Magazine article Black Enterprise

Where the Present Meets the Past

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Where the Present Meets the Past

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Jerusalem is rich with historic ambience

The echoes of the past combined with the hurly-burly of today reverberate in 3,000-year-old Jerusalem, capital of Israel. You can easily imagine yourself a time traveler when, strolling along the ancient sidewalks, observing the cream-colored architecture, in the twinkling of an eye you find yourself visiting a vibrant designer's mall. Jerusalem is both ancient and modern, a cosmopolitan city where the past is alive amidst the voices of the present.

The unique character of Jerusalem tantalizes the senses. Whatever your spiritual orientation, you will find what you're looking for; Jerusalem invites introspection. The innumerable levels and aspects of this legendary city live up to its promise of offering every activity from the ordinary to the sublime.

* At Your Leisure: Jerusalem offers a variety of leisure-time activities, ranging from pubs and dance clubs to fairs and festivals. International artists fill the theater and perform on the streets in the annual Israel Festival from May through June.

In warm weather, the sounds of rock and symphony emanate from the Sultan's Pool Theatre, while jazz and folk music can be enjoyed in intimate lounges and cafes.

* Sites Worth Seeing: Visit the Shrine of the Book Museum, part of the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited and, visit the museum's Sculpture Garden. Other great places to visit are Yad Va-shem, the National Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, which contains the Valley of the Communities and the Hall of Names. …

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