getting to know Jerusalem

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We would like to offer you a few ways you can get to explore the city and meet the unique people that lives in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a city that combines many cultural opportunities and keeps her ancient roots while she tries to become modern. It is a place that means something to everyone, and therefor has something for everyone.

In the attached link you can find all the information you need regarding visiting the city, from cultural events to recommended venues, tours and cafes (P.73).


#1 Meet new people

Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers! In general, people know English and if you are not too shy you can start developing friendships in no time. 


#2 Attend Hebrew, Arabic & ancient languages courses

Hebrew and Arabic lessons are available for you once the academic year starts, in our building! 

Furthermore, there are many cultural institutes in Jerusalem that you can apply in order to absorb the many cultural traditions the city has to offer.
For example: "Polis" – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities is a non-profit academic institution based in Jerusalem, Israel. It was founded in 2011 by an international group of scholars who aimed at a renewal of the humanities through the study of Western and Eastern cultural sources. 


#3 Go out! Check out Hamifal & other cool places

Jerusalem’s arts scene has proven its power - art and culture offers meaning and beauty to daily life, and Jerusalem’s ever-expanding cultural landscape proudly features the avant-garde alongside its treasures of antiquity. Check out places like Hamifal -“The Factory,” is an art project that turned an abandoned building in central Jerusalem into a temporary cultural hub and a public home for creativity. Alongside the contemporary institutes, we would like to offer you to visit the old city era and to absurd the magnificent environment. While being there check out ancient art at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum which situated in a magnificent white limestone edifice in East Jerusalem, houses the extraordinary collection of antiquities unearthed in excavations conducted in the country mainly during the time of the British Mandate (1919-1948).


#4 Buy a bike

Although Jerusalem known due to her mountains breeze and topography, it also offers different way to explore the city by travelling all the neighborhoods and the old roads via bike lane. The bike lane opened at the beginning of 2013 and consists as of today of almost 10 km of paved bike lanes inside Jerusalem. The lane continues onto off road paths that will take you through the beautiful mountains surrounding Jerusalem.


#5 Surviving in Israel on a tight budget

It is possible to live in Jerusalem on a tight budget. Jerusalem is cultural diverse city that offers so many potions. It is a city with fascinating sites and a place, which is great to explore whether you want to splash out on luxury or have a tighter budget. For example, you can enjoy delicious food and buy high quality products in the "Machane Yehuda" Market which being refer to as "HaShuk" and after a while or a few questions, you will know which places are your favorite ones.


#6 Talk to the neighboring scholars

At the Hebrew University, we have created a culture that values the involvement of dynamic, creative and dedicated researchers from the international academic community. We allocate significant funding and staff to attracting a broad variety of visiting professors, researchers and fellows. From answering initial questions handing applications, to matching researchers with colleagues at the university, to helping with the day-to-day logistics of living abroad, we invest substantial resources making your time here efficient, enjoyable and productive.