Summer in Jerusalem: Down Pilgrimage Road to Outer Space at Israel Museum

Summer in Jerusalem: Down Pilgrimage Road to Outer Space at Israel Museum

It’s summer.

School is out for the summer. Now, what to do?

The Jerusalem Light Festival in the Old City started on June 26 and ends July 4th.

Israeli dancing begins at First Station on Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm.

Music will play in Kikar Safra, Safra Square for two big night concerts, July 11 – Goran Bregovic and July 25 – Stavros Xsarchakos.

Too classical and late at night? Programs for children are available in community parks.

And of course, many museums are including summer events for families.

Sign for Israel Museum exhibit Pan to Peter Pan

In Jerusalem, the Israel Museum is always a go-to place on a hot day.

Peter Pan exhibit at Israel Museum sign

There are new temporary exhibits, like Peter and Pan.

Pan and Peter entrance Israel Museum

From Greece to Neverland starts with larger than life Greek statues.

Photos of Barrie author of Peter Pan

Then it progresses over the centuries to James Barrie,

Jerusalem Israel exhibit Poster of Peter Pan

and eventually to Disney’s Peter Pan,

Fairy section of Peter Pan exhibit in Israel Museum

with Tinkerbell and tales of fairies.

Pan and Peter section for reading Israel Museum

A family-friendly reading corner compliments the video presentations at the end.

Jerusalem Israel Museum sign for Veiled Women exhibit

From one extreme to another: nude Greek statues to the Veiled Women of the Holy Land.

Israel Museum veiled women display Christian Nuns

Here we find three religious extremes in women’s clothing, Nuns,

Muslim women in Israel Museum exhibit on veiled women

Muslim women,

Jewish women "Taiblan" veiled women in Israel Museum

and Jewish women, covered in layers head to toe, with even their faces covered.

Israel Museum sign for veiled women

New trends in modest dress, or flashbacks to ancient times?

Across the hall from Pan to Peter, is another temporary exhibit.

Enter from the Ancient Civilizations section of the Israel Museum,

Dairy of Ilan Rimon on display at Israel Museum

and you find this darkened room that holds the remains of the diary of astronaut Ilan Rimon z”l, recovered and reconstructed after the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle

Duplicate sefer Torah to one in outerspace with Ilan Rimon which was destroyed in space shop explosion

Rimon took a miniature Torah into outer space, which was destroyed in the explosion. A duplicate miniature Torah was located and is on exhibit. The story of its use during the Shoah in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp for a Bar Mitzvah is next to the display case.

Israel Museum corridor without people

The halls of the Israel Museum are filled all summer, only empty at closing time.

Israel Museum in Jerusalem outside view near entrance

Besides the Israel Museum, there are many events happening.

There is a special exhibit at the Art Shelter where 62 works by 22 artists are for sale, July 9 – 16th.

The Outline Festival – Illustration and Words in Jerusalem is from July 4 – 11th.

For the summer a very different exhibit is on at First Station in the Hangar.

Jerusalem Israel First Station Zahal Shelanu exhibit

When Prime Minister Netanyahu saw Zahal Shelanu in Holon, he said this should be in Jerusalem, Israel, for more to see.

IDF Zahal Shelanu at First Station Hangar

So the special IDF display is at First Station in the Hangar for the summer.

Jerusalem Israel First Station Hangar for Zahal Shelanu

The big equipment is on display outside.

IDF Zahal Shelanu at First Station Hangar

But if you want to get inside, it is only open from 9-5:00 pm.

Special tickets are free but have to be ordered online in advance.

My attempt to go at night for good light was not so bright.

Also this week there was an official opening of the Pilgrimage Road.

It will still be another four years before the public will be able to walk this underground path.

We saw the beginnings of the project two years ago.

More on the story from then HERE.

The Wine Festival is coming next week, so that means the beer festival should be soon after.

Tower of David sunset view inside

There is a new Happy Hour on Monday evenings in July at the Tower of David.

Enjoy the views with a glass of wine!

As always so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.

Dry weeds in summer in Jerusalem Israel Valley of the Cross

It’s summer. It’s hot. But even in the dried weeds of summer one can find beauty.

 

 

Jerusalem 2019 Light Festival in Old City

Jerusalem 2019 Light Festival in Old City

The annual Jerusalem Light Festival is once again lighting up the walls of the Old City.

Every year I try and go early to get into position for photos at sunset.

Sign for Blue Route on Jerusalem light festival

The lights were just getting going near the end of the Blue route.

Jerusalem Light Festival

‘Choosing Mildness’ would be more vivid after dark.

Jerusalem Light Festival sign

For each installation, a sign was posted with details.

Thankfully I took photos of a few signs.

A very nice young man in a security vest offered me his map, only the text was in Arabic!

So the first piece of advice, start at the beginning of the routes and do not go in reverse as I did.

Light Festival Jerusalem Israel

I could not find the last art piece #17 on the Blue Route. Due to security for an event on Thursday night, it was not open on Wednesday as well.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

The next to last piece, #16 ‘Trumpet Flowers,’ was ready to go.

Light Festival in Jerusalem

This year the Blue Route goes on the outside of the old city walls from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate. But beware if you do the route in reverse it can get confusing.

Jerusalem Light Festival

Lights and people dressed in lights were popular this year.

Jerusalem Festival of light

Near Jaffa Gate, as it got dark the blue lights were easy to follow.

Jerusalem light festival in old city

More actors dressed in lights were near Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem Festival of light

This was one of my favorite photographs.

However, since I cannot read Arabic, I am not sure what it is.

Jerusalem lights on Damascus Gate

The lights on Damascus Gate were interesting near the end of the Green Route.

Jerusalem light festival at Damascus Gate

They changed, but too slowly for a good video.

I had forgotten just how amazing was the masterpiece from five years ago.

Light festival in Jerusalem old city walls

Here was one interactive Green Route attraction aimed to interest children.

This was my fourth attempt to take a video here.

Families kept walking by and posing for photos.

Jerusalem Light Festival near New Gate

Entering the New Gate on the Red Route was this piece.

Jerusalem light festival street flowers

‘Street Flowers’ was a popular overhead attraction.

Light Festival in Old City Jerusalem

The streets in the Arab market are always an interesting photo op.

Arab market in old city Jerusalem for light festival

The shops themselves are colorful when well lit.

‘Call for a Wish’ needed a video better than a photograph.

Muristan Square with French light artist Jerusalem light festival

Lucky this year, instead of getting lost in the Christian Quarter, as usual, I met the artist of #17 Blue Route at Muristan Square. Mr. Franck was free to wander as his special piano will not be on display until next week.

People taking photos at Jerusalem light festival

By the time I got to the light tunnel crowds were building.

Jerusalem light festival light tunnel and photographers

You should be seeing many photos and videos of this attraction.

Jerusalem light festival shops in Arab shuk open at night

More shops were open in the Arab shuk than in the past.

It got so crowded in some places, I had to hold my camera over my head and push through the crowd trying hard not to fall on the uneven stone streets.

Jerusalem Light festival near Jaffa Gate

I finished the Red Route back at the plaza by Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem light festival wall near Jaffa Gate

The photo of the walls outside Jaffa Gate was not the usual lovely image.

But it seems this ‘Dance Party’ was just getting started as I was leaving.

This year there was no route that went through the Jewish Quarter.

Remember last year’s beautiful ‘Rainbow’ on the Hurva Synagogue?

I am considering going back next week to check out my new friend’s piano in Davidson Archeological Park.

Equipment for Jerusalem light festival

This was the serious equipment aimed at the walls near the end of the Blue Route.

Jerusalem 2019 Light Festival runs from June 26 to July 4th.

It has been a while since I did over a 3-hour walk.

Make sure you wear good shoes.

Festival of Light in Jerusalem

Let me know what you think of the Festival of Light in Jerusalem if you go.

There’s much more happening in Jerusalem, Israel this week, but enough for now.

 

 

Jerusalem after Shavuot – Festival Season

Jerusalem after Shavuot – Festival Season

Oh, time seems to fly in Jerusalem, Israel.

One holiday and major event goes into another on the Jerusalem streets.

Jerusalem Day sign in Hebrew

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, with its multiple events, is over.

Only a few leftover signs and flying flags remain.

Rainbow colors for Pride Parade at Jerusalem Israel e First Station with Italian travel bloggers

Italians were here for an international travel bloggers summit and posed in First Station.

They did not realize the colorful shades were for the Jerusalem Pride Parade.

Pride Parade in Jerusalem Israel and religious men say mincha before start

Before the parade began, near the Liberty Bell Park starting point, I saw this group of security personnel gather for afternoon prayers.

Jerusalem American Center lit at night with colorful lights, Gay Pride month

The American Center is still lit with rainbow-colored lights at night.

Learning for Shavuot night in Jerusalem

There were tens of thousands of visitors in Jerusalem for Shavuot. Synagogues and streets were filled day and night. In this photo, you can see a few of the hundreds of lectures and classes offered.

Israel Festival

Though it’s called the Israel Festival, the decades-old festival is held in Jerusalem, in various venues. This year it runs from May 30 to June 15, with enough programs to fill a newspaper supplement.

I want to share one production by the Elad Theatre held at the Museum of Natural History.

Jerusalem Museum of Natural History entracne

This was the main entrance, back in days of the protests to save the Nature Museum. 

Museum of Natural History in Jerusalem in evening

Coming up the stairs from the parking lot near Emek Refaim as the sun was setting, lights were on at the Jerusalem Museum of Natural History.

Jerusalem Museum of Natural History grounds and pond

Was there always a pond on the grounds? For sure there wasn’t special catering.

The Nature Museum was best known for its large live snakes and tortoises.

Israel Festival Elad Theater setting for Romeo and Juliet

But on the grounds this night there was a table set for a banquet dinner. Dining, dancing with live music, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was on the menu for this Israel Festival event.

Israel Festival production of Romeo and Juliet

Here was Juliet on the balcony of the Nature Museum for the Masquerade Ball.

Romeo and Juliet outdoor in garden of Jerusalem Natural History Museum

At the opening scene, the audience donned masks and mingled with the actors. After drinks, the party was getting going with enthused production extras.

Stage for Romeo and Juliet in the garden of Natural History Museum

Romeo and Juliet met at the ball, but the main scenes were held as the audience dined on the catered food and more wine.

Romeo and Juliet in Jerusalem Israel Hebrew adaptation

The actors used the entire area, including on the tables. There were no bad or back row seats. There was interaction with the audience throughout this Hebrew language adaptation of the Bard.

Romeo and Juliet stage in grounds of Jerusalem Natural History Museum

Shakespeare is not routinely taught in Israeli schools. So in case, you do not know the conclusion of this famous story, I will end with one photo of the fight scene.

The location and weather were fabulous.  It was a great production, even if I did not try the food or drink. I hope this is not the last production of this type.

Sign for Tzamid Festival in Jerusalem Israel

But as soon as the Israel Festival is over, Tzamid Festival, Arts without Boundaries, begins.

Design Week at Hansen House at night

Design Week at Hansen House looks to be bigger than ever.

And the annual Shavuah Hasefer, Hebrew Book Week starts tonight at First Station.

Hebrew Book Week at First Station Shavuah Hasefer

I tried to get a photo of the new signs on the other side near the entrance from the parking lot. But an overly conscientious security guard would not let me get close enough after I walked all the way around.

Graduations and end of year performances, an International Freedom of Press Conference at the Jerusalem Press Club and a Camera event on antisemitism in the mainstream media were all happening last night, along with a concert at the Tower of David for the Israel Festival.

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And the annual Jerusalem Light Festival is coming soon.

Amazing and diverse things happening on these Jerusalem streets!

More Romeo & Juliet – The Last Supper – photos HERE