7 Things That Happened in Jerusalem this Week

With headlines full of controversy, negativity, and protests, you may have missed the positive things that happened in Jerusalem this week.

I have been trying to get a rainbow photo for so many years. Finally, on Thursday afternoon, it was starting to rain as I was ready to walk home.

I called my husband to give me a ride.

But a rainbow was forming in front of me. I hung up on him as fast as possible and captured the fleeting moment of the full rainbow.

A light, brief shower like that is called tif tuf in Hebrew and stopped in a couple of minutes, so I did walk home.

But I was obsessed enough to use the image for a Shabbat Shalom post.

While construction and building are hot topics again, the week was also filled with events you might have missed hearing about.

Starting on Sunday morning with Living Financially Smarter in Israel 2023.

Rifka Lebowitz started the private Facebook group 13 years ago and it has grown to over 36,000 members.

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Their first conference held at and with Nefesh Be’Nefesh was sold out early.

Amazing how many people stayed until the end of the long day to learn and ask questions. Knowing how to manage your finances is important for a successful aliyah.

In Cinema City, Yad L’Olim has opened a special shop for Ukrainian refugees to assist them in their getting established since many fled without many essentials.

Inside the Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence had a busy week.

I wonder what Herzl would say about the current situation.

“The foundations of Israeli democracy, including the justice system, are sacred and we must strictly safeguard them, even at a time of fundamental arguments and debates about the relationship between the different branches of government,” stated President Isaac Herzog in an official statement issued on Sunday morning after rallies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

On Tuesday at Beit Hanasi, the new Education Minister and others joined with the head of the Jewish Agency and the President to acknowledge 30 years of the educational program Naale.

There were representatives from each one of the 30 years of the program’s existence, designed for students who come to Israel on their own for high school.

After the official program inside, the President posed with people who stood in line for the photo opportunity.

After the full morning of ceremonies receiving the credentials of five new Ambassadors to Israel on Wednesday, the Herzogs posed with the members of the Honor Guard after the last of the diplomatic limousines departed for the King David Hotel reception.

Instead of photos from the five-hour-long ceremony, I made an eight-minute video to share a bit of behind-the-scenes.

Hansen House hosted 58 artists for the InPrint ART BOOK FAIR from January 11 – 13, 2023.

Love how the old leper hospital is full of life now with art, science, and technology events.

Yes, positive things are happening on Jerusalem streets.

Come and see for yourself or for your group book a virtual tour.

9 thoughts on “7 Things That Happened in Jerusalem this Week

  • January 15, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Great rainbow pic, Sharon! Thank you for sharing that – and everything else!

    • January 15, 2023 at 10:00 am

      Sharon, thank you. There was more too, but for next time!

    • January 15, 2023 at 10:39 am

      Thank you!

  • January 15, 2023 at 10:49 am

    It was great to see you at IN Print – a wonderful Jerusalem based art event that was in its 4th year – inspiring to see the variety and the range of artists from near and far.

    • January 15, 2023 at 10:57 am

      So nice to see and share the good things going on. And I saw Rami Ozeri and his wife headed your way when I was leaving. More Jerusalem Bienella memories.

  • January 16, 2023 at 12:02 am

    Sharon: Great video of the 5 new ambassadors !
    And you obviously got to go to that grand reception at the King David!!
    Best regards,

    • January 16, 2023 at 7:08 am

      Yes, the first time I made it to the KDH. The Turkish Ambassador got the US and EU royal treatment, hope it is a sign of good things.

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