Beer Sheva: Old and New City

So much in Jerusalem, Israel, is old and new.

We used to joke that a good friend is defined as

someone who leaves Jerusalem to visit you in Beer Sheva.

With family in Beer Sheva, over the years,

we have visited the desert city many times.

ANZAC cemetery Beer Sheva

I used to say the only place that was green was this cemetery.

The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery,

or the ANZAC cemetery, as most of the British soldiers

buried here were Australian and New Zealanders,

who fell in the World War I battles against the Turks,

ending the domination of the Ottoman Empire.

But things are changing, 

Carasson Science Park in Beer Sheva

Carasso Science Park opened in 2013,

and is the largest science park in Israel.

Park in Beer sheva

Remembering the British,

monument to Allenby in Beer Sheva

is Allenby Garden.

The park was established in early 1900s by the Turks,

After WWI, it became a memorial to General Edmund Allenby,

was destroyed during the Arab uprising in 1929,

and was finally rebuilt in 2014.

Allenby park and trail

One day when it is not so hot,

ANZAC trail Beer Sheva

it would be interesting to follow the ANZAC trail.

Art Museum in Beersheba

Across the road is the Negev Museum of Art,

the main art museum in southern Israel,

housed in what was the 20th century Governor’s house.

The current exhibit is called,

“Pulp and Fiction”

where all pieces are made out of paper.

Pulp and Fiction Lost Forest by Jan Fairbairn-Edwards from  France

“Lost Forest” by Jan Fairbairn-Edwards of France

The Burmese Story by Naamoa Aaronson

and “The Burmese Story” by Naama Aaronson of Israel

are just two of the works.

Who knew that paper art was started 35 years ago

at the Beer Sheva Station of the old Turkish railway?

large mosque in Beer Sheva

More of the old city and new

in the same area is the one mosque,

seal on mosque

built by the Turks.

It went unused as a mosque for decades,

and was the city’s Archaeological Museum.

Since 2011, it has been home to the

Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures.

stone in courtyard of Beer Sheva mosque

Ancient stones with Thuluth, Arabic and Kufic script

are in the courtyard.

Inside the restored mosque,

paryer rugs on display in Beer sheva mosque

is the current exhibit of old prayer rugs,

special lamps with Arabic writing

with new glass lamps decorated in Arabic hanging above them.

Turkish flag in Beer Sheva

A Turkish flag flies at the Train Yard Compound

which was restored and opened in 2014.

Bedouin man

Bedouins are still around.

Beer Sheva old and new

Going into and out of Beer Sheva

one can see the old and new,

with the new train track over the old Turkish one.

But it is at Be’er Avraham,

Abraham’s Well,

Abraham's well in Beer Sheva

located near the Beer Sheva River,

that one can really appreciate the old and new.

An international visitor center,

showcasing the life of Avraham Avinu,

in a 3D presentation, opened in 2013.

In old days, to get to Beer Sheva,

it seemed it took as long as a camel trip,

standing on those Egged buses

on hot Friday afternoons.

With the new modern highways going to Beer Sheva,

 it is not like it used to be,

 see the Old City and new neighborhoods.

but we will have to find another way to define good friends.

Jerusalem by Night and Day: From Dinosaurs to Conferences

What a week in Jerusalem,

starting off with a fast day on Sunday.

Iftar dinner at Beit Hanasi

At night there was an Iftar meal at Beit Hanasi.

 President Rivlin hosted around 200 guests,

Muslims and Jews breaking their fast in the Presidential Gardens.

sign gets energy from sun

I love these new signs for the buses,

powered by a solar panel,

and how they look in a nighttime photo.

Nighttime in Jerusalem, Israel,

and this summer

dinosaur at Jerusalem gardens

 the dinosaurs are coming out.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

has a summer program at night

dinosaur

which features dozens of dinosaurs.

By day there have been conferences galore.

Part of a large international geneology conference

lady in gold

featured the story of the ‘Lady in Gold”

the painting and history,

the book and the lawyer who retrieved the work

that was stolen by the Nazis.

While at another Jerusalem hotel,

people were attending

the first International Bible Study Week.

Besides Bible scholars,

Gaby Barkay

leading Israeli archaeologist Gabi Barkai

spoke about the Temple Mount.

ancient coins found discarded by Wakf

One of his slides was of ancient coins found while sifting

the dirt removed from the Temple Mount,

but that is a story for another time.

Bible Study in Jerusalem

The German teacher I met at lunch is visiting Israel

and in Jerusalem for the seventh time since 2004.

The more who come to visit, the more who can

appreciate what is really happening,

as there is so much more in Israel than conflict and violence.

conference

The Tzohar rabbinical organization had its conference,

with dozens of speakers and sessions and panels.

woman at conference who posed

And I met a Real Jerusalem Streets fan,

not sure who was more excited.

Being inside all day,

street installation Varda

can make you feel wilted and faded like poor Varda,

that street installation on Jaffa Road.

After late nights and being inside all day,

Gan Haatzmaut

taking a walk

Gan Haatzmaut

through Gan Ha’atzmaut, 

Gan Haatzmaut

Independence Park in Jerusalem,

is a way to end on a bright note.

Hebrew sign

Summer nights and days,

so much going on in all the neighborhoods,

it is hard to keep up with it all.

Shabbat Shalom Special

It was impossible to decide on just one photo

to share as a Shabbat Shalom greeting this week.

Being in Yemin Moshe several times,

path in Yemin Moshe

there were so many Jerusalem, Israel street photos.

For every photo walk,

I say that you never know what you will find,

and this week

child in karate outfits

a Jerusalem community center held its end of year program in

the shadow of the Montefiore Windmill

with the Old City Walls as a backdrop.

flowers special roses

These roses in Yemin Moshe were amazing,

purple flowers Israel

but they were not the only beautiful flowers.

I thought about doing faces.

Lion Fountain Jerusalem

The water is back up and running in the Lion Fountain,

large dog in car

and his face made me stop and look back.

At the Recycling Festival last night,

child having good time

she was just one of the hundreds of children smiling.

children eating messy frozen ices

How sweet it was.

three children in First Station

Oops, the frozen fruit fell and made a mess,

but what a great reaction!

Shabbat is coming soon,

so the rest will have to wait until next week.

shabat shalom poster

שבת שלום

Please Wait a Minute Mr. Postman

Now that the latest annual Flotilla is another

#FlotilllaFail,

we can get back to more mundane topics

like the mail delivery service in Jerusalem, Israel,

which has been a topic of discussion lately.

automated post office

Some sleek autopost marts are around,

image post office in Israel

but for awhile this was the Jerusalem post office.

 I have been collecting photos of

Jerusalem letter carriers for years.

postman with mail

The only way to spot them is the navy bag over their shoulder.

mailman

Some carriers are young,

Israeli mail man

some are losing their hair,

Jerusalem post man

while others have dreadlocks.

Jerusalem mail delivered by female

This woman wore a long skirt.

mailman Israel

Red tee shirts were the thing for a bit,

Israeli mailman

and then there are the baggy shorts.

Mail service Jerusalem

There used to be more trucks and postmen around,

inactive mail boxes

but in May, local letter boxes were sealed.

Delivery of the mail has slowed down.

But just yesterday I spotted

mailbox jerusalem

these signs of activity

mail boxes Yemin Moshe

on two old post boxes.

Amazing, now if you want to mail a letter,

go to the Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe.

Look for these newly active post offices

from the British Mandate period.

How is that for the ultimate in recycling

from the start-up nation?

Shabbat Shalom

One of best views of Old City

is from the Tayelet,

u see how Jerusalem, Israel, has grown.

Image Old City for Shabat shalom

שבת שלום

Jerusalem: Business, Brains, Beauty and Start-Ups

Oh, well, I have been doing everything wrong.

When I started posting,

it was assumed that RJS was done by a man.

Being anonymous,

 I used to receive emails forwarded

from laughing friends, “Oh my, you really know him!”

To stand out, one must tell a unique story,

and that was this year’s theme at the

6th Temech Conference for Women in Business.

The first year I attended Temech,

I did not know anyone.

This year it was different,

it was wonderful to see so many friends participating,

and as always so many accomplished women speakers.

Mayor Barkat and temech

Mayor Nir Barkat spoke first in Hebrew

 and then in English to over 600 religious women,

all Israeli business women and entrepreneurs.

I admit that lunch was a real treat.

photo food

 For women who prepare meals day after day,

a delicious buffet, without cutting and chopping,

 is itself a mini-holiday.

However,

this day was about growing business

with many speakers and sessions.

BIRG: Basking in Reflecting Glory,

Rabbi Issamat Ginzberg

was the first tip from Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg,

whose Hassidic background and dress enables him

to stand out as an unique business adviser.

Issamar Ginzberg sitting with Aryeh Deri

Ginzberg sat with MK Arye Deri

Issamar Ginzberg and Moshe Gafni

and then with MK Moshe Gafni,

both speakers at the conference plenary.

Only Ginzberg actually sat for less then 30 seconds each time.

He must have counted on the abilities of this great photographer

to capture the moment.

A wise business tip brilliantly exemplified.

Another popular session was with Haim Walder,

a Hebrew writer who had lines of women waiting

to buy his books and talk to him.

Nir Barkat with book by Haim WAdler

Walder presented his book to the Mayor,

yet another example of business savvy.

There were piles of business cards on a special table,

Temech

including my new postcard.

However, taking inspiration from these examples,

I will share that I studied Chemistry and worked in

Biochemical research at The Rockefeller University

after graduating university with honors.

So this being start-up Israel,

I went to hear about VLX bio-med start up funding.

Quill illustration

What brilliant ideas inspired by nature.

Maybe basking in glory.

image Peptides

 but I confess that I did not understand most of the peptide lecture.

Brilliant ideas and creativity and innovation,

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens at sunset

and the beauty of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens as the sun set.

Hundreds of talented, hard-working Haredi women,

ingenious Jerusalem bio-med start ups,

so what did you hear about this week?