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Me'a She'arim

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Address: Mea Shearim Street, Jerusalem, Israel

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Interesting experience which feels authentic and educational! Dress modestly coming to this area and be respectful. My advice: never come here on Sabbath unless you know all the... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me'a She'arim is the neighbourhood where the orthodox or Haredi Jewish live - mostly of Eastern European descent. The walk around in large numbers in their very uniform remarkable dress of black suits, white shirts and big black hats. We felt out of place but still at ease when we cruised through the neighbourhood on our way from the American... More 

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Interesting experience which feels authentic and educational! Dress modestly coming to this area and be respectful. My advice: never come here on Sabbath unless you know all the rules and laws. Especially :never drive here on sabbath. You could be subjected to violent angry protest. Taking pictures discretely and respectfully is OK except on Sabbath. See and observe modesty signs.... More 

1 Thank podrozniczka60
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This area of Jerusalem is inhabited by many ultra-orthodox Jews who are not mainstream Israelis. They live their life as they think their creator expects them to. Dress modestly and respect their neighborhood. They are not actors. It is not a show. They are living their life. Friday morning is a very busy time there There are many stores for... More 

3 Thank marc s
Berlin, Germany
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Mea Shearim is an ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. We wanted to find some 'insider' spots in our trip to Jerusalem, so we contacted this really cool guy on couchsurfing, and this is one of the (uniquer) places he took us to: in walking just 50 meters, you suddenly arrive to Poland in the 19th century: it's not only the traditional... More 

2 Thank henriette136
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Don't just go in the main street but go behind in the back streets Shops are brilliant It is going back in time

2 Thank aellituv
Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Mea Shearim is trip back to the Jewish East European SHTETEL. come pedestrian,late morning or midday,use modest dressing.long sleves,ect... This is one of the new quarters,built outside the walls of the old city Rabi Samuel Homuner built the first house,as well as Joel Moshe Solomon that later was the pioneer of Petah Tikva,The whole area of 32 Dunams is very... More 

2 Thank airport2015
Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

In a way it feels like being an alien from a different universe walking around this neibourhood, making it possible to observe modern ultra-orthodox Jewish life. Well, the word modern does not suit the scene here. It is also a time machine two hundred years back. The boys were fascinated and we came here just hours before Shabbat brings an... More 

Thank Fabian K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have a special connection to this neighborhood as my mother's family lived there in the 1800's-1920's. It is a time capsule which, despite being a completely modern Jew, I find fascinating. be sure to dress modestly--long skirts and sleeves for woman, no shirts or tank tops for men. Tourists are guests in the neighborhood and should be respectful of... More 

Thank elliott S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

A trip back in time. Love the laundry hanging from the apartments. Dress modestly as to not offend the residents. This is the place to get Judaica at good prices. They also have a Hazorfim silver store across the street from the entrance. Be aware that this area has no shops open on the Sabbath (Saturday) or on Jewish Holidays.

Thank thashimi
Jerusalem, Israel
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Walking in Mea Shearim is an antrepological expirience which is special and cant be done in another area in Israel and the most of the world.Ultra orthodox Jews in their place of living.

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