Commonly referred to as “The Holy City” and set high in the Judean Mountains, Jerusalem is a world heritage city with a thoroughly modern spirit. It has been the center of Jewish history and life for over three millennia and continues to define the character of modern Israel today.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Israel’s largest city, Jerusalem, is also one of the most evocative locations in the world. The glow of the sunset on the honey-colored Jerusalem stone as well as the dazzling, golden Dome of the Rock, are iconic images known across the globe.
A city holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, Jerusalem is the religious and historical epicenter of the world, as well as Israel’s capital. It is also home to a diverse population of university students, young professionals, and families. The city boasts Israel’s second-oldest university, The Hebrew University. As one of the world’s top-100 universities, it attracts students from all over the world.
At the center of Jerusalem is the Old City with its four quarters – one each for the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian faiths. The Old City is overflowing with character and history, hemmed in by ancient walls and containing delicate arches, hidden courtyards, and narrow cobblestone alleyways beckoning you back in time. The streets are crowded with travelers, pilgrims, and vendors of everything from tourist trinkets and leather sandals to fresh produce and embroidered fabrics. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the intense colors and aromas of its spices, flowers, and food.
At the same time, it is surprisingly modern – home to Israel’s national government, leading high tech startups, and a center for Jewish thought and learning. You’ll be delighted by the city’s quaint neighborhoods filled with world-class restaurants, vibrant markets, and social gathering places in both well-known and tucked-away places. During the day, the Machane Yehuda outdoor market bustles with locals and tourists alike. At night, its streets overflow with people eating and drinking at one of its many bars or eateries.
Living in Jerusalem is an opportunity unto itself. No city in world rivals Jerusalem’s rich history and beauty. And no city in the world inspires a sense of devotion quite like Jerusalem. You truly have to live here to understand why Jerusalem is considered the city of gold.
WHERE IT’S LOCATED
Jerusalem is located in the very center of Israel. To the east is the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. To the west is Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Coast. Buses and trains connect Jerusalem to everywhere you need to get to in Israel.
Jerusalem’s accommodations allow for MITF Fellows to fully immerse themselves in the culture and wonder of the city. The building consists of individual apartment with fully stocked kitchenettes and comfortable living rooms – great spaces for fun nights and Shabbat dinners with your cohort! Additional apartment details:
- 2 people per room
- Fully furnished living space and kitchen
- Wifi and air conditioning
- Shared washing machines
- Single rooms typically available for extra charge
KNOWN FOR: A city holy to three faiths and the capital of ancient and modern Israel
FUN FACT: Named by TIME MAGAZINE as one of the world’s top emerging cities for technical startups.
WHAT’S IN A NAME: The city has had many names in it’s 6,000 years. It’s current name – Jerusalem – can be translated to “complete awe”
LOCATION IN ISRAEL
Masa ISRAEL TEACHING FELLOWS
AGES 21-35 | 10 MONTHS
Teach English on this highly rewarding program with a generous stipend. You’ll pick up new skills and connect with Israeli society in meaningful ways.