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Monica K
Aalborg, Denmark1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I WAS THERE during the Intifada in Palestine. So the info, is old but relevant
The advice was WRITTEN ON A SIGN , dress moderate and Proper. Or we will throw Stones at you .
They Cook delicious food.and the food is provided from good women.who was freindly but private.
If you Suffer from food allergies . Eating there is very GOOD AND SAFE.
Written 20 October 2023
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MiriM123
Israel284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I frequently travel to Mea Shearim and the neighboring Geula. There's an atmosphere you can't replicate there. My regular stops include Manny's Bookshop (which has a wide range of books in many languages, including English), the countless bakeries and women's clothing stores. As a haredi woman, it's an interesting place to be, but for non-Jewish / non religious people I don't think there's much to see there. Also, keep in mind that no matter how correctly you dress there are so many nuances to haredi dress that we always know who's an outsider. Perhaps walk though (in *modest* clothing) but otherwise, not much to do there. There is no such thing as a 'sit down cafe' or restaurant in these areas. This is done on purpose, to prevent intermingling.
Written 17 February 2023
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melodysundberg
Orebro, Sweden97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
One of our favorite spots in Jerusalem. Visited several times during our vacation. Great for buying scarves, judaica, unique souvernirs and challah. Everyone is nice and helpful. Visitors should be respectful and dress modestly.
Written 17 February 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK2,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a residential and shopping area but not a tourist attraction. We walked around in the early evening when it was dark. We visited a coffee shop and observed the fascinating life and people but did not take any photographs. It seemed perfectly safe and everyone was hurrying on their way. I don't think walking through in a large group or tour would be right.
Written 17 December 2022
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
When travelling, managing your contacts with minorities (ethnic or religious) is often problematic.
In many cases, as far as ethnic minorities are concerned, the problem has been somehow solved by the minorities themselves, allowing contact only against payment. The Masai, the Toraja, the inhabitants of the Baliem Valley are just some of the many examples that can be given.
But in the case of Hasidic Jews (ultra-Orthodox) this doesn't happen at all, and therefore contact with them must be managed with the utmost discretion.
This is what we too experienced with the Hassidic people in Me'a She'arim neighborhood: that we crossed during an afternoon for a long stretch in an east-west direction, starting from Ha Shabat square.
We knew that the Hassidic people don't like being the subject of so-called "tourist" attention at all, and we had confirmation of this both through their shy attitude and through a warning present in the neighborhood, stating that to direct group tours here is a heavy offense to their sensitivity.
We therefore tried to maintain as discreet an attitude as possible, hiding ourselves in the crowd (although we certainly couldn't pretend to be Hasidic): which was not difficult, since there were only four of us (two couples).
In this way we could have full experience - among other things - of the particular clothing of the group. However, while we already had experience with the males, having seen them in prayer the day before at the Western wall, we saw the (very discreet) clothing of the females here for the first time.
We also noted the large number of children, which is a widespread goal (families strolling down the street show at least two children, but typically more). Factor which, as far as I understand, makes this segment of the population the poorest among the Jewish population of Jerusalem.
Discreetly we also took pictures; but I only published one, as it hides people's faces.
Overall, I think this is an experience that should be done, practicing discretion.
Written 6 December 2022
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The Boomer Traveler
East Brunswick, NJ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Invited by strangers in M'ea She'arim to Shabbos dinner. My wife needed to use the Ladies room immediately. Knocked on a door to see if we could use bathroom at a home. My wife who speaks Hebrew got into a long conversation with woman who answered door, after she used restroom. She insisted we all stay for Shabbos. Unfortunately we had prior plans. Never met such welcoming and warm people in my life. They felt like family. The neighborhood is like taking a Time Travel Machine to 19th century Minsk. You are transported to my great grandmothers world .A must see and stop for all those love of SHTISEL.
Written 12 April 2021
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Elaine S
Somerville, MA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Serious safety incident
Jan 2020
I would say that walking through Mea Sharim was something I should not have done, and one of, if not THE worst experience I've had as a traveler.

I would warn women to think twice about walking through as a tourist, especially on Shabbos (Fri night to Sat. night), the Sabbath.

I was stoned by a bunch of young boys, while walking down a street. They were clearly trained in the "purity" practices that women are supposed to obey. I was an uninformed target in my sleeveless blouse.

It mattered not that I'm a Jew. To these boys, I was a sinner, a trespasser, an unpure woman, and although this was an especially pious time of the week, violence toward a woman , for these boys, was a heroic act in defense of that piety,
Written 20 December 2020
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selin11201
Dallas, TX175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Friday Feb 14, 2020: Beautiful day out in Mea Shearim and Ge’Ula neighborhoods. I was hesitant at first to go, but so glad I did. I walked up from Jaffa street to Mea Shearim street. It was absolutely packed, everyone hurrying to gather necessities for Shabbat. It was sunny, slightly cool, I had on a coat and black pants (skirt not necessary if you are wondering). No one looked at me, said anything etc. nothing happened, never felt uncomfortable. Of course I just walked around, did not pull out my phone for any reason, and just strolled the way you would do anywhere else. The shops were full, wonderful smell of bread and pastries. Honestly didn’t see why there would be any issues, be respectful and you will be just fine.
Written 14 February 2020
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juno_usa
Nashville, TN188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visiting this area where many ultraorthodox Jewish people are living and walking around the streets in their unique dresses...the experience is also unique, don't miss it! I love that our world is so colorful. There are many shops and bakeries there which could be cheaper than in the downtown, my experience is the same so the area is also worth visiting for shopping and eating something.
Written 28 January 2020
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Howard P
Charleston, SC1,124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Mea Shearim is not a tourist attraction but a thriving ultra orthodox community. It is a cultural experience to just visit, observe and walk the streets. The community is made up of many sects some of which are identified by the type of dress including the many styles of mens hats. It is a mix of modern and old. Cell phones and atms, separation of male and female. Religion is the main occupation and economic engine of the area. Dress appropriately and you will be treated respectfully. Recommend. Hope this helps.
Written 11 September 2019
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