Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

Jerusalem, Israel,

after the spring holiday season,

most of the tourists have gone home

and temperatures are rising rapidly.

The sky might be filled with sand or haze,

but will be mostly cloud-free

and bright blue for the next few months.

Tower of David night scene for Shabbat shalom poster

Sunset this week at the Tower of David,

picture perfect,

to wish all

שבת שלום

Spring in Jerusalem

Spring in Jerusalem

It’s spring in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim is over.

The Jerusalem Marathon is over.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in China,

the streets were a bit quieter without his noisy PM motorcades.

Also last week, President Reuven Rivlin was in Vietnam.

But now we hear new, noisy motorcades:

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska is visiting Jerusalem,

Flag near Beit Hanasi for President of Slovakia

and flags marking the official visit are flying near Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s Residence.

Actually, thousands must be visiting Jerusalem,

judging by by the large number of buses on the streets.

Newspapers are filled with ads for everything from paper dishes

to electronics, before the Passover holiday.

Sales abound, but many cannot afford the holiday necessities.

Tuesday was the official Good Deeds Day,

and school children all over Israel participated.

But for some, everyday is good deed day.

For the third year, Rav Yitzchok Grossman of Migdal Ohr,

Passover food boxes

brought holiday provisions and volunteers to Beit Hanasi.

Boxes of Pesach food for poor packing at Beit Hanasi

President Rivlin joined in preparing packages

for Israelis who are in need of assistance for the holiday.

Another name for Passover is the Holiday of Spring.

Spring blossoms Jerusalem Israel

Blossoms are popping out on trees,

Pot of flowers at beit hanasi

not just in pretty planters

Pink flowers in garden at Beit Hanasi

and flower beds.

In honor of the spring planting again this year,

Nechama Rivlin at Beit Hanasi

First Lady Nechama Rivlin invited students,

Arab and Jewish girls, to help her plant

Children's corner garden at Beit Hanasi

in this corner of the President’s gardens.

For those of you who were not there today,

Orange and olive trees in Beit Hanasi gargen

this was one view of the gardens,

with olive and orange trees in the distance,

View of synagogue of Beit Hanasi Arden

and the synagogue across the lawn.

But my favorite

Garden table at BEit Hanasi

was just sitting here and enjoying the warm weather

while taking a photo on Instagram with my new phone.

Photos do not capture the beauty of spring in Jerusalem,

but will have to do,

as rain and cooler temperatures are forecast.

Now – what next?

For those of you who asked to be informed:

Beit Avi Chai has a Maghreb Festival going on,

celebrating North African Jewry, from March 27 – 30,

with a variety of programs, some with no entrance fee.

Kikar Safra again has matzah baking and activities,

on March 29-30 afternoons, and is also free.

Children are out of school for holidays starting soon,

and museums are gearing up and getting ready for them.

The Bible Lands Museum has special exhibits to learn about ancient Egypt.

The Tower of David is always a great place to visit,

Tower of David night time inside Jerusalem, Israel

day or night,

and now has new special programs in English.

Check them out HERE.

As always so many things happening in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem for Purim

Jerusalem for Purim

Purim is a big holiday in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jerusalem signs Purim sameach

Street signs are posted wishing Purim Sameach.

The variety of celebrations seems endless,

Purim events in Jerusalem Israel

with Funky, Rave and Balkan Beat Box Purim events.

Sign for circus in Jerusalem Israel for Purim

Maybe not three-rings, but the circus is coming too.

In Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk, 

Hamentaschen piled up in Machane Yehuda Market for Purim

 hamentaschen are piled high,

Shuk costumes for Purim

and costumes

Purim costumes for sale in Machane Yehuda Market

and more costumes were out for sale.

Candy in the shuk before Purim

The candy displays have been full for weeks.

Night time bars in the shuk are always ready to party.

Now the Azza Street wine bars include

Wine bar in Jerusalem Israel kosher Corky's

 one that is kosher and is open and ready for celebrating.

Too much wine and your eyes may play tricks on you.

Not a Purim prank, these cars are piled up,

New car park in Jerusalem, Israel with cars stacked

in a new parking lot in town.

Jerusalem celebrates Purim this year,

from Sunday night, March 12, through March 13.

Purim sameach, box for mishloah manot

Happy Purim to all.

Best costumes and variety events next time…

Jerusalem Marathon 2017 finish line

A Jerusalem Marathon finish line is up,

and people are training and running.

I hope all recuperate in time for the March 17 races.