Jerusalem, Israel, was warmer than usual this fall.
The usual complaints of bone-chilling cold winter weather have been missing.
My third growth of roses was impressive enough to share.
The Knesset entrance looked nicely kept with green landscaped welcome.
What’s happening–or not happening–inside appears to be a mess.
But, across the street from the Knesset, the Israel Museum entrance has a clean new look.
Do you think this time of year, from “after the holidays” until Hanukkah, it’s quiet on the Jerusalem, Israel, streets?
Not at all, some evenings there are multiple events at the same time!
- At Beit Hanasi, President Rivlin hosted a press conference to launch an international conference on antisemitism at Yad Vashem at the end of January.
2. At the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, Chief strategist and Foreign Ministry PMO spokesperson Ben Moore, during an interview with Steve Linde, pointed to recently published antisemitic cartoons.
The results of his research have confirmed that the BDS movement has succeeded in mainstreaming and desensitizing the West to antisemitism in the Israel context.
Another international panel discussed antisemitism. Paul Packer from the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad expressed US support for Israel.
Ambassador Mario Bucaro of Guatemala (third from left) was one of the foreign dignitaries attending.
There was more than antisemitism, politicians, and journalists. Tourism was the topic of Ilanit Melchior’s TEDTalk.
With 2.5 million visitors to Jerusalem over the holiday season, sustainability and accessibility are important topics. The traffic from tourist buses and rental cars can be felt on the streets.
A very different conference that did not receive as much media attention was held in the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
3. The tenth Temech Conference for Israeli businesswomen and female entrepreneurs attracted 1000 women from the north and south to Jerusalem.
Networking is a very important feature of this event run by women for women.
The English track was smaller than in the past, but the Hebrew-speaking program has grown.
The theme ‘Unlock the Wealth’ had panels and speakers appreciated by women aspiring to grow their various endeavors.
4. The 2019 Elimination of Violence against Women’s Day was marked at Beit Hanasi.
It’s 50 days after Yom Kippur when the national holiday of Sigd is celebrated.
5. Sigd was a holiday in Ethiopia when prayers were offered for the return to Zion and Jerusalem.
Sigd means ‘prostration’ and marks a reaffirmation to Jewish heritage.
Here the religious leaders called Kessim in their white robes led services in Jerusalem.
Tens of thousands annually gather on the Tayelet with its view of the Old City.
6. Jerusalem Biennale ‘For Heaven’s Sake!‘ 2019 ends November 28, but the Street Art Festival pieces will be up longer at First Station, adding color to the tourist area.
7. Time to remember Kaf Tet November, the date the UN accepted the partition plan to establish the State of Israel.
8. With Rosh Chodesh Kislev, strawberry season is approaching.
With sufganiyot, donuts of all sizes, shapes, and flavors – everywhere –
9. Hannukkah or Hanuka or Chanukah will be here before we know it.
No. No downtime, something is always happening on these Jerusalem streets.