Members of Lodge of Israel 1474 travel to Jerusalem for a twinning event with Holy City Lodge
On Sunday 20th March W Bro Eric Rymer, W Bro Mike Gold and W Bro Jonathan Gouldman representing the Lodge of Israel 1474 in Birmingham travelled to Jerusalem for a twinning event with Holy City Lodge No 4.
They flew from Birmingham to Frankfurt and after a short layover on to Ben Gurion Airport, Israel. Following a somewhat manic taxi journey to Jerusalem they arrived at their hotel, The Little House at Rechavia which was delightful and situated just to the rear of the Official residence of the President of Israel……so lots of security.
On Monday they walked round the city for hours and eventually found the Masonic meeting rooms where the twinning meeting was to be held that evening. It was not quite as expected and was in fact tucked away in a small building up an alleyway in the centre of the main shopping area.
The meeting was in fact, the installation meeting of Holy City and was attended by many Grand Officers from The Grand Lodge of the State of Israel.
The team were made very welcome from the outset and quickly made to feel very much “at home” in the Lodge room. The meeting commenced with an exchange of letters patent between the two lodges and an exchange of gifts. The Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Israel, W Bro Jonathan Gouldman, presented the installing Master, W Bro Asher Samuels with a suitably engraved miniature set of working tools and he reciprocated with Masonic plaques to commemorate the visit. Each member was also presented with Warwickshire lapel pins.
The installation of the new Master then took place and was similar in many respects to the installation ceremony in England, but with some interesting differences.
Following the meeting all walked to a local restaurant for an excellent festive board following which the usual toasts were made and received and W Bro Mike Gold, who was mainly responsible for arranging the trip, responded to the visitors toast.
It really was a fantastic experience and the visitors discussed the night’s events for some hours afterwards.
W Bro Michael Gold writes, “On Tuesday we arranged a tour of the Old City and were lucky enough to find an excellent guide who took us to The Mount of Olives from where you get a panoramic view of the Old City. He then walked us through, the Jewish, Muslim and Armenian Quarters of the city viewing on the way, King David’s Tomb, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The Room of the Last Supper and the Wailing Wall amongst much much more. It was a truly magical day.
“On Wednesday Eric & I went to the Israel Museum which was a short walk from our hotel through a large park and past the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. The museum is just phenomenal, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls and many displays from ancient Rome, Egypt etc. but the highlight was seeing the scale model of the Old City from the time of the Second Temple. The detail was incredible and it was easy to imagine “being there”
“On Thursday Eric & I caught a tour bus into the West Bank for a visit to Bethlehem and the Field of Boaz. The tour ended in Manger Square with a visit to the Church of the Nativity.
“We flew home on Friday via Zurich tired but buzzing with some great memories. These are just the highlights of a wonderful trip and an historic event in the life of our Lodge. We hope to exchange more visits in the near future with Holy City Lodge and look forward to hosting them in Birmingham in 2017/8.”