Jerusalem 1000: Nov 30th – Dec 2nd 2023

Jerusalem 1000: A Historical and Cultural Summit

Millennial Ethos of Service

In 1023 AD traders from the Italian Amalfi coast took charge of a hospice in Jerusalem. Through their work and service they laid the foundations for the Johannine Orders which grew and now flourish, providing hope and care to countless millions of people across the world.

This year we reflect on our common ethos which stretches back over a thousand years, and which lies at the very heart of the Orders of St John.

We extend a warm welcome to All, and hope you can join us in Jerusalem for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

A Thousand Years of Service

A brief history of the origins of the Hospice in Jerusalem


Note, guest are responsible for their own transport to, and within, Jerusalem.

Guests will also make their own accommodation arrangements. A list of proposed hotels is given below. 


Day 1 (Thursday November 30th, 2023)

We meet for a welcome and orientation meeting at 1000 am in St George’s Guesthouse and Cathedral, Jerusalem. The Summit group convenes for a morning of discussion groups and lectures on the history, culture, and ethos of St John.

In the afternoon there will be a Service of Rededication led by the Revd. Canon Nicholas T Porter, joined by the Archbishop of Jerusalem. This will be followed by a light dinner in the Guesthouse grounds.


Day 2 (Friday December 1st) and Day 3 (Saturday December 2nd)

The Old City  ~  The Eye Hospital of St John

Due to anticipated delegate numbers (approximately 100 – 110), the Summit delegates will be divided into two groups.

On the first day, the first group will spend a day in the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, with a welcome address followed by modular visits in divided groups across the Hospital (themes including Outreach activities, research, hospital strategy, work in Gaza, and our local cuisine). The second group will be treated to an exclusive visit to the Old City of Jerusalem with experienced guides. 

On the second day, the activities of the two groups are reversed, such that all Summit delegates see the Old City and visit the Eye Hospital.

On each day, lunch is provided (either in the Muristan Peace Garden in the Old City, or in the Eye Hospital)


Day 3 (Saturday December 2nd) 

A special evening reception will be held in the Eye Hospital, followed by a Gala Diner in the Ambassador Hotel

Dress: Black Tie with Decorations
Carriages at 2300


SUNDAY December 3rd will be free 


A maximum of 100 ‘Jerusalem 1000’ tickets will be issued
A book on the history of the Hospital in Jerusalem, and other commemorative millennial items, will be available to all Delegates

Full Summit ‘Early bird’ ticket £560 
(Rising to standard rate £600 from August 1st 2023)

Gala Dinner-only tickets available for local supporters
Student tickets available

For any further information, please email info@SOA.Global


Guests are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
The suggestions below are all within a 10 – 15 minute walk of both the Eye Hospital, and the Old City.

Our top 3 hotels are:

The Ambassador Hotel

(Most guests will stay here – please indicate that you are with St John for any available discount)

The American Colony Hotel

St George’s Guesthouse


Other good local hotels include

The Legacy Hotel

The Grand Court Hotel

The Olive Tree Hotel

On behalf of the Jerusalem 1000 Organising Committee