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(L-R) Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirwis attend a tree-planting ceremony at the official Israeli Presidential Residence on January 23, 2020.

President Rivlin has invited viewers to a virtual tour of Beit HaNasi, the President’s Official Residence in Jerusalem, and especially the Visitors’ Center, in light of the Health Ministry’s recent coronavirus guidelines.

“Find time to join us in Jerusalem and visit Beit HaNasi with its rich and fascinating history,” the president said in his invitation.

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“Every year, tens of thousands of people have come to visit, he said, “but because of the coronavirus outbreak the tours have been suspended.”

Every week a different part of the tour will be uploaded to the president’s social media accounts.

Director-General of Beit HaNasi Harel Toubi said, “We have created the virtual tour for kids and families stuck at home, but it is no substitute for the real thing. Enjoy the virtual tour, but don’t forget: when things get back to normal, come on a real tour with the visitors’ center at Beit HaNasi.”

“On the first tour, visitors will hear about the history of building Beit HaNasi and will visit the Avenue of the Presidents in the gardens.

In the next tour, we will see the ceremonial spaces in Beit HaNasi, looking at its history, the personal stories and see the art and the archaeology on display.

The third tour will focus on the famous gardens of Beit HaNasi, where the president holds the annual “All Israel from Jerusalem” ceremony, where 120 outstanding IDF soldiers are honored on Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

It will include the Avenue of the Leaders, trees planted over the years by global leaders on their visits over the years, including HRH The Prince of Wales, US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, and the tree planted in memory of the president’s late wife, Nechama Rivlin ז”ל.

Some 100,000 visitors have explored the Residence since the official opening of the Visitors’ Center in the second year of Rivlin’s presidency.

The tours will be posted on the president’s social media channels:

· YouTube: youtube.com/user/PresidentRivlin

· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReuvenRivlin/

· Instagram: @presidentruvi, https://instagram.com/presidentruvi

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.