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.

Jerusalem for Purim

Jerusalem for Purim

Purim is a big holiday in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jerusalem signs Purim sameach

Street signs are posted wishing Purim Sameach.

The variety of celebrations seems endless,

Purim events in Jerusalem Israel

with Funky, Rave and Balkan Beat Box Purim events.

Sign for circus in Jerusalem Israel for Purim

Maybe not three-rings, but the circus is coming too.

In Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk, 

Hamentaschen piled up in Machane Yehuda Market for Purim

 hamentaschen are piled high,

Shuk costumes for Purim

and costumes

Purim costumes for sale in Machane Yehuda Market

and more costumes were out for sale.

Candy in the shuk before Purim

The candy displays have been full for weeks.

Night time bars in the shuk are always ready to party.

Now the Azza Street wine bars include

Wine bar in Jerusalem Israel kosher Corky's

 one that is kosher and is open and ready for celebrating.

Too much wine and your eyes may play tricks on you.

Not a Purim prank, these cars are piled up,

New car park in Jerusalem, Israel with cars stacked

in a new parking lot in town.

Jerusalem celebrates Purim this year,

from Sunday night, March 12, through March 13.

Purim sameach, box for mishloah manot

Happy Purim to all.

Best costumes and variety events next time…

Jerusalem Marathon 2017 finish line

A Jerusalem Marathon finish line is up,

and people are training and running.

I hope all recuperate in time for the March 17 races.

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

If aliens dropped into Jerusalem, Israel, today,

what would they think?

School children went dressed in Purim costumes,

so many princesses, transformers, little people in uniforms,

and cute two-footed, little furry animals.

In all the pre-Purim noise and partying,

however, there was at least one quiet spot.

Thousands of people drive south to see flowers,

but I prefer to just walk the path,

winding up to the Israel Museum

slowly to enjoy these scenes.

anemones, poppies, flowers Shabat shalom poster

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