelled all the Jewish families from the area in a matter of two hours. Jews have not returned since.

Jewish Presence
Six years of research has culminated with our identification of all the Jewish owners of Nachalat Shimon properties.
 
Shimon HaTsaddik
Shimon HaTsaddik

Background
The area of Shimon HaTsaddik is located at the beginning of Nachal Kidron, just off Road No. 1 which runs down the spine of Jerusalem. The neighborhood includes a group of buildings, burial tombs and open public ground. In 1886 the tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik and its surrounding area was purchased by members of the Jewish Settlement and in 1906 the Jewish neighborhood was established with 20 families. In 1948 the neighborhood was evacuated in the face of imminent Arab pogroms. In 1998 the Jewish reclamation of the neighborhood began.

Jewish Presence
Today 7 Jewish families and a few single men in live in the neighborhood; a Yeshiva and Kollel occupies the old neighborhood synagogue. There are regular visitors to the Tomb.
 
Maaleh Hazeitim
Maaleh Hazeitim

Background
The neighborhood is located just a few hundreds meters to the south east of the Western Wall, at the foot of Mt. of Olives (Har HaZeitim). The first new residents moved in during April of 2003, and a total of 119 apartments are slated for the current complex, about half of which have already been completed. The land was originally bought by a group of Hassidim for the purpose of burial, but the ruling Turks did not allow them to bury there. Instead, the Hassidim leased the land to an Arab farmer, who paid rent and grew wheat. The Hassidic group, however, continued to pay the property tax on the plot throughout the years - and many years later, when the Arab tenant claimed to own the land, the tax receipts convinced both Jordanian and Israeli courts that it was really the Hassidim who owned it. The Hassidic group later sold the land to Dr. Irving Moskovitz, the ideological land purchaser from Miami Beach, for the purpose of development. This is the first full-fledged Jewish neighborhood development in the inner circle of eastern Jerusalem outside the Old City.

Jewish Presence
Today approx. 50 families live in the complex, and once the new stage of building an additional 68 units is completed, the neighborhood’s population is expected to double.
 
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East Jerusalem

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JCDF is continually working to acquire assets and strengthen the Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem. The same goes for some of our fellow organizations active in the area. As new projects develop which we can disclose, they will be included in our fascinating tour.

    Private Customized tours are available for those:
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