Does anyone else remember the good old days back in America?
The quiet time between Passover and Lag B’Omer. There were no weddings. Live musical performances were taboo. Parties were rare. Then starting on Lag B’Omer celebrations would begin again.
Not so in here in Jerusalem. There is no down time!
Flags, flags, more flags. In Jerusalem it is a season of flags and flowers and celebrations.
Eurovision was held in Tel Aviv, getting much media attention.
Driving through Tel Aviv on the Ayalon Highway, the only sign of Eurovision I saw was this huge banner from StandWithUs offering tourists a trip to see to see coexistence.
On the Jerusalem streets, GFNY, the cycling race where amateurs can ride with the pros, streets were closed on the first Friday morning in May.
Going past the Knesset the lead cyclists were going too fast to get a clear image.
Close to 900 riders took part in the race, which included three routes of various lengths.
One warning sign was still left on Azza Street this week. I often say Jerusalem streets all go up!
At least on a bike, one has to slow down.
Happenings on Jerusalem streets seem to never slow down.
Sport Week in Israel is from May 17 – 24. On May 17th, there was another Jerusalem cycling event. But for that amateur race fewer streets were closed.
Also, there was the International Writers Festival and Jerusalem Book Forum, from May 12-16, for the less athletic types. Authors and publishers came to Jerusalem from thirty countries, and the program included live music, panels discussions, and lectures in varied venues.
At the opening at the YMCA, Joyce Carol Oates received the Jerusalem Prize from Mayor Moshe Lion. In her acceptance remarks, Oates spoke about her grandmother who gave her an early love of books and writing.
The Hansen House hosted a Conference on Design.
It’s hard to keep track. So many different events and signs are posted.
The Prime Minister’s office announced that the PM was to mark one-year of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.
I was on my way to the David Citadel Hotel for the event, when I noticed this sign.
In front to the hotel was a bus with “Thank you, President Trump, Thank You, America” boldly posted on the side.
It turned out to be an event with US Ambassador David Friedman.
On the stage Chief Rabbi David Lau spoke about mezuzahs.
A mezuzah was completed on stage with the Prime Minister and the US Ambassador.
A special silver case for the mezuzah was presented by the Friends of Zion to the US Ambassador for use on the new official US Residence in Jerusalem.
At the end of the program, a copy of the new Embassy sign was displayed on stage.
MK Tzipi Hotovely and Tammy Friedman were kind enough to pose with it for a photo.
That night included impassioned speeches, dignitaries, good food, and wine.
But I think my favorite scene was on the way home. This pile of empty boxes was left on the street. Outside the former US Consulate, now the US Embassy Building, it looked like moving day.
Across Agron Street in Gan Haatzmaut, Independence Park, was a large sign saying, “Happy Independence Day.”
Israeli flags were on light poles, decorated this month with Ramadan holiday lights.
In this time from Passover to Lag B’Omer, we have had no shortage of celebrations.
The Jerusalem Bird Observatory celebrated its 25th anniversary.
On the day of the Jerusalem Marathon, its green roof was really green.
The rain was a blessing. There was more than usual this year.
But now open areas are dry. A severe heat wave is on the way.
While the main Lag B’Omer celebration is in Meron, young people in Jerusalem have been saving and storing wood for large holiday bonfires.
Signs are up. Parades. Parties. Carnivals. Music. Lag B’Omer ready.
The usual large bonfires are banned and fires must be more controlled this year.
Museums are free on May 23, Lag B’Omer.
Welcome to Jerusalem Friedman family.
Hope you enjoy your new residence.
But be advised to keep your windows closed on Lag B’Omer.
Always so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.
There was more, but as this is getting way too long, saving some special happenings for next time.
Here we go again, Happy Lag B’Omer!