Summer is Over?

Most of the American visitors have returned to the cold, wet Northeast,             IMG_1995                                     

the winter legislative session in the Knesset began last week,

university students finally have returned to class,

and we have a heat wave!





With no beach nearby, what do people in Jerusalem do to cool off if they cannot get out of town?


 1. Since many of these old buildings have no air conditioning, people open their windows, put on a fan and try not to move.                                                                                               



 2. If they are lucky enough to have a porch,IMG_1985

             no matter how small,

             Jerusalemites  sit on porches,  

             talking, eating, maybe reading.    





3.  Or they go outside, try to find some shade and hope for a breeze.


 One of the most popular of Jerusalem’s few open green spaces is Gan Sacher…IMG_0253

pronounced “soccer”, sometimes people even do play the sport,

 but as with many places in Jerusalem, it is named for the

family who donated the money to develop it.








 Gan Sacher is often crowded,IMG_0250









 but not always.                                                                                   



  Jerusalem’s parks are free and open to the public.


 Family outings and “mangals”,  BBQ in the United  States,

 “barbie” in  Australia,                                                                                                          



             can be elaborate








                or extremely simple





Soon all the smoke will fade to a memory,  the weather will turn…and we will begin to complain how cold it is! 

 If there is snow this winter…. most of the country will try to get to Gan Sacher before it melts.

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