2013: A Jerusalem Odyssey
A group of youth from Kids4Peace recently spent the afternoon exploring the Old City of Jerusalem as “time-traveling explorers” from the future. The three teams—“The Investigators,” “The Champions,” and “The Christopher Columbus”—spent their time learning about the composition of Jerusalem’s population: Muslims, Jews, and Christians, along with a healthy number of Tourists!
They found that the tourists were the easiest group to identify: they wear hats, colorful shirts, and sunburned noses. They walk around with heavy cameras and large travel books. The groups learned a great deal about these tourists: they come from all over the world and love Jerusalem for its history and beautiful people. The groups met with local storeowners who told them that most tourists are looking for wooden crosses as souvenirs of their time in Israel.
As part of their mission, the teams had to explain the way from the meeting point near Jaffa Gate to: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and HaKotel. This was a relatively straightforward activity for the Christians and Muslims, who each agreed on one single route to their holy sites. However, when the Jewish kids were asked the way to HaKotel, they pointed in different directions. However, when we tested out their different paths, we found that both were correct!
At the end of the day, kids and parents shared a meal of pizza and stories about their shared experiences of Jerusalem: weddings, bar-mitzvot, Christmas, birthdays, Ramadan. The city is full of wonderful memories for everyone!
The Treasure Hunt!
The Awards Ceremony!
The Pizza Party!