Snow in Jerusalem

I have waited for snow and snow pictures for so long,

snow in Jerusalem

 it seems that everyone wants to see Jerusalem covered in snow.

snow  Israel Museum

After several recent failed predictions…finally on Friday morning 

snow was coming down hard enough to obscure the Israel Museum.

Nachalot, snow on roof

The red roofs of the Nahalot neighborhood were covered with white.

Knesset in the snow

The Knesset high grounds were coated with a little bit of snow.

Taxi companies did not answer their phones

and the buses stopped running.

water on steps

Icy water tumbled down steps like waterfalls.

 (Sorry I did not use video for this one as the sound was incredible).


Around Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, police came to direct the traffic, 

as hundreds of people came out for the white stuff.

cotton candy machine

White cotton candy sold near the entrance was popular, 

snow, snowman

but it was the snow that attracted the crowd.

small snowman

It was a chance to build 

boys making snowman

a snowman in the center of Jerusalem.

snow in park

OK, Gan Sacher is not the same as the Golan Heights, but


 kids of all ages managed to slide down the wet grass on makeshift sleds.

child splashing in puddles, flooding in Jerusalem

Children could not play in the flooded playground,

but they had a great time splashing in puddles.

flooded sidewalk

Walking was difficult and dangerous for everyone.


The finish line for the Jerusalem Marathon, as seen in the background,

was a soggy mess, but people were smiling for pictures.

Others were happy to put a plastic bag over their hat and go for a walk.

Palestinian family in Israel

All around Gan Sacher, people were happy for snow in Jerusalem. 

9 thoughts on “Snow in Jerusalem

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I live about an hour away from Hermon but cleverly sent the children with their friends to the snow in the North. while we stayed snug and warm at home. Did you see the traffic jams? Everyone is always so happy to see the snow – such a small act of nature to make us all so happy.

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I had to walk, it was impossible to call a taxi or get a bus. Walking was hard, but the only way to get around. When I saw the snow, well….not exactly a blizzard, but what a crowd pleaser anyway…and then it started to rain AGAIN.

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you for the photos of snow in Jerusalem! That last snowman is quite remarkable.

    Snow where I live on the Southern California coast is even more rare than in Jerusalem but I recall a day way back in the 1960’s when it actually snowed! Even less than you got on Friday, but it was quite a thrill nonetheless. We were all in school and they let us go outside to see the snow.

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    We love all news of Yerushalayim – and the snow news is the best. Our grandchildren played in the snow and were very excited. Now we can see it for ourselves. Thank you and a freilichen Purim!

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

    So apparently this year Yerushalayim is the place to be over New York even for the snow 🙂

    • March 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Seems Jerusalem even wins over Boston for amount of snow. Sun is out today and it is warming up. Time to get ready for Purim…and Pesach!

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