Where to be End of August in Jerusalem

Where to be End of August in Jerusalem

Amazing how morning rush hour traffic seems to have disappeared from many Jerusalem streets. Many families are away on holiday until the end of August.

First day of school for little girls in Mea Shearim Jerusalem Israel

These little girls in Mea Shearim were so cute lined up on their first day of school, which began the beginning of Jewish month of Elul for many religious schools.

I heart Jerusalem Israel in flowers near King David Hotel

“I love Jerusalem” was spelled out in flowers near the Montefiore Windmill.

Pomegranate almost ripe on Jerusalem Israel tree

Pomegranates are almost ready to pick from the trees lining Jerusalem’s streets.

No signs along Jerusalem road in August

No event signs were posted here near the Knesset.

Is there nothing new happening or are the workers away?

For those of us who did not go away, there are things to do beside hang out in the malls.

JBLM near Israel Museum has free entrance for children

The Jerusalem Bible Land Museum has free entrance for children.

The Tower of David does as well, and so does the Israel Museum.

Jerusalem Israel Museum children's wing

At the Israel Museum, the special summer exhibit  “I to Eye” includes a craft area set up outside the Children’s Wing.

Jerusalem Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is a popular summer day activity for families.

Jerusalem Israel Museum virtual reality exhibit

Inside are multi-sensory exhibits, including one with virtual reality googles.

Jerusalem Israel Museum fashion exhibit

The Israeli Fashion exhibit is still on, attracting mostly adults.

Exhibit on Israeli fashion at Israel Museum

Years of Israeli fashion design are displayed with 150 outfits.

Jerusalem Israel Museum App for tours

How cool? I downloaded the Israel Museum App. Now, using the app at home, I can listen again to the descriptions of both what I saw and did not see today in the various exhibits.

Wedding gown and carriage at Israel Museum

Across from the fashion exhibit is art of the Jewish life cycle, from this Moroccan bridal dress to a Hungarian funeral carriage.

In the background, you can see three of the dozens of Israeli soldiers who were in the museum on a tour.

Museums and malls are especially popular on extra hot summer days.

Jerusalem Israel park with wedding party taking photos

As evening approaches, a modern bride and her wedding party were taking photos.

This Jerusalem city park, Bloomfield Gardens, is in back of the King David Hotel.

On Jerusalem Photo Walks, I like to show the beautiful part of this hidden area to visitors.

Hamlet in Jerusalem Israel park

But in August for a number of evenings, I take thee there for ‘Hamlet, in Motion.’

Shakespeare is not studied in Israeli schools.

Audience for Hamlet in Jerusalem Israel park

So while the production of the Jerusalem Theater in the Rough is not quite Shakespeare in Central Park, “to be or not to be” is no longer their question.

Jerusalem Israel performance in park of Hamlet

This troupe of actors have been sharing the Bard with whomever comes to the park.

To watch Arab families sit and watch along with religious Jewish family groups is part of the unique Jerusalem experience.

Hutzot Hayatzor entrance

Minutes away is the entrance to the 42nd annual International Arts and Crafts Festival.

View of international booths at Jerusalem Arts and Crafts fair

The entrance next to the Artist Colony has the walls of the Old City in the background.

Hutsot Hayoetzer

There is food, music, and 150 artists showing their work.  Dozens of local and international artists have booths.

Yemin Moshe house with flowers in evening Jerusalem Israel

As night falls, the lights go on and people come out as the summer ebbs.

Hebrew sign for Jerusalem summer late night bus

Special bus lines aim to get late-night party animals home safely.

Even with so many residents away, tourism is high, and there is plenty happening on the Jerusalem streets.

Plus, Wednesday morning, as the sun rose, 239 new olim arrived in Israel.

New olim 2018 NBN Terminal 4

If mainstream media news and summer heat gets you down, check out the smiles and excitement.

She said tell the world I am coming home

Her shirt says, “Tell the world   WE’RE COMING HOME!”

Facebook Photo album on NBN Charter Flight is  HERE

 

Jerusalem: Lights, Action, Camera

Jerusalem. Israel. In August.

When the evening temperatures cool and the sun is setting, and people venture outside.

Jerusalem Israel Jaffa Gate at sunset from Bet Shmuel;

As the setting sun reflects off the Old City walls, it lights up a ‘Jerusalem of Gold.’

Inside Beit Shmuel, at the MassChallenge Finale, ten start-up winners were announced to go to Boston to present their business ideas with the hope of obtaining funding.

Mass Challenge Finale Mayor NIr Barkat receiving award Israel Ganot

But first on stage was Mayor Nir Barkat to receive a special award from MC director Israel Ganot. Barkat co-founded a very successful early cyber-tech startup called CheckPoint.

Nir Barkat at Mass Challenge Finale

Having attended one of Barkat’s early meetings where he shared his vision for Jerusalem to be a bio-technology world center, as I stood in the international crowd of hundreds of startup initiators, mentors and eager funders,  I marveled how far the Jerusalem biotech and startup scene has grown.

Jerusalem is no Tel Aviv, but watch out. To come so far in 10 years is amazing.

Hebrew Jerusalem Israel street sign for children in summer

During the summer in Jerusalem, what is on many minds is keeping their children busy.

Puppet Festival in Perusal Israel Hebrew sign

I love that there is an annual International Puppet Festival.

Summer programs for children in Jerusalem Israel

The Nature Museum has musical programs for children and special Shabbat programs.

The concerts in the Sultan’s Pool giant outdoor stage are too many to list.

First Station has free musical entertainment most nights.

This summer public parks not only have music, but some are encouraging families to camp out in tents.

International Arts Festival in Jerusalem end of summer

The annual end of summer biggie, the International Arts and Crafts Festival, is on.  Construction of the booths for dozens of countries to showcase their wares has been going on for over a week.

A line-up of various popular Israel performers are to be on the giant stage each night.

JTown Free to Be you and me at AACI Jerusalem Israel

The small JTown Theater stage at AACI in Talpiot has a new production.

“Free to Be You and Me” is performed and scheduled for children, with shows in the afternoon and Friday mornings in August.

This production of Marlo Thomas’ gender-bias-breaking work is very timely.

On other stages and screens, the Jerusalem Film Festival has announced its awards.

Founding of Shas political party film UnOrthodox opened Jerusalem Film Festival

“The Unorthodox” did not win a prize, though it was selected to be featured on the Jerusalem Film Festival opening night at Sultan’s Pool.

Director of The UnOrthodox Eliran Malka at Lev Smadar after showing of his movie

I saw the movie at Lev Smadar on Monday, with director Eliran Malka answering questions from audience after the screening.

All movies in the film festival have English subtitles. This trailer is in Hebrew, but I am sharing, that even if you do not understand the language, you can get a feel for the intensity of Shuli Rand’s performance. Rand plays a father whose daughter was expelled from school for being Sephardi, and goes on to initiate the Shas political party.

The docudrama keeps the audience on edge as it unfolds, even though we already know that Shas went on to be successful beyond every early projection.

Malka is a graduate of Maaleh. In case you are not familiar with this Jerusalem school, here is a link, as Maaleh’s film library is available to the public on the Maaleh website.

In honor of Israel@70, Maaleh has opened a special YouTube channel, where viewers have access to 70 Maaleh short films for free, and susan@maale.co.il is happy to email you the link.

Jerusalem culture festival MekudeshetAfter months of preparation and advertising Mekudeshet is running from August 8- 28.

How does one describe this out-of-box culture festival, where some events are free and in the middle of the night?

One performance is at the YMCA pool, and the audience is to come in bathing suits and participate.

Never know what you will find on the Jerusalem streets, or in the Y, or yes, up on the roof tops too.

Another week with so much happening in Jerusalem.

There is more, but I will leave you with part of a song from the versatile, talented Shuli Rand.

Rand performed in June, at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.