Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Aliyah Day

was established in 2016 to honor Olim,

immigrants to Israel, for their contributions.

It was set for 7th day of the Hebrew month Marcheshvan,

 near the Torah portion Lech Lecha, in which

G‑d promises the Land of Israel to Avram’s descendants.

Aliyah Day

A major celebration was held in Jerusalem, Israel.

I do not know who sent the invitations, how, or to whom.

But after clearing security, there was food,

Yom Aliyah in Jerusalem

and a show with music and dancing and

entertainment, and of course speeches,

Man in audience with small Israel i flag

to a diverse group of Olim in the audience.

We live near Tchernichowsky Street,

Aliyah Day photo of Tchernikofsky

and there he was on one of the huge screens.

This is not the usual RJS  Shabbat Shalom greeting,

but instead of a pretty photo, I decided to

share a short clip of one impressive performance.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

Happy Aliyah Day.

What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

After the chagim, after the holidays.

 The holiday visitors have gone.

Now what? Plenty.

The universities are finally starting.

The Knesset is back in session after long break.

Way too much is happening in Jerusalem to keep up.

Tower of David citadel view

The imposing Tower of David (ToD)

View inside the Tower of David fortress

was open for the launch of its new Innovation Lab.

New location for crusaders inside Tower of David

These old statues were being relocated,

and over 20 technology startups in augmented reality/virtual reality,

AR/VR, were being presented.

Innovation Lab technology at Tower of David Museum

Click and see history of 3000 years unfold!

Innovation Lab launch virtual reality glasses in Tower of David

With glasses like these,

one day you will be able sit at home

and feel as if you were in Herod’s old fortress.

Innovation Lab technology robot controlled by eye movements using these glasses

And with these glasses,

eye movements can operate a robot.

Much more is happening and planned for AR/VR.

It all sounds like science fiction,

but is being developed daily to enhance the museum experience

and improve quality of life.

Oh the contrast of old and new!

Christian pilgrims dance and sing in Jerusalem Israel

Outside those walls of the Old City, near Jaffa Gate,

these Christian tourists were singing and dancing,

while across the street a woman was sorting

Arab women collecting olives taken from tree near Mamilla Mall Jerusalem

the olives she had just taken from this olive tree.

Olive harvesting is nearly finished for this year.

However, new festivals are beginning.

Here are 3 favorites of new Hebrew signs.

Until I saw it in English,

I had hard time understanding,

Eclectic Jerusalemite sign in Hebrew

the Lev Smadar Theater is hosting “Eclectic Jerusalem” cultural films.

Street sign for OutLIne contest

Then there is this sign for an illustration and poetry,

“Out-Line Festival.”

Street sign for Animation event in Jerusalem Israel

And how about an International Animation Festival

in Jerusalem, at Cinematheque?

Not enough?

Houses WithIn, now called “Open House”

starts on Thursday, with 117 interesting and free tours.

Some are fascinating sites open to public,

some are announced as free access,

others were fully booked at warp speed.

Poor Folks’ Cemetery or the Har Herzl military cemetery,

famous private homes

or the Jerusalem home of the Electric Company, are a few options.

Jerusalem Israel Pillbox in Rechavia open for first time to public

The Pillbox in Rechavia was opened last year.

It was less than comfortable inside and a worse photo op,

but it was  interesting to hear about.

Photos from the International Jerusalem

Jewish Contemporary Art Bienalle will have to wait for next time.

Oh and soon, Open Restaurants – 5 days, 100 options!

More next time,

will see how many I can get to.

So much is happening on the Jerusalem streets.