Jerusalem in August is usually not the most popular place to be.
It’s hot. It gets humid at night in Jerusalem.
It’s summer vacation time when residents go north to find cool waterways and nature trails. In past years, tens of thousands of Israelis flew overseas to foreign destinations for a holiday. With COVID-19, nothing is usual this summer.
But even during a pandemic in Jerusalem, the attitude is that the show must go on.
The Western Wall Plaza is divided up to meet the latest prayer limit restrictions and, as you can see in this image taken after Shabbat, the sections were filled.
Families are doing their best to keep children busy and safe. With hats, sunglasses, and masks it can be difficult to recognize friends.
Last week the clouds over Jerusalem were impressive.
For two days in a row, there was no rain, just massive clouds over the city.
Those white billowing clouds can make for colorful images at sunset.
By day even weeds growing wild make for a colorful image.
These are the slow days or the end of summer. Instead of attending crowded festival events and conferences with hundreds of participants, walking these nature trails in Jerusalem has been a daily activity. There is a man sitting and reading alone in the distance. There are a few runners, occasionally a person sitting alone on a bench meditating, even a young couple sitting together, with the girl wearing a hijab covering her face with her hands.
I refrain from taking photos of people to respect their privacy. But this guy I had to get.
Days of walking slowly, not rushing to a scheduled meeting, one can look and see a bird perched.
Look up, there are building cranes in most directions over Jerusalem streets. These working on the National Library and Jerusalem Gateway seemed to be in sync.
Oops, the water company was on site for a water leak.
The next day it was repaired and all was back to normal.
However, not all is quiet. The protests near the Prime Minister’s Residence continue. Members of the IPO played a concert and various culture groups also joined protesters.
Theaters have not been allowed to reopen. However, the 59th Israel Festival, originally set for June, has rescheduled for September 3-12. The “show must go on” for the annual Jerusalem event with local and foreign artists, events, and performances.
The 2020 Jerusalem Jazz Festival is planned for September 8-10.
The Jerusalem Municipality is holding a series of events at Jerusalem’s bars and nightlife businesses. Every Monday, during the month of August, the Shaon Horef events are happening.
Jerusalem School of Rock student performers were out entertaining the public. One of the many Jerusalem street actors passed by and danced to the beat for a bit on his way up Hillel Street.
A warm-up for August 20-21, the two-day family-friendly smoke-free, second annual Jerusalem Community Woodstock event. Featuring the best of the Woodstock era bands with music, food, camping out
The jamming to the “greatest music in rock history” is planned at Silo, a vegetarian eatery, off the First Station parking lot. At this Jerusalem Woodstock, don’t expect to find mud, smoking, or drugs.
The Israel Museum finally reopened after being closed for months due to corona.
The first visitors came on Thursday with masks, tickets, and special security.
The water is back on and flowing over the Shrine of the Book.
The Bloomfield Science Museum is to reopen this week.
Planning for the future, The Jerusalem Theater opened its 2021 membership season.
Here are some on my favorite Jerusalem flowers, the בוגונויליה – Bougainvillea.
Want to get out of Jerusalem and see more Israeli flowers?
See the latest wildflower walking tours HERE.
And to end on a positive note, the night shows at the Tower of David were fully booked! So they added more. Only Friday nights the lights and sounds are silent.
Rosh Hodesh Elul is Thursday and Friday.
Only one more month in the Hebrew year תש”פ.
In Jerusalem, the streets and shows are slowly happening again.
Wherever you are headed this week take care and stay safe.
The skis are opening up to tourists.
Hoping to see more visitors again on the Jerusalem streets.