I am always concerned about what to share
on the weeks between holidays and special events.
The Jerusalem roses are in bloom.
Construction on the new main road to Jerusalem, Israel,
is a massive on-going project.
Would anyone outside of Jerusalem care
that the regular mailboxes are no longer going to be used?
Tourists trying to mail a letter tried these
British Mandate post boxes in Yemin Moshe.
They gave up and went to find a Post Office.
Old and new, progress?
Restaurants open and close so often
I could fill a book with those photos.
But Cofizz, the 5 shekel coffee and food place on Ben Yehuda,
has changed the center of town.
Cofizz is always busy, while the place next door has empty seats.
Copy cat places have mushroomed,
from King George Street to Yaffo Street.
It is easy to get a 5 shekel ice coffee now.
There were riots and plenty of press on that.
But, did you hear that there were thousands out Friday morning
for a biking event that went around the Walls of the Old City,
up to and through the Zoo in Malcha
and back to First Station?
Israelis are far away in Nepal.
But at home did you hear about
the 12 teenagers who met with President Reuven Rivlin in
Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence?
5 high school students are to go to US to an Intel Science Competition,
and another 6 are to represent Israel in an EU science program,
and 1 is to attend a special science camp in Germany over the summer.
Israel ranked 11th for the happiest nation.
It seems hard to imagine if all you see are media reports of “the conflict.”
Karen Bass and Alcee Hastings are two of many US Congressmen on tour
in Israel this week to see for themselves
what is happening.
Everyday is not a picnic in the park,
A Muslim woman driving a man is unusual,
but a Muslim man praying on the streets is not.
For the past few weeks,
all pieces of wood on the streets, large or small,
have been collected for
Lag B’Omer bonfires.
we wait to hear if there is a new government.
Old and new, always something on these streets.