Post-war reconstruction and conservation of the historic Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, 1967-1975

Bracha Slae*, Ruth Kark, Noam Shoval

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The aim of this paper is to examine post-war planning and reconstruction of the historic Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem from 1967 to 1975. It focuses on the role of conservation of cultural heritage in determining the quarter's character, on the interaction between 'top-down' national and municipal planning and grassroots initiatives, on deviations from planning and declared policies, and on historical and geographical factors affecting restoration. Public opinion, individual initiatives, and response to immediate needs were more decisive in determining the character of the reconstruction than much of the planning. Intentional and unanticipated spatial changes within the Jewish Quarter and in its relationships with surrounding areas had a particularly profound effect on its character.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-392
Number of pages24
JournalPlanning Perspectives
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Conservation
  • Grassroots
  • Heritage
  • Jewish quarter of Jerusalem
  • Post-war rehabilitation
  • Spatial changes
  • Urban fabric

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • City planning -- Israel -- Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem (Israel) -- History -- 1948-
  • Rovaʻ ha-Yehudi (Jerusalem, Israel)


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