Jerusalem Streets Closed for Maccabiah Runners

Jerusalem Streets Closed for Maccabiah Runners

In the first six months of this year,

Israel saw a record number of tourists.

That confirms my saying there have been

so many tour buses on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

This week also felt like a new record in the making.

No sooner had the Prime Minister of India left,

that the President of Rwanda arrived,

followed by the Irish Foreign Minister.

I thought someone made a mistake in the official guest book,

Israel President's official gust book

but the calligraphy was ready and waiting for the next guest.

I feel sorry for the person in charge of flags,

trying to keep the correct ones up for each official delegation.

But not just tourists and international delegations

have arrived in record numbers.

The World Maccabiah sports competitions are being held

from July 4- July 17, 2017.

10,000 athletes, from 80 countries,

compete for medals in Jerusalem and around the country.

Maccabiah flags were displayed outside of Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s official residence

 for a meeting of World Maccabiah delegates with

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Flags for Maccabiah outside Beit Hanasi in gardens with man representing South Korea sitting on ground

South Korea was represented by this man competing in Judo.

Most people were wearing regular clothing

Australia at Maccabiah at Beir Hanasi

but these Australians wore Maccabi shirts,

and stopped long enough to pose for a photo.

Children choir from Beer Sheva at Beit Hanasi for Maccabiah

The beautiful voices of a children’s choir group

from Beer Sheva provided entertainment,

between the effusive and positive speeches.

Attention was given to break of protocol when

 President Rivlin hugged the Indian Prime Minister.

But after the official photo with leaders of World Maccabiah,

the President again broke protocol

and walked to the back of the room

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with Maccabiah

to take selfies with members of the Maccabiah group.

The affection and excitement was impressive.

US Olympic swimmers Jason Lezack and Lenny Krayzelberg for Maccabiah at Israeli President House

Also impressive were

Jason Lezack and Lenny Krayzelberg,

USA gold Olympic medalists.

And much less familiar swimmers,

Maccabiah swimmer from Suriname at Israeli president residence for Maccabiah

like Yigal Kopinsky of Suriname.

I could go on and on with the interesting countries

and delegates from Puerto Rico, Barbados, and more.

But I want to share what happened on the Jerusalem streets

with tens of thousands participating,

not just a few special individuals.

For the Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run,

runners in Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run Emek Refaim Street

streets were closed as tens of thousands of runners,

took 5 or 10-K or half-marathon routes.

Hundreds were taking photos and selfies with phones,

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run runner with a camera

but this was first time I have seen a runner

participating in a race with such a serious camera.

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run

Near the end of the routes

which went back toward the starting line,

Jerusalem Israel Maccabiah Night Run

runners turned toward the Old City.

runners Jerusalem Maccabiah Night run

A  friend waved on her way back to Jaffa Gate.

Runners Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run shower near end of route

A cool shower was waiting near the finish line.

For Jerusalem, it was a hot night.

Street closed due to Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run

The final stretch was past the Old City Walls

where spectators waited to cheer runners on,

Light projection on Walls of Old City

with the 50-years unification of Jerusalem light show

playing in the background.

People taking a selfie photo at end of Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run

The smiles at the finish line next to Mamilla Mall –

were priceless.

The Maccabiah sports range from golf, with one male playing,

to ice hockey in new Jerusalem rink,

to bridge, and of course tennis and swimming.

And chess,

where Natan Sharansky played 20 opponents,

at the same time.

He won 17 games and tied 3 others.

Some make light of these “Jewish Olympics”

but Jason Lezack representing the athletes, spoke beautifully.

I think his words are important enough to share:

 

For additional photos:

Maccabiah 2017   HERE

and   Night Run    HERE

Shabbat Shalom – Jerusalem Near and Far

Shabbat Shalom – Jerusalem Near and Far

Each week I try to post a nice photo for

Shabbat shalom greeting,

Flowers in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

 like this one taken in Yemin Moshe.

However,

this week I decided to also share two short videos.

The first from a Jerusalem site not so well known,

Zedekiah’s Cave or Solomon’s Quarry,

and the second taken in Old Jaffa,

where on the coast as the sun sets,

as usual at a Jewish wedding ceremony,

we remember Jerusalem.

שבת שלום

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Summertime in Jerusalem, Israel, when it gets hot,

it is often hard to walk outside.

In the evening, sometimes it cools off.

A photo walk provides a great excuse to leave

my air conditioned room.

Dried from summer sun weed photo

Though plants are drying out from the harsh sun,

there is new color to be found.

British Mandate mail boxes in Yemin Moshe painted red

These British Mandate post boxes in

Yemin Moshe have been painted bright red.

Pillbox painted white and read with British soldiers in Rechavia Jerusalem Israel

The Rechavia Pillbox has British soldiers again.

 I doubt the British army dressed like that

  back in the summers of 1930’s in Jerusalem.

Lion Fountain Jerusalem Israel bird on top

This live bird on top of Lion’s Fountain,

had gotten my attention.

The water has stopped flowing at the top,

Children splashing in Lion Fountain to cool off on hot Jerusalem, Israel night

but children still cool off in the fountain below.

However,

Jerusalem Israel Teddy Park fountain with children in water

Teddy Fountain is more popular these days, and nights.

Old City Jerusalem, Israel view of walls at sunset

This view at sunset never tires,

always a new color reflected on the walls at sunset.

Also in Yemin Moshe,

Yemin Moshe window with flowers Jerusalem Israel

windows with flowers,

Stairs in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel lined with flowers

and its stairs are always photo worthy.

Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel flowers

The flowers this time of year,

I love the colors,

Flowers in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

though the heat wave has faded many of these.

Colored lights at Jerusalem Light Festival 2017

The light festival is over.

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run 2017

The Maccabiah sports events have concluded.

Thousands came from around the world.

Tens of thousands participated in the Night Run

racing through the streets of Jerusalem.

The annual Jerusalem Film Festival is going strong,

with new this year,

multiple community showings for children.

Families are encouraged to come out in the evening

for these free films.

Hot, but still,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.