Jerusalem Noisy February Nights

Jerusalem Noisy February Nights

Life in Jerusalem, Israel,

is unpredictable.

No one knows for sure what will happen next.

This week, for example,

the weather changed so many times

it was impossible to keep track.

Starting on Sunday, rain was on and off.

Yafo in rain, empty and wet

 Jaffa Road was wet and deserted.

The red urban installation Varda hung deflated,

like a soggy, wilted flower.

Machane Yehuda Market closed

Inside Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk, 

there were rows of closed shutters,

but umbrellas were out for sale in many places.

A few years ago, the Municipality came up with a plan

to attract people to Jerusalem at night in the winter

with a festival called – שאון חורף – Winter Noise.

 Monday nights in February,

in a different center city location,

people watching giant game projected on wall

people were to come to fill the streets and be entertained.

Last week was the first of the series

held on Shushan and Horesh Streets.

game projected on wall for Jerusalem February Monday night festival

This was a clever projection,

the player was on the sidewalk,

but his screen was many stories high on the wall.

projected images on building at night

Can find me here on this screen?

Winter Noise starts at 7:00 pm and goes to 2:00 am.

light design on wall Jerusalem Israel festival

I like to go early before the crowds

to take photos of these light projections,

street music Jerusalem

and live music in multiple locations.

actors in store window Jerusalem

 Actors performed in this store,

while the audience watched from outside.

Across the street, a new boutique hotel called

The Post, in the old post office building,

The Post music in main room Jerusalem

had live music, food and drink,

and was a great place to sit and warm up.

But most of the Winter Noise takes place

outside on the streets,

street music Jerusalem Israel

with free concerts and entertainment.

Alcohol and food are part of the fun in most locations.

Inside Sobar music for Winter Festival

At Sobar, there was coffee and music,

since it is a new alcohol and drug-free venue.

Sobar for Jerusalem Festival

I spotted a former Jerusalem Deputy Mayor

listening in the audience.

How do I describe the way to Sobar?

Shushan Street Jerusalem Sobar entrance

Go to the end of Shushan Street,

through the gate, to the right and then left.

I often walk around Jerusalem, Israel, at night,

but never on these streets in the dark.

I was really glad I had asked a friend to come along.

black and white images of people watching

Now do you see us here?

 I never would have never ventured in alone

artist Jerusalem

and seen this art gallery and artists’ center.

The first week of Winter Noise was fun.

I discovered and saw many new locations.

But, I am glad I did not post this last week.

Winter Noise was on Shammai and Hillel Streets this week.

There were to be 6 more locations than last week,

but there seemed to be far fewer.

The “entertainment” was not good.

I could not find one thing to photograph and share.

At a conference this week,

City Councilman Aryeh King expressed disgust

with some of the “culture” and entertainment,

and how the city spends its money.

This second week of Winter Noise,

proved him to be all-too correct.

It was reported that he resigned in protest.

I have often questioned what is considered culture here.

I agree with King, this event was tacky and trashy,

and I am relieved I did not encourage anyone to go.

Only good thing I saw,

was that due to the inclement weather, fewer people came.

Each week is different,

 I hope next week Winter Noise gets back on track.

When the rain stops,

runner on Jaffa Road at night

day or night,

you will find someone running on the streets,

in training for the Jerusalem Marathon.

Jerusalem Marathon sign near Tower of David

Signs are up.

 On March 17, come rain or shine,

the streets will be filled with tens of thousands of people,

running and cheering them on.

9 Favorite Tastes of Hanukkah in Machane Yehuda Market

Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel,

can be celebrated in so many ways,

but one universal favorite is a visit to

the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.

Walking to the shuk through the Nachlaot neighborhood

Nahlaot street with graffiti

is not always easy, as short cuts can be blocked off.

Truck in Jerusalem street

Construction seems to be going on everywhere.

Machena Yehuda market

Even walking is not so simple on the narrow roads.

Often we joke that Jerusalem streets were built for donkeys.

These days maybe,

Nachlaot motorcycle sign

 they are better suited for flying motorcycles.

But if you persist and keep going,

Multi colored cheeses in machane yehuda market

where else will you find kosher cheese,

so colorful and flavorful?

For a Hanukkah dairy holiday treat,

Machane yehuda market cheese made with wine

 try this wine cheese, it was terrific.

Wine in cheese,

Wine kosher from Arab winery machane yehuda market

but of course, wine is for celebrating.

The varieties found in the shuk astound every time,

Variety of olives in machane yehuda market

amazing varieties of olives,

machane yehuda market selection of olive oils for hanukah

plus those olive oils!

Some are special for use in Hanukkah menorahs,

to use instead of candles for the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Halva, huge blocks of halva,

varieties of halva in machane yehuda market

where else will you find Hot Chilli halva,

Machine to make halva in machane yehuda market

and see the machine that makes it.

Solomon Sousa painted shutter in Machane Yehuda Market

Some of the shutters of shops come down at night,

but then the partying begins.

BeerBazaar in shuk

Beer tasting, so many flavors of beer,

Machane Yehuda Market beer Bazaar back room

this warm party room in back is becoming

a new “hot” spot on the cold winter nights.

Too much food and drink, and the new

Machane Yehuda Market pay bathrooms, restroom for 3 shekel

 “fresh up shop” pay toilets could come in handy.

Always merchandise to purchase,

Hanukiot in Machane Yehuda Market

but for Hanukkah the menorahs are displayed outside.

A walk through the shuk

is always good for photo ops,

Rimonim in Machane Yehuda Market

with ripe pomegranates,

and my Hanukkah favorite,

the fresh strawberry season has started.

Night is coming at shuk, Machane Yehuda market

Machane Yehuda Market is changing daily,

and if you have not been in awhile, it is a must see.

A Hanukkah tasting tour would not be complete,

Donuts for Hanukkah suffgania

without suffganiot,

those donuts filled with fruit jam

or dozens of other flavors.

I am saving up Hanukiot, my favorite Hanukkah menorahs,

for a special post next week.

Meanwhile, enjoy this new sound and light projection

on the walls of Old City outside of

 Jaffa Gate and up from Mamilla Mall.

חנוכה שמח

Happy Hanukkah

UPDATED last night of Hanukkah:

Kosher Cheese store in Machane Yehuda Market Jerusalem Israel

I received comments about cheese and other shops,

in the shuk, questions about kosher supervision.

The piece of paper attached to the wall, at the top of this photo,

is a valid kosher certificate.

Sadly, not all the shops have proper supervision.

The staff at this one is happy to offer you a taste.

New Jerusalem Favorites Before Rosh Hashannah

All around Israel glasses are being “raised”

as Rosh Hashannah, the new Jewish year 5777

is rapidly approaching.

My favorite was at Beit Hanasi,

the official Israeli President’s residence,

where 90 foreign countries were represented

by their ambassadors or head of mission in Israel.

Ambassadors from Jordan and Egypt were present,

President Reuven Rivlin l'cham to new year at Beit Hanasi

as President Reuven and Nechama Rivlin

made l’chaim outside in garden reception,

Wine. Lots of wine.

Wall of wine bottles Yayin B shuk

Walls of wine, kosher wine,

line the walls of יין בשוק, Yayin B’Shuk.

Since 1870, the Teperberg family has been making kosher wine,

and we tasted some new favorites on a tour Sunday night.

Before Rosh Hashannah wine for gifts

Gift baskets for holiday Rosh Hashanna

and gift baskets with wine seem to be everywhere.

Chalahs will be piled high by the end of week,

Berman Bakery in shuk with honey cake display for Rosh Hasahanna

but holiday cakes were ready and on display early.

Did you know Berman Bakery been baking since 1875?

Machane Yehuda market, the shuk, 

not as old as the winery or bakery,

Display of unusual fruits for Rosh Hashana in shuk, Mahane Yehuda market

has piles of varieties of new fruits out for the holiday.

The shuk has changed greatly.

Machane Yehuda market

The familiar looking stalls with tea,

Machane Yehudah market stall

shops with nuts, oil and spices by day,

Night is coming at shuk, Machane Yehuda market

at night close their shutters.

Then this happened.

Art on closed shutters in Machane Yehuda market

Graffiti appeared on the drab grey screens.

Solomon Souza art in shuk

At first shop owners were not pleased.

Solomon Souza art in shuk Machane Yehuda

But the works of spray painted art,

Solomon Souza art in shuk Machane Yehuda

 have become a favorite night attraction.

Solomon Souza in shuk ready with spray paint

Solomon was ready to fix his Matisyahu portrait.

Since he asked not to show the old one before the do-over,

we will have to get back to the shuk at night

after the holidays to check it out.

Matisyahu is to perform again in Jerusalem on October 13th.

But Solomon Souza is not the only artist busy at night.

Machane Yehuda artist at work painting

 We found this man painting on Agrippas Street.

The night life in the area,

Market Machane Yehuda set for night life Jerusalem

has continued to grow this past year,

crowds of people will fill the tables,

 which fill the lanes when the shop keepers go home.

Even more popular than last year,

Selihot, special prayers leading up to Rosh Hashannah

Musical services begin late and go early.

Tours are offered for those wanting to see selihot 

around the Old City and parts of Jerusalem.

Also again this year, a street festival on Emek Refaim,

with sales of used clothing, wares and musical performances.

Rosh Hashana table set at EmekRefaim street fair

This long table was as set ready for a holiday meal,

but provided seating for those wanting to listen to holiday music.

Not your usual Rosh Hashannah selihot venue!

Walking down Emek Refaim Street,

Solomon spray painting compost bins for Jerusalem parks

there was Solomon painting compost bins

to be placed in Jerusalem community gardens.

Recycle, reuse, help the environment,

and get the new year off to a good start,

Muslim women in Jerusalem Israel

this neighborhood fair hosted thousands.

Variety and diversity,

platter of new and unusual fruit for new year.

not only of fruits,

Takana Rishona sehlihos for Rosh Hashanah

but of holiday programs all week is astounding.

New initiatives and programs,

sign Hebrew for Selichot in Jerusalem Israel

 on traditional themes for the new year.

I decided to end with the old favorite,

Eged bus sign photoshopped to read 77 for year 5777

Shana tova,

a good and healthy year to all.