The Missionary Who Built Jerusalem’s Ultra-Orthodox Neighborhood
For 50 years, Christian missionary Konrad Schick worked selflessly for the good of Jerusalem and its citizens.
When Konrad Schick arrived in Jerusalem he never could have imagined that he would design the neighborhood that would become home to Jerusalem’s most exclusive and sequestered ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Born in southern Germany, Schick was sent in 1846 at the age of 24 to Jerusalem by a Swiss Protestant Church organization to be a missionary in the Holy Land. The plan was to set up “brotherhoods” of Christian communities from Jerusalem all the way down to Ethiopia and across North Africa. Schick soon became more interested in the archeology and architecture of the Holy City, Jerusalem, than the mission. …