TOPEKA -- Grace Episcopal's "A Walk Through Jerusalem," the interactive exhibit for all ages, will be concluding its popular run this Sunday, June 20th. The "Walk," presented through the cooperation of Temple Beth Sholom and Topeka Islamic Center, is free and open to the public at the church, located at 8th Avenue and Polk Street in the heart of Topeka.
The main features are seven structures fronted by authentic looking likenesses of the historic Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem, designed and painted by professional theatrical set designers in Boston.
Through each gate (Jaffa Gate, Lion's Gate, Zion Gate, New Gate, Dung Gate, Herod's and Damascus Gates) are interactive displays highlighting themes about the famed city, including its history, art, literature, archaeology, geography, faith traditions and ethnic origins and customs.
Developed by the Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston in 1993, its tours have shown broad appeal across religious and secular lines from pre-school through senior citizens. The event is very appropriate for children with a scavenger hunt, displays of native costumes, a shuk or marketplace, and an arts and crafts activity they can take home with them. Jerusalem art is also being shown at the Cathedral's Cloister Art Gallery, where the visitors enter.
Hours on the final days are 9:00 till 7:00 Thursday, (they're closed Friday) with the show resuming Saturday from 9:00 until 5:00, and 1:00 to 5:00pm on its closing day.
Funding for the "Walk" was provided in part by the Kanss Humanities Council.