We, the Sisters and the Brothers of Notre Dame de Sion (Our Lady of Sion) have a long tradition of welcoming people to our monastery in Ein Kerem. People have been coming here since 1861, when Alphonse Ratisbonne opened the house. Today it is the home of Apostolic and Contemplative Sisters, Brothers and Associates of Notre Dame de Sion, as well as the Sisters’ International Novitiate. Here we continue this ministry of hospitality, witnessed so beautifully in the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, as we welcome local and international guests in a spirit of acceptance, inclusiveness and collaboration with Christians, Jews and Muslims. At the heart of the Congregation’s work is its relationship with the Jewish people, whose story is linked with that of Christianity. The Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion uses the monastery to host regular international meetings, study, retreats and formation for its sisters, brothers and associates, as well as those who teach in its schools. Our community welcomes people of all nationalities, cultures and religions to our monastery and its gardens. We hope you will enjoy the beauty and the silence of the place and we wish you a pleasant and restful visit.