It is that time of year.
All over Israel there are end of school year celebrations.
These events start soon after the Shavuot holiday ends
and go until the end of June when school is out for the summer.
Most performances are put on for families and friends and become
true extravaganzas that rival the Israel Festival Jerusalem programs.
The Jerusalem Theater hosts many of the musical programs
of this May-June annual cultural festival.
This year new venues were added to the program.
Though the English on this sign is a bit curious,
I was anxious to see the results of the extensive renovations
to the old Hansen Hospital.
People were lined up early at the main entrance,
which went through the gardens.
However, this is as close as I could get.
The guard would not let me in to take even one photo.
But I had no time to stay and argue.
I was on my way to opening of the Jerusalem Light Festival
and the Hebrew Book Week in Liberty Bell Park.
And there is more.
Signs are all over for special sporting events.
The European Soccer Under-21 Championship is being held in Israel.
And Formula One sports cars are on display.
The cars are to run on the Jerusalem streets from the new First Station
on a route near the Old City on Thursday afternoon and Friday.
Preparations are well under way for next week’s huge
Israeli Presidential Conference at the Jerusalem Conference Center.
There is so much happening in Jerusalem this time of year.
So it’s no surprise that in May tourism in Jerusalem hit an all time high.
However, the mainstream media continues to ignore the good stuff.