At the beginning of November when the clocks changed it was dark so early that 7:00 pm felt like midnight in Jerusalem, Israel.
But the long dark nights are good for noticing the new spots where lights have been added, like here on the top of Mishkanot HaSha’ananim with the Montefiore Windmill in the distance.
The work on France Square and Paris Fountain resumed as new sod was brought and placed instead of the fake grass.
Work went well after dark to complete the landscaping.
Signs on a temporary barrier warned people to keep off the real grass.
As construction fences come down more new buildings are visible.
The election for the 25th Knesset took over this week’s news and headlines, with commentators around the world projecting opinions.
The boxes of the low-tech paper slips with letters from the various parties were kept filled so as not to reveal what party was more popular.
But in our neighborhood, the letter ל – lamed – filled the streets. Election Day was a public holiday and student drivers were out in droves for lessons.
My first time voting in a new location and I thought that these steps were cute with colors and names in English. However, on closer look when I got home, I noticed that it was “ORENGE” instead of orange.
But more happened this week in Jerusalem than just the elections.
Aliyah Day was overshadowed by the elections, good thing there is another chance to celebrate Olim in the spring on yud Nissan.
The Zalman Shazar Prize for Jewish History was awarded at Beit Hanasi.
The award recipients sat in the front row with President and Michal Herzog in the President’s Residence main reception room.
Chili Tropper spoke at the event, perhaps for the last time with the expected changes of government, as Minister of Culture and Sports.
Yesh Atid, but what the future will be for Yair Lapid and his administration is unknown.
Also, this week at Beit Hanasi, was an event hosted by the President for the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, which he will head this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Significantly, a woman working for better Bedouin living conditions was included in the program along with government ministers.
I missed the photo op outside of the President with tech leaders, as the door to the smaller diplomatic room was open for the first time in weeks. Renovations were completed and the room has a new look in shades of blue, with new furniture and upholstery in the special seating areas.
Looking back at the yellow decor of the past, I found one of the first photos I took in this room almost 10 years ago.
Almost time for new Chief Rabbis–those who are saying that five elections in under four years were enough, should get ready for more elections when 2023 comes around.
People come and go, however, one constant in Jerusalem at Beit Hanasi, is the Presidential Cat, but even he was up a tree this past week.
The Jerusalem International Animation Festival, the Einstein Festival, and more new signs are along the Jerusalem streets for November events.
On November 9th, for the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Walter Bingham is to be honored near Jaffa Gate with his image projected on the walls during the Jerusalem commemoration. Walter is the oldest working journalist and is busy planning for his 99th birthday in a few weeks.
If you don’t know his story, Google it, it’s a great one, but way too long for now.
November 23-26 is time for the 10th Piano Festival at the Jerusalem Theater.
The new Jerusalem signs are up to warn to prepare for the winter weather.
In Jerusalem in November, winter is approaching with long dark nights. But it also means the vivid colors of the flowers lining the Jerusalem streets are out during the daylight hours.
Come and see for yourself, on a Jerusalem Photo Walk, what’s really happening on Jerusalem streets.