Out of the Blue, Out of the Box, and Out on the Streets in Jerusalem, Israel

Out of the Blue, Out of the Box, and Out on the Streets in Jerusalem, Israel

Blue. Blue is the color of the week.

Blue is the color for good luck, and many doors and windows in Jerusalem, Israel, are painted blue.

Crayola announced it is looking to name its new special blue crayon.

Bible Lands Museum Israel Out of Blue Exhibit

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem (BLMJ) opened a new exhibit called “Out of the Blue.”

The Hebrew word for blue is not mentioned in the Bible.  However, tekhelet, is mentioned in Biblical literature dozens of times.

Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem Israel

At a special press event before the exhibit officially opened at  BLMJ, there was a demonstration of dyeing tekhelet wool.

Blue takhelet dye turning blue in sun light at Bible Lands Museum demonstration by Ptil Takhelet

Exposure to sunlight and oxidation causes the wool which was dipped into the dye (which is made from the secretions of a gland in one particular snail, the murex trunculus)  to become tekhelet.

Demonstration of blue and purple dyes

This permanent blue dye and the royal purple, are the basics of a new exhibit in honor of Israeli 70th year. A variety of ancient pieces are on display.

Gold and lapis lazuli necklace from South Mesopotamia 2700-2600 BCE

Not bad looking, this blue necklace from South Mesopotamia, dated 2700- 2600 BCE, made of gold and lapis lazuli, a  semi-precious blue stone used by ancient royalty.

Blue and white Israeli flag at Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem Israel

Rounding out the exhibition is the Israeli flag, modeled on the blue stripes of the talit.

Yad Vashem also opened a new exhibit this week on theme of Israel 70 years. Not blue, but showing the longing for Zion and Jerusalem in letters and memorabilia from the 1930’s of Euroepean Jews yearning to go to Palestine.

Chris Canaan Australia Ambassador pointing to sign with International word wrong

“Thinking Out of the Box” was the theme of a special Science and Technology conference held in Jerusalem. Australian Ambassador Chris Cannan and I walked in at same time. For a photo to post on Twitter I told him not to pose so stiffly. Only later did we realize, that above the big, blue word BOX he was pointing to there was a typo which ran through the printed materials.

First International Minister level Science and Technology Conference in Jerusalem Israel opening reception

Inside the First Station hangar, once your eyes got used to the dark, was the entrance to a cocktail reception.

Demonstration of Jerusalem fusion food, at Science and Technology conference in Jerusalem Israel

At the sit down dinner for hundreds of international guests, the first course was demonstrated and explained by its celebrity chef. No printed menus, so no typos.

List of Nobel Prize winners from Israel

The Ministerial level conference featured Israeli Nobel Prize winners, many who attended the gala opening.

Head table at gala dinner opening of Thinking Out of the Box Science and Technology conference in Jerusalem Israel

This is table #1 as dinner was served.

It was fascinating speaking with science and technology officials from Belarus, Tokyo, and India.

Facebook uploaded videos Israel fourth in world

In one of the video segments, I learned that Israel is ranked number four in world in uploading of videos on to YouTube.

Ovadiah Hamama, sang Ana BeKoach, so of course, I uploaded a video to YouTube.

The “Out of the Box” conference was held at the Orient Hotel and was very exclusive.

The Wolf Prize ceremony at the Knesset, without Sir Paul McCartney, was hardly noticed, photos HERE.

But out on the Jerusalem streets the annual Israel Festival was well under way for all.

Jerusalem Israel Festival Bodies in Urban Spaces

Multiple dance, music and drama performances were held in Jerusalem venues for this cultural festival which is in its 57th year.

But one dance performance by Willi Domer, “Bodies in Urban Spaces” was not only out of the box, but out on the Jerusalem streets, and in phone booths,

Jerusalem Israel Festival Willi Dorner performance

and multiple unusual spaces for photo op stops along the way from the Ticho House to the YMCA.

Israel Festival performance on street

Not all appreciated the creativity and uniqueness of the young Israeli dance troupe from Tel Aviv.

Dancers on King David Street in Bodies in Urban Spaces

The choreographer has done performances in 100 other locations, but this was the first time in Jerusalem, Israel, on King David Street, for this pose.

More unbelievable poses and photos from “Bodies in Urban Spaces” HERE 

Jerusalem Theater

The Jerusalem Theater, with a large blue poster for the Israel Festival, held multiple music and dance events as usual, which ran from May 23 to June 9.

Jerusalem Israel Festival Ping Pong at Jerusalem Theater

Out of the box? Ping Pong was in the plaza in front of the theater.

 

Islamic Museum Hamsa exhibit Jerusalem Israel

Across the street, at the Islamic Museum a new exhibit opened. A big blue Khamsa or Hamsa, was outside on the wall, while hundreds are on display inside.

For the Muslim holiday month of Ramadan at the National Library, on display were rare copies of the Qu’ran and rare Islamic treasures.

 

Sign for stamp show in Jerusalem International Conference Center

Phew. Not enough yet? There was the international stamp exhibition last week too, and admission was free.

Jerusalem street signs for child care in summer

In Jerusalem, as soon as June comes around, it is time to worry about summer programs for children who will be out of school soon.

End of school year celebration in Gan Sacher Jerusalem Israel

For older students, there is an all night end-of-school year Summer Rave party in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, with a huge stage, several bands and lots of beer.  It means less sleep for many tonight.

Wedding in Jerusalem, Israel evening at Mount Zion Hotel

However, after a busy day there is nothing more pleasant than to attend a beautiful June wedding in Jerusalem as the sun sets.

Takhelet wine at Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem Israel

Unless it is with a bottle of special blue label wine.

L’chaim!

 

 

 

Jerusalem, Israel’s Children

Jerusalem, Israel’s Children

June is full of graduations and end-of-year celebrations,

from nursery school children to honorary doctorates.

Plus, all the different festivals in Jerusalem,

and it is impossible to keep up with everything.

The Jerusalem Theater auditoriums were filled with

the 56th annual Israel Festival, an annual June event.

Memorial performance Tirza Atar daughter of Nathan Alterman

“Songs of Tirza,” a unique performance by Nathan Slor,

with music and readings of his mother Tirza Atar z”l,

was a memorable night for one full-house audience.

While outside all along Chopin Street

and down to the Hansen House,

Jerusalem Design Week on Chopin Street

music and lights from the

Jerusalem Design Week

Design Week in Jerusalem Israel 2017

were seen and heard by all.

Music for Design Week Jerusalem Israel

Except these musicians, who could be heard only

by festival goers wearing special headsets.

The two major Jerusalem book fairs

were scheduled to overlap this year.

International Book fair in Jerusalem

But the large signs for the Book Fairs posted at First Station

Light Festival Jerusalem 2017

have already been replaced by the ones for the Light Festival.

Inside Takhana Rishona, First Station,

Jerusalem Shavuah Hasefer

children’s books were displayed at the entrance,
Performance for children at Shvuah Hasefer

and performances for children are scheduled daily.

Little girl looks at flags outside international book fair in Jerusalem Israel

The flags of the participants in the international fair

First Station International Book Fair

were flying outside Station Hall,

Station Hall at First Station, Takana Rishona

which was filled with displays,

Jerusalem Israel book fair

with publishers’ booths and rows of books,

and authors coming in to autograph purchases.

So much to do, so much happening,

and so much attention to children.

But.

Also, in the center tent of First Station

last night was a very different type of event.

Protest against MK LItzman for not opening cancer center in Jerusalem

Hundreds of people showed up on short notice,

informed only by a few afternoon Facebook posts.

Parents of children with cancer wanting Jerusalem hospital care

Parents of children with cancer held signs,

urging Israeli Health Minister Litzman,

to save their children.

Tent in Sacher Park for child patients with cancer Jerusalem

A white, large air-conditioned tent was erected

in the Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, basketball court.

In the past, the park has been a scene of protest tents.

Gan Sacher hospital tent children with cancer

But this one is a make-shift hospital for children,

Medical clowns in Gan Sacher

complete with medical clowns.

However, there is nothing funny about the situation.

As I understand the complicated issue,

Hadassah Hospital closed their children’s cancer division

to merge it with the adult division,

and the pediatric oncologists resigned en-masse.

Some parents have given up hope for suitable treatment

for their seriously ill children in Jerusalem

and are travelling to Tel HaShomer for medical services.

Other parents want Shaare Zedek Hospital to open

a children’s oncology unit.

Doctors, parents, and politicians are involved.

Hopefully this painful situation will be resolved soon,

sign for Live at Museum Israel Museum

and  I can go back to posting about

Live Music in the art gardens of the Israel Museum,

Blue lights lining streets of Jerusalem for Ramadan

Ramadan lights lining the streets,

and the record-breaking increase in tourism

Tourists in lobby of hotel

that is filling once-empty hotel rooms and lobbies.

Meanwhile refuah shelama,

thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery to all the children

and for a solution to the dilemma.

9 Jerusalem Summer Festivals

9 Jerusalem Summer Festivals

With all the activities and celebrations,

Celebrating 50 years liberation of Jerusalem

of Jerusalem Jubilee, 50 years since liberation and unification,

it was really hard to keep up with everything else that was happening.

StreetBal competition in Bell Park Jerusalem Israel

There was the annual Street Ball in Liberty Bell Park.

 “See the Sounds” Classical Music Festival began May 29,

image Israel Museum

 and runs through June 24, with multiple performances

 in locations inside the Israel Museum galleries and its gardens.

Jerusalem Israel festival season

The Musrara Festival is June 6- 8 in the evenings,

and even more streets will be filled with

Sign in Hebrew for Jerusalem Festival people performing with disabilities

special disabled artistic performers from June 4- 11.

Not everyone is happy with all these new culture festivals.

Sign for Shavuah Hasefer, Hebrew Book Week in Gan Sacher Jerusalem Israel

However, the annual classic

Shavuah Hasefer HaIvri,

the Hebrew Book Festival, is to be back from June 11-15,

in Jerusalem’s Takhana HaRishona, First Station.

Another Jerusalem annual long time event,

Annual Israel Festival in Jerusalem Israel

the Israel Festival is going from June 1- 18.

Also in June, there is Design Week,

and perhaps another Opera in the Sultan’s Pool.

July starts off with Maccabiah and tens of thousands of athletes coming

Jerusalem sidewalk with ad for Maccabiah 2017

from around the world to participate in sporting events,

and new signs were painted on the streets.

"image Jerusalem", "photo light festival", "picture art"

The annual Light Festival is set for June 28 – July 6

2017 Jerusalem light festival sign

with large signs posted,

and the International Film Festival is set for July 13-23.

  These are a few of the upcoming happenings in Jerusalem.

Holidays are over and summer is here,

only worry is what to do first.

Hope we can rest up on Shabbat, so as to be ready for

another Jerusalem Festival Season.

image shabat shalom and love

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