What’s new in Jerusalem after the holidays?
The universities are back in session.
A rocket from Gaza hit a home in Sderot.
Again, thankfully, the family was able to get to shelter and was not physically hurt.
Winter clouds hover over Jerusalem and the Old City as seen from Mishkenot Sha’ananim.
Holidays are over but tour buses line busy streets, coming and going from Zion Gate.
The annual Jerusalem ‘Houses From Within’ was held at the end of October.
The sign was up for entry to the old leper hospital grounds, one of 200 sites open to the public.
But it is so different now, unlike the first tour nine years ago when it was in ruin.
Nine years ago the price of tomatoes made headlines, this year it is the scarcity of butter.
Jupiter was in line with the moon. Crazy–this photo received hundreds of likes on Facebook.
Amazing. It is so fascinating what gets attention on social media.
The new moon and conferences galore begin as the holidays end.
The Herzl Conference on Contemporary Zionism ‘From Vision to Reality’ was a first-time event.
The opening was held at night on Har Herzl close to Herzl’s final resting place, with the gravestone illuminated.
Former US Senator and Vice-Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman was on the opening program, mentioning proudly that he has children and grandchildren who made aliyah.
The annual Jewish Agency Board of Governors opened on a somber note with a powerful video remembering those murdered in Pittsburgh one year ago.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors at the Begin Center.
There was security for the Prime Minister, this time I got a photo as they were taking it away.
Security was at a high level at the Waldorf Astoria. But, unlike most events, security let guests at the KKL-JNF Gala get close enough to photograph former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper seated next to the Netanyahus. The new KKL-JNF visitor center in Hula Lake Park is dedicated in Harper’s honor.
Though busy with government and election drama, President Rivlin hosted a special meeting on antisemitism at Beit Hanasi, the President’s Residence.
US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism Elan Carr attended.
The panel also included the UK – Lord Eric Pickles, France – Frederic Potier, Germany – Dr. Felix Klein, and European Commission – Katharina von Schurbein. The consensus was that education is the key to combating antisemitism. Opinions once considered fringe are becoming mainstream on campuses and they are spreading. The problem is not a Jewish one, but one for all humanity.
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem shared important finds from an excavation in Beit Shemesh. Though no one knows exactly who the ‘Glorious Martyr’ was, the dig exposed a large Byzantine church, filled with hundreds of glass pieces and stone lamps.
On opening night invited guests arrived to see the exhibition and hear from experts.
A favorite object was this marble piece, probably the ‘seat’ of a high church official or donor.
Who knew hundreds of years ago donors had names on plaques in churches?
International Science Centers and Science Museum Day is November 11.
Look for free admission to the Bloomberg Science Museum and again the end of November.
The annual Piano Festival at the Jerusalem Theater is from November 13-16.
But first will be the annual international Animation festival in Jerusalem – AniNation.
Science and tech and start-up conferences–always more happening on Jerusalem streets!
In honor of Aliyah Day, celebrated this week, time to share an old favorite.
No government and elections looming.
Years of rockets from Gaza.
Serious threats from Lebanon and Iran.
Jordan, a very cold peace partner.
Rush hour traffic reaching nightmare levels.
Miracle in our times,
Am Yisrael Chai.