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Russian Language Program: The Temple in Jerusalem with Mikhail "Misha" Korol

  • Jeiwsh Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy.

This presentation will be dedicated to the Jewish “spiritual core,” explaining the significance of the Temple in Jerusalem for the Jewish people at different stages of its development. Celebrated scholar and Jerusalem tour guide Misha Korol will offer a brief history of the First and Second Temples and of the Temple’s influence on world culture. He will discuss archaeological excavations, discoveries, and riddles, including the paradoxes of the Herodian buildings. And finally, he will discuss the current state of the supporting walls of the Temple Mount, which were brought to light by the incident in July 2018 when a large stone block fell from the Western Wall. The lecture will be accompanied by a slide show.

Misha Korol was born in 1961 in Leningrad, and has been based in Jerusalem since 1990. He has taught at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, and trains tour guides for Israel’s Department of Tourism. One of the most popular Russian-speaking tour guides in Israel, he is the founder of the Theater School Tour Guides, also known as a local history workshop "Paths of our heritage." He is the author of several guidebooks on Jerusalem and the only monograph in Russian dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In 2017 he published the book The Encyclopedia of Biblical Animals, putting together the historical, cultural and naturalistic aspects of studying the Bible.

Co-presented by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. JCF works to protect and enhance Jewish life by caring for those in need, strengthening and securing the safety of the Jewish people, and fostering Jewish renaissance at home and in Israel and other countries.