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Jerusalem’s Ecological Issues

Program Overview

SAMSUNG Participants will see and learn about environmental challenges and successes in the bustling metropolis that is modern Jerusalem. They will walk to various sites throughout the center of Jerusalem, such as community gardens, and the bird observatory, while passing developing public transportation projects, buildings, and learning of their impact.

Among the environmental successes of modern Jerusalem are the preservation of a forested ‘green belt’ around the city and the introduction of a light rail system in 2011. Yet, an array of environmental issues present significant challenges for residents of Jerusalem, from air pollution to species loss to urban sprawl. These will be touched on in conjunction with Jewish texts and values that offer insights into potential solutions for Jewish Learning in the Forest at Mitzpe Masuahow the Jewish people can live sustainably in the land of Israel in the 21st century.

Locations: Beginning near the central bus station and moving throughout the city, ending up at Jerusalem’s largest public park and green space, Sacher Park.

Time: Two hours, excluding travel time to and from site.

Basic Program Timetable:

0:00-0:20 Introduction;SAMSUNG
0:20-0:30 Walk past the developing high-speed railway station and luxury apartment complexes and learn about their expected impact on the city;
0:30-0:45 Visit the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, an urban haven for local and migratory birds;
0:45-1:00 Pass through the Jerusalem forest and learn about native and planted trees and their importance in the city;
1:00-1:30 Visit a recycling station and learn about the progress the city has made over the years. Then move to a local community garden;
1:30-2:00 Group learning and Interactive exploration in Sacher Park about Jewish texts relating to contemporary environmental challenges in Jerusalem.