What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

What’s Happening on Jerusalem Streets after Holidays?

After the chagim, after the holidays.

 The holiday visitors have gone.

Now what? Plenty.

The universities are finally starting.

The Knesset is back in session after long break.

Way too much is happening in Jerusalem to keep up.

Tower of David citadel view

The imposing Tower of David (ToD)

View inside the Tower of David fortress

was open for the launch of its new Innovation Lab.

New location for crusaders inside Tower of David

These old statues were being relocated,

and over 20 technology startups in augmented reality/virtual reality,

AR/VR, were being presented.

Innovation Lab technology at Tower of David Museum

Click and see history of 3000 years unfold!

Innovation Lab launch virtual reality glasses in Tower of David

With glasses like these,

one day you will be able sit at home

and feel as if you were in Herod’s old fortress.

Innovation Lab technology robot controlled by eye movements using these glasses

And with these glasses,

eye movements can operate a robot.

Much more is happening and planned for AR/VR.

It all sounds like science fiction,

but is being developed daily to enhance the museum experience

and improve quality of life.

Oh the contrast of old and new!

Christian pilgrims dance and sing in Jerusalem Israel

Outside those walls of the Old City, near Jaffa Gate,

these Christian tourists were singing and dancing,

while across the street a woman was sorting

Arab women collecting olives taken from tree near Mamilla Mall Jerusalem

the olives she had just taken from this olive tree.

Olive harvesting is nearly finished for this year.

However, new festivals are beginning.

Here are 3 favorites of new Hebrew signs.

Until I saw it in English,

I had hard time understanding,

Eclectic Jerusalemite sign in Hebrew

the Lev Smadar Theater is hosting “Eclectic Jerusalem” cultural films.

Street sign for OutLIne contest

Then there is this sign for an illustration and poetry,

“Out-Line Festival.”

Street sign for Animation event in Jerusalem Israel

And how about an International Animation Festival

in Jerusalem, at Cinematheque?

Not enough?

Houses WithIn, now called “Open House”

starts on Thursday, with 117 interesting and free tours.

Some are fascinating sites open to public,

some are announced as free access,

others were fully booked at warp speed.

Poor Folks’ Cemetery or the Har Herzl military cemetery,

famous private homes

or the Jerusalem home of the Electric Company, are a few options.

Jerusalem Israel Pillbox in Rechavia open for first time to public

The Pillbox in Rechavia was opened last year.

It was less than comfortable inside and a worse photo op,

but it was  interesting to hear about.

Photos from the International Jerusalem

Jewish Contemporary Art Bienalle will have to wait for next time.

Oh and soon, Open Restaurants – 5 days, 100 options!

More next time,

will see how many I can get to.

So much is happening on the Jerusalem streets.

Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

Jerusalem in August, Everything but Singing in Rain

   Jerusalem, Israel in August.

While it does not rain in Israel,

Sunset colors Israel

the humidity makes for interesting colors at sunset.

gold dome view of Old City at night from Har Hazeitim

Of course, some sights are colorful at any hour.

Four new Ambassadors to Israel presented their credentials

this past week at Beit Hanasi, to the Israeli president.

The IDF band plays the national anthems of each country.

Israel IDF band member at Beit Hanasi

Time for one last minute rehearsal, before

Diplomatic reception at Beit Hanasi

the new Ambassador from Australia arrived.

Reuven Rivlin and Christopher Cannan at Beit Hanasi with twin sons

Chris Cannan brought along his two sons.

The King David Hotel was also busy with international visitors,

US Congressmen and the head of the Organization of American States,

 joined the ranks of thousands of summer tourists.

King David Hotel Pool

Out in back of the hotel behind the pool,

in the Bloomfield Gardens,

Shakespeare in Motion Bloomfield Gardens

you will find the annual Shakespeare in Motion.

Taming of the Shrew is being performed in English,

August evenings before the sun goes down.

Jerusalem Israel performance near Windmill

I still have not found the story behind this song and dance,

happening in Yemin Moshe,

Montefioure Windmill Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

 near the Montefiore Windmill.

As the sun was setting,

Yemin Moshe Yerushalayim Yisrael

I was walking through Yemin Moshe,

Khutsot Hayozer

 to see the International Arts & Crafts fair.

International booths arts & crafts

The set-up for international booths

Khutost Hayozer

seems to be the same as usual.

Artist Colony Jerusalem Israel

Fewer people seemed to be on the main path,

yet tens of thousands attend this annual end of summer event.

During holiday time, Jerusalem parks are popular.

sunset over Teddy Park Jerusalem, Israel Old city wallls

As the sunset sets on Teddy Park,

with the walls of the Old City and Tower of David in the background,

the park fills with families on outings.

Jerusalem, Israel Old City Yafo Gate segwey riders

Segways have become a common sight.

Two boys in Mamilla Mall near Jaffa Gate Jerusalem Israel

But watch out in Mamilla Mall,

for these contraptions racing through

Two Muslim women in Mamilla Mall walking in crowd Jerusalem Israel

 the hundreds of people walking and shopping.

Musical events in Kikar Safra, Municipal Square.

are held every summer,

but this year in honor of 50 years of Jerusalem unification

3 major musical events are set for August 17, 28 and 31.

Then, there is the Oud Festival

and Mekudeshet, which starts in August and ends September 15,

Sign for Rikudim, Dancing in Jerusalem in August

and there is dancing at the Jerusalem Theater,

plus Hansen House has evening events.

Festivals, singing and dancing…but no rain.

Two soldiers near Zediakuh Cave Jerusalem Old City

When you see security out dressed in heavy protection,

a reminder that singing and dancing in the rain

was only found in old movies.

Meanwhile, there is so

much great stuff happening in Jerusalem,

I will have to save more for next time.

Oh Jerusalem, Lag B’Omer to Yom Yerushalyim

Oh Jerusalem, Lag B’Omer to Yom Yerushalyim

In Jerusalem, Israel, some bonfires started after Shabbat,

while others began Sunday night and Monday.

Lag B’Omer seemed less intense this year.

Some hide inside from the smoke and close their windows,

and I was one of the insiders.

On Monday morning many children had no school,

which was great timing for a free Museum Day.

Though Monday was warm and windy,

Lag B'Omer school out

 this father went biking with his children.

I saw fewer fires at night burning near us,

Along road after Lag B'Omer

but these ashes looked like a party the night before.

No reports of serious damage is always good,

and the sirens this week were not all bad.

PM of Ukraine in Jerusalem Israel motorcade

The Prime Minister of Ukraine went by in this noisy motorcade.

Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence,

was busy as usual with foreign and local guests.

On Monday, history was made,

5 new Qadis sworn in by Israel i Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked at Beit Hanasi

when the first female Qadi, Sharia Judge,

was sworn in by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

Then on Tuesday, new ambassadors to Israel

Beit Hanasi Ambassador from Thailand

presented their credentials, the first one of the day was Thailand.

The Israel Police Band played anthems, however,

New Spanish Ambassador to Israel sworn in

even the new Spanish Ambassador received only minimal attention.

Daniel Friedman at Beit Hanasi

Most cameras were focused on new US Ambassador David Friedman

Official ceremony for Daniel Friedman new US Ambassador to Israel

as he presented his credentials to President Rivlin.

Daniel Friedman stands at entrance to Beit Hanasi for Hatikvah

As Hatikvah played, Friedman started to sing,

but after a few words, his lips stopped moving.

Street closing signs

These red warning signs are up lining the street,

in Hebrew, and English ones too.

US President Donald Trump is to come next week.

Then we will see roads closed and traffic stopped.

Jerusalem flag down side of building

This week Jerusalem is preparing to celebrate 50 years united,

with special Jerusalem flags,

Yom Yerushalayim

in multiple ways and locations,

with music going late into the night.

Knesset in view of sign for Jubilee year Jerusalem

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

Jerusalem Israel 50 years and Israel flag

is on May 24, 2017, the 28 of Iyar.

Walls of Old City lit for yom Yerushalayim

The main event is set for May 21, 2017, at 8:30 pm,

here by the walls of the Old City,

but we are to have a US Presidential visit.

International food festival Jerusalem Israel

So many festivals, visitors and events,

it is hard to keep track,

stay tuned for what happens next on the Jerusalem streets.