Fires are raging.
The sky is hazy.
The flags from Yom Yerushalayim,
Jerusalem Day, are slowly being put away.
The signs announcing dozens of options
for learning on Shavuot will soon be covered over.
The tens of thousands of visitors
who walked the holiday streets have gone home.
It is June,
and summer has arrived in Jerusalem, Israel.
The grasses are tinder, ready
to catch on fire and burn out of control.
there are desert flowers popping with color,
and the Lions’ Fountain looks tempting and cool.
In Jerusalem of contrasts,
the old Hansen House gates were opened to
Innovation of Amazon this week.
The animals from Design Week were still in its gardens.
I marvel at the changes at every new
technology event hosted at Hansen.
Changes are evident at First Station as well,
with a new sign Life is Beautiful greets on one wall.
While inside the area is being prepared
again to host the annual Hebrew Book Week.
The holidays are over.
It’s June graduation and conference time.
For the first time ever,
the Herzliya Conference opened at Beit Hanasi,
the Israeli President’s House, with international dignitaries
and Israeli political leaders,
and of course plenty of speeches.
I wanted to know
what MK Naftali Bennett and MK Aryeh Deri
were talking about that was so amusing.
Besides speeches and conferences,
there are too many musical programs to list.
And of course,
June is also wedding time.
Time to get ready to go…