See Passover Matzah Baking in Jerusalem

See Passover Matzah Baking in Jerusalem

Passover is a special time in Jerusalem.

Before Passover you can find almost anything discarded on the streets.

This week I saw an old bed, a new can of flavored bread crumbs,

electrical appliances, and a single, brand-new white shoe out by the trash.

In Kikar Safra, Municipal Square,

a Matzah b’Kikar Festival was held outside City Hall.

The weather was perfect last week for the event.

Among the attractions were

Washing clothes Jerusalem Matzah Festival

a woman washing clothes by hand,

Actors at Matzah Festival in Jerusalem Israel before Peasach

an old time junk dealer,

Actor dressed as tailor in Jerusalem Kikar Safra for festival

a spiffy tailor,

Old fashioned photographer in Jerusalem Israel before Passover

and a vintage photographer.

But the main attraction,

matzah baking Jerusalem Israel

was matzah baking.

matza baking before Pesach

It featured four ovens fueled by gas tanks.

Aprons, gloves and perfect timing were mandatory

Baking matza at Kikar Safra Matzah Festival

for those at the work tables in the preparation tent.

matzah baking

Staff in orange vests carried the

used stainless steel rolling pins

to be cleaned of every last drop of dough

between batches of baking matzah.

Matza baking

Dozens of wooden poles were lined up outside,

baking matzah

for the workers to rush the rolled dough to the ovens.

Hand made matza

Boxes of the hand-made baked matzahs

were ready for the participants to take home.

It is a shame more people did not take advantage of this

public, free event held over two afternoons.

I’m glad I saw a full page ad in a Hebrew paper,

but I know many heard about the matzah baking too late.

Matzah Festival in Kikar Safra Square sign

The festival signs were up along some roads,

but it was impossible to read the small print from moving cars.

Baking matzah in Jerusalem, Israel, before Passover,

just one step in preparation for the holiday.

Spring in Jerusalem

Spring in Jerusalem

It’s spring in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim is over.

The Jerusalem Marathon is over.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in China,

the streets were a bit quieter without his noisy PM motorcades.

Also last week, President Reuven Rivlin was in Vietnam.

But now we hear new, noisy motorcades:

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska is visiting Jerusalem,

Flag near Beit Hanasi for President of Slovakia

and flags marking the official visit are flying near Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s Residence.

Actually, thousands must be visiting Jerusalem,

judging by by the large number of buses on the streets.

Newspapers are filled with ads for everything from paper dishes

to electronics, before the Passover holiday.

Sales abound, but many cannot afford the holiday necessities.

Tuesday was the official Good Deeds Day,

and school children all over Israel participated.

But for some, everyday is good deed day.

For the third year, Rav Yitzchok Grossman of Migdal Ohr,

Passover food boxes

brought holiday provisions and volunteers to Beit Hanasi.

Boxes of Pesach food for poor packing at Beit Hanasi

President Rivlin joined in preparing packages

for Israelis who are in need of assistance for the holiday.

Another name for Passover is the Holiday of Spring.

Spring blossoms Jerusalem Israel

Blossoms are popping out on trees,

Pot of flowers at beit hanasi

not just in pretty planters

Pink flowers in garden at Beit Hanasi

and flower beds.

In honor of the spring planting again this year,

Nechama Rivlin at Beit Hanasi

First Lady Nechama Rivlin invited students,

Arab and Jewish girls, to help her plant

Children's corner garden at Beit Hanasi

in this corner of the President’s gardens.

For those of you who were not there today,

Orange and olive trees in Beit Hanasi gargen

this was one view of the gardens,

with olive and orange trees in the distance,

View of synagogue of Beit Hanasi Arden

and the synagogue across the lawn.

But my favorite

Garden table at BEit Hanasi

was just sitting here and enjoying the warm weather

while taking a photo on Instagram with my new phone.

Photos do not capture the beauty of spring in Jerusalem,

but will have to do,

as rain and cooler temperatures are forecast.

Now – what next?

For those of you who asked to be informed:

Beit Avi Chai has a Maghreb Festival going on,

celebrating North African Jewry, from March 27 – 30,

with a variety of programs, some with no entrance fee.

Kikar Safra again has matzah baking and activities,

on March 29-30 afternoons, and is also free.

Children are out of school for holidays starting soon,

and museums are gearing up and getting ready for them.

The Bible Lands Museum has special exhibits to learn about ancient Egypt.

The Tower of David is always a great place to visit,

Tower of David night time inside Jerusalem, Israel

day or night,

and now has new special programs in English.

Check them out HERE.

As always so many things happening in Jerusalem!

12 Jerusalem Purim Favorites

12 Jerusalem Purim Favorites

Purim on Sunday, was a beautiful day

in Jerusalem, Israel,

Teddy Fountain Park 3 children playing on Purim

with blue skies and mild temperatures,

children were playing in the Teddy Park Fountain.

Larger than life figures waved from on top

Four figures were on top of Tower of David Walls for Purim

of the walls of the Tower of David.

Down below on the streets it was hard to tell

Costume or not costume in Jerusalem Israel for Purim

who was in costume and who was not.

In Mamilla Mall, little princesses

Little girls dressed for Purim in Jerusalem Israel Mamilla Mall

appreciated the music man.

Purim costume of gold on woman in Jerusalem for Purim

While this princess appreciated having her photo taken,

I also liked the folks sitting in the background,

costume or not costume?

Purim costume on Jaffa Street Jerusalem Israel

Costume?

Couple dressed in costumes for Purim Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel

One double costumed couple entered Mamilla Mall.

Little people in costumes were ready for activities,

Jerusalem things to do for children on Purim

like at this spot located on Jaffa Road.

Colorful balloons for Purim at Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel

The Mamilla Mall balloon lady was in costume,

or was this her regular outfit?

Mamilla Mall decorated with balloons for Purim

Balloons filled Mamilla Mall,

and other shopping malls also held special activities for Purim.

Another Purim in Jerusalem favorite are

Store mannequins with masks on for Purim

the store window displays with masked mannequins.

But there is more to Purim than dress up,

Cahrity money in synagogue for Purim

money is collected and delivered to the poor.

Costume or not costume at this synagogue?

Costume for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

Children are part of Purim celebrations.

Costume contest with Rabbi Benny Lau judge

Now there here is a hard job,

try judging a children’s costume contest,

Child dressed as mime for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

 this sad faced mime won.

A few more of my favorites,

Family dressed in Star Wars costumes for Purim Jerusalem Israel

best dressed family group,

Man dressed is scare crow costume for Purim

worst hair,

Girl with hair pulled high on her head fro Purim Jerusalem Israel

and best Purim hair.

It is Purim hair, right?

Couple dressed as a pair of Russian spies for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

Best not secret anymore Russian agents.

Thousands read Megillat Esther Sunday night,

and after hearing the story of Esther in ancient Persia,

 attended parties until the wee hours.

Monday, was Shushan Purim, the official day to

celebrate in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim Carnival in Jerusalem Israel

A large carnival was planned for Kikar Safra,

Safra Square, by the Jerusalem city hall,

Sign for Megilla reading at First Station for Purim in Jerusalem

First Station was starting the day with a

community megillah reading and more celebrations.

Zazza on Azza again had megillah readings all day.

It rained on and off,

all day on Monday, Shushan Purim.

Large Purim Party planned for Jerusalem

A large party was also planned on Ben Yehudah Mall.

The weather this year for Shushan Purim,

 was cold and wet, weather for coats and boots.

 I spent most of time trying to stay dry while delivering

mishloah manot, gifts of food, and going out to eat,

 others also stayed away from usual outdoor celebrations.

Oh well, until next year, one last time,

Purim sameach on bus, Happy Purim sign on bus, Jerusalem photo purim

Purim sameach.