Jerusalem Day 50 Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem Day 50 Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

started early this year

with the official opening extravaganza on Sunday night.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

The preparations for the major event were extensive

near the Jaffa Gate and the walls of the Old City.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

Not only a presidential visit requires extra security.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

Viewing stands were in the Teddy Park Garden

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

where an impromptu maariv minyan

was held prior to the start of the speeches and show.

Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim

The lights and music

Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayijm

and speeches were projected on the walls

for the tens of thousands gathered on the streets to view.

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalayim

Lights

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

changed with each song,

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

and the fireworks

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

ended with drones writing ‘Jerusalem’ in the sky.

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalayim Beit Shmuel

The most exclusive view was from Bet Shmuel,

Jerusalem Day Yom Yerushalay

but the crowds standing on the surrounding streets

audibly appreciated the sounds and the lights and more.

This was an event where photos could not capture the moments.

Listen to one of the songs to give you an idea of what you missed.

Now off to see more Yom Yerushalayim celebrations,

as flags, singing and dancing fill the Jerusalem streets.

Presidential Visit Trumps Jerusalem Day

Presidential Visit Trumps Jerusalem Day

  Jerusalem, Israel,

prepared for Yom Yerushalayim,

Jerusalem Day,

Flag for Yom Yerushalayim on hospital Jerusalem Israel

with large Israeli flags draped on old buildings,

Yom Yerhushalayim, Jerusalem Day flags painted on side of light rail train

and painted across the modern light rail trains.

The footbridge over Derech Hevron, Hebron Road,

Jerusalem Israel large flags for Yom Yerushalayim

was covered by a long Israeli flag on one side

Yom Yerushalayim flags

and the Jerusalem city flag on the other.

Yom Yerushalayimi school outing to Old City Yemin Moshe

School trips this time of year are a common sight.

But this year,

US President Donald Trump was visiting.

Israel and US flags on King David Hotel

US and Israeli flags flew over the King David Hotel

where the Presidential entourage secured the entire building.

Trump visit to Israel

Big red signs lined King David Street, warning of closings.

By Tuesday,

Stairs in Yemin Moshe leading to Montefiore Windmill

only a bird could move freely around the area.

Now a beautiful, prosperous and popular neighborhood,

Mishkanot Shaananim Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

from 1948-1967

Yemin Moshe – Mishkanot Sha’ananim, and the King David Hotel,

were on the border of No Man’s Land

and in the sights of Jordanian snipers.

Security from old days in Jerusalem, Israel

This bollard was left as an example of the old security measures.

Trump street closing.

For this presidential visit, metal barriers lined

the route of the motorcade.

Jerusalem Israel for Trump visit

It was a good week for the people who rent metal barriers

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

and these fancier barriers too,

but many local businesses suffered from the street closures.

The first stop in Israel for the US Presidential visit

was at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.

Red carpet at Beit Hanasi for Trump

The red carpet was rolled out and covered to stay clean.

Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

The media came early, and watched Air Force One

land in Ben Gurion Airport and waited.

Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

I lost count of how many times the red carpet was cleaned.

Trump visit at Beit Hanasi

Here is the signing of the official guest book,

 the US delegation had not yet arrived.

But for the official speeches

Trump visit to Israel Ivanka and Jared Kushner

everyone was in their assigned seats.

Tree planted in garden of Beit Hanasi in honor of Trump visit to Jerusalem Israel

The Presidents and First Ladies went to the garden,

to see a tree planted in honor of the visit.

The ceremony was over,

and the Presidential motorcade sped off to the Kotel,

the Western Wall, for the next stop on a packed itinerary.

Security for Trump visit

Pedestrians were permitted to start walking.

But not even this official Israeli limo could leave until

 the buses blocking the roads were given permission to move.

Most of the US Presidential visit was live-streamed,

 so you can find it all on line.

For the grande finale,

after what seemed like dozens of Israeli police helicopters flying over,

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

a military helicopter flight parade started,

Trump visit to Jerusalem, Israel

accompanying Marine One

Trump visit to Israel

and ending with more helicopters and flares.

I have not seen the official number of helicopters,

but they were noisy and flew in a long convoy over

Jerusalem, Israel, as they escorted the

US Presidential visitors away.

Jerusalem and Israel large flags on buildings

Now, back to flags

and Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, and major celebrations

 marking 50 years after the Six-Day War victory

and the liberation of the Old City from Jordanian rule.

What a week to be 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.