Founded in 1894, Yemin Moshe was an extension of Mishkenot Shananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the old city of Jerusalem. It was built by the Moshe Montefiorie fund, A British Jewish Banker who has purchased the land already in 1855. The neighborhood was characterized by single story stone-built homes with red bricks rooftops. It had two synagogue and a communal oven, and in cooperation with Mishkenot Shananim, it operated a windmill, a printing press, and a textile factory. In the 1920’s some 900 people lived in Yemin Moshe.
As a result of the 1948 war Yemin Moshe was abandoned, as it was too close to the Jordanian border, however after the re-unification of the city in 1967, Yemin Moshe was intensively restored and repopulated.
Touring in Yemin Moshe
Today Yemin Moshe is an upscale quaint neighborhood, known for its successful restoration, central location, and the panoramic views of the old city walls. Tourists are invited to stroll along its stone cobbled streets and appreciate its special beauty. It is also a short walk to Jaffa Gate and the Old City.
For a full appreciation of the site it is recommended to combine it in a guided day tour of Jerusalem.
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Bar-Mitzvah in Yemin Moshe
Yemin Moshe is also a good location for a Bar-Mitzvah ceremony, either in its Sepharadic or Ashkenazi synagogue. Both are over 100 years old and both deliver a special charm and spirituality.