10 Photos of this Week in Jerusalem

10 Photos of this Week in Jerusalem

I love a day when the weather is the top news.

Last night, as the sun set, cool winds came across the city.

 I thought my camera lens was dirty,

old City walls at sunset

but those were clouds over the Old City.

As it got darker, more clouds blew in over

Jerusalem Israel summer clouds. over King David Hotel and Montefiore Windmill

the Montefiore Windmill and the King David Hotel.

By morning, the sky looked winter grey,

and certainly not like the first day of summer.

But by afternoon, most of the clouds were gone,

and it was back to sunny warm streets and a normal June day.

A great time to get out and appreciate the Judean  hillside.

Hills around Jerusalem, Israel near zoo

This view is just minutes from Malha Mall,

Yehudah Hotel garden Jerusalem Israel

and was taken from these lovely gardens.

This week’s exciting event (for some people) was a visit by

18 US football “Hall of Famers.”

US Football star Willie Lanier in Jerusalem Israel

Willie Lanier of the Kansas City Chiefs

was wearing Jerusalem on his hat at the end of his visit.

It goes well with his Canton, OH, Hall of Fame shirt.

Thousands tried to meet and

photograph their favorite sports stars.

 I was told that I missed Joe Montana by seconds.

Oh well.

It was better than standing in the heat outside

the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs waiting for security.

Simon Wiesenthal center at Israel Foreign Ministry

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and

the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel held a conference there

on digital terrorism and hate speech on the internet.

I am afraid you will be hearing lots more

on this EchoChamber in the future,

as cyber terrorists look for new ways to attack.

The next day was

Conference on Israeli economy in Jerusalem Israel IDI

the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society,

of the Israel Democracy Institute,

where we heard that Israel, the ‘Start-Up Nation’,

is #52 in the world in the ease of opening a business.

Changes must be made in taxation, regulation and bureaucracy

in order to get Israel to the next level

to be known as the ‘Nation of Innovation’.

After two days inside, it was good to get out.

Pillbox in Rechavia painted Jerusalem Israel history

Our local pillbox got a much needed painting.

White Night Beit Avi Chai in July 2017

This new sign was posted for Beit Avi Chai.

Lists of children’s summer programs are planned,

but this informs us that July 6 will be Leila Lavan.

an all-night loud summer music party.

Mekudeshet, a festival working hard on integrating cultures,

is also planning a long list of events for this summer.

If you remember the photo I posted of the Mamilla Hotel,

Mamilla Hotel flag for Macabbiah in Jerusalem Israel 2017

there is now a fourth banner flag on the building.

The 2017 Macabbiah will be bringing tens of thousands

of international Jewish athletes to Jerusalem, Israel.

All of this is amazing.

Especially if you stop and reflect

that all of the above locations,

from the Pillbox to those hills,

were mostly empty and barren, except for rocks,

not so very many years ago.

And Mamilla Mall and Mishkanot-Shaananim,

were dangerous zones inhabited by the poorest of poor.

9 Jerusalem Summer Festivals

9 Jerusalem Summer Festivals

With all the activities and celebrations,

Celebrating 50 years liberation of Jerusalem

of Jerusalem Jubilee, 50 years since liberation and unification,

it was really hard to keep up with everything else that was happening.

StreetBal competition in Bell Park Jerusalem Israel

There was the annual Street Ball in Liberty Bell Park.

 “See the Sounds” Classical Music Festival began May 29,

image Israel Museum

 and runs through June 24, with multiple performances

 in locations inside the Israel Museum galleries and its gardens.

Jerusalem Israel festival season

The Musrara Festival is June 6- 8 in the evenings,

and even more streets will be filled with

Sign in Hebrew for Jerusalem Festival people performing with disabilities

special disabled artistic performers from June 4- 11.

Not everyone is happy with all these new culture festivals.

Sign for Shavuah Hasefer, Hebrew Book Week in Gan Sacher Jerusalem Israel

However, the annual classic

Shavuah Hasefer HaIvri,

the Hebrew Book Festival, is to be back from June 11-15,

in Jerusalem’s Takhana HaRishona, First Station.

Another Jerusalem annual long time event,

Annual Israel Festival in Jerusalem Israel

the Israel Festival is going from June 1- 18.

Also in June, there is Design Week,

and perhaps another Opera in the Sultan’s Pool.

July starts off with Maccabiah and tens of thousands of athletes coming

Jerusalem sidewalk with ad for Maccabiah 2017

from around the world to participate in sporting events,

and new signs were painted on the streets.

"image Jerusalem", "photo light festival", "picture art"

The annual Light Festival is set for June 28 – July 6

2017 Jerusalem light festival sign

with large signs posted,

and the International Film Festival is set for July 13-23.

  These are a few of the upcoming happenings in Jerusalem.

Holidays are over and summer is here,

only worry is what to do first.

Hope we can rest up on Shabbat, so as to be ready for

another Jerusalem Festival Season.

image shabat shalom and love

שבת שלום

Significance of Yom Yerushalayim,This Year in Jerusalem

Significance of Yom Yerushalayim,This Year in Jerusalem

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

saw tens of thousands celebrating on King George Street,

as it filled with a sea of blue and white Israeli flags.

Yom Yerushalayim on King George Street before Flag Parade to Old City

Afternoon shadows were not good for photos,

but the shade from hot sun was appreciated.

King George Street Yom Yerushalayim

 The Flag Parade, with its singing and dancing,

is mostly known for rowdy young male participants.

Last year I walked the entire route,

and as usual, if RJS is there, nothing bad happened.

This year what was significant was

not the guys, but the girls.

There were so many girls.

Yom Yerushalayim girls dancing on King George STreet

The crowd of girls stretched far into town,

 farther than the eye or zoom lens could see.

There were two bands for separate dancing,

 with their Israeli flags,

King George Street Yom Yerushalayim Flag Parade

 these girls were next to the guys’ circles,

 but the guys seemed to take no notice of them.

Also significant to note concerning this day,

more than just teenage exuberance,

Yom Yerushalayim family in march with flags

is the young families, who were walking,

Yom Yerushalayim

and watching,

hundreds of families, many dressed in blue and white.

Yom Yerushalayim Flag Parade

While thousands of older people lined the streets to watch.

Yom Yerushalayim visitors from overseas

From around the world they came,

Costumes at Yom Yerushalayim from Africa

to join in the celebrations

Yom Yerushalayim 50 years in flowers near Windmill

of Jerusalem being liberated and reunited,

on 28th of Iyar, June 1967,

as Israeli paratroopers reentered the Old City by way of the Lions’ Gate.

All the street closings

for flags and dancing and parades,

and the Trump presidential visit caused less

Traffic came to standstill in Jerusalem, Israel on Thursday May 4, 2017

traffic havoc than two accidents and

an overload of cars on Thursday, causing gridlock,

 making Jerusalem look like one big parking lot.

Tens of thousands of international visitors are still around.

Jaffa Gate Plaza tourists dancing.

A group of Christian tourists were dancing at Yaffa Gate,

to the Hebrew song “Moshiach.”

Rova on spring day

Under a clear blue sky the Old City

was serene and picture perfect.

On Shavuot, 5 Sivan, Tuesday, May 30,

the streets will again be filled, not with cars,

Traffic in Jerusalem at stand still

but with throngs of people walking,

Kotel in afternoon before shavuot

to the Kotel, Western Wall for holiday prayers.

During the Six-Day War, all of Israel was united,

 fearing destruction.

The defeat of the invading Arab armies has often been

described as miraculous.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could come together again,

in good times, not just bad.

Shema Yisrael prayer on back of Jerusalem, Israel public bus

A timely message on this Jerusalem public bus.

Chag Sameach, Happy Holiday.