The Greek Colony - A Neighbourhood Guide

The Greek Colony is one of Jerusalem’s smallest neighbourhoods, being just a few small streets boxed in by Old Katamon, Katamonim and Baka.

Real Estate

The area is home to some great apartments and some beautiful houses. The streets of the Greek Colony (at least the internal ones, not the main streets that form its border) are generally leafy and quiet.

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History

The Greek Orthodox Church has deep connections with Jerusalem, with their ‘headquarters’ being the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. In the early 20th century, land and houses in the Old City was becoming scarce, and many communities that had for centuries remained within the walls began to look to neighbouring lands to expand. Several wealthy members of the Greek Orthodox Church purchased lands and members of the community settled there. The area is still home to the Greek Consulate (located on the corner of Rachel Imeinu and Tel Chai) as well as a Greek cultural center which hosts Greek festivals and classes in Greek folk dancing and language for locals. The Greek community is shrinking rapidly, and few Greek Orthodox residents remain in the area.

Community

The area also houses one of the area’s most popular modern orthodox communities - Ramban, noted for its forward attitude to the inclusion of women as far as is possible within the bounds of modern orthodoxy, having appointed the female equivalent of a Rabbi at the same level as their existing one (the idea being that there are many issues that she will be better qualified to rule on than a male rabbi). The area is also close to many others such as Nitzanim in Baka and Shira Chadasha in the German Colony. In addition to the religious communal organisations, as noted above, the Greek Colony is home to the Greek cultural center and is close by to the large community center on Emek Refaim which is host to public events such as Yom Hazikaron commemorations as well as concerts and activities such as after school clubs.

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