10 Photos of this Week in Jerusalem

10 Photos of this Week in Jerusalem

I love a day when the weather is the top news.

Last night, as the sun set, cool winds came across the city.

 I thought my camera lens was dirty,

old City walls at sunset

but those were clouds over the Old City.

As it got darker, more clouds blew in over

Jerusalem Israel summer clouds. over King David Hotel and Montefiore Windmill

the Montefiore Windmill and the King David Hotel.

By morning, the sky looked winter grey,

and certainly not like the first day of summer.

But by afternoon, most of the clouds were gone,

and it was back to sunny warm streets and a normal June day.

A great time to get out and appreciate the Judean  hillside.

Hills around Jerusalem, Israel near zoo

This view is just minutes from Malha Mall,

Yehudah Hotel garden Jerusalem Israel

and was taken from these lovely gardens.

This week’s exciting event (for some people) was a visit by

18 US football “Hall of Famers.”

US Football star Willie Lanier in Jerusalem Israel

Willie Lanier of the Kansas City Chiefs

was wearing Jerusalem on his hat at the end of his visit.

It goes well with his Canton, OH, Hall of Fame shirt.

Thousands tried to meet and

photograph their favorite sports stars.

 I was told that I missed Joe Montana by seconds.

Oh well.

It was better than standing in the heat outside

the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs waiting for security.

Simon Wiesenthal center at Israel Foreign Ministry

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and

the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel held a conference there

on digital terrorism and hate speech on the internet.

I am afraid you will be hearing lots more

on this EchoChamber in the future,

as cyber terrorists look for new ways to attack.

The next day was

Conference on Israeli economy in Jerusalem Israel IDI

the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society,

of the Israel Democracy Institute,

where we heard that Israel, the ‘Start-Up Nation’,

is #52 in the world in the ease of opening a business.

Changes must be made in taxation, regulation and bureaucracy

in order to get Israel to the next level

to be known as the ‘Nation of Innovation’.

After two days inside, it was good to get out.

Pillbox in Rechavia painted Jerusalem Israel history

Our local pillbox got a much needed painting.

White Night Beit Avi Chai in July 2017

This new sign was posted for Beit Avi Chai.

Lists of children’s summer programs are planned,

but this informs us that July 6 will be Leila Lavan.

an all-night loud summer music party.

Mekudeshet, a festival working hard on integrating cultures,

is also planning a long list of events for this summer.

If you remember the photo I posted of the Mamilla Hotel,

Mamilla Hotel flag for Macabbiah in Jerusalem Israel 2017

there is now a fourth banner flag on the building.

The 2017 Macabbiah will be bringing tens of thousands

of international Jewish athletes to Jerusalem, Israel.

All of this is amazing.

Especially if you stop and reflect

that all of the above locations,

from the Pillbox to those hills,

were mostly empty and barren, except for rocks,

not so very many years ago.

And Mamilla Mall and Mishkanot-Shaananim,

were dangerous zones inhabited by the poorest of poor.

Holocaust Remembrance Day to Shabbat: Darkness to Light

Holocaust Remembrance Day to Shabbat: Darkness to Light

January 27, 1945,

 the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated.

 In 2005, the UN set the day of January 27

to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

What better place to remember than Yad Vashem.

In the Vad Vashem Synagogue are remnants of the past.

Romania Lions supporting Ten Commandments

Displayed artifacts from Romania,

Romanian Aron Kodesh

including part of an Aron Kodesh, the Holy Ark

where the Torah scrolls were kept.

Torah from Transnistria and mantel from Greece in Yad Vashem

A Torah from Mantte, Transnistria,

covered by a mantle from Salonika, Greece,

stands on exhibit in the back of the synagogue.

Diary of Holocaust experience Yad Vashem

This tiny diary holds memories,

of those who so much wanted to live,

expressions of the human spirit.

Display Yad Vashem children exhibit

Stored in Yad Vashem are photos and memories

of those who survived and those who perished.

Not all have names.

Children, so many children murdered.

They left no diaries.

Child survivors are growing older and dying.

Dolls from Holocaust on exhibit at Yad Vashem

Soon a doll collection and memories

will be all that remains.

Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on a Friday this year.

But as the sun sets it will be Shabbat,

and Rosh Chodesh Shevat,

the new month that ushers in the spring.

From the darkness of the Holocaust,

it is time for a new season and renewal.

שבת שלום

image shabat shalom and love

חודש טוב

Chodesh tov.

29 November Celebrated in Jerusalem

November 29, 1947

Important enough to be the name of a Jerusalem street.

כט November street sign in Jerusalem for 29 November

It was the day the UN passed Resolution 181

to re-establish a Jewish State in our ancestral homeland.

“The UN Vote: Then and Now”

was the theme of a November 29th conference

AACI Israel forever foundation Danny Ayalon

featuring former Ambassador Danny Ayalon as the keynote speaker.

Workshops were held in the afternoon on topics

which included delegitimization, antisemitism,

Anti-Zionism, BDS, Hate Bias, and Jewish rights.

The morning panel on Public Diplomacy on Shaping Social Action

was moderated by former Jerusalem Post editor Steve Linde.

November 29 UN vote then and now

 Barry Shaw, Olga Deutsch, Avital Leibovich, Asher Fredman,

and Ashley Perry (left to right) spoke about current advocacy.

Zipporah Porath witness to November 29 in 1947

 Zipporah Porath gave her eyewitness account

of the excitement that filled the Jerusalem streets many years ago

when the UN made possibly its first and last pro-Israel proclamation.

The World Zionist Organization marked 70 years since the historic vote

29 November celebration Jerusalem

with music and Israeli dancing.

Zionist leaders were again on the balcony watching the proceedings.

29 November celebraton

That is Yaakov Hagoel and Avraham Dudevani on the left, Natan Sharansky in the middle,

and Theodore Herzl on the right side of this photo.

29 November at Jewish Agency buidling

Lights and visuals were projected on to the building.

Could Theodore Herzl imagine such a scene?

actor as Theodore Herzl at Jewish Agency

He certainly never imagined David Ben-Gurion taking a selfie

while standing there next to him.

The date of November 30, 1947, marked

 the beginning of the mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries,

the Jewish Nakba Day.

Most came to Eretz Yisrael,

and after many hardships, began new lives.

This year Sigd was celebrated on November 30.

After thousands of years of going to mountain tops

Sigd on Tayelet

and yearning to return to Jerusalem,

the Ethiopian holiday has become an official Israeli one.

November 30 at night is also Rosh Chodesh Kislev,

so besides Israeli and Ethiopian dancing,

Hanukkah donuts

the streets are beginning to be lined with suffganiot,

The Hanukkah donuts season has begun.