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Modest clothing requested. Visitors should refrain from smoking,...

Modest clothing requested. Visitors should refrain from smoking, photography, driving, use of mobile phones or arriving in large groups.

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Mea Shearim is not a tourist attraction but a thriving ultra orthodox community. It is a cultural experience to just visit, observe and walk the streets. The community is made up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Howard P
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Jerusalem, Israel
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136 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

if you have never been to a jewish orthodox neighbourhood it is time to explore this world dress properly - in a modest manner and explore the shops restaurant and synagogues

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Charleston, South Carolina
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675 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Mea Shearim is not a tourist attraction but a thriving ultra orthodox community. It is a cultural experience to just visit, observe and walk the streets. The community is made up of many sects some of which are identified by the type of dress including the many styles of mens hats. It is a mix of modern and old. Cell... More 

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Jerusalem
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154 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

If you want a real "Jewish cuisine" experience while visiting the ultra orthodox neighbourhood try Deutsch restaurant on Mea Shearim St. Some would call it greasy. I enjoyed it. I had the chicken with stuffed kishke. Less than $10 for a main plus sides. Beed slightly more. Modest attire most recommended for walking around the neighbourhood

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Our guide a young Orthodox Jewish woman from the Mea She’arim neighbourhood met us at our hostel which was just across the road from this strictly Orthodox Jewish community, a whole world away from modern Jerusalem, it is also one of the oldest. I knew there were big signs on the walls for travellers entering this area to dress modestly,... More 

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Jurmala, Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

We travel with family (2 kids), we have very polite dress and yes - we got lost in this place. And not starring to people or take a photos - but already then some persons (ultra-ortodox jebrew) - spit very close our shoes! That was very very exotic!!! But after 4 days in Jerusalem - that was the most interesting... More 

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Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

This neighborhood is not very inviting to tourists. People watching is frowned upon in this area and the large signs let everyone know what the rules are for a visit. There are a number of shops that are of interest to those wanting Judaica, otherwise I would skip it.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

It is a good idea to dress in a covered manner in this neighborhood, out of respect for the residents. All sorts of Judaic items can be bought in this area, including books, jewelry, and olivewood items.

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

An Israeli acquaintance had suggested that I pass through the area if I had the chance, so I did. I ensured that I was dressed conservatively but I still attracted a lot of attention as I walked through. In hindsight, I may have been wrong to go and intrude on this ultra-orthodox way of life but my Israeli contact was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

Even though I have previously provided some thoughts on the Mea Shearim district under its other review site (#102 of 244) I thought that some further points might be of use. It is only after you have been to some areas many times that it dawns on you how interconnected they all are. If when one is at the main... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

This place has signs on their walls for modesty - especially in women - and they don't "allow" transportation through their neighborhood on Shabbat and Holidays.

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