Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, Raise Your Glass

Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, Raise Your Glass

In Jerusalem, Israel, it seems everyone is

is getting into the holiday mood,

as Rosh Hashanah,

the Jewish New Year, approaches.

Finally on Sunday, it felt cooler, as

Beit Hanasi symbol

  I was at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence

and noticed this new arrangement in the front garden.

Major renovations have been underway for months,

Beit Hanasi renovations

both outside and inside the building.

But the mess of construction has not interrupted

Beit Hanasi getting cleaned by power-wash

holiday preparations or official receptions.

Flowers with pomegrante

The flower arrangements included a fake pomegranate,

as the First Lady and the wife of Chief of Staff of the IDF

hosted 30 lone soldiers.

It was a rather modest event,

Walter Bingham ai Beit Hasnasi

with the highlights of the day being Walter’s outfit

Box for phones

and this box for soldiers’ cell phones to be deposited during the program.

New Year reception at Beit Hanasi for lone soldiers

The program was held in the formal meeting room,

Fist Lady Nechama Rivlin with lone solders at Beit Hanasi

with a group photo at its conclusion.

Then on Monday, it was back to Beit Hanasi again

Beit Hanasi new emblem

 where glass pieces had completed this design.

Ambassadors at Beit Hanasi

At the President’s reception for foreign Ambassadors

business cards were exchanged and

newly arrived diplomats from around the world met.

Beit Hanasi food

There was no comparison to the simple food served the day before.

It was disappointing that the US Ambassador was back in the US,

Ambassadors at Beit Hanasi

but Egyptian Ambassador Hazem Khairat

and Jordanian Ambassador Walid Obeidat

were seated in the front row

and greeted me later with “Shanah tovah.”

Rosh Hashana table at Beit Hanasi

The holiday treats were impressive

Tzipi Hotovely taking a photo of the food at Beit Hanasi

enough for Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

to take a photo of them on her cell phone.

Rosh Hashana at Beit Hanasi reception for Ambassadors

Israelis do take “raising a glass’ seriously,

from lone soldiers to diplomats,

businesses and organizations,

reception after reception,

l’Chaim,

to celebrate Jewish New Year.

I finally got used to year 5777,

5778 Shana tova on Jerusalem Israel bus

and now it’s changing to 5778

Shanah tovah

Good New Year to all.

Jerusalem: Good & Bad, Hot & Running

Jerusalem: Good & Bad, Hot & Running

  Jerusalem is having a September heat wave.

Not so good for me,

I complain a lot and slow down.

But things are still going strong,

and Jerusalem is busier than ever.

Flowers in shape of Jewish star in Bloomfield Park

Not sure if these raised arrangements like the heat

or if they are good or bad,

but this new flower display is near the Montefiore Windmill.

I passed it on my way to the Jerusalem Press Club to hear

EU and Israel relationship discussed at Jerusalem Press Club

Dr. Michael Borchard, the Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung,

who reported on a survey of Israelis’ opinions of the EU.

The conclusion:

good news and bad news, but pretty much the same.

Economic missions, trade missions, and overseas delegations

seem to be everywhere, all the time.

US Congressmen were at the King David Hotel recently,

Iowa Economic Development Authority mission meets Jerusalem JLMBIOCity starups

and this week the Governor of Iowa Kay Reynolds

led an Economic Development Authority mission to Israel.

Iowans really are some of the nicest people,

here a group met to hear about Jerusalem based bio-startups.

The amazing innovations seek US collaboration to grow.

But besides back to school,

there is much more happening on the streets.

Sign in Hebrew for Jerusalem street fair second hand goods before New Year

Another Second Hand Fair was on Emek Refaim St.

Arab and Jewish music festival Kulna Season of Culture

Kulna, part of Mekudeshet, a festival of varied events

of the Jerusalem Season of Culture,

was set up in Mitchell Gardens.

Kulna Jerusalem Season of Culture Kulna music event

Those who came early to the had the option of seats

and food and drink to buy,

Mitchell Garden in Jerusalem, Israel ready for music festival featuring Arab music

with the walls of the Old City across the street in the background.

Jerusalem music festival with Arab music

One Arab family came early to get a good spot,

Amman is 71 kilometers from Jerusalem Israel

and much of the program featured Arab music.

Amman is 71 kilometers from us, one slide informed us.

Members of Mada, emergency medical staff at Mitchell Park for music festival

As always, emergency medical care was on site.

Arab family in Jerusalem, Israel park for musical performance

But though there were hundreds, maybe 2000 people,

there were no reports of injuries or emergencies in the crowd.

Jerusalem Marathon for Women

Signs were up all along the way to the park for

a first-ever Jerusalem Run for Women,

Main street Cerech Beit Lehem closed to traffic Jerusalem Israel

but not everyone saw those warnings of major streets to be closed.

Jerusalem Night Run map and times.

Security checked out their locations

for the 5k and 10k races.

Arab girls running in Jerusalem Women's Night Races

Women and girls came from all over to run.

I tried to take one of those water bottles,

but it felt so hot, I put it back.

Running in night in Jerusalem Israel Women's Night Run

After dark the women, and a few men,

started running.

Here goes the winner of the 10K

Ilana Guttman before winning the 5K race in Jerusalem

and my friend who won the 5k

was already smiling on the way to starting line.

Runners in Jerusalem Women's Night Race

I love when people race by and scream out “Sharon.”

If you know who is waving please let me know.

One of my favorite runners

Jerusalem Israel Women's Night Races young child and father follow running in closed street

was this cute little guy.

His father was right behind with the stroller making a video.

Jerusalem Festival in Jerusalem Park free with music

These posters tell of events in parks with live music,

Sign for special selihot at Kikar Safra before Rosh Hashana Jerusalem

and special musical nights in the Municipal Square,

 Opening the Gates Of Prayer,

with seasonal High Holy days songs.

So much is happening on the Jerusalem streets,

now if would just cool off a bit so we can enjoy it.

But at least no one is complaining about no rain this year.

and I guess that also could be good.

Shabbat Shalom

With hurricanes and typhoons

affecting so many millions of people,

I have spent the day trying to decide,

what would be best Shabbat shalom greeting.

Sign Shabbat Shalom

Simple flowers,

Shabbat shalom with flowers

or colorful flowers,

image Shabbat Shalom

The kotel, Western Wall,

Yemin Moshe bride and groom, shabat shlam

Shabbat as a bride,

image shabat shalom and love

or love?

As we get closer to sunset,

Jerusalem Israel winter sunset with clouds Shabbat shalom

I am still not certain, but

Old City Jerusalem, Israel view for Shabat shalom poster

 from Jerusalem – Shabbat Shalom.

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