It’s feeling like summer on the Jerusalem streets.
The sun blazes down from a cloudless blue sky.
Walking during the day, shade can be hard to find.
Though with the new construction rising higher and higher above the Jerusalem streets that situation is changing.
Finding a parking space in Jerusalem is more of a challenge. These men had blocked off spots to save at their construction site on a busy street.
On our moving day, a big challenge was finding a spot for the truck to park to be loaded. Out early on the street, I was upset to see broken glass on the ground by the garbage dumpster probably from a discarded frame of ours.
But by 8:10 am, it was gone.
If I hadn’t been out before 8:00 am I would never have known that this man had cleaned up the area. Plus, he seemed surprised when I thanked him.
Cleaner Jerusalem streets and lots of construction will greet visitors to Jerusalem this summer.
The old ivy is long gone, as the Beit Hanasi entranceway gets renovated.
The President’s Residence visitor tours are back. The new red cord seems to be a physical reminder not to walk thru the president’s garden but stay on the path.
The WaterGen machine is a recent addition. I was able to drink 4 kinds of water – made from the air, from the old cooler, bottled water, and from the caterer’s ice-filled cooler. When it’s hot, water is good for you, right?
The garden stage area in the back of the Beit Hanasi garden was being set for ceremonies of awards to reservists soldiers this week, and the next day for three projects from the IDF, the Mossad, the Shin Bet, the Ministry of Defense, and the Israel Defense Industries.
Reservist one is open to media, but the special Project Awards stay secret.
I went to Beit Hanasi for the swearing-in of the two new Supreme Court Judges. There were more than the usual number of photographers, but much less media coverage. I decided not to get on the floor with the guys.
So I was able to get the 5 newest judges’ reactions to President Herzog’s joke.
The ceremony itself is very brief. The new judge reads a short statement and receives his certificate from the President, the Minister of Justice, and the President of the Supreme Court.
It’s their speeches that fill the time, while their very proud families fill out the audience along with the Judicial selection committee.
President Herzog had connections with not only the newest judge but her family also from their days in New York at Ramaz School. Surprise, the other judge he did not have connections to talk about, that could have been the first time a Herzog was not connected to an honoree.
Here are the women currently serving on the Israeli Supreme Court,
and the two newest Judges of the Israeli Supreme Court are Yechiel Meir Kasher and Ruth Ronnen.
Education and opportunities for women was an RJS feature last week.
This week the popular Hebrew Book Week is back from June 15 to 25.
It is hard to even give away some Hebrew books. Especially encyclopedias, no one will take them, so they get left out for the Jerusalem street cleaners.
The love of books starts with the young. Beit Avi Chai is having special programs for children and families this week. One story session is to be in English for the children’s Hebrew Book Festival.
But much more than books can be found on the Jerusalem streets.
Paisley: A Princely Pattern is the name of the new exhibit at the Museum for Islamic Art, with a purple paisley pattern now featured on their wall.
The 11th Jerusalem Design Week will be held on June 23-30, 2022, at the nearby Hansen House with installations on the street light pole already going up.
The Jerusalem Symphony and the Jerusalem Beer Fest are advertising for July events. Summer in Jerusalem, the holidays are over, but plenty to do.
Or just stroll and take time to notice the flowers in bloom, thriving in the hot summer sun. However, there was little time for that this short week.
After ordering two closets (for those who do not know Israeli apartments usually have bare walls and you need to get something to put your clothes in) I had to stop for a second and get the sign over the exit door.
It says in Hebrew – Go in Peace! under a view of the Kotel, Western Wall.
The end of the school year events and summer weather were mainly what was happening on the Jerusalem streets this after the holidays week.
Hope you can come soon and see for yourself, summer in Jerusalem.