Once again it was a busy week in Jerusalem, Israel,
a week filled with events I am compelled to share with you.
Let’s see how many of these you heard about.
- Last night was another ‘pitch night’ for Jerusalem Biotech startups.
There are so many innovative new biomedical and tech companies it is hard to keep up. Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is a regular speaker at Azrieli College for Engineering for JLM-BIOCITY pitch nights. However, last night twenty Chinese visitors attended this meetup on their last night in Israel before returning home to cities throughout China.
Did they understand all the English?
No, but they took plenty of photos on their phones.
2. President Rivlin hosted an awards ceremony to honor twelve volunteers, individuals, and organizations.
While most of the Israeli media was out looking for riots, these young people were singing in the gardens for the Israeli President and invited guests.
The years of volunteerism and the diversity of projects of this honored group filled a souvenir book.
3. Again yesterday at Beit Hanasi, but inside this time, the Jerusalem Unity Prize was given to four groups. Three Israeli projects that promote unity and Moishe House for the diaspora. The award was started 5 years ago by then-Mayor Nir Barkat and the Fraenkel, Shaer, and Ifrach families in memory of their 3 murdered teens to promote the unity the families felt in their time of stress and mourning.
But there were more awards.
4. For journalism, one to Antonia Yamin for reporting for KAN broadcast media from Europe.
For print media, Tvika Klein won for his work with Diaspora reporting.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Deborah Lipstadt who spoke on antisemitism.
She had support in the audience from family members. However, it was a shame many people were afraid to come because of the traffic delays the previous day. Seats were empty in what would have been a standing room only event.
Road construction can cause traffic to stop, but on that night there were no riots or serious delays.
5. The Israel Democracy Institute discussed the US Freedom of Religion report.
Who knew the US State Department has been issuing this report since 1998?
Summer on the streets of Jerusalem, Israel and there are new signs.
6. The “Windows” exhibit in Gan Hasoos, Horse Park is causing buzz way before the Mekudeshet Festival begins in September.
7. Hansen House hosts part of the Outline Festival events.
On July 4th which was advertised as opening day; this was the entrance to an exhibit.
Outline, illustration and poetry, and this was a speaker set up inside an audio offering.
By night, this room was set up, during the day I was not allowed in.
The courtyard was filled with music and people at night for the festival opening events.
During the day the guard did not know what I was looking for.
Keeping children out of school safe and busy was high on families’ lists.
8. The IDF exhibit at First Station is an option. It is not busy in the morning, and you can get a security bracelet to enter on-site, not just online. However, I was not going to stand and wait for ten minutes in the midday sun to go inside when a guard at the door told me I was not allowed to take photos.
9. July 4th was a good time to go to Liberty Bell Park.
The park was dedicated 43 years ago on the 200th-anniversary celebration of the United States Independence Day.
An exact replica of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is in the center of this Jerusalem park. Yes, with the crack.
This blog is getting too long to share more photos of the Terry Fox and Billy Graham memorial gardens and the many other sections of the Liberty Bell Park.
But in Israel on July 4th, one remembers that forty-three years ago was also Operation Jonathan at Entebbe.
The Yonatan Netanyahu Garden was quiet this year, while a bar mitzvah celebration was held nearby. For the 40th anniversary, there was a major event at the Jerusalem Theater.
What a week it was in Jerusalem, Israel.
Now for the fireworks which you have been waiting for.
For a first, the US Embassy Jerusalem had 4th of July fireworks at its celebration (on July 2nd).
My video on Facebook has had 45 shares and over 8,000 views.
The event was at the International Conference Center, the fireworks could be seen over the Knesset with the Israeli flag in view.
So much happened this week on and over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.