What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

After the chagim, after the holidays.

 The holiday visitors have gone.

Now what? Plenty.

The universities are finally starting.

The Knesset is back in session after long break.

Way too much is happening in Jerusalem to keep up.

Tower of David citadel view

The imposing Tower of David (ToD)

View inside the Tower of David fortress

was open for the launch of its new Innovation Lab.

New location for crusaders inside Tower of David

These old statues were being relocated,

and over 20 technology startups in augmented reality/virtual reality,

AR/VR, were being presented.

Innovation Lab technology at Tower of David Museum

Click and see history of 3000 years unfold!

Innovation Lab launch virtual reality glasses in Tower of David

With glasses like these,

one day you will be able sit at home

and feel as if you were in Herod’s old fortress.

Innovation Lab technology robot controlled by eye movements using these glasses

And with these glasses,

eye movements can operate a robot.

Much more is happening and planned for AR/VR.

It all sounds like science fiction,

but is being developed daily to enhance the museum experience

and improve quality of life.

Oh the contrast of old and new!

Christian pilgrims dance and sing in Jerusalem Israel

Outside those walls of the Old City, near Jaffa Gate,

these Christian tourists were singing and dancing,

while across the street a woman was sorting

Arab women collecting olives taken from tree near Mamilla Mall Jerusalem

the olives she had just taken from this olive tree.

Olive harvesting is nearly finished for this year.

However, new festivals are beginning.

Here are 3 favorites of new Hebrew signs.

Until I saw it in English,

I had hard time understanding,

Eclectic Jerusalemite sign in Hebrew

the Lev Smadar Theater is hosting “Eclectic Jerusalem” cultural films.

Street sign for OutLIne contest

Then there is this sign for an illustration and poetry,

“Out-Line Festival.”

Street sign for Animation event in Jerusalem Israel

And how about an International Animation Festival

in Jerusalem, at Cinematheque?

Not enough?

Houses WithIn, now called “Open House”

starts on Thursday, with 117 interesting and free tours.

Some are fascinating sites open to public,

some are announced as free access,

others were fully booked at warp speed.

Poor Folks’ Cemetery or the Har Herzl military cemetery,

famous private homes

or the Jerusalem home of the Electric Company, are a few options.

Jerusalem Israel Pillbox in Rechavia open for first time to public

The Pillbox in Rechavia was opened last year.

It was less than comfortable inside and a worse photo op,

but it was  interesting to hear about.

Photos from the International Jerusalem

Jewish Contemporary Art Bienalle will have to wait for next time.

Oh and soon, Open Restaurants – 5 days, 100 options!

More next time,

will see how many I can get to.

So much is happening on the Jerusalem streets.

10 Favorites at Museum of Science

Many think of Jerusalem, Israel, and see images

 of the Old City and the Kotel and other ancient sites.

But near the Knesset and the Israel Museum is a special public place

founded with the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Foundation,

which is a dynamic, innovative and attractive tourist destination.

There were so many things that I liked on my recent visit to

 The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem, 

 it has been hard to get down to a short list.

1. Before you even go inside the building, 

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the color and the energy are impressive.

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2. Once in the front door, the diversity of the staff is clear.

All signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English,

 as the museum targets all the diverse populations of Jerusalem

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with special educational activities.

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3. With so many hands-on exhibits, it was hard to pick one photo,

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4. No soft padding for little visitors, but real structures to explore.

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5. Before there was a book about Israel as a start-up nation,

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there were popular Hebrew children’s story books.

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 I love to see that from simple stories, science and culture can be linked

so that a scientific principle can be learned while having fun.

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 6. This week it has been especially hot in Jerusalem, perfect timing

   to explore the dynamics of water on the museum grounds.

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7. There is so much energy, you can feel it as you walk the halls.

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8. The museum staff is available in every section to guide and explain.

9. An Innovation display show cases 50 of Israel’s top contributions

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to modern technology.   I love that Israelis developed 

the “pill-cam from Israeli army missile technology.

10. I really enjoyed a chance to visit to the off-limits, 

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special workroom where everything in the museum is made.

 There was much more that I found impressive, 

 like the special science encounters to encourage girls,

  youngsters with special needs, and

  the Arab population to appreciate science and technology.

I studied Chemistry in college and worked in bio-chemical research,

this visit reminded me of how much I enjoyed those lab experiments.

  Next week there are special events planned

for the 20th anniversary of

 The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem. 

Since this is only a small bit of what there is to see and do,

better to come and check it out for yourself

and be sure to see the new exhibition “Footprints of Light.”

An idea of Prof. Peter Hillman which started out in a small room

on the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus has grown to 

  a Museum has already attracted over 3,500,000 visitors.

However, one warning:

Adults beware of possible exhaustion.