Jerusalem: The Expe­ri­en­tial Guidebook

Tali Kaplin­s­ki Tarlow
  • Review
By – August 6, 2018

Any­one plan­ning a tour of Jerusalem is in for a spe­cial expe­ri­ence with this unique resource in hand. This is more than a guide­book; it’s an inter­ac­tive pro­gram filled with cre­ative ideas to max­i­mize enjoy­ment and learn­ing while explor­ing a time­less, fas­ci­nat­ing city. There is plen­ty of back­ground infor­ma­tion — as well as a list of sug­ges­tions for what to see — but what makes this dif­fer­ent than a tra­di­tion­al city guide is the per­son­al­ized, inter­ac­tive com­po­nent. There are role-play­ing sug­ges­tions, which offer a vari­ety of view­points and are fun to play.” These add depth to the tour­ing and learn­ing expe­ri­ence. In addi­tion, the work­book aspect active­ly engages the read­er. It pro­vides space to fill in per­son­al details, record thoughts, and add pho­tographs. Bib­li­cal quotes, fun facts, fol­low-up projects, and col­or­ful pho­tographs are includ­ed. Thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tions about what the trav­el­er has seen, with spaces to write the answers for lat­er ref­er­ence, will help keep mem­o­ries of this spe­cial trip alive. This is all designed to help trav­el­ers think deeply about the sites vis­it­ed rather than sim­ply view­ing them. A pock­et on the back cov­er con­tains a book of maps, a game, a pic­ture pack” with thumb­nail pho­tos to help the trav­el­er focus on and search for the orig­i­nal sites as she or he roams the city and explores.

This is a delight­ful and mean­ing­ful way to learn about some of the renowned Jerusalem tourist areas. Use of this guide will lead to a spe­cial trip which will be remem­bered for a lifetime.

Rec­om­mend­ed for fam­i­lies with chil­dren of all ages.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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