Hanukkah and Holiday Time in Jerusalem

Hanukkah and Holiday Time in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, Israel, as December begins

the holiday season gets going.

Ethiopian Israeli Festival held in Jerusalem Israel

Signs are up for a new Ethiopian-Israeli Festival.

Tourists from Nigeria pose for photo in Jerusalem Old City Western Wall Plaza

International tourist groups have been enjoying

the unusually warm, sunny, and dry weather.

Chanukah Lights on poles for Hanuka

These holiday streets lights are up

and new signs of Hanukkah

are everywhere:

Poster for Hannukah events in Jerusalem Israel

some with neighborhood activities

Jerusalem Israel posters of Hanukkah donuts

and this series of signs with holiday treats to eat.

Chanukah donuts displayed in sop window Jerusalem Israel

Suffganiot have been in the shop windows

Donuts on large tray carried by man through shuk before Hanukkah

 in Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk’

and in Jerusalem bakeries for weeks.

But one of my favorite holiday foods are

Strawberries for Hanukkah in Jerusalem Israel Machane Yehuda market

those big red, delicious strawberries

 that are just coming into season.

In the shuk, they are for sale, but not yet piled high.

It is not only the Hanukkah season;

Old City Christian Quarter Santa Claus

 Santa Claus is in the Old City,

Jerusalem Israel YMCA Christmas tree in lobby

and the YMCA has decorated trees both inside

Christmas tree at YMCA Jerusalem Israel

and outside in the front garden.

On Friday, while on the bus to the Old City,

Muslim prayer on Friday in Jerusalem Israel Muslim men and women walking

we saw thousands of Muslims coming

Jerusalem, Lion's Gate on Friday afternoon prayer time.

from all directions for Friday prayers,

while at the same time

Counter protester against Women in Black is dressed in Israeli flag

these characters were waving Israeli flags

Pro-Israel supporter with sign in Jerusalem Israel

and holding signs.

It was a wonderful peaceful week in Jerusalem.

We will have to wait and see what will happen next.

But to end on a festive note,

one of my all time holiday favorites,

from two years ago,

is this wonderful sound and light projection,

on  Walls of the Old City.

Jerusalem Biennale: Unusual Museum & Arts

“Watershed” is theme of 3rd Jerusalem Biennale,

an international collection of Jewish Contemporary art,

comprised of 26 exhibitions in 9 venues,

running from October 1 – November 16.

One venue is the old Bezek Building on Chopin Street

Sign on Bezek building for Jerusalem Biennale

across from the Jerusalem Theater.

Homelands, reflections of the Jews of Islamic Lands,

Exhibit on Jews from Arab lands in Homeland art exhibit

was fascinating.

One descendant of Jews exiled from Arab lands,

Shy Abady, named his piece “Racial Profiling”

Racial Profiling (or Uncle Ezra, father and Nasser by Shy Abady

(or Uncle Ezra, Father and Gamal Abdel Nasser.)

Another fascinating venue was the

Museum of Underground Prisoners of British Mandate Palestine

Museum of the Underground Prisoners,

which was built in the 1860s, as part of the Russian Compound.

Underground Prisoners Museum

The sign above the entrance says

“Marinskoe podvorie or Maria’s Court.”

During the British Mandate,

Underground Prisoners Museum cell

with its bars and cells, this place

was known for its harsh treatment of Jews.

canvas of Barbara Hines in Jerusalem Bienelle

What a striking contrast with these

Jerusalem Israel art exhibit in Museum of Underground Prisoners in Jerusalem

works of contemporary art.

Kitchen in old Prison from British Mandate

No complaining about kitchens after seeing this one,

Cell and bed from British Mandate in Underground Prison Museum

or dorm mattresses either.

Underground Prisoner's Museum infirmary

This was the infirmary.

One of the exhibit’s “Watershed” moments

was the Balfour Declaration,

of November 2, 1917,

Balfour letter as part of art exhibit in Jerusalem Israel

 which was projected as part of this art piece.

It was located next to this

Commander's office British Mandate in Underground Prisoner's Museum

replica of the British Mandate office.

The contrast of old and new

is always a major theme in Jerusalem,

Cells at Prison for isolation prisoners Jerusalem Israel

but here it goes further as the isolation cells were

 used to show various videos of watershed moments.

In this former prison a room is dedicated as a memorial to

Memorial room in Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem Israel

those fallen in establishing a state in the Jewish homeland.

Ropes with words of Hatikvah on wall in background Jerusalem Israel

The words of Hatikvah are on the wall

behind the hanging gallows,

Two Jews hung by British have special memorial near ropes where they were hung

and their photos are a few meters away.

Outside in the prison yard,

Yard of prison with Muslim prayer corner

 a corner designated for Muslim prayer.

British prison for Mandate prisoners Jewish & Moslem

The former prison, being used as an art gallery,

held some of my favorite pieces

made by Jewish Artists in America,

Jeffrey Brosk, Barabara Hines and George Tobolowsky.

Talking with them was also a pleasure,

as they explained their work.

It was recently announced

that this former prison will become the home of Galatz,

the IDF military radio station.

Please notice the construction fence on the left,

that leads to the new Bezalel Arts Campus.

So much more, but all there is time for now.

For more check, RJS Facebook photos 

and link to full Biennale website. 

And still more,

 the 9th year showcasing Jerusalem contemporary art

is the Jerusalem festival called Manofim  

The Shabbat Project held multiple events,

and the annual Oud Festival is beginning.

Jerusalem Israel annual Oud Festival

Another week of too much happening

on the Jerusalem, Israel streets

Jerusalem March on Sukkot Amazing International Event

Jerusalem March on Sukkot Amazing International Event

 The 60th International Jerusalem March

took place during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday,

the Feast of Tabernacles, and again this year was a huge event.

Little boy in Jerusalem with international flags collected at Jerusalem Parade

Flags from 60 countries flew from the flagpoles

and small ones were given out to spectators.

Major Jerusalem streets closed for Jerusalem March on Sukkot

Major streets were closed for the 60,000 participants.

The starting point in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,

Cl;owns in Jerusalem March pose for photos before the start of parade

was colorful, and not just because of these clowns.

Crowd in Gan Sacher watches as parade participants line up to march

Thousands of Israelis came

Sacher Park with thousands of people prior to Jerusalem March

and gathered in the central Jerusalem park,

to join in the parade,

Women with flags and shofar and colorful dress in Jerusalem March 2017

and to see the international visitors.

Jerusalem March 2017 gathering in Gan Sacher before walking to First Station

The weather was sunny and warm,

Ice cream cone treat on day of Jerusalem March in Gan Sacher

 a perfect time for an ice cream treat.

United Nations banner in Sacher Park for Jerusalem March

Here is the banner of the United Nations for Israel.

Shofars being blown by women in Gan Sacher before the Jerusalem March 2017

There were shofars blowing,

Jerusalem March participants in matching hats for parade to First Station

matching hats,

Blue stars on their cheeks and feather head dress for Jerusalem March

and more distinctive headgear,

Entertainment for children in Sacher Park on Sukkot

entertainment for children,

Two women taking selfies in park as Jerusalem March participants go to walk

and of course, selfies.

March for Zion banner in Jerusalem March on SuccosThousands walked and watched this March for Zion,

Jerusalem Parade on Sukkot

singing love from Philippines,

China participants in Jerusalem March

waving Israeli flags,

Flag of Jerusalem as banner in Jerusalem March 2017

or carrying a Jerusalem flag as a banner.

China participants in Jerusalem parade

This group from China,

besides distributing a flag or candy treat,

Young woman got a necklace from woman from China walking in parade

gave this woman a pearl necklace.

Costumes in Jerusalem March

One marcher’s costume had a US-Israel theme,

while right behind him came

Costume like huge gold wings in Jerusalem March

this woman spreading her golden wings.

Flags and marchers in Jerusalem on Succos

The enthusiasm and colors,

Jerusalem March man gives flag to spectators

the flags small and

Flags from around world in Jerusalem March on chol hamoed Sukkos

large, were everywhere.

Banner with bible reference in Jerusalem March

There were Biblical banners

Flags on international Jerusalem March

and Israelis flags, from countries far and wide

Indonesia marching in Jerusalem March

including Indonesia.

Banner saying Yerushalayim in Jerusalem March 2017

The love for Yerushalayim,

50 years of a unified Jerusalem,

overflowed,

Two police horses watching as Jerusalem March starts

as tens of thousands marched out

of the park and through

Jerusalem March leaving Gan Sacher on Sukkos

 the streets of Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday afternoon,

ending at First Station.

What a way to celebrate a beautiful day.