Jerusalem 3000 will commemorate three millenniums of city's history Celebration: 'Event of the centuries' is to be held this weekend in Northwest Baltimore.

June 07, 1996|By Alex Gordon | Alex Gordon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

This Sunday, the road to Jerusalem will lead through three blocks of Park Heights Avenue.

As part of the Jerusalem 3000 celebration this weekend -- commemorating the three millenniums since the city's founding -- Drew Miller, a local set designer, has designed two scale model gates as architectural bookends to the festival.

"Jerusalem is so unique, and the ancient gates are a way to take people over to Jerusalem," said Jon H. Levinson, local co-chairman of the Jerusalem 3000 event.

Miller spent more than three months designing his re-creation of Jerusalem's ancient gates and led a 12-member team of carpenters, painters and sculptors in constructing the two 20-by-30-foot gates and a 10-by-20-foot Western Wall. The team used photos of Jerusalem and its stone walls as references for design and construction. To make the gates portable, the team used wood panels and painted them to look like stone.

The gates will stand on each end of the three blocks between Northern Parkway and Glen Avenue, and will welcome an expected 30,000 visitors into a re-created city.

"The gates and their arches have to be an effective first impression to set the mood for the spirit of the festival," Miller said.

Billed as "the event of the centuries," the Jerusalem 3000 celebration -- sponsored primarily by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and its agencies -- marks the 3,000 years since King David proclaimed Jerusalem the capital of ancient Israel.

The Baltimore festival is part of this year's worldwide celebration the anniversary.

The daylong festival will include klezmer music and dancing, ethnic foods, crafts, a shuk (an Israeli marketplace) and educational activities.

"My goal for the day is to bring the entire Baltimore community together and for [the visitors] to learn something about Jerusalem and Judaism," said Leslie K. Pomerantz, local staff coordinator of Jerusalem 3000.

Jerusalem 3000 will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in and around the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Park Heights Avenue will be closed between Northern Parkway and Glen Avenue from midnight tomorrow through 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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