Jerusalem: a City of Three Faiths with Ronen Gurievsky - Context Travel

Jerusalem: a City of Three Faiths with Ronen Gurievsky

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This conversation focuses on the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the most significant of religious world centers. With a local expert, we’ll explore virtually the history of three religions and how all of their religious traditions interweave with the space of Jerusalem.

We’ll begin by looking at Jewish Jerusalem and the Jewish tradition, discussing events such as the world’s creation, the binding of Isaac, and fighting at the hands of King David to the Romans. We’ll talk about Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem for example the Western Wall before we move on to discussing Jerusalem and the Christian tradition. We’ll discuss Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem and Palm Sunday as well as sites such as Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Room of the Last Supper.

We’ll move on to discuss a third religion connected to Jerusalem, Islam. Jerusalem is considered the third holiest city in Islam after Mecca and Medina, playing a crucial role in Islamic tradition. We’ll discuss Prophet Muhammad, the defeat of Jerusalem by the Byzantines in 639 AD, and the creation of the Dome of the Rock. We’ll finish up with a brief discussion on Jerusalem today and how these religions coexist together in the Israeli capital.

Led by a local expert and tour guide in Israel, Ronen Gurievsky, this interactive seminar will explore the multi-faith city of Jerusalem. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the traditions relating to Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Jerusalem.

Ronen always loved traveling and the outdoors as he was growing up in Israel. After graduating high school, he volunteered on a kibbutz in the south of the country for a year. Once drafted into the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), he served in an airborne infantry unit; Ronen is still active in the reserves. A native-born Israeli, Ronen has always been passionate about the rich, complex history the country has to offer. He focused his education on Israel studies at Haifa University. Ronen has been working as a guide since 2006. To further his passion, he guides in eastern Europe as well. His primary interests, shaped by the region in which he grew up, are religion, geopolitics, history, agro-tech, and business.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.