Nachlaot Finding Past and Future
Sir Moses Montefiore, a great benefactor to Israel in the 19th century,
is perhaps best known for the Montefiore Windmill.
However, in 1882 he was also involved in building
the Nachlaot section of Jerusalem.
This cluster of small Jewish neighborhoods was one of the first
Jerusalem homesteads outside the walls of the over-crowded Old City.
Stone walls surrounded Nachlaot to protect its residents.
Today one of the openings still displays a testimonial to Montefiore
and the Mazkeret Moshe neighborhood is named for him.
Nachlaot is across from the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.
After getting lost too many times on the narrow twisting streets,
I made it a habit to walk around Nachlaot
and not through it on my way to the shuk.
So when the Jerusalem Scavenger Hunts offered a hunt to Nachlaot,
I made sure to be one of the first bloggers to sign up for the special event.
In Nachlaot, you can see interesting street art
painted on the walls,
but you never know what you will find hanging out on its streets.
Old stone streets
and beautiful new homes,
combine to make walking the Nachlaot streets a real adventure.
From ancient stones on the left to modern cable receivers on the right,
it can all be found in Nachlaot.
We followed our map, and not only did we not get lost,
but our team won!
And thanks to the Village Green Restaurant on Rachel Imenu Street,
we enjoyed fresh bread with a cup of soup at the end of the hunt.
There are many tours to Nachlaot,
but this scavenger hunt is fun and educational for all ages.
We found it as good an experience as the hunt last year
in the Old City.
To find more photos of Nachlaot and our winning team see: