Purim in Jerusalem More than Just a Day

Purim in Jerusalem More than Just a Day

It is Spring in Jerusalem, Israel, and the barren land turns green from the winter rain.

Valley of Cross Jerusalem Israel in spring.

The flowers pop up from out of the ground.

Rafefet growing from old rocks in Valley of Cross Jerusalem Israel

Even from deep in ancient rocks, new life and color emerge, as the rafkefet, the cyclamen,  thrive with the cool winter temperatures.

Flowers planted near Jerusalem Windmill in Israeli park

Planted flower beds are ready for longer days and warm sunshine.

Sounds of the Night Jerusalem Festival in Old City

The special Ai WeWei art exhibit at the Israel Museum is ending, while the annual Sounds of Night Festival in the Old City is coming soon.

But, this is Purim week in Jerusalem, Israel.

In Israel, it goes on and on for more than one day.

Many museums are free for children both on Purim and Shushan Purim this year, on Thursday and Friday.

Purim costumes for children on Agrippas Street in Jerusalem, Israel Arab woman looking at dresses

However, costumes have been displayed for sale for weeks.

Purim in Jerusalem, Israel parents taking photo of girl dressed as bride

Wedding photos are often taken near sunset in Jerusalem parks, but this miniature bride was getting her Purim photographs taken a week before Purim in the Rose Garden near the Knesset.

Purim costume Lego Man in Jerusalem Israel

After days of younger children going to school dressed in pajamas, upside-down and whatever clever theme teachers could think of next, high school students joined in the holiday fun. On King George Street, LegoMan was a colorful and clever idea.

Purim costume giant marionette in Jerusalem Israel before Purim

Marionette guy took a second to turn and pose on his way to school.

Purim in Jerusalem Israel costumes for school before holiday

These girls were on their way dressed in a theme, but went past too quickly for me first thing in morning. I will spare you all the family photos posted on WhatsApp as they headed out to school. We even had a poop emoji in the bunch.

Children behind school gate dressed in Purim costumes Israel

Activities, and especially dress-up, were the rage in schools for nursery age children throughout Israel.  These cuties, policemen, brides, princesses and more in the south were singing Purim songs for us as we passed by their playground.

Purim in Israel carnival for community by AMIT girls' school

Purim carnivals and other activities have been held since the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar, with schools involving communities to celebrate in the fun.

Hamentaschen piled up in Machane Yehuda Market for Purim

Oh and the food. Hamentashen galore in a list of flavors growing annually. The days of only poppy-seed and prune are long gone, only memories.

The Purim seuda, the festive holiday meal, is enjoyed by Jerusalemites on Friday, and should begin early enough so as not to interfere with the onset of Shabbat. We are planning to start at 11:00 after reading Megillat Esther. Others are starting later and going into the Sabbath.

Meanwhile, it is time to get cooking. I used to think it was be good to have extra time to prepare for Purim, a one-day holiday that went by so quickly. Now I’m not so sure. Creating multiple costumes, sending treats to school classrooms, beside the usual preparing food gifts to send, it seems endless.

Purim in Jerusalem megila ready every hour AZZA ZAZA

For the 8th year, AZZA ZAZA, continuous readings of Megillat Esther are being offered by Chabad in the Rechavia neighborhood. They offer over 20 readings, every hour in various public locations near Azza Street.

There are more Purim celebrations and events in Jerusalem than we can list, but the municipality website has a few of dozens, in English listed HERE

Happy Purim Jerusalem street posters

Happy Purim!

Purim in Jerusalem

As soon as the Jerusalem Marathon is over,

the Jerusalem Purim marathon drew to a close.

With this leap year’s second Adar,

shops, organizations, and schools

have been preparing to celebrate the Purim holiday,

for a long, long time.

In Jerusalem, Israel, there is a street named

for Shushan and Mordechai HaYehudi,

and for Queen Esther,

Esther Street in Jerusalem

 with this sign as always a holiday favorite.

New this year was

Purim masks

a mask exhibit at the Bible Lands Museum.

masks in shul for purim

Masks, face paint, and hats were the norm

reading megilat esther

at one synagogue megillah reading,

where costumes were optional.

tent for community reading of meglia

On Emek Refaim Street a tent was set up

for community readings of Megilat Esther.

Meanwhile, there was a party was going on

down the road at the community center;

Barbara Sofer in a Purim hat

and yes, I liked Barbara’s hat.

Zev Stub out Purim night

Hats and smiles out at night with over tired babies,

Purim costume with lights

or ready to party, all lit up,

Thursday night as Purim was ending for the rest of Israel,

Shushan Purim in Jerusalem was just getting going.

Superman on Purim

This year Supermen of all sizes

Purim costume

and little fire fighters were out on the streets,

costume on Purim

but I only saw one of these big guys getting on a bus.

Problem is, often in Jerusalem, it is hard to tell

man with highlights


Purim or not Purim

or not Purim?

Purim went right into Shabbat,

so it has taken until Sunday to wish all

jerusalem street sign for purim

Purim Sameach!

Happy Purim!

Whew, but now that Purim is finally finished,

Jerusalem Old City festival

it is time for the Sounds of the Old City music festival

Arts festival after purim

and the Jerusalem Arts Festival,

and to start planning for Passover!

But first maybe a good night sleep?

After changing the clocks,

some rest would be very helpful.

March Madness: Purim, Now Jerusalem Marathon

March Madness has a different meaning in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim is a holiday that is celebrated to the max by everyone!

Not just for March Purim Madness time,

image Queen Esther, photo ester hamalka street, picture PUrim

but all year around Queen Esther has her own street.

School children start with Purim on the first day of the month of Adar,

and this being a leap year, we had two months!

image mishloah manot, photo gift packages, picture mishloah manot for sale

Gift baskets for Mishloah manot have been on sale for weeks.

The story of Esther was read in thousands of locations.

image megila reading, picture megillah reading, photo unusual megila reading

There were readings all Purim day at different restaurants,

Zazza on Azza by Chabad Rechavia was a huge success!

image Purim celebration, photo family dressed for Purim, Purim costumes

Some families take their costumes very seriously,

this one even dressed up their dog for a Purim outing.

One of my favorite costumes this year

image purim costume, photo baby purim costume

was this baby as a super-sized bag of popcorn in a baby carrier.

image large wings, costuem Pruim, photo Purim

There were a lot of winged-creatures on the streets.

image Jerusalem mayor, photo mayor Jerusalem , picture Arkat

 OMG, this fellow looks just like Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

And HATS, lots of hats,

image pUrim, purim costume, big hat photo

big hats,

photo fur hat, image hat, picture strimel

fur hats,

image PUrim, photo costume,

pairs of hats,

image Purim, photo purim hats, picture PUrim

hats with ears,

image PUrim costume, photo costume purim

colorful hats,

image Purim costume, photo headdreass. picture Purim costume

and hats with feathers,

image Palestinian, Arab girls in Jerusalem, Purim  photo

and here are more popular Indian feathers this year.

image shaved head, photo design shaved in hair

Not sure that his shaved head was only for Purim.

image Purim, photos purim, picture PUrim

and this I really did not understand!

image balloons, photo Purim, picture PUrim

In busy Mamilla Mall there were lots of balloons.

image PUrim, Mickey mouse costume

Posing with cartoon characters

image PUrim, photo sponge bob, picture purim fun

was for everyone, not only small children wanted photos.

Also spotted in Mamilla Mall,

image boy dressed in santa outfit, photo Purim costuem, picture Purim

at least one Santa’s helper,

image PUrim, costume arab, Google guy

a Google guy,

image man with camera, photo PUrim , costume picture

and one serious Arab shooter, aiming a nice Canon camera.

image large Purim costume, photo PUrim

Some costumes

puim costumeimage, photo PUrim , picture Purim

were obvious,

image man and children Purim, photo man in uniform, picture Purim

while others, a costume or not?

image PUrim crowd, photo Purim celebrations, photo Purim Jerusalem

Thousands were in Mamilla Mall, but I thought it was less crowded this year than last.

image PUrim in Jerusalem , photo first station, picture first station

First Station also attracted crowds this year,

iamge PUrim Jerusalem, first station inside, photo First STation purim

and now some of the area is protected from the weather.

image Purim celebratons, photo chidlren in costume, picture Purim

But watch out for wild animals!

image ice rink in Jerusalem, photo ice skating, picture ice skating

And there were lines for the ice skating rink at First Station.

So by the time Shushan Purim,

the day Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem, Israel, is over,

 posting photos seems like ending a marathon.

And now the streets are filled with signs for Friday’s

image Jerusalem marathon, finish line for marathon picture, photo Jerusalem marathon

 Jerusalem Marathon.

photo purim on Jerusalem bus, photo Purim, Image special for Purim

So until next year, Happy Purim.

More photos for those of you not fortunate enough to be in Jerusalem, Israel for Purim.