Tisha B’Av and the days of mourning have ended,
and the month of August is holiday time.
Jerusalem does not have a beach with a sunset view.
The new water activity in First Station
for children to play soccer under a water spray,
the Teddy Park Fountain
and Lion’s Fountain are poor substitutes for a dip in the water.
Lacking in water, Jerusalem compensates with
summer activities and festivals
during the long summer school holiday,
both for locals and the tourists arriving daily.
After years of construction,
the new Orient Hotel is open near First Station
and boutique hotels have popped up all over town.
Khuztot Hayozer, the annual international arts & crafts fair,
attracts thousands to the Sultan’s Pool, and opens next week.
The Bloomfield Science Museum has
a special bicycle exhibit and other popular activities.
Summer programs for children are advertised by the National Library.
The 26th International Puppet Festival is this week.
And again this summer,
free August admission for children at the Israel Museum.
The colorful and popular umbrellas over streets downtown
are back up for the summer,
as is this new giant radio on Ben Yehudah pedestrian mall.
Shakespeare in Motion opens on August 10
in Bloomfield Park near the Montefiore Windmill.
The Wine Festival and Beer Festival are popular,
night time adult only happenings.
There are also many Tu B’Av night happenings,
like this one on Emek Refaim Street.
Ice skating at Sports Arena in Malha goes until August 13.
Consider taking one of our Photo walks
which are so much better as evenings get cooler.
This is getting too long!
For more August happenings see:
or the special Summer Fun Guide
As I was slowing down in the August heat,
Mayor Nir Barkat sent a
“Welcome to Kitah Aleph” postcard message
to all incoming Jerusalem first graders.
I love how “Welcome to Kitah Aleph”
is bigger a deal than most Israeli university graduations!
Only in Israel!
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still not enough happening for you,
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