Jerusalem in August is usually not the most popular place to be.
It’s hot. It gets humid at night in Jerusalem.
It’s summer vacation time when residents go north to find cool waterways and nature trails. In past years, tens of thousands of Israelis flew overseas to foreign destinations for a holiday. With COVID-19, nothing is usual this summer.
But even during a pandemic in Jerusalem, the attitude is that the show must go on.
The Western Wall Plaza is divided up to meet the latest prayer limit restrictions and, as you can see in this image taken after Shabbat, the sections were filled.
Families are doing their best to keep children busy and safe. With hats, sunglasses, and masks it can be difficult to recognize friends.
Last week the clouds over Jerusalem were impressive.
For two days in a row, there was no rain, just massive clouds over the city.
Those white billowing clouds can make for colorful images at sunset.
By day even weeds growing wild make for a colorful image.
These are the slow days or the end of summer. Instead of attending crowded festival events and conferences with hundreds of participants, walking these nature trails in Jerusalem has been a daily activity. There is a man sitting and reading alone in the distance. There are a few runners, occasionally a person sitting alone on a bench meditating, even a young couple sitting together, with the girl wearing a hijab covering her face with her hands.
I refrain from taking photos of people to respect their privacy. But this guy I had to get.
Days of walking slowly, not rushing to a scheduled meeting, one can look and see a bird perched.
Look up, there are building cranes in most directions over Jerusalem streets. These working on the National Library and Jerusalem Gateway seemed to be in sync.
Oops, the water company was on site for a water leak.
The next day it was repaired and all was back to normal.
However, not all is quiet. The protests near the Prime Minister’s Residence continue. Members of the IPO played a concert and various culture groups also joined protesters.
Theaters have not been allowed to reopen. However, the 59th Israel Festival, originally set for June, has rescheduled for September 3-12. The “show must go on” for the annual Jerusalem event with local and foreign artists, events, and performances.
The 2020 Jerusalem Jazz Festival is planned for September 8-10.
The Jerusalem Municipality is holding a series of events at Jerusalem’s bars and nightlife businesses. Every Monday, during the month of August, the Shaon Horef events are happening.
Jerusalem School of Rock student performers were out entertaining the public. One of the many Jerusalem street actors passed by and danced to the beat for a bit on his way up Hillel Street.
A warm-up for August 20-21, the two-day family-friendly smoke-free, second annual Jerusalem Community Woodstock event. Featuring the best of the Woodstock era bands with music, food, camping out
The jamming to the “greatest music in rock history” is planned at Silo, a vegetarian eatery, off the First Station parking lot. At this Jerusalem Woodstock, don’t expect to find mud, smoking, or drugs.
The Israel Museum finally reopened after being closed for months due to corona.
The first visitors came on Thursday with masks, tickets, and special security.
The water is back on and flowing over the Shrine of the Book.
The Bloomfield Science Museum is to reopen this week.
Planning for the future, The Jerusalem Theater opened its 2021 membership season.
Here are some on my favorite Jerusalem flowers, the בוגונויליה – Bougainvillea.
Want to get out of Jerusalem and see more Israeli flowers?
The days are growing shorter with the end of August rapidly approaching.
The well-watered grass in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park is ready for guests.
The Jerusalem Mayor’s office announced the removal of public telephones. But Jerusalem has added food trucks in various park locations. Friday morning, pizza was available in Gan Sacher.
Drive-in movies are being shown at the First Station parking lot. Regular theaters are still closed to Corona restrictions.
Shaon Horef, the Winter Noise Festival held on Jerusalem streets on Monday nights in February, got lost in the news of approaching novel coronavirus. Now Jerusalem is trying for Shaon Horef on August summer nights with music and performances on various streets.
The parks are sponsoring Sport and Fitness for retired folks.
Among the other options are biking, flower arranging, yoga and Pilates, and Segway tours.
Not sure who was having more fun here, the father controlling the flying toy or the kids who sat to watch.
Parties for the youth are planned in the Jerusalem parks.
And Jerusalem parks are, as always, perfect for a first date, another sign of this season.
The Jerusalem municipality has offered to host weddings at various scenic locations:
the Promenade at Armon Hanatziv,
the Bloomfield Gardens near the Montefiore Windmill,
and the Liberty Bell Park. They are also some of my favorite Jerusalem locations.
Those noisy protests near the Prime Minister’s Residence continue.
The Israel Museum was closed for months but there is some good news there.
Museum galleries are scheduled to open this Thursday. The employees protesting last week are to return to work.
From a distance I noticed the all-black covering put on the back of city promotional signs along Hazaz Street, part of the black shirt anti-government protest.
However, looking closer to the new landscaping along the street, there are new flowers emerging.
This pink sign is one of the Jerusalem promoting tourism which were covered in black. But I took this photo to share a sign of normalcy. Friday morning flowers were being sold for Shabbat.
The sun has risen and set.
The limes on the tree are growing and almost ready to pick.
I thought I had found a perfect rose for a closeup.
Only when I got home a saw there was an insect crawling on it.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon announced,”Following the global tourism crisis, we decided to advance the upgrade work and infrastructure related to tourist areas throughout the city. Upgrading King David Street is a complex upgrade project that affects transportation throughout central Jerusalem.”
But, construction on the new National Library is going strong. This is how the roof looked today.
So there you have it, not all good, part of what’s happening on the Jerusalem streets this week.
I miss attending events at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence. The very restricted number of programs now are limited to the Government Press Office only, not open to those of us with GPO cards.
Today President Rivlin spoke on the telephone with people who have requested help via the coronavirus hotline opened by Beit HaNasi.