Pre-Trip Research...


Location of your site:

One of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Israel. It is populated mainly by Charedi Jews and was built by the original settlers of the Yishub haYashan.

Geographical Features (Include a Picture or Map):


built in 1874 by a Christian architect and Jewish and Muslim contractors. The neighborhood is populated predominantly by ultra-Orthodox Jews.
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The Meaning of the Name of your Site:


The name Mea Shearim is derived from a verse in the weekly torah portion which was read the week the settlement was founded: Issac sowed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundredfold (מאה שערים, mea shearim); God had blessed him" (Genesis 26:12). According to a tradition, the community originally had 100 gates, another meaning of mea sheari

Historical Background/Significance:


Mea Shearim was established in 1874 as the second settlement outside the walls of the Old City by a building society of 100 shareholders. Pooling their resources, the society members purchased a tract of land outside the Old City, which was severely overcrowded and plagued by poor sanitation, and built a new neighborhood with the goal of improving their standards of living.


Do other Cultures or Religions have connections to your site?:


Everyone in Meah Shearim is ultra religious. People there are sometimes referred to as Charedim Jews. If people walk in there in non modest clothes, or in a large group of people they may throw rocks at you.

Connect a Talmudic/Biblical saying to your site:

Mea Shearim is derived from a verse in the weekly torah portion which was read the week the settlement was founded: "issac sowed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundredfold (מאה שערים, mea shearim); God had blessed him" (Genesis 26:12).

Share any Midrash, Fables, or other “stories” about the site:

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    • Meah Shearim is a extremely religious neighborhood in Jerusalem.It is populated by very religious Jews known as charedim. Here you may not walk dressed immodestly or in a large group of people, or you might get rocks thrown at you. It is illegal for anyone to use or operate a vehicle on shabbat anywhere on this street. Although the people may not be very welcoming, the street is a very famous landmark in Israel and is respected by everyone in Jerusalem.


After the Trip...


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Reflections:


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