5 Special Israeli Women on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day.

Photos of Arab women went viral in 2011.

Then in 2012, I published photos of Arab girls

that just keep going and going.

Muslim girls in Jerusalem Israel shopping

Arab girls still can be found shopping in Jerusalem

on just about any day in most neighborhoods.

But this year I would like to focus on a few special women.

MK Rachel Azaria is using her position in the Knesset,

Rachel Azaria in Knesset committee room

with the assistance of various women’s groups,

to help working conditions and family life.

Yesterday another committee meeting was held on issues

including extended parental leave and allowing fathers to

 take time off on the birth of child without fear of losing their jobs.

On my way out of the Knesset I passed

Arab students in Knesset on tour

an Arab school group starting a Knesset tour.

Arab girls going to visit Knesset

  Muslim girls were on their way to the Knesset also.

I have meet some impressive Arab women and girls,

but most have not wanted their photo and names shared.

 Perhaps times are slowly changing,

Norhan Abu Kutuv of Yafo at Ynet conference

because seated next to President Reuven Rivlin

on a teen panel at a Ynet education conference,

was Norhaan, who asked a question of the Israeli President.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotolvely

held at a press conference at the King David Hotel.

Tzipi Hotovely speaking in Jerusalem

Justice Minister Ayelet Sheked answered questions

from American Jewish leaders.

Both women have promising futures in Israeli politics,

but one woman stands out for my special recognition

on this International Women’s Day,

Karnit Flug.

Bank of Israel president Karmit Flug at Jerusalem Press Club annual report

Remember how they said no man could replace

Stanley Fischer as President of the Bank of Israel?

Karnit Flug was interim head,

and was then appointed to the top position.

Each year she presents a report on the Israeli economy,

and each year she is more impressive.

Slowly banking is getting better

and things are changing.

Women in Israel are making a positive difference.

Jerusalem Purim and Marathon Time

Jerusalem Purim and Marathon Time

Jerusalem, Israel, is a a busy place.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu is in town,

as is the Foreign Minister of Moldova, Andrei Galbur,

plus there are more conferences than one person can possibly attend.

Last week was a bit quieter with the Israeli PM away.

No noisy, late night motorcades with loud speakers blaring

meant the Jerusalem streets were quieter.

Jerusalem construction site.

Of course, the noise of construction sites continued.

Beautiful sounds were heard, the music of Shlomo Katz

Lone IDF soldiers on stage with Shlomo Katz at benefite conert.

for the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin,

at a special benefit concert which ended the week.

Making the evening more special, a father-son duet and

Shlomo’s father, Avshalom, telling how he served as a lone soldier.

With Purim approaching,

it was time for a new photo of an old sign,

street sign for Mordechai the Jew

and a stroll down Mordechai the Jew Street,

Synagogue name for Mordechai the Jew in Jerusalem

where Mordechai (however you spell it in English)

has his own synagogue.

The fruit store around the corner

Jerusalem Israel produce store with photos of Rabbis on wall

has not only a colorful display of fresh produce,

but also famous faces to watch over you.

Jaffa Gate where Jerusalem Marathon route will go on March 17

The large Jerusalem Marathon sign is up by Yaffa Gate.

On Friday morning March 17, tens of thousands will be

running the marathon route through the Old City.

Jerusalem Marathon March 17, 2017

When the weather clears, runners can be found training.

One of the conferences this week marked 100 Years

since the Balfour Declaration.

100 years of Balfour Declaration at Waldorf Hotel

While it was a bit early for November 2nd, it featured informative talks.

While Bibi was being celebrated in Australia,

Jerusalem protest site outside PM residence

a camp was set up outside the Prime Minister’s House

protesting the destruction of Amona.

Today, 9 more Jewish houses were destroyed in Ofra.

Rosh Hodesh Adar in Jerusalem at Kotel

A large crowd gathered at the Kotel, Western Wall,

on Rosh Chodesh Adar in the morning.

There were thousands of men and women,

and two women protesting with loud whistles,

 while most people were trying to pray.

Purim in Jerusalem is not a one night event as in much of the world,

but it goes on and on and on.

Starting with Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Hebrew month,

for two weeks, young school children

learn upside-down and fun topics,

and wear pajamas to nursery school, or dress as clowns,

or wear a different hat home each day.

Strangely, much of the time too many things feel upside down.

But with all this going on what is getting attention?

Cofizz store where 6 is posted over 5 shekel

I had to pay an extra shekel to get my ice coffee!

A clever ‘6’ sticker was pasted over the ‘all for 5’ on Cofizz.

I was asked to share events before they happen,

so here are a few important dates for March:

Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther   March 9, 2017

Reading Megillat Esther – March 11, after Shabbat

Purim – March 12 

Reading Megillat Esther in Jerusalem – evening March 12 

Shushan Purim, celebrated in Jerusalem – March 13

Purim at the Bible Lands Museum – Free Entrance for Children –

Sun – Mon| March 12-13 | 10:00-14:00

Jerusalem Marathon – Friday morning, March 17, 2017.

Jerusalem music festival at night in Old City

Sounds of the Old City Music Festival,  7:00 – 11:00 pm – March 20 – 23,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.