Sukkot in Jerusalem

Sukkot in Jerusalem

Sukkot 5779 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Tens of thousands of visitors have arrived. Rental cars are booked and fill the streets.

Traffic can back up any time anywhere, especially in Old City when streets are closed.

Kotel for birchat kohanim

Tens of thousands crowd into and around the Kotel, Western Wall Plaza for the annual Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing.

This year was different with no helicopters circling over Jerusalem during the blessing.

Sukkah building in Jerusalem

The sidewalk along King George Street is filled with sukkot from nearby eateries. Here the frame of one sukkah is being assembled before the holiday.

Jerusalem sukka building

Small signs and locations of places to buy and build a sukka appear all around Jerusalem before the holiday.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah building

These huge signs were hard to miss on the side of the building.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah

A sukka could be found on empty corner spots,

Sukkah on balconies in Jerusalem Israel

on porch balconies on front of apartment buildings,

Jerusalem sukka on back small porches

and tucked away on small porches in back of buildings.

Sign for Sukkot event in Jerusalem Israel

There were too many Sukkot festivals for families to list them all here.

The weather during the day was perfect for parades, musical performances, and more held each day in Jerusalem.

Beit Lecham Street no traffic for street fair Jerusalem Israel

The usually busy Derech Beit Lehem street was cleared of traffic for an evening street festival.

Live music for Jerusalem Israel street fair on Sukkot

These were a few of the musicians rehearsing in the afternoon.

Jerusalem Hotel Orient sukkah on top

There is a sukka on top of the new Orient Hotel.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah built at First Station

Across at First Station, kosher eateries have large sukkot.

First Station Jerusalem Israel WeWork sukkah

But new and different this year, there is a WeWork sukka at First Station.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah in First Station by WeWork

Where else but Jerusalem, will you find, free wifi, beer, coffee, and working spaces, with a lulav and etrog on the table?

Personal sukkah at street level in Jerusalem Israel

From a private home sukka, 

Jerusalem sukkah in park

to a simple sukka in public park,

Sukkah in Inbal Hotel atrium Jerusalem Israel

to a large elaborate sukka, as in the Inbal Hotel atrium– there is no place for Sukkot like Jerusalem.

Sukkah for publis at Beit Hanasi

On Thursday, at Beit Hanasi the President’s Residence will be open to public.

Here is a first peak of the large public sukka.

Check back next time for a full tour of exhibits for this year’s healthy theme.

Or go stand in line, Beit Hanasi is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sign in Hebrew for Beit Avi Chai end of Sukkot Hashana Raba

And there is still much more of the holiday to come…and enjoy.

Sukkot holiday greeting of public Jerusalem Israel bus

 

Moadim l’simcha.

Happy holidays to all.

15 Favorites of Sukkot

The seasons have changed,

 days are shorter

and evenings are cooler.

 Children are back in school

 after a long break for holidays.

It was, as always, a busy holiday season,

but before getting back to business,

I want to share a few favorites from Sukkot 5744.

Sukkos in Yerushaylim

Many share photos of Jerusalem, Israel’s religious neighborhoods

where every residence has a sukka,

Unusual sukka photo, image sukkah that is different.

but my favorite this year was this sukka in a forest outside Jerusalem.

So many sukkot are on the streets, one year I did Only Sukkot,

image sukkah with people in it

but it is so nice to pass by a new sukka in a spot which was empty in recent years,

and see someone you know sitting inside. 

Israeli president garden image

Thousands waited to pass through the Presidential sukka,

view of sukkah inside

but be it ever so humble, our sukka is also a favorite.

Eating in sukkah

For some, Sukkot was the holiday of pizza in a hut.

pile of boxes from pizza

I wonder how many thousands of pizzas were consumed over the holiday?

People gathered from all over the world for family celebrations.

It started to rain on this bar mitzvah party,

Sukkah open walls image

and then the wind blew a shade umbrella on top of sukka.

The weather was almost as crazy as we remembered in Melbourne,

but nothing could dampen holiday parties.

Decorated sukkah image, large sukka photo

The huge public sukka in Kikar Safra was again a favorite this year.

For weeks a friend has been asking,  Have you seen the bikes?

bicycles that show energy use, image special bikes

These are the special bikes that share the plaza with the sukka

and they were a favorite for all who came to government square.

The Jerusalem March went from Gan Sacher through Jerusalem,

it was a huge international event.

Jerusalem march Nigeria

There seemed to be fewer participants from Nigeria this year,

but Israel is a favorite destination for Nigerians all year-long.

Many Israeli groups marched also,

Jerusalem March El Al pilots

two of my favorites were the El Al pilots who stopped to dance

Jerusalem March with football club

and the Jerusalem football club members who came dressed in uniform.

There were more rain drops during the parade, 

but spectators did not seem to mind,

people watching a parade

and loved cheering and receiving flags.

spectators with signs image.

Some held signs showing just how much they appreciated the marchers’ support,

tens of thousands watched the parade, see more photos.

view of Jaffa Road, J Street image, photo real J Street

Meanwhile Jaffa Street was still busy.

Two more favorites,

Sukkot in Jerusalem image, photo man and luluv

 were people who carried their lulav and etrog all day

man in Jerusalem with lulav and esrrog

and those who held the lulav and etrog waiting for those who did not.

Teddy Park and view of Old City

As the water fountain at Teddy Park went on at the hour,

you could hear squeals of delight from children.

What a favorite it has become with all!

When there are large crowds,

White and brown police horse

 those beautiful police horses can be seen on the streets;

they always are a favorite.

man smiling for photo, image guy in Bezek shirt

It was great to see Ben Yehuda Street so busy over the holidays.

This man was sitting alone and asked me to take his photo,

Jerusalem Marchers

but there were tens of thousands more smiles.

Sukkot is a favorite time of year in Jerusalem.

Crazy dancing, boys on ground feet up

Thousands sang and danced on the streets all week, 

but these guys with their feet in the air were really something special.

Moedim l'simcha on bus

Jerusalem on Sukkot was indeed a happy season.

Wish there were more?

 See The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook Sukkot album.