Jerusalem Cinema City Open

Hezbollah is escalating its activity near Syrian border.

The Israeli navy stopped an Iranian rocket shipment headed for Gaza,

from Syria around to Sudan, under a Panamanian flag!

Spending so much time and effort on terror makes sense to them?

Government foreign service workers are striking.

Hundreds of thousands of haredi protesters went home.

The Sandstorm from Egypt is finally over.

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And the new Jerusalem Cinema City is open.

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The area outside is landscaped with trees, flowers and signs.

Wish I knew why they used so many tall thin cypress trees?

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Inside the fountain is flowing,

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and huge chandeliers and bright floors shine.

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The theaters are down, down under the ground.

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The foot bridge is closed off for now,

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but some shops are open.

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There are plenty of ticket sellers with little to do,

and freezer case in the ice cream store is empty.

There seems to be something for everyone,

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Uncle Sam wants you,

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even Elvis wearing brown shoes, but with a blue guitar.

We used to use the expression “Bigger than Ben-Hur.”

But while I did not see him,

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 Moses is here with all Ten Commandments.

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Outside on the roof is Noah with his ark and animals,

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and colorful Smurfs too.

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The Zipora Express restaurant was quite full and busy.

Unfortunately, not all the escalators were working.

I did a lot of walking up and down these steps,

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but one woman was there with a walker.

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So many lights, colors and busy stuff,

anyone with a seizure disorder should beware.

Actually, you could probably develop one if you walk around long enough.

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Jerusalem, Israel, ‘city of lions’ has a new attraction.

Lights, action, camera, but for now, the theaters are closed on Shabbat.

Jerusalem International Arts and Crafts Festival

Once again at the end of summer,

there are lots of festivals on the streets of Jerusalem, Israel.

One of the most impressive is 

חוצות היוצר ירושלים

Khutsot Hayotser, the International Arts and Crafts Festival,

which may be hard to transliterate from Hebrew,

but it is hard to miss, right across from the walls of the Old City.

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This event has grown for the last 40 years.

At least once a year the Arts & Crafts Lane comes alive.

There is an Israeli Pavilion with 200 Israeli artists and exhibits,

Hutsot Hayotser

Thousands fill the festival grounds

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and some entertainers really stand out.

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Mayor Nir Barkat was there on opening night and posed with potential voters.

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Making the rounds, he stopped by Hadassah College’s Neverland booth.

Each night of the festival a major Israeli musical performer stars,

 and last night Barkat introduced Shlomi Shabat to the Sultan’s Pool audience.

חוצות היוצר ירושלים

No Israeli event would be complete without food.

It was hard to push your way through the crowded main food court.

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Families found places to sit, eat, rest and listen to music.

The International Pavilion had booths from Asia,


South and Central America, Europe, Africa and United States.

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Bulgaria had a prime location, but their stuff still was still stuck in customs.

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India was well represented.

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The nice lady of South Korea had a variety of fans.

Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Guatemala,Turkmenistan and Madagascar,

Angola to Zimbabwe and more: so why not Canada?

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Popular African musicians were among the many international entertainers.

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This huge event will host tens of thousands of Israelis from August 5-17.

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The Israeli news Channel 10 was there live for opening night.

But as usual,

no matter how large or how many people are out on the Jerusalem streets,

if there is no violence,

it’s not worthy of the mainstream media’s attention.

August Summer Festival Time in Jerusalem

During August in Jerusalem, Israel, the weather gets hot during the day,

 and lots of people travel north or leave the country. 

But there is so much to do in the capital:

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the annual Beer Festival,

 the International Puppet Festival and Jerusalem Klezmer just to name a few.

School is out.  

Summer camps are over.

Keeping children happy and safe occupies most everyone,

and that includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the office staff.

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Free admission and special activities for kids at the Israel Museum in August

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 brought out thousands of families.

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This optical illusion was so much more impressive from the front.

Israel Museum special day

These performers at first looked like a statue, 

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but this really needs a video to do it justice;

Israel Museum special activities

they were impressive no matter how you looked at them.

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Keeping track of who you came in with was a problem with the large crowds.

Israel Museum special show

This percussionist was working hard.

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His loud music and great rhythms kept everyone’s attention,

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 and some had a better view than others.

Israel Museum special show

Not all acts were loud, this mime didn’t make a sound,

and had his audience quietly participating, but with lots of oohs and aahs.

Israel Museum special exhibit outside

Mirrored reflection was also quiet and a great photo op.

little girl looking at Dome at Israel Museum

Any day at the Israel Museum,

the distinctive dome of the Shrine of the Book is impressive to see.

But at least one night this week the kids will be left at home,

as the museum hosts its popular Wine Festival.

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I got to the Maccabiah Opening, but this year missed the street ball in Kikar Safra.

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There is still plenty of time for the miniature trains, as they did not open on schedule.

If all this is not cultural enough for you, 

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how about Shakespeare in the Park?

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Richard III will be presented in English in Bloomfield Park, (near the Windmill).

Who has time to go out of town

when there are so many events happening in Jerusalem?