Negev: Ben Gurion’s Vision Today’s Miracle

It’s winter in Jerusalem, Israel,

a good time to go south and see the Negev.

On the day we were going past southern farms

Negev under devolpment

 Negev farmers were headed to Jerusalem for a protest.

I wondered why all those Israeli flags?

A friend who was stuck in traffic and unable to get around

because of blocked streets later supplied the answer.

Israel Negev Ben Gurion quote

Ben Gurion would be amazed today!

The newest army complex in the Negev

Army base in southern Israel Kiryat Ariel Sharon

named for Ariel Sharon, is larger than many Israeli cities.

In the winter, plantings

Israel Negev planting

have turned the desert green.

Off road in Negev phone and electric wires

Power lines stretch as far as the eye can see,

while the Negev Guardian stands watch.

Really!

Israel south road to Negev

Emillo Mogilner’s 450 ton sculpture sits next to Route 40.

Also, along those Negev roads

Bedoiuns in Negev along road

are new Bedouin encampments

dotting the landscape in more locations

Israel south along road

than I could count.

Winter is a great time for changing weather

Winter clouds in Negev

and also for photos of stormy clouds.

There are desert sands and farms,

growing technology at the new Intel facility at Kiryat Gat,

plus the cyber-tech attached to Ben Gurion University,

and the rapidly developing Beer-Sheva area.

So much amazing progress in such a short period of time,

plus a winning sports team.

Red shirt in mayor's office Beer Sheva winning soccer team

This t-shirt is hanging next to the Beer-Sheva mayor’s office.

The shirt signed by the Beer-Sheva football (soccer) team

after winning championship games.

Beer-Sheva has developed a lot over  the last 30 years.

For some of my nephews, this shirt is a big deal.

Could Ben Gurion imagine today’s miracle of the Negev?

Music, Lights, Shabbat and Happy Hanukkah

Music, Lights, Shabbat and Happy Hanukkah

How could I forget?

With a post last week of musical events in Jerusalem, Israel,

Jerusalem Theater Pianos

I forgot to include the annual Piano Festival

taking place once again at the Jerusalem Theater.

In the ‘what will they do to top last year’ department,

Jerusalem Theater Piano Festival

chairs were set up outside in a large tent.

Piano performances will be held over three days,

and piano bars stocked with wines

will help keep visitors warm in the cold nights.

Meanwhile,

Jerusalem Theater lobby

inside the theater,

Jerusalem Theater singer

musicians and singers who immigrated to Israel

Jerusalem Theater singers

performed throughout the building.

Jerusalem Theater snack time

Some were more interested in the snacks

Painted glass at Jerusalem theater olim event

than the music or art works on display.

With the holidays approaching, visitors are arriving

Jerusalem street lights with hanukiot lit up for chanuka

and decorations are lining the streets.

Street signs for hanukah

Chanukkah celebration signs are posted.

Jerusalem street sign for lights of hanukah

Festivals, performances and happenings

will light up the city for Hanuka,

 too many events to list.

The lights of Shabbat

Lighting the lights of Hanukah

will be followed by the lights of Hanuka.

Yes, I spelled חנוכה different ways in English,

but the wishes are the same.

First

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom,

then

חנוכה שמח

Happy Hanukkah

 And if you want more lights and music

to get in a holiday mood,

here is my favorite video from last year.

Levi Eshkol House Opens in Jerusalem

Levi Eshkol House Opens in Jerusalem

Levi Eshkol was Israel’s fourth Prime Minister,

serving from 1964-1969.

On December 20, 2016,

Photo of Levi Eshkol in lobby of new museum

the Levi Eshkol House officially opened its doors.

Old Prime Ministers residence

After months of construction this former official residence of

Ben Maimon Street former home of Israeli Prime Ministers

Israeli Prime Ministers is now open to the public.

Israel President Reuven Rivlin at Levi Eshkol House

At the opening, President Reuven Rivlin spoke to

Front row dignitaries for opening of Levi Eshkol House

dignitaries, Eshkol family members, and friends.

Main living area of Levi Eshkol house

Off the entrance is the book-lined, main living area.

Kitchen in Levi Eshkol house

The simple kitchen

Old style phone in Levi Eshkol House

and dial telephone reflect the changes of last 50 years.

The Six-Day War in 1967

Table in Levi Eshkol House

was commanded from these humble surroundings.

 Photos of Eshkol

Photo from new Levi Eshkol House

with famous

Photo of Levi Eshkol in new museum

and not-so-famous people line the walls.

Sadly, Miriam Eshkol z”l, wife of Levi Eshkol,

who worked hard on this project,

 passed away at the age of 87 at the end of November 2016.

Miriam Eshkol photo draped in black at opening of Eshkol House

Her photos draped in black were next to lit memorial candles,

as the opening day was still within the traditional month of mourning.

Visitors will be able to learn about,

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol z’l

photo display highlights of Levi Ieshkol prime minister

who established Israel’s ties with West Germany,

was the first Israeli Prime Minister officially invited to the US,

 and served through the lowest and highest moments of 1967.

He was also the first Prime Minister of Israel to die in office.

In a corner of the garden, a goldfish-filled pond

Pond in corner of garden of Levi Ehskol house

is hidden from the street by this wall.

After being derelict for decades,

the former official residence on Ben Maimon Street,

has come alive as a new tourist site in Jerusalem, Israel.