Jerusalem: Wet, Windy and Wonderful

In Jerusalem, Israel,

it was a wet and wild week.

On a clear day on a walk into town,

Street scene Jerusalem Israel

I found this interesting door, but did not enter.

Man blowing shofar and son watches and soldier passes by

A man was blowing a large shofar in front of

a gift shop on Ben Yehudah Street.


Israeli security women at lunch on Ben Yehuda

 female border police officers were having a lunch break

Arab girls shopping in Jerusalem Israel

as these two young women were shopping.

But the wet weather this past week

Rainy day in Jerusalem Israel, dark, wet and cold

often made for dark and dreary photos.

Walls of Old City seen through rain covered window at Begin Center Jerusalem Israel

Can you tell those are  the walls of the Old City

through rain drops on the Begin Center’s windows?

After heavy rains

Water after heavy rain in Jerusalem Israel

 this unsightly puddle remained.

Broken IKEA umbrella in street garbage bin after heavy rain.

This IKEA umbrella could not withstand the Jerusalem weather.

IKEA is to open another Israeli store in Beer Sheva.

When it rains and the wind blows,

it’s best to forget using any umbrella.

Besides the weather,

Rubbish bin overflowing with trash during Jerusalem strike

trash piled up in bins during a brief strike.

which closed Agrippas Street with mountains of mess.

The only good part of it was that it was short and soon cleaned up.


while the weather and strikes made news,

there were good things happening too.

International visitors gathered to celebrate weddings,

bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and more.

Off the Jerusalem streets,

in Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence,

another 929 Bible Study group was held.

Beit Hanasi for 929 study group

The chapter of the day was

 from Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs,

read by actor and radio announcer Dan Caner.

He read beautifully.

Rabbi Benny Lau speaking at Bible Study lesson at Beit Hanasi

Rabbi Benny Lau and President of the Israeli Supreme Court Esther Hayut

were at the head of table with President and Mrs. Rivlin.

929 Shir Hashirim study at Beit Hanasi

This is the 16th time the Rivlins have hosted

the daily Bible study initiative.

The main hall was filled with guests as speakers

elaborated and studied the text.

Another closed event was held at the King David Hotel.

King David Hotel lunch for NATO Ambassador countries in Jerusalem Israel

Ambassadors to Israel from the NATO countries.

had lunch with the Israeli Prime Minister.

Wet and wild weather

left the skies clear and clean and blue,

and it was hard to figure out what to wear.

Will it be hot or cold?

No one knows what will happen next .

But of one thing you can be sure,

Flowers on display in King David Hotel lobby

the flowers in the King David Hotel lobby,

rain or shine, hot or cold outside,

 will be impressive.

Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

   Jerusalem, Israel in August.

While it does not rain in Israel,

Sunset colors Israel

the humidity makes for interesting colors at sunset.

gold dome view of Old City at night from Har Hazeitim

Of course, some sights are colorful at any hour.

Four new Ambassadors to Israel presented their credentials

this past week at Beit Hanasi, to the Israeli president.

The IDF band plays the national anthems of each country.

Israel IDF band member at Beit Hanasi

Time for one last minute rehearsal, before

Diplomatic reception at Beit Hanasi

the new Ambassador from Australia arrived.

Reuven Rivlin and Christopher Cannan at Beit Hanasi with twin sons

Chris Cannan brought along his two sons.

The King David Hotel was also busy with international visitors,

US Congressmen and the head of the Organization of American States,

 joined the ranks of thousands of summer tourists.

King David Hotel Pool

Out in back of the hotel behind the pool,

in the Bloomfield Gardens,

Shakespeare in Motion Bloomfield Gardens

you will find the annual Shakespeare in Motion.

Taming of the Shrew is being performed in English,

August evenings before the sun goes down.

Jerusalem Israel performance near Windmill

I still have not found the story behind this song and dance,

happening in Yemin Moshe,

Montefioure Windmill Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

 near the Montefiore Windmill.

As the sun was setting,

Yemin Moshe Yerushalayim Yisrael

I was walking through Yemin Moshe,

Khutsot Hayozer

 to see the International Arts & Crafts fair.

International booths arts & crafts

The set-up for international booths

Khutost Hayozer

seems to be the same as usual.

Artist Colony Jerusalem Israel

Fewer people seemed to be on the main path,

yet tens of thousands attend this annual end of summer event.

During holiday time, Jerusalem parks are popular.

sunset over Teddy Park Jerusalem, Israel Old city wallls

As the sunset sets on Teddy Park,

with the walls of the Old City and Tower of David in the background,

the park fills with families on outings.

Jerusalem, Israel Old City Yafo Gate segwey riders

Segways have become a common sight.

Two boys in Mamilla Mall near Jaffa Gate Jerusalem Israel

But watch out in Mamilla Mall,

for these contraptions racing through

Two Muslim women in Mamilla Mall walking in crowd Jerusalem Israel

 the hundreds of people walking and shopping.

Musical events in Kikar Safra, Municipal Square.

are held every summer,

but this year in honor of 50 years of Jerusalem unification

3 major musical events are set for August 17, 28 and 31.

Then, there is the Oud Festival

and Mekudeshet, which starts in August and ends September 15,

Sign for Rikudim, Dancing in Jerusalem in August

and there is dancing at the Jerusalem Theater,

plus Hansen House has evening events.

Festivals, singing and dancing…but no rain.

Two soldiers near Zediakuh Cave Jerusalem Old City

When you see security out dressed in heavy protection,

a reminder that singing and dancing in the rain

was only found in old movies.

Meanwhile, there is so

much great stuff happening in Jerusalem,

I will have to save more for next time.

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.