|Are you traveling
Jerusalem and want every minute
|Would you like to
find the venues where you can quietly be transported
back in your imagination to the time of Jesus?
To David? To Abraham?
|Are you a camera
buff and would like to return from Jerusalem with a
collection of stunning and exotic photos that no one
|Are you an ardent
culinary adventurer eager to sample spicy
Middle Eastern food?
2023 Guide: Explore Jerusalem's Soul"
will help you choose the most meaningful
"off-the-beaten-path" sites to experience (or share
with your fellow pilgrims if you are a tour leader)
on your free day. You'll have phone numbers to
check opening and closing times. Gila's very detailed
directions will lead you right to the front door.
And if it's locked, she'll suggest how to open it.
Jerusalem's Soul" describes the top ten
lesser-known churches worth visiting to give you an
opportunity to sample Jerusalem's religious
diversity. Gila's guide leads you to each
church when it's open, orients you to that
particular denomination and its history and gives
you a suggested reading relevant to the
theme of each church.
Jerusalem's Soul" gives you explicit directions to
reach each site as well as suggestions for Bible study
and reflection. If you want to take advantage
of every free moment in Jerusalem to explore its
soul, Gila's guide gives you a funky suggestion of
what to do at 4.30 a.m. and at 5.30 a.m. Both
are completely safe, yet exotic.
"Gila, right after Christmas I had the
opportunity to spend a week in Jerusalem all by
myself, and I found your guide to be very helpful.
I went to some places that we do not normally
visit on our Pilgrimages, and I explored Jerusalem
on foot from my hotel so I better understand the
lay of the land. Thank you."
Rev E Scott Dow DMin,
Gila's Unorthodox Guide:
Explore Jerusalem's Soul is full of
up-to-date, insider suggestions to the top ten
places to meditate on the Bible, ten little-known
churches worth visiting, the ten most rewarding
roof-top views and the top ten places for Middle
Eastern food -- altogether 40 sites in Jerusalem
that most tourists never visit.
|Gila's Top Ten places to meditate on the Bible
- The best place to read about Abraham's
"almost" sacrifice of Isaac
- The best place to read about the "Messianic
- The best place to read about Mary and Joseph
losing Jesus after his "bar mitzvah"
- Where to find a ring-side seat at the "end of
days" to watch the magnificent spectacle of the
resurrection of the dead
- How to open the private garden of Gethsemane
|Gila's Top Ten
little-known churches worth visiting tells you:
- Where you can walk through the "eye of the
- Where the "true cross" was kept for
safe-keeping before it was lost in battle
- Where you can hear an organ with Spanish
- All about Veronica
- The location of the "other" Upper Room
- Where to find a collection of khatchkars
Wouldn't you like to see these places at your own
leisure and know how to find them?
|Gila's Top Ten most
rewarding Roof-Top Views tells you:
- Where 195 steps lead you to the best view over
Bethany, Bethpage and the Mount of Olives
- How Charles Gordon identified the place where
Jesus was crucified
- The one place in Jerusalem you can't go alone
- Where to overlook the Valley of Hell
- Where Richard the Lion-Heart shielded his eyes
so as not to see the Holy City
|Gila's Top Ten
places to sample Middle Eastern food tells you:
- How to find the best falafel in the Old City
and the proprietor's recipe which will make your
- The place with the longest line of locals
waiting to buy a bowl of hummus
- Where you will be dazzled in a chef's
restaurant with an open kitchen, happy food and
a dynamic menu with the freshest food
- The insider place for Knafe and other
Middle Eastern delicacies
- Where to go to taste the lentil soup that
caused Esau to sell his birthright to his younger
|All from a guide who
has lived in Jerusalem for 40 years and has taken
tens of thousands of pilgrims to see Jerusalem's
hidden gems. Includes directions, history,
phone numbers, Bible references and even tips on how
to obtain the key to open locked places.
|Pick and choose
among 40 sites according to your temperament, time
frame, impulse and imagination.
"Gila, I just downloaded your “Explore
Jerusalem’s Soul” guide and quickly read the first
ten pages of it. It’s
EXCELLENT! And a heck of a bargain at
-- Vic Paladini, Sierra
"I visited Jerusalem a month ago and I have to
thank you for your guide. I'm writing a novel on
the Crusades and the Frank kingdom of Jerusalem
and I wanted to see what the city looks like and
how I can best describe the Tower of David, the
Thanks to you
I got dragged in the church [of St. Mark] by
Yostina and actually saw a Syriac celebration! I
was amazed to be so lucky!
I went 3 times to St Veronica's church, always
alone (I can't believe people just take pictures
of the number VI on the wall and walk away!) and
bought 4 icons from the little sisters. We
had a nice chat.
Thank you so much! I fell in love with
Jerusalem!" -- Sara Jond
Nécand, from the Alps, living in Ireland
Gila's 2023 Guide:
Explore Jerusalem's Soul is a 46-page
downloadable PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader) guide.
It's formatted so it's easy to take along on your
trip to Jerusalem.
"Gila, the download looks
GREAT! Simple and
Ron H., Chapel Hill, N.C.
|Payment is by Paypal.
You don't need to be a member or have a password to
order by credit card via Paypal. After you
order, I will email you the link so you can download
the 46-page guide "Explore
(If you don't already have the Acrobat Reader
program on your computer, you can download it for
If you want to be fully present
to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Holy
Land, listen to Gila's audio highlights of Jerusalem and Jericho
before you come. This one-hour
listener-friendly audio CD will
give you enough background so that you can soak in
the spiritual ambiance and be fully engaged in each