The village of Ein Kerem, which was declared a neighborhood of Jerusalem when the city limits were extended, serves as one of the key tourism and culture areas in the city and is a magnet for lovers of culture and fine food.
Due to the unique character of the village, which has been preserved over the years, and its status as a holy place for Christianity due to the presence of Miriam’s Spring and the birthplace of John the Baptist, Ein Kerem attracts pilgrims from around the world. Over recent decades, a culinary scene has also developed in the village and boutique hotels have been established that integrate in the character of the village, which features narrow alleys, Arab stone houses, impressive churches, cafes, and restaurants.
In cooperation with the Ministry for Jerusalem and Heritage and the Ministry of Tourism, the JDA has initiated a strategic plan for the development and reinforcement of Ein Kerem as a culture and tourism center. The plan focuses mainly on a facelift for the main streets, including the installment of street furniture, landscaping, lighting, traffic and parking arrangements, signs, innovative design and branding, in cooperation with local businesses and residents.