For full impact click on the photo and read the writing on the wall.
It's a good thing that the inscription on this building is safely hidden behind a tall stone wall, a sliding metal gate, and a security guard. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood is just a block away.
What the historical building plaque posted outside the wall says is rather tame and lackluster in comparison, pointedly.
The English Mission Hospital was completed in 1897 and the doctors served all the different peoples of Jerusalem. The rabbis were dead-set against any Jew entering the doors of a Christian hospital.
But since the early 1960s the Anglican International School Jerusalem is housed here.
The school cat who came right over for a cuddle shows just how friendly the atmosphere is.
The place is old and beautiful. For their 100th anniversary the stones were cleaned with sandblasting.
The school has grades K-12, all taught in English. The student body is made up of 20-25% Palestinians, a handful of Jews, and the rest from the consular corps.
Speaking of foreign diplomatic families . . . this is especially for blog-buddy Catherine Mark-Beasant who writes about her years at the Anglican School decades ago in this interesting and touching post.
The sundial quotes the Song of Songs in the Bible: "Until the day break and the shadows flee away."
And some shadows did flee away during the ten weeks I participated in a weekly Slim Peace group in this classroom behind the arch. All women. A few Arabs, a few Jews, a nun, a nutritionist, a facilitator, and a film-maker. Ostensibly coming together to discuss better nutrition and healthier living, but much more than that.
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