Defiance Travel Journal Day 11: Monday Jan. 7th 2013, Old City of Jerusalem

Defiance Travel Journal Day 11: Monday Jan. 7th 2013, Old City of Jerusalem

Our big day in Jerusalem included a visit to the David Citadel Museum and a tour around some ruins in the Old City of Jerusalem. We continued our walk around the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and ended up at the Kotel, or the Western Wall. This famous site was rich in Jewish culture and heritage and in spite of severe weather conditions we had a rich experience soaking up the Jerusalem spirit. We ate delicious schwarma in the local shops and cafes and window shopped at the beautiful Judaica.

After strolling in the rainy windy streets of the Old City, we made our way to the Taglit Birthright Mega-Event held at the local Jerusalem Convention Center. The pre-event featured vendors and organizations offering ways to access Israel beyond the Birthright experience. The night continued with an inspiring speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, honoring the Birthright program as well as its participants- the future of Israeli culture and international relations. Famous Israeli singers brought the evening to a close with songs written in Israeli and Birthright spirit. We were definitely given a warm Israeli welcome full of lights, camera, and action!!