Entire neighborhood behind one door in the Old City of Jerusalem

10 families, 100 kids, 70 students, a yeshiva, and a synagogue - all tucked away in a hidden Jewish neighborhood in the Christian Quarter.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rebuilding properties in eastern Jerusalem
Rebuilding properties in eastern Jerusalem
Ateret Cohanim

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Arutz Sheva together with Ateret Cohanim, are presenting a special project highlighting the renewal of Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, including in the Old City and the village of Shiloah.

The latest episode takes us to what some call the “hidden” Jewish neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Naot David, located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, is home to 10 families with roughly 100 children, and a thriving yeshiva with some 70 to 80 students.

What makes Naot David unique is that the entire ‘neighborhood’ is located behind one door and up a flight of stairs.

Located in the Muristan complex of the Christian Quarter, Naot David is housed entirely in a large building which previously housed the Saint John’s Hospice of the Old City.

Built in the shadow of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the structure which now houses Naot David is technically owned by the Greek Orthodox Church, but rights for its use were purchased by Ateret Cohanim in the 1990s for some 3.6 million shekels, some $950,000 at the time.

Past an innocuous door on a street in the Muristan, one can find a thriving Jewish community in the heart of a predominantly Arab area. Naot David’s synagogue, synagogue, and close to 200 people – families and yeshiva students – all share the building; a self-contained community.

For more details about Ateret Cohanim's activities and to join the “Building Jerusalem Together” project, click here.