One of best views of Old City
is from the Tayelet,
u see how Jerusalem, Israel, has grown.
This week I saw so many colors of Israel.
Sunrise on the Kinneret with the Swim4Sadna,
then sunset from the Carmel mountains,
where the blues of sky and sea blend together.
Along the Jordan Valley Road
were colorful packing grates.
But as wonderful it is to go and see the land,
back in Jerusalem, Israel,
the colors of Yemin Moshe are a favorite.
I love to share its color on photo walks.
But also fun was to meet up with friends
for a new amazing Israel ScaVenture!
I have walked Yemin Moshe countless times,
each time I see and say there is something new.
Families have stopped and posed for photos here,
but I had not noticed this bomb shelter sign.
Near the Jerusalem Press Club
was the “No climbing” sign we needed to finish our hunt.
But did Kate climb or not climb?
The Windmill Dash ends by the Montefiore Windmill plaza,
with an amazing view of the Old City.
I was so glad to have dashed back
from the beautiful colors of the North
to participate in this Blogger ScaVenture Hunt.
We did the Old City,
last year Gush Etzion,
and now another favorite neighborhood.
What will Tali come up with next?
Most impressive is how these events are good
for families, all age groups and knowledge levels.
Dash around Mishkanot Shaananim and Yemin Moshe.
Then when you are ready to go slower,
see more and set up those photos,
There is always something new to see
on and off the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Oh, it was hot this week!
But as always the dome of the
Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum looked cool.
So glad it has cooled off before Shabbat,
Everyone is talking about the weather,
the hot, hot weather.
It has been beastly,
like this monster perched outside the Bloomfield Science Museum
even before the intense heat arrived.
On Monday, there was a special event for children
who had no school on the day after Shavuot.
These unusual riding machines are outside the museum.
Science and motion can be fascinating,
and while for some it is a learning experience,
it is a living experience.
ALEH is a very special school for children with severe disabilities.
The annual ALEH March was Monday afternoon.
Teachers, students, volunteers and ALEH families
all walked across the Jerusalem String Bridge.
In the middle of the walk the group released green and purple balloons,
made noise and held banners for cars to honk.
Walkers, special wheel chairs and flags,
all marching forward – to make each day count.
And as with most Jerusalem facilities,
ALEH serves both Muslim and Jewish children, religious and secular.
The holidays are over,
but things are not quieting down,
and even in the mid-day sun tourists were out.
New signs have been posted,
for the Israel Festival’s
Festival season has begun.
For other new events
and festivals we will have to wait and see.
But next week is the Jerusalem Light Festival,
and this big ad was up in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.
I sure hope it cools off when we walk around the Old City.
It will be interesting to see what new light pieces
the international festival can come up with this year,
and how many thousands of people will attend.
The date has passed.
Most flags are removed.
Commentators have spun stories with their biases.
The main stream media focused on a small group.
Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,
celebrations in Jerusalem, Israel,
are always like no where else in the world.
Today Jerusalem has a flag,
and an official pin.
The ancient Tower of David,
is always impressive.
In the morning of Yom Yerushalayim,
Mayor Nir Barkat and his wife Beverly
greeted the public inside the gardens.
While a live orchestra played music
and visitors sat and enjoyed their program.
Hundreds of families took tours of Yemin Moshe.
Thousands of young people gathered in Gan Sacher,
Sacher Park to march with Israeli flags to the Old City,
to the Kotel, the Western Wall.
Tens of thousands of people, singing, dancing, and
celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.
This year other events were planned,
as this one for families at the new First Station.
There were prayer services,
and official invitation only ceremonies.
A free concert was held at Kikar Safra, Government Square.
Once again the annual “White Night” celebration
blasted until 4 am from Gan Sacher.
I do not appreciate that one!
In schools and kindergartens there were special programs,
with art projects songs, and even bubbles.
The main stream media missed hundreds of thousands
of people who were not news worthy.
For those who find Jerusalem Day objectionable,
no Jews were in the Old City.
Under control of Jordan from 1948 – 1967,
no Jews could enter ANY of the gates.
this was as close to the Kotel, the Western Wall,
American Jewish tourists could get.
Photos were taken from across No Man’s Land,
safe from Jordanian sniper shots.
Yom Yerushalayim should be appreciated every day.
Our friends have posted on a bench by their home,
a short passage from the Prophet Zechariah,
on his vision for the future,
Jerusalem will be full of boys and girls
celebrating in her streets.
And that is what was really happening
on Yom Yerushalayim,
on the real Jerusalem streets.
Passover time in Jerusalem, Israel,
sees a population exchange.
Many locals rent (or try to rent) their homes
to holiday visitors for large sums,
and go away for the week.
Even more take day or overnight trips
to one of Israel’s amazing nature spots
like this one near Zichron Yaakov in Ramat Hanadiv park.
Estimates were as high as 75,000 people
for Monday morning’s holiday annual
Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing.
But huge crowds were at
the Kotel, the Western Wall all day the next day as well.
Not only were prayer services held at the Kotel and at regular synagogues,
but impromptu minyanim for the afternoon prayers
sprung up just about everywhere.
It was good to see First Station busy again,
but this was the only sign of the new Luna Park.
The free shuttle bus service was finally being used,
with a full size buse to accommodate the crowds,
in addition to the special vans.
The route was different and it went to a different Old City Gate.
While walking to Kotel, you could see
people on top of the Walls looking down at Silwan below.
Streets were closed and blocked to cars,
while some places were even blocked to pedestrians.
I was not allowed to walk up this alley,
but the guy in white shirt was allowed to smoke.
The closings caused a lot of extra walking for people.
This little girl is watching a man from an Arabic tour,
who is taking a video of the hasid, religious Jewish man,
while I was taking photos of the Arabic writing on the back of his vest.
Warm, clear weather was perfect for
the large and diverse crowds,
and for photos in Jerusalem on Passover.
Mamilla Mall had extra balloon people
and we hear they did a great business.
And of course, there was food.
Parks were filled with picnics and BBQ grills,
and the sky filled with smoke.
Many food places were closed for the holiday.
The ones that were open did just about anything with potatoes.
this pizza did not seem to be too popular
with one young family.
But, always popular
is the holiday greeting on Jerusalem buses,
Happy and Kosher Passover.