Oft repeated here,
you never know what you will find on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
This cute little “Electric Bimba” on the street certainly fits the theme.
As the Jerusalem temperature was rising outside, our car parked in the sun went to 43 degrees C, over 100 degrees F. I have no idea what the temperature was in the old revved up personal transporter.
People gather at Teddy Park in the evening, for the water fountain to go on and cool off.
One place with thousands of visitors daily, no matter what the weather, is Yad Vashem.
A very special event was held on July 25 in the evening.
As Rav Yisrael Meir Lau Israel’s former Chief Rabbi told his story, he looked at an image projected on the wall of the synagogue.
The occasion was a conference on Holocaust education for North American Jewish educators.
The image was that of him as an 8-year old child.
A Holocaust and concentration camp survivor, the image shows him sitting on a bench between Jewish US Army soldiers who liberated Buchenwald.
Sixty percent of the concentration camp survivors died during the first few days after liberation. His older brother Naftali z”l was ill, so weak he was unconscious, and was not aware of liberation until much later.
Rabbi Hershel Schacter z”l, was the US Army chaplain who entered with the liberating US Army, who extended his hand to the frightened little boy.
Next to speak was his son, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, who told the story of his father’s desire to serve in the US Army during wartime.
From the Yad Vashem synagogue, after listening to the emotional remarks from both rabbis, the assembled group walked solemnly into the main building.
There Rabbi Lau pointed to where he sat amid the US Jewish soldiers and Holocaust survivors in the famous image.
On the far left side of this US Army photograph, is Rabbi Schacter z”l, 25 years old, leading the Shavuot holiday service.
In Jerusalem, in Yad Vashem, in the hall of memories, Rabbi Lau spoke with the son of Rabbi Schacter z”l of his first Jewish memories as a survivor.
The two men hugged in front of the iconic image, in the presence of Rabbi Schacter’s z”l extended family, which included a great-grandson.
A unique and meaningful hug, spanning decades of history, uniting liberators and survivors.
Jerusalem is a city, of contrasts, old and new, and diverse realities.
From Yad Vashem, as the sun was setting, I rushed to the Jerusalem Film Festival opening in the Sultan’s Pool.
The screen could be seen from the Cinematheque, with the walls of the Old City in the background.
President Reuven Rivlin was the honored guest, as a new film award was initiated in memory of his wife Nechama z”l.
In the opening video presentation along with greetings from Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and Sports and Cultural Minister Miri Regev, were clips from the movie Exodus.
I wonder how many people learned of the establishment of modern Israel and were influenced by Paul Newman in this 1960 movie.
As for the second hug of the evening, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is back in Jerusalem. The documentary movie of her fascinating life was a feature of this annual film festival.
Katriel Schori received an award for lifetime achievement in Israeli film.
I left before the main film was shown, but I could see Schori accepting his award on the screen.
Down below in the valley the Food Truck Festival was going strong.
Thousands of people were out enjoying the cooler evening temperatures on very crowded Jerusalem streets.
Back to the Future with the Philharmonic orchestra performing live near the Old City walls was sold out days before. It was a Jerusalem Film Festival success.
However, the film festival has open and free film showings in various neighborhood parks.
This sign in Arnona is for a film on Wednesday night in Baka. It will be shown free of charge outside in a park.
Signs in Arabic and Hebrew request that the parks be left clean.
Day or night, another week with many and diverse happenings on the Jerusalem streets.