Hot News and Not News

The World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency meetings

 brought delegates from around the world together in Jerusalem.

The High Court rulings against Emmanuel School parents brought 100,000 protesters.

 High temperatures resulted in record electric usage and fires outside of Jerusalem.


Summertime favorite Gan Sacher was nearly deserted in the heat,

but as the sun was setting,

 strong afternoon winds finally brought temperatures down

and visitors returned to the streets.


An official Israeli government limousine took Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann

and his entourage through the center of town in a loud procession.

On  Jaffa Street

traffic was light and the pavement hot.

In nearby Safra Square












is very hot.

As a few people shot baskets during the day, 

 a group of people filed by on their way to the entrance of the city government building.

 Only a few of the people passed security and made it to the entrance of the Mayor’s office

to personally protest the closing of the Ulpan HaOleh, Hebrew language school for new citizens.

Protesters went to one of the Deputy Mayor’s offices,

where they found Pepe Allou.

City hall is not interested in the ulpan or in new olim, new citizens.

While the demolition of 22 illegal homes is international hot news,

the end of an important educational system to thousands of people is not news.

After months of ignored letters, emails, and phone calls,

water was offered to those people locked out of the Mayor’s office. To cool things off?

Hot and Busy

While it is hard to avoid the Flotilla and Dubai-related news headlines,

the real Jerusalem streets are hot and busy.

Across the city, proud families pack in hot,

crowded rooms to watch end-of-year school performances,

and graduations from all levels of education crowd the calendar.

School is out soon, and parents are busy organizing the children for summer activities.

  Want to forget the heat at the beach?

A new beach opened

in Jerusalem in the Liberty Bell Park.

Beach is hof yam in Hebrew, this volleyball court may have sand,

but there is no water in sight.  To get away from the heat,

 these kids seem to have found a better solution.

The streets are filled with kids out of school

and tourists and visitors.

 A regular scene at the Kotel, the Western Wall, but especially this season

is a bride and groom coming for photos

where total strangers normally join in the celebration.

Traditional Jewish weddings include the breaking of a glass

to remember Jerusalem.

Monday morning a police officer was killed by terrorists in an ambush

not far from Jerusalem. He was to be married in September.

Instead of wedding arrangements, the family had to arrange a funeral.

The international media may have been too busy to pay much attention,

 but Shuki Sofer will be remembered,

in Jerusalem strangers come together in celebration and in mourning.