Purim in Jerusalem More than Just a Day

Purim in Jerusalem More than Just a Day

It is Spring in Jerusalem, Israel, and the barren land turns green from the winter rain.

Valley of Cross Jerusalem Israel in spring.

The flowers pop up from out of the ground.

Rafefet growing from old rocks in Valley of Cross Jerusalem Israel

Even from deep in ancient rocks, new life and color emerge, as the rafkefet, the cyclamen,  thrive with the cool winter temperatures.

Flowers planted near Jerusalem Windmill in Israeli park

Planted flower beds are ready for longer days and warm sunshine.

Sounds of the Night Jerusalem Festival in Old City

The special Ai WeWei art exhibit at the Israel Museum is ending, while the annual Sounds of Night Festival in the Old City is coming soon.

But, this is Purim week in Jerusalem, Israel.

In Israel, it goes on and on for more than one day.

Many museums are free for children both on Purim and Shushan Purim this year, on Thursday and Friday.

Purim costumes for children on Agrippas Street in Jerusalem, Israel Arab woman looking at dresses

However, costumes have been displayed for sale for weeks.

Purim in Jerusalem, Israel parents taking photo of girl dressed as bride

Wedding photos are often taken near sunset in Jerusalem parks, but this miniature bride was getting her Purim photographs taken a week before Purim in the Rose Garden near the Knesset.

Purim costume Lego Man in Jerusalem Israel

After days of younger children going to school dressed in pajamas, upside-down and whatever clever theme teachers could think of next, high school students joined in the holiday fun. On King George Street, LegoMan was a colorful and clever idea.

Purim costume giant marionette in Jerusalem Israel before Purim

Marionette guy took a second to turn and pose on his way to school.

Purim in Jerusalem Israel costumes for school before holiday

These girls were on their way dressed in a theme, but went past too quickly for me first thing in morning. I will spare you all the family photos posted on WhatsApp as they headed out to school. We even had a poop emoji in the bunch.

Children behind school gate dressed in Purim costumes Israel

Activities, and especially dress-up, were the rage in schools for nursery age children throughout Israel.  These cuties, policemen, brides, princesses and more in the south were singing Purim songs for us as we passed by their playground.

Purim in Israel carnival for community by AMIT girls' school

Purim carnivals and other activities have been held since the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar, with schools involving communities to celebrate in the fun.

Hamentaschen piled up in Machane Yehuda Market for Purim

Oh and the food. Hamentashen galore in a list of flavors growing annually. The days of only poppy-seed and prune are long gone, only memories.

The Purim seuda, the festive holiday meal, is enjoyed by Jerusalemites on Friday, and should begin early enough so as not to interfere with the onset of Shabbat. We are planning to start at 11:00 after reading Megillat Esther. Others are starting later and going into the Sabbath.

Meanwhile, it is time to get cooking. I used to think it was be good to have extra time to prepare for Purim, a one-day holiday that went by so quickly. Now I’m not so sure. Creating multiple costumes, sending treats to school classrooms, beside the usual preparing food gifts to send, it seems endless.

Purim in Jerusalem megila ready every hour AZZA ZAZA

For the 8th year, AZZA ZAZA, continuous readings of Megillat Esther are being offered by Chabad in the Rechavia neighborhood. They offer over 20 readings, every hour in various public locations near Azza Street.

There are more Purim celebrations and events in Jerusalem than we can list, but the municipality website has a few of dozens, in English listed HERE

Happy Purim Jerusalem street posters

Happy Purim!

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Summertime in Jerusalem, Israel, when it gets hot,

it is often hard to walk outside.

In the evening, sometimes it cools off.

A photo walk provides a great excuse to leave

my air conditioned room.

Dried from summer sun weed photo

Though plants are drying out from the harsh sun,

there is new color to be found.

British Mandate mail boxes in Yemin Moshe painted red

These British Mandate post boxes in

Yemin Moshe have been painted bright red.

Pillbox painted white and read with British soldiers in Rechavia Jerusalem Israel

The Rechavia Pillbox has British soldiers again.

 I doubt the British army dressed like that

  back in the summers of 1930’s in Jerusalem.

Lion Fountain Jerusalem Israel bird on top

This live bird on top of Lion’s Fountain,

had gotten my attention.

The water has stopped flowing at the top,

Children splashing in Lion Fountain to cool off on hot Jerusalem, Israel night

but children still cool off in the fountain below.

However,

Jerusalem Israel Teddy Park fountain with children in water

Teddy Fountain is more popular these days, and nights.

Old City Jerusalem, Israel view of walls at sunset

This view at sunset never tires,

always a new color reflected on the walls at sunset.

Also in Yemin Moshe,

Yemin Moshe window with flowers Jerusalem Israel

windows with flowers,

Stairs in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel lined with flowers

and its stairs are always photo worthy.

Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel flowers

The flowers this time of year,

I love the colors,

Flowers in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

though the heat wave has faded many of these.

Colored lights at Jerusalem Light Festival 2017

The light festival is over.

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run 2017

The Maccabiah sports events have concluded.

Thousands came from around the world.

Tens of thousands participated in the Night Run

racing through the streets of Jerusalem.

The annual Jerusalem Film Festival is going strong,

with new this year,

multiple community showings for children.

Families are encouraged to come out in the evening

for these free films.

Hot, but still,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.