One of the oldest cities in the world Jerusalem’s story spans over 5,000 years. Its historical sites, largely concentrated within the Old City walls, exhibit artifacts from Canaanite, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman ,Christian, and Muslim periods. The breathtaking view from the Mount of Olives exposes the Old City’s four distinct quarters – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. Walking through the Old City’s winding alleys, visitors can explore the changing architecture, culture, food, and languages.
Beyond the Old City walls, lies a new Jerusalem, with picturesque 19th century neighborhoods, sitting side by side with modern architectural creations. Jerusalem’s unique story lies in bringing new life to this ancient city.
For generations, Jerusalem has been ome to the holy sites for the world’s three monotheistic religions; Jews pray at the Western Wall, originally, the support wall of the Temple Mount- the historic locations of both temples and the holiest place in Judaism. Muslims pray at the Al Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, as well as the majestic Dome of the Rock.
Christian pilgrims trace Jesus’s footsteps along the Via Dolorosa, all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, standing on the location where Jesus was crucified and entombed according to most Christian traditions.
A City of World Culture
Jerusalem’s rich historical heritage serves as a perfect canvas for a well-developed urban art and culture scene. Israel’s premier art school, the Bezalel Academy is based atop of picturesque Mount Scopus, fills Jerusalem’s street with colourful and innovative creations, as the students explore their artistic identities.
The city’s mix of East and West is a perfect stage for a variety of musicians combining traditional Middle Eastern sounds with Reggae, Hip Hop, and Classical music.
Fans of high-culture will find a home in Jerusalem. Israel’s national Museum, The Israel Museum displays highly diverse and rich art collections from around the world. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of world renowned conductor and pianist Frédéric Chaslin, holds regular concerts. Last year, Jerusalem hosted an international opera festival, which saw Jerusalem’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities host opera inspired events in the city’s cultural institutions. The city also hosts the country’s largest book fair, an international wine festival, and has a vibrant movie scene, centred around the city’s Cinematheque.
Jerusalem’s atmosphere puts a unique twist on many art forms. From the experiential to the interactive, events in Jerusalem are hardly ever an observational affair. Classical music concerts often include audience participation, and opera singers have been known to perform in the city’s central market. TBEX Jerusalem participants will have a unique opportunity to experience truly local cultural festivities, exploring the city’s offerings with Israelis from all walks of life.
Jerusalem’s culinary scene is a fusion of ancient and modern recipes and techniques. The confluence of ethnicities meshing together in Jerusalem creates a unique tapestry of flavors. Whether searching for creamy hummus or the freshest smoked fish in the city’s main marketplace, good food is a central tenet of life for all Jerusalemites. Restaurants run the gamut from convenient eateries offering street food to top rated chef restaurants with dishes creating a unique fusion of European, North African, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Almost all produce in Israel is locally grown, making Jerusalem the ideal farm-to-table destination. Foodies will be able to explore Jerusalem’s world renowned Machne Yehuda market, which offers fresh produce during the day, and turns into an epicenter of nightlife after hours. The market’s alleys and stalls turn into a vibrant hub of cafes, bars, and gastropubs, bringing a local touch to international cuisine.
During this trip, bloggers will get a taste of Open Restaurants, a city-wide series of events that bridges the gaps between the kitchen and the customer. Restaurants throughout Jerusalem will open their doors allowing visitors to hear from top chefs and learn some trade secrets.
20 bloggers from the TBEX community will be selected for this trip.
We welcome all bloggers to come experience Jerusalem, a city that blends its rich past with a promising future.
We are looking for bloggers who can provide storytelling, photography, video, and/or service pieces showcasing Jerusalem and its history and impressive narrative.
A preference will be given to bloggers from the United Kingdom, Germany France, Italy, Russia and UK. These are significant inbound destinations for the Jerusalem, but everyone is encouraged to apply for this amazing trip.
Bloggers should be prepared to submit a Google Analytics screen shot upon request.
Please fill out the application HERE, taking note of a few specific details:
- Please make sure that you are available for the dates specified (November 15 – 17). You are expected to participate for the entire duration of the trip.
- Applications are for individuals, there are no group or couple application form. Every person must fill out the application form.
- Round trip airfare and ground transportation to Jerusalem will be covered. Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific flight, flight time, or routing.
- Ground transportation and activities on the press trip will be covered. Gratuities, personal purchases, and any items not included on the itinerary will be an individual expense.
- Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Please fill out the application form HERE. The application process will close on October 12th 2016 at midnight Pacific Time. Selected participants will be notified the following week.