Jerusalem Fifth Quarter

If you are wandering along cobbled, narrow Habad Street -- the artery of the ancient Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City --  you'll pass two glass doors that lead into a cavernous gallery space. Welcome to the Fifth Quarter, an artisan collective where at any moment you might see a young scribe and pen hunched over a desk writing scrolls for mezuzahs, or a weaver at a loom making tallitot. The space is overseen by Yehuda Kremer, a thoughtful observant Jew who created this studio space "for people who come to Jerusalem looking for spirituality to connect."

Yehuda grew up in the Old City. He wanted a place "to mix Judaism and art -- where you can learn about Judaism through its art."  Currently there are six artisans working on the premises of the Fifth Quarter in various mediums, from mosaics to painting. Fig Tree & Vine's curated collection includes Jerusalem stone mezuzahs, and mezuzah scrolls (or "klafs") handwritten on parchment by scribes adhering to the strictest standards of correctness. Each scroll is checked for errors and is certified kosher. 

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