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Me'a She'arim

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Address: Mea Shearim Street, Jerusalem, Israel
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Return to Eastern European Jewish roots

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I love walking down me'a shearim to go in the stores see there lifestyle and how they shop and meet people

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Walking through this Haredim area is a walk into Eastern Europe before Hitler. It's a view of a lifestyle that has pretty much vanished. The shops on Rechov Mea Sharim are great places to buy Judaica. The stores are very tourist friendly and most have some personnel that speak English. We have shopped for religious items in Jerusalem Yarmulke and... More 

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