It’s the hottest September in Jerusalem in close to 120 years!
At least this crazy summer has been good for flowers,
hope these brighten your day.
Jerusalem is working its way back.
It almost feels like a “normal” end of summer on the Jerusalem streets.
Parents are worried about school supplies, but even more about school openings.
Rosh Hodesh Elul was last week and religious schools have started.
In Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, children played by day, and families filled the park in the evening.
But by the morning of Rosh Chodesh, it was cleaned up and ready for the families to return.
The street along Gan Sacher which was filled with cars the night before was back to normal.
It’s lined with new Jerusalem signs for the end of summer events,
and this new one stating: Jerusalem stands with all of Israel.
Trying hard to get back to “normal” after COVID-19 closures.
New end-of-summer signs for the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem were posted among other museums cautiously reopening with new entrance policies.
It was announced that Jerusalem’s Safra Square is now a new coronavirus-safe venue for cultural events, allowing concerts and performances to return after months of such events being prohibited.
One of many previous events, the Giro d’Italia opening was held in the large plaza area of the Jerusalem Municipal Building. Numerous concerts have been held there as well.
The announcement of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to sign a normalization agreement made headlines. However, for the Giro, UAE riders–and Bahrain–were on the Jerusalem streets two years ago.
One of the great views from the 6th floor of the Municipal Building is the Mount Of Olives
Gimel Elul was the memorial of the 85th anniversary of the passing of Abraham Isaac Kook z”l, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine in the Land of Israel. Today’s commemoration was unlike other years and was a socially distanced and very limited event.
Rav Kook’s house has been kept as a museum, offices, and synagogue, while the area around HaRav Kook Street in Jerusalem has been built up.
The Lion Fountain near First Station was a fun place during past summers.
Some of my favorite photos were taken there. This past week though, the fountain was dry.
This has been a summer when most everyone has had to deal with changes.
I often pass “The Struggle” by Samuel Bar Even on my way to the Israel Museum.
Israeli officials trying to keep the virus under control without lockdown is more of a struggle than my deciding which path to take each day.
A new welcome sign was posted at the Israel Museum. After being closed for months, it is open part-time, with restrictions and prior ticketing.
But no entrance fee for children in August as usual.
Also, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation announced that the Western Wall Tunnel site was reopening after having been closed for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Preparations are underway for Selichot, penitential prayers, at the Kotel, the Western Wall. It will NOT look like this photo from last August!
The first two weeks of the month of Elul will be a test for managing Selichot services at the Kotel prior to the upcoming peak-crowd days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The Jerusalem Great Synagogue with its 1,200 seats is not to reopen for the High Holidays.
It is also not planning to open its doors for Shabbat, Selichot, or the Sukkot holidays.
The campaign to keep Jerusalem clean has been going strong all summer. New signs were posted for everyone to clean up their mess.
Here’s a new truck collecting discarded items along the street.
The truck stopped. A man jumped out and grabbed a sweater on the side of the road.
He tossed it into the back of the truck and drove off.
The days of furnishing your Jerusalem apartment with other folks abandoned property could be much harder now. Everyone will have to move quickly before that truck comes by.
This large truck and work crew arrived. They stopped traffic and blocked the street.
They repaired a pothole in a few minutes while I watched.
Near the same spot the day before, this frail woman crossed the street.
What was newsworthy and worth sharing about that?
She stepped off the curb into traffic, not near crosswalks. However, cars in both directions stopped. They waited until she safely crossed to the bus stop. And, not one car behind them honked! I wished I had taken a video.
This is the view on the way out of the Israel Museum. The Israel Knesset Building is across the way. “LAST HOPE” is painted on the pavement. Tonight we will find out if the “unity” government can agree on how to proceed with a budget or if we go to a fourth election this year.
It has been a crazy year, with struggles not only to cross the street but for many to survive.
Much of Jerusalem’s economy is based on international tourism.
The closed skies due to the coronavirus pandemic have led to extremely dire financial situations.
Selihot at the Kotel, will not be the same as in the past. There are planned Selihot tours in the Old City, limited in numbers and with social distancing precautions. As with all tours and sites, check ahead to make sure you have a spot and a ticket.
It’s been an unusual summer with few tourists on the Jerusalem streets.
However, as we enter the month of Elul and look forward to a New Year, colorful flowers are blooming to brighten the Jerusalem streets.
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?
See the latest wildflower walking tours HERE.
And to end on a positive note, the night shows at the Tower of David were fully booked! So they added more. Only Friday nights the lights and sounds are silent.
Rosh Hodesh Elul is Thursday and Friday.
Only one more month in the Hebrew year תש”פ.
In Jerusalem, the streets and shows are slowly happening again.
Wherever you are headed this week take care and stay safe.
The skis are opening up to tourists.
Hoping to see more visitors again on the Jerusalem streets.