Larry and Mindy לארי ומינדי

One lovely, crisp morning in December, we gave one of our Civil Rights Musical Lectures at the American Center in Jerusalem. Since we finished up there before noon, we decided to make a day of it, and pay a visit to one of the sites we had not yet had the privilege of seeing.

Our first stop though was lunch at our favorite Jerusalem vegan eatery – Village Green. They have a wonderful cold salad bar, a buffet of hot vegetable dishes, numerous quiches and soups, and yummy vegan and gluten free desserts.

With our tummies full and smiles on our faces, we proceeded to the Russian Compound to tour the Museum of Underground Prisoners. This place was riveting and creeeepy! The museum began as a Russian Women Pilgrims Hostel and was converted into a central prison during the British Mandate, where alongside criminals, hundreds of underground Jewish freedom fighters from the Hagana, Etzel, and Lehi were imprisoned.

At the site you can see and enter the numerous prison cells, the “escape room,” the synagogue cell, the solitary confinement cells, and the gallows. We were careful to vacate the premises before closing time, as that is not a place you want to find yourself mistakenly locked into! Well worth the visit.

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