Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

   Jerusalem, Israel in August.

While it does not rain in Israel,

Sunset colors Israel

the humidity makes for interesting colors at sunset.

gold dome view of Old City at night from Har Hazeitim

Of course, some sights are colorful at any hour.

Four new Ambassadors to Israel presented their credentials

this past week at Beit Hanasi, to the Israeli president.

The IDF band plays the national anthems of each country.

Israel IDF band member at Beit Hanasi

Time for one last minute rehearsal, before

Diplomatic reception at Beit Hanasi

the new Ambassador from Australia arrived.

Reuven Rivlin and Christopher Cannan at Beit Hanasi with twin sons

Chris Cannan brought along his two sons.

The King David Hotel was also busy with international visitors,

US Congressmen and the head of the Organization of American States,

 joined the ranks of thousands of summer tourists.

King David Hotel Pool

Out in back of the hotel behind the pool,

in the Bloomfield Gardens,

Shakespeare in Motion Bloomfield Gardens

you will find the annual Shakespeare in Motion.

Taming of the Shrew is being performed in English,

August evenings before the sun goes down.

Jerusalem Israel performance near Windmill

I still have not found the story behind this song and dance,

happening in Yemin Moshe,

Montefioure Windmill Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

 near the Montefiore Windmill.

As the sun was setting,

Yemin Moshe Yerushalayim Yisrael

I was walking through Yemin Moshe,

Khutsot Hayozer

 to see the International Arts & Crafts fair.

International booths arts & crafts

The set-up for international booths

Khutost Hayozer

seems to be the same as usual.

Artist Colony Jerusalem Israel

Fewer people seemed to be on the main path,

yet tens of thousands attend this annual end of summer event.

During holiday time, Jerusalem parks are popular.

sunset over Teddy Park Jerusalem, Israel Old city wallls

As the sunset sets on Teddy Park,

with the walls of the Old City and Tower of David in the background,

the park fills with families on outings.

Jerusalem, Israel Old City Yafo Gate segwey riders

Segways have become a common sight.

Two boys in Mamilla Mall near Jaffa Gate Jerusalem Israel

But watch out in Mamilla Mall,

for these contraptions racing through

Two Muslim women in Mamilla Mall walking in crowd Jerusalem Israel

 the hundreds of people walking and shopping.

Musical events in Kikar Safra, Municipal Square.

are held every summer,

but this year in honor of 50 years of Jerusalem unification

3 major musical events are set for August 17, 28 and 31.

Then, there is the Oud Festival

and Mekudeshet, which starts in August and ends September 15,

Sign for Rikudim, Dancing in Jerusalem in August

and there is dancing at the Jerusalem Theater,

plus Hansen House has evening events.

Festivals, singing and dancing…but no rain.

Two soldiers near Zediakuh Cave Jerusalem Old City

When you see security out dressed in heavy protection,

a reminder that singing and dancing in the rain

was only found in old movies.

Meanwhile, there is so

much great stuff happening in Jerusalem,

I will have to save more for next time.

15 August Activities and Fun in Jerusalem

15 August Activities and Fun in Jerusalem

Tisha B’Av and the days of mourning have ended,

and the month of August is holiday time.

sunset on baeach at Old Jaffa

Jerusalem does not have a beach with a sunset view.

The new water activity in First Station

Kids water soccer game at First station

 for children to play soccer under a water spray,

water park lit at night, Jerusalem photos, Jerusalem new tourist attraction

the Teddy Park Fountain

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

and Lion’s Fountain are poor substitutes for a dip in the water.

Lacking in water, Jerusalem compensates with

summer activities and festivals

during the long summer school holiday,

both for locals and the tourists arriving daily.

new hotel in Jerusalem Israel Orient

After years of construction,

the new Orient Hotel is open near First Station

and boutique hotels have popped up all over town.

 Khuztot Hayozer, the annual international arts & crafts fair,

attracts thousands to the Sultan’s Pool, and opens next week.

The Bloomfield Science Museum has

a special bicycle exhibit and other popular activities.

National Library for children in summer

Summer programs for children are advertised by the National Library.

The 26th International Puppet Festival is this week.

And again this summer,

free August admission for children at the Israel Museum.

The colorful and popular umbrellas over streets downtown

are back up for the summer,

Radio on Ben Yehudah for summer

as is this new giant radio on Ben Yehudah pedestrian mall.

Shakespeare in Motion opens on August 10

in Bloomfield Park near the Montefiore Windmill.

The Wine Festival and Beer Festival are popular,

 night time adult only happenings.

There are also many Tu B’Av night happenings,

White Night on Emek Refaim

like this one on Emek Refaim Street.

Ice skating at Sports Arena in Malha goes until August 13.

Consider taking one of our Photo walks 

 which are so much better as evenings get cooler.

This is getting too long!

For more August happenings see:

Fun in Jerusalem 

or the special Summer Fun Guide

 HERE

As I was slowing down in the August heat,

Kitah Aleph postcard welcome from Mayor Nir Barkat

Mayor Nir Barkat sent a

“Welcome to Kitah Aleph” postcard message

to all incoming Jerusalem first graders.

I love how “Welcome to Kitah Aleph”

is bigger a deal than most Israeli university graduations!

Only in Israel!

I am getting exhausted thinking how to do everything,

still not enough happening for you,

check out this new video:

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