8 Things to See Now on Jerusalem Streets

Israeli Apartheid? 

 got the most views in one day for a RJS post. 

But, 15 Real Photos of Arab Girls is still going strong 

and will soon go over 100,000 views. 

Too bad all my numbers are not that impressive.

So what is there to see in Jerusalem, Israel, now that the holidays

and municipal elections are over,

picture announcements, image colorful posters

and the campaign signs are slowly coming down?

image street art, grafiti, Jerusalem street art

1. Street art can be found in parking lots

man walking on Jaffa STreet

and lines so many streets,

 but contemporary art in Jerusalem has a new home.

2. The Jerusalem Biennale, which runs from September 15-October 31,

Cultural event Jerusalem Israel art & artists

 had its opening in the galleries of the renovated Templar houses on Emek Refaim Street.

3. For the week of October 17-24,

sign Manofim

there was Manofim, multiple exhibitions of contemporary art in Jerusalem.

image man at podium, picture lecture

Art critic and art history expert, Gideon Efrat,

gave a talk at Mishkenot Sha’ananim as part of the annual Manofim events.

image woman drawing, picture sektcthing

One woman was sketching during the program,

which was great to see at an art lecture.

manofim image, Jerusalem bird sanctuary

Manofim took place in many neighborhoods around Jerusalem,

but I was surprised to find this sign left at the Jerusalem Bird Sanctuary.

Art, art and more art is not what you think of first in Jerusalem,

but I have written before about the galleries in the Jerusalem Theater.

Yithak Greenfield with artists

4.  Israeli artist Yitzhak Greenfield’s students opened a show at the theater.

image woman in art gallery, looking at paintings image.

People of all ages came to see their work.

photo of art display, gallery in Jerusalem Theater

 Displays are constantly changing and open to public at no charge.

But there is more than art.

Cinema City in Jerusalem

5. The Cinema City signs are up,

 now everyone can see where the new theaters are located.

sign for Oud Festival

6. See and hear, another Oud Festival starts soon.

sign Einstein on Azza

7. See and learn on Azza Street from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm,

Einstein on Azza is coming on November 1.

Professors from the Hebrew University will give free lectures, along with live performances.

There is so much more, but the last for today.

sign for Jerusalem Knights

8. The Jerusalem Knights Festival will be held

on four consecutive Thursday nights starting October 31.

I saw the very first Knight night and wrote

who could imagine that the Crusades could be so much fun?

You may hear in the news about protests,

but how about these other events that are happening now? 

There is a big problem though,

with so much to see and do,

how does one see a fraction of the things that are going on?

Now If I could just get people interested in seeing some of this good stuff 

and not just looking for Arab girls….

Mamilla Mall

While Mamilla Mall was under construction

Mamilla Mall  "Gap store sign" image of mall

there were many who doubted its potential.

It was a convenient route to the Jaffa Gate and the Old City,

but who would shop in the expensive stores along Mamilla Avenue?

"closed shoe store" image

Stores have closed,

Coffee store image

 but new businesses open immediately.

"Mamilla Mall shoppers"  "BDS" image , "apartheid image"

The crowds keep coming…Israelis, both Jewish and Arab, and lots of tourists.

"bride image"  "white wedding dress" image

Brides favor the location for wedding photos.

"mime" image, Mime as a tree image

Street actors and mimes often perform on the avenue

Balloon sculptures image, "balloon" hats

and colorful balloons are a common sight.

Mamilla Mall lit at night image, mall at night

Every night as the lights go on, it is the place to visit.

"Musical art image"  , "piano" image

Often tourists can be found posing with the works of art on display.

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Music is the current theme of the art exhibitions

image "Holocaust art" "Arbeit" signimage

and the pieces are varied.  

"violin image"  numbered stones of wall image

The original stones were numbered, taken apart, and put back up.

The results can be seen behind this piece of art.

"cafe" image, outdoor cafe image, Mamilla Mall image

And people come to eat…

often there are lines to get in to the most popular places.

united Jerusalem image

Most days you will find the “United Jerusalem” guy,

but you will not find any signs of BDS: boycott, divest and sanction

Palestinian boys in Jerusalem image, Arab teens image

or Israeli apartheid in Mamilla Mall,

 located in Jerusalem,

 next to the walls of the Old City.