Favorite New and Old Sukkot for 5775

The holiday of Sukkot,

image for sukkos

involves intense preparation,

image luvav

and checking of many specific details.

As soon as Yom Kippur is over,

image sukka on sidewalk

sukkot seem to pop up all over.

Thousands of tourists arrive in Jerusalem, Israel,

many want to sleep in a sukka and many more to eat in one.

image round sukka

At the Kings Hotel the familiar sukka is up on the roof

image plain sukkah on roof

and a simple wooden sukka cna be seen at the King Solomon Hotel.

image sukka on roof Inbal Hotel

At the Inbal Hotel, look up for the fancy private sukkot.

This year due to the Formula Road Show,

iamge security

outside the King David Hotel had a different look,

image large sukka construcition

but the large porch out back was getting ready as usual to be a sukka.

image new sukkahs this year.

New buildings near the YMCA

have sukkot up on porches and down in the courtyards,

image sukkah

and new Touro restaurant at the Jerusalem Press Club is ready to use.

But also new this year is the Waldorf Astoria Hotel,

photo flowers Jerusalem Israel

where I still have trouble getting past the gorgeous flowers,

image Waldorf AStoria Jerusalem special lobby

and the birds and fountain below.

Their sukka,

image sukka in atrium of Waldorf Astoria

in the Atrium

image special sukka

is the new wow must see sukka this season.

I must get to working on holiday details here,

time to clean and decorate our sukka!

I’ll end with two old favorites,

our sukka on a camel photo was posted by Times of Israel on Facebook,

Sukka photo, Image unusual sukkah

it received so much attention that here it is again.

image Hebrew sign on Bus

RJS along with the buses

wishing all a happy holiday.

Jerusalem Formula Road Show

For two days the Jerusalem Formula 2014 Road Show

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shut down some Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Naftali Bennett

 Naftali Bennett advised a group of visiting Vietnamese government officials,

if there are two Jews, there will be three opinions,

and for this event there certainly were different opinions.

image Tower of David at start of Road Show

The weather was warm and sky clear,

as the opening stretched an hour over scheduled time.

There is no special track in Israel for racing

and knowledge of race cars is limited,

image race car Jerusalem

Many do not know a Blu blue car

image Jerusalem formula car

from another blue car.

But for the second year,

image race car

beautiful fast machines

image cars Jerusalem Formula at Tower of David

were out near the Old City to impressive.

The track was not a loop like last  year,

so it was easy at Tower of David

where cars turned around to take photos.

image race car moving.

But I did get this car speeding up.

A big difference this year was that several young Israelis were featured:

image Roy Nissany and his car

one was Roy Nissany.

image race car Israeli flag

More Israeli flags were out this year.

image hot rod car

Terry Grant not only smoked up the street with his spinning Hot Rod,

but got out, walked away, and then got back in the moving vehicle,

all without wearing a helmet.

image motorcycle in Formula

And then there were the motorcycles,

image stunt motorcycle

flying over the streets

image Jerusalem motorcycle stunt at formula

upside down

image motorcycle stunt

and sideways,

image motorcycle stunt

with riders doing amazing stunts,

image Jerusalem crowd

as crowds lined the show areas.

image end of road show Jerusalem

Do we need to shut down streets before a holiday

(a summer event had to be postponed)

or any time for this spectacle?

I heard an American tourist say,

“Seems to me to be a lot of money and noise for not so much.”

As we walked the long way around because of barriers on the track,

she added that she was 66 years old,

and does not think the same way she did when she was 16.

Young people were excited and came out to see the cars,

 thousands were out to see,

 what was happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

image Jerusalem mayor

Mayor Nir Barkat and Eugene Kaspersky think motorsport history has been made in Jerusalem

and that it is great and an investment for the future,,

but many others disagree.

Now enough with cars,

it is time to prepare for Sukkot,

but if you want to see more of that crazy motorcycle show,

please click HERE.

Shana Tova

Rosh Hashannah, Rosh Hashana,

maybe spelled many ways in English,

image shana tova

and some Shana Tova greetings are new

image Rosh Hashana

while some are old favorites,

wishing all a good, happy and healthy new year

from The Real Jerusalem Streets.

New Free Shuttle Bus in Jerusalem

Driving in Jerusalem, Israel, can be difficult,

with too many cars on too narrow roads,

especially in the Old City.

image traffic old city Jerusalem

Today four cars wanted to drive in the same small place at the same time,

I did not even notice the little child

in the scene until I saw the photos at home,

I had been watching a boy on a bike go through the cars.

During holidays the situation gets worse

when traffic is restricted

and entry is forbidden to non-residents.

But there is something new for the new year 5775,

image free bus to Old City

located in the parking lot adjacent to First Station,

image free shuttle bus Jerusalem

easy to find stations

image shuttle bus to Dung Gate

for free shuttle buses to the Dung Gate,

which is near the entrance to the Kotel, the Western Wall.

image shuttle bus to Dung Gate old city

The buses leave every 20 minutes,

Sunday to Thursday,

8:00 am to 8:00 pm,

Friday until Shabbat and after the end of holidays.

The van I took only had two other passengers, but it left on time.

image near City of DAvid

On the way we got to see the construction near Ir David, the City of David.

image bus stop for free shuttle Jerusalem near Dung Gate

Outside the Old City Walls near the Dung Gate, the station was easy to find.

The service is meant to encourage parking at First Station,

and at least for now it is free for anyone.

Thanks for the tip Fun in Jerusalem.

fun and free in Jerusalem–

what could be better?

No stairs!

20 Signs of Rosh Hashana in Jerusalem

The end of 5774 is in sight

and signs of the new year are everywhere.

image Rosh Hashana

The municipality has posted signs wishing a good year to Jerusalem 5775.

This morning, there are dark circles under many eyes of those

who stayed up late for Selihot prayers, and then woke up early this morning.

The Selichot prayers are scheduled almost non-stop,

and there are even tours to see those who recite the special prayers.

image Hebrew sign

One is to be held in Kikar Safra, the Jerusalem Government Square.

image free bus sign

These new signs are for free buses to the Old City,

I had to try one and not walk every time.

Many pre-holiday parties include “raising a cup” to toast the new year,

image truck inspedtion

which makes it a perfect time for road stops to test vehicles and drivers.

image Israel police

But not all police were busy with ticketing or crime this week.

So much to do this short week before Rosh Hashana,

food shopping is crazy and time is stretched to limits.

Emek St Fair walking dogs lots of them pushing a baby

This man is often seen on skate board walking dogs,

but for first time I saw him pushing a baby stroller.

I wondered ‘his own, or some family short on time?’

image people in sukka

Friends who are visiting had time for brunch.

Signs were up for sales, but this restaurant got the first sukka photo for this year.

Every organization is looking for end-of-year donations,

image zedukah

this woman held a sign asking for charity in the Old City,

image homeless man on streets

and this man on Jaffa Street had no sign.

He just held an empty cup.

But there are much prettier sights this time of year,

image limes

like these new limes on the tree ready to be picked,

image Yemin Moshe Jerusalem, Israel

  and wonderful flowers, not just outside on the streets,

but inside

image Jewish holiday table

getting ready for holiday tables as well.

image small park in Israel

Public parks have been cleared and private gardens are ready,

since shmita, the year of not working the land, begins at Rosh Hashana.

 The notes in the Western Wall,

image notes in western wall

were overflowing before the holiday clean up,

image notes western wall

but no one was going to peek at this message wrapped tightly in blue thread.

image chairs at kosel

New chairs were delivered, all ready for the holiday crowds on the plaza.

image blowing shofar at Kosel

It is shofar time,

image soldiers IDF

and after 5774 years

image women at kotel

עם ישראל חי

Am Yisrael Chai,

bus sign Shana tova

Shana tova.

Did You Hear about Jerusalem’s Emek Refaim Street?

It did not make headlines.

Afternoon traffic was heavy and slow Monday in Jerusalem, Israel,

image no traffic

with some streets like this one blocked to traffic for hours.

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No one was driving onto Emek Refaim Street with this truck parked,

 buses were rerouted and taxis blocked.

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There was a large blue arch on the other side of the truck,

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a blue man,

image crowd of people

blue balloons,

image police marching band

and men in blue too,

as the police formed a brass marching band.

image US colors

The US Embassy had a booth in red, white and blue.

image Emek Rephaim sTreets

It is estimated that as many as 30,000 people attended this community street fair,

image Emek REfaim STreets

where second hand goods were for sale.

image choir singing

Choirs performed,

many musical groups played,

image little girl dancing

and here one little dancer is moving to the music.

image street fair entertainment

Actors on platforms,

photo street acts

standing on stools above the street,

image Jerusalem streets

and sitting on chairs performed to young audiences.

image cooking lesson unusual

This group was learning about cooking.

image lots of people

Thousands of people took photos.

Emek St Fair crowd

This usually busy neighborhood street

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was full of barriers blocking side walks.

image cute kids

It was grid-locked by people and double strollers.

image street fair and wheelchairs

There are so many places in Jerusalem and on Emek Refaim Street

that are impossible and impassible for disabled,

it was great  to see so many out for this event in wheel chairs.

image chairs

Please let me know if you hear of anyone who actually

paid 50 shekels to sit in these chairs.

The sign asks for 50 shekels to sit.

That is what was happening on the real Jerusalem streets

and it all went on well into the night,

but no violence, not news,