Jerusalem Green and Accessible

Wow, did I make a mistake;

 I thought this was going to be a quiet week.

Israeli flag image

It began as the extra Israeli flags were taken down. 

(Make sure you did not miss all blue and white photos

from Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day in Jerusalem.)

Then came unseasonable, heavy rains and cold temperatures,

 it felt more like winter than spring.  

David Citadel Hotel rain

The doormen of the Citadel Hotel had out their large umbrella stand,

 it was not an easy time to stay either dry or warm.

 Then the rain finally stopped on Sunday evening and the sun came out,

and everything in Jerusalem turned green.

Image of Cool Globes, large world globe photo

First, I went to see the Cool Globes on exhibit near Jaffa Gate.

Large globe picture

These 18 large globes, each a unique work by a different artist, were

installed for Earth Day and will remain in place through the summer. 

Then I walked over to the YMCA for the opening of  the first

 International Jerusalem Symposium on Green & Accessible Pilgrimage.

There were way too many events and speakers to list here, but

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 Forsan Hussein, CEO of the Jerusalem International YMCA

welcomed the many international visitors to the city of Jerusalem.

official tourists with deputy mayor

 Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur, who started the green and accessible initiative, 

posed with Dr Jose Bernal-Stoop from Mexico on the left

and Count Phillippe Piccapiertra, 

the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

While there are always thousands of international visitors

who arrive in Jerusalem, Israel, daily, this

photo man with walking shoes.

 gentleman is the only one who I know who walked here from Sweden,

and I have to add that

WAlk for peace

 Nilsson Jorden, a Brother of the Military and Hospitaller Order

of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, has a great sense of humor too.

When I told him what I had written about him on the opening night

I was very relieved when he laughed.

I had not heard of this Order before, but their plan to make

  The Old City accessible to all by way of special scooters sounds amazing.

Many Interfaith sessions and discussions were held,

Black Imam with female rabbi

Imam Farid Ansari of the Muslim America Dawah Center of Rhode Island,

seen here with Rabbi Amy Levin, came in specially for this symposium.

Picture Green Pilgrim

There was such an ambitious program with so many initiatives and

progressive ideas to improve use of natural resources for the future,

that I will have to share more on this another time.

But now on the Jerusalem streets, it is that time of year,

picture getting ready for Lag B'Omer

when young people have started gathering every bit of wood, old trees,

or beware, even watch out for your outdoor furniture,

and anything else that that will  burn for the Lag B’Omer bonfires.

Ilan Shochat image

  Safed Mayor Ilan Shochat, in his excellent presentation, 

did mention what the four ancient Israeli cities have been known 

for centuries for four elements,

Tiberias = water,   Safed = wind,    Hebron = land

and  

Jerusalem = the city of “fire.”

Watch out for those fires this weekend!

Let’s hope we can keep Jerusalem green and accessible to all.

More photos from conference HERE

9 thoughts on “Jerusalem Green and Accessible

  • April 25, 2013 at 11:41 am
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    As usual wonderful and information. Lag B’Omer is upon us once again – the weather forecast for the whole of Israel is Chravi with strong winds. Please brothers and sisters be careful and watch the children around the fires ….

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    • April 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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      Thanks Avril, so true so many young children near huge fires, always a miracle there are not more serious accidents.

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  • April 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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    Sharon, your excellent report on the Greens has more information and pictures of dignitaries than in the Jerusalem Post! Don’t know how you do it!
    Keep up the good work!
    Shifra

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  • April 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm
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    Great job once again for a very important initiative. Aren’t Lag B’Omer bonfires a form of recycling?
    Thanks for keeping us in the know

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  • April 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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    Nice to have a day where different groups can come together! (I mean Earth Day). Enjoy Lag Bomer – may your lungs stay clear of the smoke.

    I’ve never heard this: Tiberias = water, Safed = wind, Hebron = land

    and Jerusalem = the city of “fire.”

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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    VERY NICE IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE A FRESH CLEAN GREEN DAY THANKS FOR SHARING

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