I am often asked how I decide what to write about.
Some weeks it is easy.
Last week was the funeral of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
The public is seldom invited into the Knesset Building,
so if you missed the last post check it out.
The problem is there is too much to do in the summer.
It is the Season of Culture in Jerusalem.
The Israel Museum’s popular new exhibit,
‘Chasidim, not all black and white’, has attracted thousands of visitors.
The Jerusalem Film Festival opened with a big event at the Sultan’s Pool.
Plus there were several professional music events held
in outdoor locations around Jerusalem that attracted thousands of fans.
But if you look around the Jerusalem streets as the summer starts,
you will find colorful hand-made signs.
They welcome crowds to end-of-school year events organized by
various Youth movements.
One group in the Talpiot neighborhood, after opening speeches,
featured a girls’ act with colorful hats and ties.
Of course, there were plenty of cameras on hand to record the show.
This Snif Ezra (chapter of the Ezra movement) was celebrating its 30th year,
and there were even more cameras poised for the boys’ turn to perform.
Boys on bicycles showed some of their dare-devil moves.
Mandatory at such an extravaganza are loud music,
a burning sign,
a power-point presentation,
and Israeli flags.
Countless hours of preparation went into this and other such evenings.
The choreography, costumes and music were suitable
for this far, far, far off-Broadway production.
One has to be impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication
of the youth group leaders and their young members.
Ok, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber do not have to worry
about any competition from here yet,
but from the energy and ideas of these young people and others
like Tzofim, Israeli scouts, will come future leaders.