Jerusalem Autumn Colors

Autumn means beautiful photos of fall foliage

  from the northeastern United States.

There is nothing like that in Jerusalem, Israel.

unusual tree

 This year I found one tree with some fall colors.

But, as those US multi-colored leaves fall to leave bare limbs,

dates on palm tree

Jerusalem palm trees fill with ripe dates,

Israel fall flowers

and fall flowers burst out over the sidewalks

Flower beds are being planted,

flowers planted at Beit Hanasi

and a new flower bed has been added outside

of Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.

Yemin Moshe

The fall flowers of Yemin Moshe are always a favorite.

With a sandstorm this week,

Montefiore Windmill

the Montefiore Windmill was turning briskly,

but hard to see against the white sky.

emek rafaim street

Some streets have been too quiet since tourism has been down.

The German Colony is sponsoring special events

every Monday evening in November and December.

tourists from Australia near Begin Center

Australian tourists were enjoying a free day to see sights.

Not far away a female tour guide was injured in a terror attack.

walking with stroller in Jerusalem

 A friend was out walking a grandchild

with her whistle handy in case of trouble.

People are more wary and careful going about their business.

Jerusalem cat

But oh, those cats, 

While I pass women walking with pepper spray

 in hand ready for whatever might happen,

Jerusalem black cat

Jerusalem cats have a special chutzpah.

Those cats hold their ground no matter what.

And in the fall,

 Jerusalem cloud formations,

with the blue and white sky at sunset.

sunset Jerusalem sky blue rays showing

Ten measures of beauty descended to the world;

nine were taken by Jerusalem.

Talmud Kiddushin 49b

Autumn in Jerusalem,

the seasons change.

Days are shorter and cooler,

the dark hours of night longer.

The cycle of life goes on.

6 Years in Jerusalem: Then, Now, Next


Riots in the Old City.

The radio announced riots in the Old City,

 and I grabbed my camera and went to see for myself.

That was 6 years ago,

and it became the topic of the first post

of The Real Jerusalem Streets.

Thanks to Facebook for the reminder


and for sharing this photo from 6 years ago.

When I got to the Old City,

if you looked very, very  carefully,

Temple Mount Jerusalem

on the roof tops security personnel dressed in black were posted all around.

Old City tourism

But down below on the streets of the Old City,

there were thousands of tourists who did not listen to

the Hebrew news that morning,

and were enjoying another lovely day of touring.

Jerusalem Israel

The scene outside the walls was also calm,

nothing like the media reports.

6 Years!

New cinema Jerusalem

Now, the Yes Planet cinema complex

planet movie complex

fills the construction site of 6 years ago.

Israeli Apartheid? had the best viral days, but

Arab Girls  is still going strong on Google search.

Arab girls

Stores in Mamilla Mall have come and gone over 6 years,

but it has become a favorite tourist site.

How many times over 6 years has the “situation”

affected so many people in the former desolate

“No Man’s Land” turned popular shopping location?

Yesterday, it rained…again,

but security was out and alert again.

Jerusalem security

Here watching the Light Rail trains on Jaffa Road,

security check

and looking and checking near buildings and buses in town.

 6 years ago, the welcome banner

sign Jewish Agency

 for the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency

was hung outside of the hotel where their meetings were held.

This week the meetings went on again,

but for the last few years

the welcome banners have only been hung on the inside.

A memorial to Yitzhak Rabin was on display on the landing

memorial for Rabin in Citadel hotel

on the way down to meetings in the hotel ballroom.

On the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s death, 

there are many official memorials being held this week.

6 Years, always something new, at first it was shocking

poster in Jerusalem

 to see this planned project for Jerusalem, Israel’s

green and famed Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.

Jerusalem sign

But on closer look at fine print at the bottom,

these are art posters popping up around town.

6 years,

578 RJS posts and 299 on Israellycool,

who would imagine that 6 years ago?

Jerusalem clouds and blue sky

After the rain the clouds part, with a blue sky and cleaner air.

Stabbings, car rammings, “random” murders, BDS,


government leaders from India, Panama, Croatia and Honduras

are here this week, plus an impressive

German cooperation with the Israel Museum.

As always, so much more than “conflict”

is happening on the Jerusalem streets.

There is always more

Good News from Israel 

Rain in Jerusalem


Two afternoons in a row,

I got caught in the rain on Jaffa Road.

Real rain, not the wispy stuff we have had until now,

but the winter kind we get in Jerusalem, Israel.

Varda on Yaffo

One lucky guy found shelter today under the Jaffa Street installation.

(One section was blowing open, but more on that thing another time.)

If you are lucky your umbrella does not blow away

rain in Jerusalem

and neither does your pink hat cover.

Part of Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk,

Machane Yehuda market rain

 looked like a waterfall as collected rain water came down.

rain in Machane Yehuda Market

Slippery puddles did not stop the shoppers

or the workers from doing their jobs.

Machane Yehhuda market

In the shuk, somewhat dry inside.

Fresh figs in shuk

were piles of fresh figs,

Machane Yehuda market sufganiot for chanukah

and suffganiot ready for Hanukkah.

Apple cider mix in shuk

A mix for hot apple cider sounded good,

Shuk in Jerusalem

but paper napkins that said ‘Pesach Sameach’

Happy Passover?

clouds over Jerusalem

When the rain stopped the sky was filled with clouds,

but I failed to find a rainbow.

Seems that winter is here, and

you never know what will happen next

or what you will find on the Jerusalem streets.

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

Another week flew by!

Always impressive at night in the Israel Museum grounds,

dome lit up at night

the Shrine of the Book dome

over the exhibition of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Also impressive this week,

shabat shalom postter

 the sunset I saw walking to the museum.

The weather and sky keep changing,

the photos change,

but the wishes are the same every week.

שבת שלום

Jerusalem What’s Happening

   Last week was such a roller coaster week.

The President of India visited our President at Beit Hanasi

Preisidnt of India in Israel

and signed the official guest book.

Now President Margvelashvili of Georgia

and the President Grybauskaitė of Lithuania are among thousands of visitors.

Israel welcomes president with flag

It is hard to keep track of the changing flags

which greet each country’s president at Beit Hanasi,

the Israel President’s Residence.

The Conference of International Mayors met here,

and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

is getting most of the media attention.

Town hall meeting

Five US Congressmen were here too,

expressing bi-partisan support for Israel

at a Town Hall style meeting before they returned to US.

US federation leaders

Leaders of Jewish Federations of North America

paid a short visit to Israel after trip to Berlin,

and made a stop to meet President Rivlin on their way back to the US.

A few hours later the Rivlins switched roles,

and as doting grandparents hosted

the young children of police and security personnel.

golf Israel

This little fellow playing golf on the grounds was my favorite.

Was this a first for golf in Jerusalem, Israel,

this very mini-mini putt-putt?

Security is increased and visible.

Israel security measures

Guards are back at this restaurant,

a site where a suicide bomber killed diners.

mail bag

I saw this bag and took a photo.

I guess a careless delivery person put it there.

There was no explosion, so it was not blown up.

Ben & Jerry ice cream

I am trying to remember whether the Ben and Jerry’s freezer was always

just off the street or was moved front and center

because of the “situation,” as many are eating more ice cream.

Meanwhile, thousands have arrived for the

 World Zionist Congress and Hadassah Convention,

sign for WZC in Jerusalem

both to be held this week in Jerusalem.

I also want to get to Open House Jerusalem,

which features public visits of

of many beautiful sites in the city.

Plus, must get to the Israel Museum,

where five new exhibits are opening!

Oh, and on Thursday all movies are 10 shekels.

poster Am Yisrael Chai

Am Yisrael Chai! 

So much is happening in Jerusalem, Israel.