The heat wave is over, normal summer weather has returned.

Now it is just plain hot, but unlike Moscow,

we can open our windows at night for a breeze.

Not having rain does not seem so bad either,

compared to the severe flooding in much of the world.

In all weather though, sheputzim, renovations, are a part of life in Jerusalem.

  Whether it is an old apartment being gutted and redone by new owners,

or an old house being enlarged

      or a new floor or two added on top of an old building,

someone is always sheputzing.

 The noise and dust of drills and hammers working on stone often fill the air.

     Change seems everywhere… 

 The area close to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate has experienced some  drastic changes.

   Across from recently completed Mamilla Mall,

the Waldorf Astoria construction is finally above ground.

The area between these construction sites and

Gan Haatzmaut, Independence Park was in need of a sheputz.


November 5, 2009 


August 10, 2010 

    August 11, 2010 

   The land is now clear, cleaned of everything except for a few trees.


At the other end of the road,

near the fence where the Museum of Tolerance is being excavated,

     on June 6, 2010 a man was smoothing fresh cement.

Construction bags were near by.


  August 10, 2010  large sheputzim bags

were at the other end of the old Muslim cemetery.

Fresh new stones

seem to be everywhere.

What a sheputz, 

 from one end to the other it is hard to find any litter.

 Now Agron Street leading to Mamilla Mall has a new look.

Could it be that the “clean up building material” signs in the city are working?


August 13, 2010

Seems that over 300 of the new tombstones were fake and have been removed.

0 thoughts on “Sheputzim

  • August 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Great stuff as usual, thanks. Imagine what it will be like when they finally fix Rechov Yaffa, hehehe

  • August 20, 2010 at 3:10 am

    It is incredible how far the audacity of the Arab population/part of the government is that they can construct 300 fresh new tombstones in “downtown” freely (how did they get the permit from the Iriya – we’ve been trying for 10 years?)!!!!


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