18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

A one-day heatwave was enough in Jerusalem, Israel.

Cooling off in the evenings with breezes as the sun sets is the norm for summer.

I love it when visitors from Tel Aviv and overseas exclaim, “Oh it is so much cooler here.”

Young people on trip to Israel pose at Western Wall for group photo

A favorite sight at a favorite site are the groups of young people on trips to Israel.

Jerusalem Israel Mamilla Mall diversity not apartheid

I hope they all stroll down Mamilla Mall, to see the diversity and the crowds,

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel art piece with Arab girl sitting

and the artwork which is rotated regularly to showcase new pieces.

At the end of Mamilla Mall, near Jaffa Gate, a sports event was held.

Squash championship held near Jaffa Gate old city Jerusalem Israel

This time I could read the Hebrew that had stumped me in the past – סקווש – the annual Israel Squash Championship was held again near Jaffa Gate.

Tower of David Museum entrance for Overall fashion conference

I was on my way to the Tower of David Museum for a special event called OVERALL.

This first-ever fashion event was way more than a fashion show.

Dyeing by nanotechnology explained at OVERALL fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

One of the many participants was explaining how Israeli hi-tech was changing the dyeing of thread, saving liters of water and time with each digital process.

Jerusalem Israel Tower of David for Overall fashion event

The Tower of David is always a favorite photo op of mine.

Inside the Tower of David in Jerusalem Israel for fashion event

For OVERALL, there were 20 locations throughout the complex with special exhibits.

3D printed shoes at Overall fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

These shoes made by a 3D printing process were displayed next to the 4,000-year-old stones.

Jerusalem, where the ancient and the future come together in new ways.

Two women taking selfie at Tower of David Jerusalem Overall event

Headwraps were one feature. These two young women admiring a new look were standing next to the ice cream stand. The sign on the tree said only for 18 and over. After the second scoop of the alcoholic ice cream which was so good, I had to sit down.

Opening event of Overall at Tower of David Mayor Moshe Lion speaking

Good timing. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion was one of the speakers opening the program.

Jerusalem Tower of David fashion event woman wearing mask

As the sun was setting, more people came and costumes appeared.

Tower of David at sunset for Overall fashion event

The lights went on outside as it got dark and programs began inside.

Arab women sewing in Tower of David for Overall fashion event

Arab women were showing and sharing their embroidery skills in one exhibit hall.

Female Hebrew Instagram and blogging panelists in Tower of David for Overall

And up in the Innovation Lab, a panel of Jewish women were discussing their Instagram and social media successes.

Tower of David for Overall first Jerusalem Israel fashion conference and event

People climbed to the heights of the ancient fortress to see and participate in shoe-making, weaving, modeling, and much more. 

Jerusalem Israel July Festival sign

July 15-19, Herod’s Pub tavern featured food, drinks, and music in the Tower of David moat.

From August 12-24, the annual International Crafts Fair will be held nearby.

Full moon on flag pole of Jerusalem Cinematheque

As the full moon shone brightly overhead, the Jerusalem Film Festival sign was displayed at the Cinematheque.

But only this week did the international flags go up for this annual summer film event.

Pop up festival at Hansen House in Jerusalem Israel

Hansen House had a popup festival on July 16-19.

As I came home there were fewer cars parked near the Jerusalem Theater.

There are fewer musical events as the three week period of mourning before the Tisha B’Av fast day has begun.

But not to worry, it is Jerusalem so there has to be a festival.

Days of the Prophets at Jerusalem Israel Beit Avi Chai

This sign announced the “Days of the Prophets” at Beit Avi Chai from July 24-26.

Jerusalem Israel old city walls lit at night with colorful lighting

Israel was ranked in the top ten innovative countries.

Always something new and colorful happening on the Jerusalem streets.

Summer in Jerusalem: Down Pilgrimage Road to Outer Space at Israel Museum

Summer in Jerusalem: Down Pilgrimage Road to Outer Space at Israel Museum

It’s summer.

School is out for the summer. Now, what to do?

The Jerusalem Light Festival in the Old City started on June 26 and ends July 4th.

Israeli dancing begins at First Station on Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm.

Music will play in Kikar Safra, Safra Square for two big night concerts, July 11 – Goran Bregovic and July 25 – Stavros Xsarchakos.

Too classical and late at night? Programs for children are available in community parks.

And of course, many museums are including summer events for families.

Sign for Israel Museum exhibit Pan to Peter Pan

In Jerusalem, the Israel Museum is always a go-to place on a hot day.

Peter Pan exhibit at Israel Museum sign

There are new temporary exhibits, like Peter and Pan.

Pan and Peter entrance Israel Museum

From Greece to Neverland starts with larger than life Greek statues.

Photos of Barrie author of Peter Pan

Then it progresses over the centuries to James Barrie,

Jerusalem Israel exhibit Poster of Peter Pan

and eventually to Disney’s Peter Pan,

Fairy section of Peter Pan exhibit in Israel Museum

with Tinkerbell and tales of fairies.

Pan and Peter section for reading Israel Museum

A family-friendly reading corner compliments the video presentations at the end.

Jerusalem Israel Museum sign for Veiled Women exhibit

From one extreme to another: nude Greek statues to the Veiled Women of the Holy Land.

Israel Museum veiled women display Christian Nuns

Here we find three religious extremes in women’s clothing, Nuns,

Muslim women in Israel Museum exhibit on veiled women

Muslim women,

Jewish women "Taiblan" veiled women in Israel Museum

and Jewish women, covered in layers head to toe, with even their faces covered.

Israel Museum sign for veiled women

New trends in modest dress, or flashbacks to ancient times?

Across the hall from Pan to Peter, is another temporary exhibit.

Enter from the Ancient Civilizations section of the Israel Museum,

Dairy of Ilan Rimon on display at Israel Museum

and you find this darkened room that holds the remains of the diary of astronaut Ilan Rimon z”l, recovered and reconstructed after the explosion of the Columbia Space Shuttle

Duplicate sefer Torah to one in outerspace with Ilan Rimon which was destroyed in space shop explosion

Rimon took a miniature Torah into outer space, which was destroyed in the explosion. A duplicate miniature Torah was located and is on exhibit. The story of its use during the Shoah in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp for a Bar Mitzvah is next to the display case.

Israel Museum corridor without people

The halls of the Israel Museum are filled all summer, only empty at closing time.

Israel Museum in Jerusalem outside view near entrance

Besides the Israel Museum, there are many events happening.

There is a special exhibit at the Art Shelter where 62 works by 22 artists are for sale, July 9 – 16th.

The Outline Festival – Illustration and Words in Jerusalem is from July 4 – 11th.

For the summer a very different exhibit is on at First Station in the Hangar.

Jerusalem Israel First Station Zahal Shelanu exhibit

When Prime Minister Netanyahu saw Zahal Shelanu in Holon, he said this should be in Jerusalem, Israel, for more to see.

IDF Zahal Shelanu at First Station Hangar

So the special IDF display is at First Station in the Hangar for the summer.

Jerusalem Israel First Station Hangar for Zahal Shelanu

The big equipment is on display outside.

IDF Zahal Shelanu at First Station Hangar

But if you want to get inside, it is only open from 9-5:00 pm.

Special tickets are free but have to be ordered online in advance.

My attempt to go at night for good light was not so bright.

Also this week there was an official opening of the Pilgrimage Road.

It will still be another four years before the public will be able to walk this underground path.

We saw the beginnings of the project two years ago.

More on the story from then HERE.

The Wine Festival is coming next week, so that means the beer festival should be soon after.

Tower of David sunset view inside

There is a new Happy Hour on Monday evenings in July at the Tower of David.

Enjoy the views with a glass of wine!

As always so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.

Dry weeds in summer in Jerusalem Israel Valley of the Cross

It’s summer. It’s hot. But even in the dried weeds of summer one can find beauty.

 

 

King Herod of Judea-Builder of Caesarea

King Herod of Judea-Builder of Caesarea

One thing Jerusalem, Israel does not have is a good view of the sea.

An attempt for a beach in Liberty Bell Park was a poor substitute.

So a trip to the coast and the sea was a welcome treat.

Beach front sign in Hebrew Caesarea port

The sign “The Sea” between palm trees greets visitors to Caesarea coastal park.

Caesarea excavations

Here part of the remains of Herod’s Sebastos Harbor has been exposed.

Roman bath house excavation in Caesarea

But other portions are being worked on carefully by archaeologists.

Visitor Center in Caesarea

The trip was to attend the launch of the new Visitor Center.

Visitor center in Caesarea

Josephus wrote of Herod’s tribute to Caesar in the first century BCE.

Herod the Builder. Herod the Great. Ruler of Judea. Builder of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Builder of the fortress, Masada. Builder of Herodion.

Scene of old port of Herod in Caesarea

Herod built Sebastos to honor Caesar Augusta and the goddess Roma.

In this photograph from the video in the new Visitor Center video, we see his vision.

Image of port Herod built today Caesarea

One scene illustrated the hundreds of boats that came through.

Herod’s building project took ten years to complete. Tons open tons of cement went into rafts sunk, along the coast which had no natural harbor.

Herod or Hordus as he is called in Hebrew began globalization in the region.

From video in visitor center in Caesarea

Caesar Augustus attended the gala opening of the one mile long piers and temple.

Screen shot of video in visitor center of Caesarea of Herod's port

However, this massive building project lay in ruins for 2000 years.

Artifacts found in port of Caesarea

Now, located in one of the fourteen vaults Herod built to support the platform of the temple of Augustus and Roma, the new Caesarea Visitor Center is open to the public.

The once-thriving area was rebuilt and hosted many rulers over the centuries – pagan, Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Samaritan.

Roman remains from building of Caesarea by Herod

In the museum, artifacts from various periods are on display.

Caesarea Visitor Center menorah

An ancient menorah was placed next to a modern visual box, hard to catch in a photograph.

Layers of history in Caesarea Israel

Visuals of the past help the visitor to see how the 60-acre site would have looked.

King Herod’s gateway to the Mediterranean Sea was constructed in the 1st century BCE.

Pieces of pottery over the years found in harbor

On display are recovered pottery pieces that span the centuries.

Visitor Center in Caesarea at sunset

This was the outside of the vault of the Caesarea Visitor Center at sunset,

Roman baths in port of Caesarea at harbor

and next to it an area where Roman baths greeted weary seafarers.

Bottles of wine at event to launch Caesarea visitor center

The Caesarea project was funded by the Rothschild Foundation and featured family wine at its launch.

Sunset by the beach of Caesarea

As the sun set, this was as close to the beach as I could get.

Because of the tight security, I was afraid if I left I might not get back in.

Lights go on at launch of Visitor center at Caesarea Isale

The lights went on, the program began.

Woman and man dressed as statutes at nigh event in Caesrea to launch new visitor center

Musicians played and the statues turned. Oh my, they turned out to be live performers.

Israel president Rivlin speaking at launch of visitor center in Caesarea

President Reuven Rivlin arrived after a tour of the new museum and spoke.

President Rivlin and Arianna Rothschild cutting ribbon at new visitor center in Caesarea, Israel

Cutting the ribbon with Baroness Ariana de Rothschild before he headed back to Jerusalem.

Then the party and music really got going.

Perhaps that is why the neighbors were invited along with media and dignitaries?

Fancy ladies loo at launch of Caesarea visitor center.

Though I do not usually take selfies, this outdoor portable toilet fit for royalty needed a photo. Sorry, I cannot share the pleasant smell. This was not your usual portaloo.

The Caesarea harbor is to be once again a major stop for visitors.

I took a short clip from the video, which should be the first stop on a visit to the new Caesarea Visitor Center.

King Herod. King of Judea. Hard to describe in a few words in a blog.

Visitors can now experience parts of his story in Caesarea.