NileGuide Expert tip:
The unmarked stairs to the rooftop are to the right of the exit from the room of the Last Supper.
After the Old city fell to the Arab legion in May 1948, Jordan occupied the Old City and denied access to the Jewish holy sites including the Western Wall. Mt Zion remained an Israeli enclave and between 1948-1967, when Jerusalem was reunited after the Six Day War, Jews would flock to the rooftop of the building containing David's Tomb to gaze longingly at the Temple Mount.
Israeli President Yitzhak Ben Zvi even established an "office" in a small room on the rooftop, where he would hold office hours once a week to maintain an official Israeli presence there.
Today, a retired Israeli army chaplain maintains the tradition, and opens up the President's office every Monday between 11 a.m-3 p.m. You'll get an explanation of the history of the place and the myriad of artifacts packed into the tiny space. The kindly chaplain will gladly light a candle for you and recite a blessing for your health, prosperity and success.