Jerusalem Day 50 Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem Day 50 Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

started early this year

with the official opening extravaganza on Sunday night.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

The preparations for the major event were extensive

near the Jaffa Gate and the walls of the Old City.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

Not only a presidential visit requires extra security.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

Viewing stands were in the Teddy Park Garden

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

where an impromptu maariv minyan

was held prior to the start of the speeches and show.

Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim

The lights and music

Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayijm

and speeches were projected on the walls

for the tens of thousands gathered on the streets to view.

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalayim

Lights

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

changed with each song,

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

and the fireworks

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

ended with drones writing ‘Jerusalem’ in the sky.

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalayim Beit Shmuel

The most exclusive view was from Bet Shmuel,

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

but the crowds standing on the surrounding streets

audibly appreciated the sounds and the lights and more.

This was an event where photos could not capture the moments.

Listen to one of the songs to give you an idea of what you missed.

Now off to see more Yom Yerushalayim celebrations,

as flags, singing and dancing fill the Jerusalem streets.

Presidential Visit Trumps Jerusalem Day

Presidential Visit Trumps Jerusalem Day

  Jerusalem, Israel,

prepared for Yom Yerushalayim,

Jerusalem Day,

Flag for Yom Yerushalayim on hospital Jerusalem Israel

with large Israeli flags draped on old buildings,

Yom Yerhushalayim, Jerusalem Day flags painted on side of light rail train

and painted across the modern light rail trains.

The footbridge over Derech Hevron, Hebron Road,

Jerusalem Israel large flags for Yom Yerushalayim

was covered by a long Israeli flag on one side

Yom Yerushalayim flags

and the Jerusalem city flag on the other.

Yom Yerushalayimi school outing to Old City Yemin Moshe

School trips this time of year are a common sight.

But this year,

US President Donald Trump was visiting.

Israel and US flags on King David Hotel

US and Israeli flags flew over the King David Hotel

where the Presidential entourage secured the entire building.

Trump visit to Israel

Big red signs lined King David Street, warning of closings.

By Tuesday,

Stairs in Yemin Moshe leading to Montefiore Windmill

only a bird could move freely around the area.

Now a beautiful, prosperous and popular neighborhood,

Mishkanot Shaananim Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

from 1948-1967

Yemin Moshe – Mishkanot Sha’ananim, and the King David Hotel,

were on the border of No Man’s Land

and in the sights of Jordanian snipers.

Security from old days in Jerusalem, Israel

This bollard was left as an example of the old security measures.

Trump street closing.

For this presidential visit, metal barriers lined

the route of the motorcade.

Jerusalem Israel for Trump visit

It was a good week for the people who rent metal barriers

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

and these fancier barriers too,

but many local businesses suffered from the street closures.

The first stop in Israel for the US Presidential visit

was at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.

Red carpet at Beit Hanasi for Trump

The red carpet was rolled out and covered to stay clean.

Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

The media came early, and watched Air Force One

land in Ben Gurion Airport and waited.

Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

I lost count of how many times the red carpet was cleaned.

Trump visit at Beit Hanasi

Here is the signing of the official guest book,

 the US delegation had not yet arrived.

But for the official speeches

Trump visit to Israel Ivanka and Jared Kushner

everyone was in their assigned seats.

Tree planted in garden of Beit Hanasi in honor of Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

The Presidents and First Ladies went to the garden,

to see a tree planted in honor of the visit.

The ceremony was over,

and the Presidential motorcade sped off to the Kotel,

the Western Wall, for the next stop on a packed itinerary.

Security for Trump visit

Pedestrians were permitted to start walking.

But not even this official Israeli limo could leave until

 the buses blocking the roads were given permission to move.

Most of the US Presidential visit was live-streamed,

 so you can find it all on line.

For the grande finale,

after what seemed like dozens of Israeli police helicopters flying over,

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

a military helicopter flight parade started,

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

accompanying Marine One

Trump visit to Israel

and ending with more helicopters and flares.

I have not seen the official number of helicopters,

but they were noisy and flew in a long convoy over

Jerusalem, Israel, as they escorted the

US Presidential visitors away.

Jerusalem and Israel large flags on buildings

Now, back to flags

and Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, and major celebrations

 marking 50 years after the Six-Day War victory

and the liberation of the Old City from Jordanian rule.

What a week to be on the Jerusalem streets!

Jerusalem Prepares for Season of Celebrations – the Yoms

Jerusalem Prepares for Season of Celebrations – the Yoms

The Passover and Easter celebrations are now over.

However, the spring holiday season in Jerusalem, Israel,

is far from over.

As soon as those Passover dishes are put away,

it is time for the roller coaster of emotional  ‘Yoms’:

Yom HaShoah,

Holocaust Remembrance Day,

Yom HaZikaron,

the Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror,

which is immediately followed by

Yom HaAtzmaut,

Israel’s Independence Day,

and this year is a big 50 for

Yom Yerushalayim,

Jerusalem Day.

As soon as the celebration of freedom ends

Lord and Lady Gainsford in Jerusalem

international guests gather at Yad Vashem,

for the official opening ceremony for Yom HaShoah,

to remember the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Each year 6 survivors are honored with the lighting of a memorial flame.

Six survivors who light flames on Yom HaShoa

Here the honorees posed for a photo before the televised ceremony,

each with their own incredible story.

Ready for ceremony in Jerusalem Holocaust Remembrance Day

The lights on the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Plaza

serve as a hauntingly beautiful background at sunset.

Taps and flag lowered at Yom HaShoah at Yad Vashem Jerusalem Israel

Taps is sounded by a lone IDF trumpeter,

and the honor guard and all assembled stand as the Israeli flag is lowered.

Flames and survivors on Yom Hashoah Jerusalem

Six survivors lit flames, aided by either a child or grandchild,

with some of the young relatives currently serving in the IDF.

The next day, there is another ceremony, less well-known,

Knesset greeting in flowers outside on lawn

which is held in the Knesset.

Flowers at Knesset Jerusalem Israel

The Knesset entrance plaza has new landscaping,

Israeli flags flying at half mast for Yom Hashao Jerusalem

where the flags fly all day at half-mast.

Israeli Knesset pin with Israeli flag

Israeli flags were featured on the Knesset pins given out to guests.

Again, six survivors lit memorial flames.

100 year old man lighting torch for Holocaust Remembrance Day

This survivor is 100 years old.

The President and Prime Minister attended and spoke,

and the Chief Rabbis added traditional Jewish memorial prayers.

In this televised ceremony as well,

a short video of the survivors’ harrowing stories was shown.

Speaker of Knesset Yuli Edlestein at Remembrance Day ceremony

At the ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein,

led the reading of a list of names of those who did not survive.

The Prime Minister, President, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,

and members of Knesset, all added names of family members

to the list of those who were murdered,

“To every person there was a name.”

However,

from the retelling of darkness in the Chagall Hall of the Knesset,

Rose Garden Jerusalem

one exits to the sight of the blooming roses in the Rose Garden.

Along with with flowers in bloom,

the Yoms are a time of blue & white Israeli flags,

huge ones down sides of buildings,

tiny ones blowing from car windows,

Flags and flowers in Jerusalem

big ones on schools,

Jerusalem cafe Israeli flag on tables

and small ones on a cafe table.

Signs for Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem Israel

Signs are up for celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut,

Israel’s 69 years of Independence,

Hebrew sign for Ceremony for Remembrance Day

but first there will be Yom HaZikaron,

a time to remember those who gave their lives

Memorial flame on Menachem Begin Memorial Center Jerusalem

with annual memorial flames displayed on buildings.

Jerusalem and Israeli flags are flying above the Jerusalem streets,

Jerusalem 50 years mew white flags

along with this new white flag,

which marks 50 years of the liberation of Jerusalem,

Hotels are booked out

and flights are hard to come by,

as tens of thousands plan to join in the celebrations of

Yom Yerushalayim, 

filling the Jerusalem streets with more flags

and joyous days  of celebrations.