Youth and Families Participate in Interfaith Tour of Jerusalem’s Old City

stevek4p —  July 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Kids4Peace youth and their families explored three important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. The group met at Jaffa Gate and meandered through the labyrinth of streets leading to the Kotel.

IMG_1608Beginning our tour with a group picture.

IMG_1323Taking a break along the way!

At the Western Wall, a Jewish youth gave a short presentation on the importance of the Wall in his religion and spiritual practices. Then, his mother led the group in a traditional Jewish song.

IMG_1558HaKotel

IMG_1624Singing a new song.

IMG_1568Learning about the importance of HaKotel.

Then, the group traveled to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where a Christian participant showed us some important parts of the church, including the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.

IMG_1337Inside the Holy Sepulcher

IMG_1345Exploring a tomb in the Holy Sepulcher

After the Holy Sepulcher, the group took a short walk to visit the Mosque of Omar.  A Muslim participant and his father described the importance of the mosque in Muslim prayer and community life. We were lucky to get a tour of the mosque after the explanation.

IMG_1352Outside the Mosque

IMG_1350Youth learning about the mosque

The tour concluded with some youth reflections over fresh fruit and savory pastries.

IMG_1598Kids4Peace!

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