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.

Israeli Independence Day to Jerusalem Day

Israeli Independence Day to Jerusalem Day

Israel’s 69 years’ celebrations took many forms.

The flyovers on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day,

are an annual favorite.

This year I was in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, ready to record

as 4 planes zoomed across the sky, turned and dipped.

A blog called Outrageous, was posted

  on May 11, 2011, concerning the poor

the situation of access for disabled individuals

in Jerusalem, Israel.

What triggered that post was the deplorable

restroom conditions at Gan Sacher on Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Tens of thousands of people and no proper toilets,

long lines, and no handicapped facilities.

By the spring of 2014, construction was underway

Spring 2014 construction of public toilets in Sacher Park

for a new public restroom, toilets, loo or “OO.”

Since I have gone by multiple times to check it,

 I am very happy to report

 that this year on Yom Ha’atzmaut afternoon

the women’s restroom was not only available,

Improved restroom in Gan Sacher

but it was clean and stocked with paper and soap.

The speed can be seen in the air,

but on the ground things often go much slower.

This year Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

with all the build up to the jubilee year,

is being eclipsed by the first official visit

of US President Donald Trump.

The King David Hotel is to be cleared

of all other guests for the presidential entourage,

as was done for previous US presidential visits.

It’s not fun for locals

when major streets in the area are closed.

However,

tower of David on Jerusalem Day

 the Tower of David is offering some fun,

 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, with free entrance,

from noon – 6:00 pm.

Besides the opening of new exhibit,”50 Years 50 Faces,”

children’s activities are planned, plus guided tours.

Theatrical performances and live music will entertain,

Tower of David entertainers Jerusalem

look for more than jugglers on the wall,

 Kings David, Solomon and Herod are to make an appearance.

Mayor Nir Barkat is to greet the public from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Always so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.