Garo Nalbandian

ON THE COVER: Jerusalem’s craggy hills explode in spring in a dazzling display of wild red flowers—poppies, anemones, ranunculus and a little flower known popularly as the Blood of the Maccabees.

The golden Dome of the Rock, dimmed by mist, overlooks the Old City where the quiet past and the bustling present intermingle. Excavation, restoration, preservation—activities of a city which cherishes its past—are subjects of articles in this issue dedicated to Jerusalem.