No Harlem Shake, but 12 Favorite Signs

Though most everyone seems to be doing the Harlem Shake, 

we have not seen anyone doing it yet on the streets of Jerusalem, Israel,

 so decided to share a few favorite signs instead.

Jerusalem signs photo

Signs are an extremely important form of communication

in many neighborhoods.

sign Menchem Alon

Notices of the death of revered former Supreme Court judge Menachem Alon 

David Hartman

and renowned thinker David Hartman were prominent this week.

Jerusalem sign photo

1. This misspelled sign from last year is still a favorite.

Jerusalem signs

2. No words needed here, but here’s hoping there are better directions for

the Jerusalem Marathon that is to run next week on Friday, March 1.

Jerusalem sign

3. Do you really think a motorcycle will not go on a foot path because

of this sign if the riders think they have enough room to get through?

Sign tax office

4. The first time seeing the signs at the tax offices can cause a panic attack.

Jewish agency sign

The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency met this week.

Palestine sign

5. But how many people remember this United Palestine Appeal sign?

new sign Jerusalem

6. There are new street signs on “The President’s” Street.

Street sign George Washington in Jeruaslem

7. But there are other Presidents’ streets in Jerusalem, these

Abraham Lincoln street sign Jerusalem

8. two are named for US presidents honored on February 18 in the US.

Esther street Jerusalem

9. A favorite sign this time of year is this street named for Queen Esther.

King Herod, sign Israel Museum

10. Here is a sign for the new exhibit at the Israel Museum on King Herod.

Arab violence has increased outside the Jerusalem area.

The new government still is not in place, however,

 it is interesting that the Israeli press (not a Purim joke)

ice cream sign

11. has reported that this pistachio ice cream is the Prime Minister’s favorite,

and he requested  NIS 10,000’s worth of it in this year’s budget.

12. Purim is a few days away, so will end with an all time favorite sign

Purim sign on bus

 as the bus soon will say “Happy Purim.”

Security on Shushan Purim

Dozens of missiles keep coming from Gaza into many parts of southern Israel.

Jerusalem was on a high security alert for the Purim holiday

and there were more police uniforms in sight than usual.

"walls of Old City"

Near Jaffa Gate, an ad for a food festival in the Old City was hard to miss,

but as Muslim prayers ended on Friday, security was hard to find.

Not the regular security in Malcha Mall

"bread" "challah" "wigs"

or selling bread in the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.

"Jaffa Street"

Most of the world celebrates Purim for one night and the following day…

in Jerusalem it goes on and on.

First there are weeks of school events, then the Fast of Esther on Thursday,

and the megillah, the story of Purim, is read three days later on Sunday night.

Mishloach manot, gifts of food, are delivered on Monday.

"Purim costumes" "Mamilla Mall"

On Shushan Purim, March 21,  Mamilla Mall

"bunny costume"

fills with colorful characters large

and small.

"face painting"

There is face painting,


more costumes,

and photo opportunities.

"Arab women"

The large crowds

include everyone from Spiderman to

this Aussie bloke


and a mystery man.

It is way too warm for a real snow ball fight at Kikar Safra,  

Safra Square’s snow and ice event,

"cotton balls"

so there are cotton ball fights instead.

But on Shushan Purim

"Purim sign'

the place to be


is on nearby Shushan Street!

"Purim celebration"

The little side street is packed

"Man in hat"

with people


"Chinese dragon"

the many street performers

"puppet show"

and entertainers.

Even this Purim post is going on and on...

"bus sign"

and everything from the buses


to pets are in holiday mode.

"colorful costumes"

It is such a colorful day.

A  light rail train near Shushan had to make an emergency stop,

and security is called…

"light rail train" "Jaffa Street"

to remove a party hat from the track.

"street band"

Music fills many Jerusalem streets and goes on well into the night.

What next?

What could be bigger?

"Jerusalem marathon sign"

Friday the city will come to a complete standstill 

for the first Jerusalem full marathon;

if you cannot walk or run…better to just stay home.

More Purim photos on The Real Jerusalem Streets’ Facebook page.

Shushan Purim Day in Jerusalem

On Monday Shushan Purim schools were closed, 

 the Jerusalem Theater had a special musical program;

 the Purim songs were loud and lively, the entertainers tried their best,

but at times there were more tall people than short people in the lobby.

The busy streets of Jerusalem were quieter than usual, as many businesses were closed, and the rainy weather kept people indoors. It was hard to guess how many late night party-goers were off to a slow start on Shushan Purim.

A major afternoon celebration was organized at the new Mamilla Mall,

next to the Old City.

 Street entertainers were popular with the crowd.

If you look above the street,

you’ll see that Peter Pan traded in his regular hat for a warmer one.

 Photographers were trying to capture the moment. 

             It was a great day for hot chocolate or coffee.

Ben Yehudah Street had its share of people for celebrations

and a bit of smoke from firecrackers.



 Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk,

as always, had its share of colorful customers.

  There were some scary looking

characters on the sreets,

but for the most part…

the day was about princesses and butterflies, color,

                                                                and of course, hats.

Rosh Chodesh Adar 5773, updated for Purim 2013