Tours

"Your precious work makes me a little bit more optimistic about the future of this land. "
"Our time with Ir Amim gave us an immense amount of insight and thought-provoking material through which to view Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a whole new light and we are truly grateful to [our tour guide] for his time, patience and for the engaging dialogue we had with him. "
"I just wanted to thank your organization for putting on such an interesting tour of East Jerusalem today. Your guide was excellent and very balanced in his approach to the complicated issues surrounding Jerusalem. "
"It was an eye opening experience, especially since I lived in Jerusalem for one year, within walking distance of East Jerusalem and was oblivious of its existence. The commentary was intelligent and highly informative. "
"I really want to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to participate on the Ir Amim tour today. It was an incredible experience. I have been on a number of tours and programming initiatives related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (ranging from extreme right-wing to extreme left-wing) and I consider this to have been my best experience. "
"     As a former resident of Jerusalem (in the 80s) I am often discouraged by the changes I see happening, but hearing about some of the very important work Ir Amim is doing gives me a ray of hope that things can change for the better once again. I will try to keep hopeful. "
" My husband and I are so glad  we had the opportunity to join this tour and the guide was fabulous - informative, engaging, and so open to questions and discussion of the difficult issues presented. Being able to see some of the regions of Jerusalem particularly impacted by Israeli policy and security concerns - especially the separation barrier - really drove home how these changes are affecting both sides of the divide, for better and worse. "
"This was one of the highlights of my Israel vacation. the instructor is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. I learned so much from the 3 hours with him. Please pass on my praise and thanks to him.   ...   "For anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the Israeli/Palestine issues and to appreciate some of the complexities involved your tours are excellent." "
" You think you know a lot about Jerusalem but I was in places that are 15 minutes from where I used to live [Rehavia] and had never been to. "
Ir Amim leads study tours of Jerusalem to introduce participants to the social, economic and political issues impacting life in the city for its multiple religious, cultural and national groups as well as Jerusalem’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The tour route runs through East Jerusalem neighborhoods and utilizes key observation points to provide context for understanding how developing facts on the ground impact the future of a secure, democratic Israeli state. Participants learn about the formation of the city’s borders, the impacts of building and construction and other policies influencing both daily life in the city and its political future: socio-economic disparities between east and west Jerusalem; security, political and humanitarian consequences of the Separation Barrier; and the geo-political ramifications of settlement building, road construction, national parks and touristic settlement.

Tour participation requires advance registration and a small participation fee. To register, click on one of the upcoming tours below. Participation is restricted to ages 18 and above. The tour is approximately 4 hours and conducted via bus with stops at key observation points. For private tours, please contact: studytours@ir-amim.org.il

Group Tours

Ir-Amim organizes group tours year-round for a diversity of groups: university students, educators, students of seminaries and pre-army mechinot, youth movement alumni, professional groups, public officials, diplomats, Jewish groups from abroad, and others.  

Tours are coordinated with the group and adjusted to its needs. Other activities, such as discussion of tour themes and viewing of the film Jerusalem Moments, may also be incorporated into the tour    

To coordinate a tour please contact studytours@ir-amim.org.il.