Jerusalem: Sounds & Photos in the Old City

The annual Sounds in the Old City,

music festival is going on this week.

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Signs are posted leading the way

tower of david

from outside the Jaffa Gate,

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and inside, with stages set up

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for musicians to perform.

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Down in the moat of the Tower of David,

there were music, tables and chairs and food.

lights on wall for art

These lights were on the way to the Jewish Quarter,

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where again this year the Cardo provided a dramatic venue.

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Various singers

children music

inspired some little dancers,

Hurva Shul at night

in the Rova, the square of the Jewish Quarter,

by the Hurva Synagogue.

I almost went out the wrong way.

Thousands came to the Old City,

and the route I wanted was closed off.

lights on wall of festival

Good thing, or I would have missed the “fiddler on the roof,”

near Muristan Square.

big sign at Jaffa Gate for marathon

Not all the music was great, though it was all loud.

The festival will run until the end of the week.

Then Friday am bright and early,

 it will be the time for the running of the Jerusalem Marathon.

Jerusalem in June

June in Jerusalem, Israel,

More than 20 International Mayors were just here,

and now the Jewish Agency Board of Governors are back.

The Jewish Media Summit 2014

image Shimon Peres, photo Daivd Horowitz

opened Sunday night with both Israeli President Shimon Peres

image Israeli Prime Minister

and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in attendance.

The line to get past security moved slower than a snail.

But even without these exclusive events,

the school end-of-year extravaganzas, graduations and conferences galore

could triple book any Google calendar.

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If you missed the Light Festival some of the best is here,

image Israel Festival

while the Israel Festival has too many programs to mention.

image shavuah hasefer, photo Israel Book Week

Shavuah HaSefer, the annual Hebrew Book Week

image Hebrew Book Week

was back in its old location near the new First Station.

image shavuah hasefer , photo Book Week

As every year, book lovers came out in droves every night from June 11 – 21

image Hebrew Book Week

to browse and buy at bargain prices.

image Tower of David Museum

The Tower of David Museum has  a new year-long exhibit.

Where else could you find

image Tower of David Museum, photo tool from Second Jewish Temple,

a fire-pan used by the Priests in the Second Jewish Temple,

image Palestine Post, photo 1938 headline

 an ad for  “FIAT the car for Palestine,”

image Tower of David Museum at night

and this scene at sunset.

Over at the Israel Museum,

image Israel Museum, big bambu image.

US twins Doug and Mike Starn and over two dozen mountain climbers

Image Big Bambu at Israel Museum

from the US and Israel crafted this big, really big Big Bambu.

image BigBambu at Israel Museum

Israel Museum visitors are going to love it this summer,

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especially when it is free for children in August.

There is lots of sand this year at the Bloomfield Science Museum

and at the new “Jerusalem Beach” at First Station,

but that will be for another time.

This June,

image kidnapped boys, photo return of kidnapped Israeli teens

“all are with the three terrorist kidnapped teens,

Nafatli, Gil-ad, and Eyal,”

image sign for Three kidnapped Isaeli  teens

“Shuvu Ahim, return our brothers”

is on our signs and on our minds.