Jerusalem Summer Nights

During summer evenings in Jerusalem, Israel,

Yemin Moshe street

I could wander the streets of Yemin Moshe every day

and never be bored, as there is always something new.

Often in the evenings, young brides come for photos,

but only recently  did I see

Palestinian couple

 a woman elegantly dressed in wine color and gold.

Ah, wine.

The Jerusalem Wine Festival at the Israel Museum

has become a popular August tradition.

Wine festival crowd at Israel Museum

Thousands crowd into the Museum Gardens each night,

Wine Festival crowd

 with a sell-out crowd on Thursday night

for wine-tasting, live music and more.

 Thursday night events have been hard to keep up with,

as there are so many new ones this summer.

Night Market Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Night Market on Jaffa Street

scene from Aion Square

was full of vendor stalls at Zion Square.

night on jaffa road

While closer to Kikar Safra, Government Square,

the new street installation provided a

Jaffa Street Jerusalem Israel

misty shower to those who got close.

Jerusalem Night Market

One vendor seemed to open up shop without need of an official stall.

Crowds have come back to the Jerusalem City Center,

Ben Yehuda at night

leisurely strolling on Jaffa and Ben Yehuda Streets,

Ben Yehuda Street msuicain

with musicians performing along the way.

Another free August musical event is held on

Thursday nights in the Hansen House Gardens.

Hansen House at night

A brightly-lit path led to the entrance

Hansen House at dark

of the renovated old hospital building.

Oh so different from a few years ago,

Music at Hansen House

it is open to the public, with colorful lights and music.

Hansen House music at night

Now it is possible to listen, enjoy, and relax in a swing.

Music from parks and First Station are some of the wonderful

sounds filling the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

While a cool night and humid, grey morning clouds

 were the first signs of end of summer,

 there is still time for Mini-Luna Park, Children’s Park in First Station,

and Dinosaurs at Botanical Gardens before all schools start.

The annual Beer Festival and Sacred Music Festival

will end the summer festival season.

Always much happening in Jerusalem, Israel,

not news, but new good stuff mixing with the old.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

With the month of Elul beginning,

from the dedication of 75 Torah scrolls,

one of my favorite photos seemed most appropriate.

man touching torah

שבת שלום וחודש טוב

Shabbat shalom and Chodesh tov.

Jerusalem: Gay Parade Photos You Did Not See

It is hot outside.

It is so very hot that the cold water from the tap needs ice to cool off.

Wild forest fires were burning.

The smell of burnt wood filled the air last night.

Shira Banki, the girl stabbed at the

 Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance died of her wounds.

SIGH.

JustinRoths and now Laura have been writing,

 many more friends are posting on Facebook.

I posted on the parade on Israellycool last week.

However,

I did not do a RJS Shabbat Shalom greeting.

But not to say something, to ignore events turning Jerusalem,

Israel, and Israelis inside out?

Enough.

That fateful Thursday afternoon,

I went to see what was happening,

and I want to share some photos of scenes you did not see.

gay parade

Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park

had a nice size crowd gathered for the start of march,

 rainbow colors were even on cars.

The crowd seemed larger than previous years.

The route was different from last year,

horse and police patrol

 as always the police horses were worthy of a look.

I was on Lincoln Street minutes before the stabber.

wedding carcar decorated for wedding

There was a car decorated for a Tu B’Av wedding,

this is wedding season, heat or no heat wave.

street blocked for gay parade

City buses blocked traffic for the parade,

and some people were held up for two hours.

Jerusalem street photo

Walking was best way to get around.

But, there were so many other things happening too.

networking group

Made in Jerusalem was celebrating

Jerusalem’s ranking as one of the top 50 start-up cities.

People were also gathering near them at First Station

for a Klezmer band to start performing,

part of Klezmer Festival taking place in many venues.

Muslim pcinic

Muslim families were picnicking in this park,

while at Kraft Stadium the annual Woodstock Revival was rocking on.

train that takes tourists around old city

The new tourist train to Old City was running.

elevator

The new elevator at the Cinematheque is coming along,

to provide better access for the disabled.

construction Jerusalem

 Isrotel Hotel across from First Station is going up.

Jerusalem street photo

At least one women on Emek Refaim was using her head,

Jerusalem cafe street photo

while others at this cafe were looking down.

Really big news,

Jerusalem Street photo

 a 5 shekel cafe has opened in the German Colony.

Around the corner,

building Jerusalem photo at night

the Christian Embassy lights go on as it gets dark,

always a beautiful scene.

There are all kinds of jokes and myths about full moons,

but that night was also a ‘Blue Moon’.

Jerusalem sunset

Blue moons are not blue,

they just happen once in awhile.

That night the full, blue moon rose over the Kidron Valley.

As traffic was stopped for emergency crews and police,

 just a few minutes and meters away,

all was so peaceful looking.

Today it was so very hot,

Jerusalem street photo bus stop

as these women were waiting for a bus,

at the stop along the march route,

another day on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

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?