A favorite by day,
but after dark in Yemin Moshe,
the streets can be even more fascinating.
The end of August, Tisha B’Av is over,
and Jerusalem festival season is in full swing.
While the Festival Ha’ira is still popular,
there is an annual Klezemer Festival,
and this sign is for new arts festival.
Walking by the Liberty Bell Park,
I was not only one scratching my head.
What was that thing in the park?
Train Theater has its annual Puppet Festival.
People were lined up to enter,
but something new lined the fence.
Inspired by the Prague Zoo,
posters by Michal Cihlar, a Czech Republic artist,
“Zoooo – You Wouldn’t have a clue?”
included a hoopoe, Israeli’s national bird.
While across the road in Bloomfield Gardens,
near the Montefiore Windmill,
Over the next two weeks,
audiences in the park can appreciate Shakespeare,
but be warned do not get too comfortable,
the audience changes locations 5 times.
Where else can you hear the Bard of Avon with this backdrop?
Nearby, also these last two weeks of August,
is Khutsot Hayotser,
the annual international arts and crafts fair,
with its concerts in Sultan’s Pool.
It is so huge,
I will save those photos for another time.
Since it opened and all summer long.
families have come to Teddy Park.
Children love to run in the fountain.
Lights and music at night,
with the water pressure changing,
what a way to cool off and have fun, and its free.
With the walls of the Old City in the background,
location is a bonus also.
The Beer and Wine Festivals are still to come.
But meanwhile with Tu B’Av parties and weddings,
it is hard to keep up with all the good things
happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Have you ever walked around Jerusalem?
That is, have you ever walked
around the Walls of the Old City?
On Tisha B’Av night for the last few years,
I have walked around the walls,
and this time I took photos to share with you.
Security was visible,
but not more than in previous years.
The route starts on Agron Street and goes past the hotels.
With King David Street in the background,
as we turned the corner headed to the Old City,
there were hundreds of people, young and not so young,
some walking with baby carriers and some with canes.
Distances are not what most expect,
for it take only minutes to
pass the first gate – the New Gate.
Everyone walks together as a group
carrying dozens of Israel flags,
on to a quiet Damascus Gate
and a quieter Flower Gate.
We walked by the Rockefeller Museum on the left.
Before you know it,
it is time to turn the corner.
The lights on the walls of the Old City
shone brightly against the dark sky.
Soon we approached the Lion’s Gate,
on a street closed to traffic and quiet,
in stark contrast to the Kotel,
the Western Wall.
Tens of thousands came to mourn,
some sit all night on the stones.
Every day thousand of people come to Old City,
but not many have walked around the walls.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour,
and perhaps you will come soon to see for yourself.
Jerusalem, Israel, on Tisha B’Av,
a unique experience.
Additional photos HERE
In the month of Av,
especially on Tisha B’Av,
terrible things have happened.
Jerusalem was destroyed,
but the Jewish people have returned.
The military cemetery on Mt. Herzl,
is filled with graves of fallen IDF soldiers,
their birthdays celebrated with photos.
So many rows of young people who will not age.
Michael Levin z”l is one lone soldier
from the United States who died ten years ago,
and there too many more to mention.
As the memorial service for Michael Levin ended,
another began nearby.
When a soldier dies in battle,
it is said he has “fallen.”
Falling is the precursor to getting up.
There are too many soldiers who fell too young,
but have left us with a mission and legacy to fulfill.
We must get up and carry on where they left off.
May their memories be for a blessing.
Time to get out and walk
on a special Jerusalem, Israel street.
Children cool off in this water mist from an urban installation.
Remember when traffic pollution was so thick
it was hard to breathe?
Not any more, no cars allowed.
Walk further down Jaffa Road,
construction cranes rise above Ben Yehuda Street,
and off Kikar Tzion, Zion Square,
the new Mashbir has a new neighbor.
Its renovations completed,
the new Herbert Samuel Hotel has opened.
Near the site of the Sbarro bombing 15 years ago,
people have returned to city center.
After years of the Jerusalem light rail saga,
trains are running regularly.
Walk Jaffa Road,
off Davidka Square you will see
some of the photos from the
Tower of David Museum great photo exhibit.
Wow, across the way,
look at those trees,
what a difference since the storms of January 2013
knocked out the new plantings.
A popular new night attraction at the shuk,
Machane Yehuda market,
are the shutters painted by Solomon Souza.
Here one shop was closed during the day,
with the bright colors and Hebrew words visible.
Oh dear, and across Jaffa Road,
was the sad looking וורדה.
I had a whole blog planned on this street installation,
called Varda, with its faded fabric, replaced multiple times,
tied for winter winds, and millions of shekels wasted since 2014.
This week one “flower” was so shredded,
it was removed – again.
Maybe more on that another time.
The Jaffa Road area has changed drastically.
Construction has begun on huge projects.
Hundreds of new apartments are going up.
The new fast train to Tel Aviv is coming–
imagine a half-an-hour from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
It’s really coming.
Located across from the central bus station
on Jaffa Road,
is Jerusalem’s newest train station.
Old and new.
Jerusalem of contrasts.
Jaffa Road has changed over the years.
Always something new to see on the Jerusalem streets.
Summer in Jerusalem, Israel,
and flowers are in bloom.
Streets are quieter as families seek cooler temperatures,
US summer camps, or a day at the beach.
For those left behind this summer,
neighborhood events in the parks for youth
and children are held in evening.
On Jabotinsky Street, Zeev Jabotinsky Day signs are up.
A special ceremony is set for August 4th at Har Herzl.
Those signs are out for all to see;
and now for what you may not have seen.
A special panel was held at the Tzohar Conference,
at the Jerusalem International Conference Center.
Jackie Levy moderated a panel with Rav Shai Peron,
Rav Shmuel Papenheim, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom,
and Rabbanit Hadassah Forman.
As each told the story that changed their lives,
a talented artist illustrated as they spoke.
I had never seen that before,
the stories were interesting enough,
but the drawings were a good way to keep an after-lunch crowd
awake and attentive.
Invitations to Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence
do not come easily and are highly valued,
so guests often linger to appreciate the gardens
before going into the reception room for an event.
This man stopped to study the informational panels
posted behind the busts of former presidents
that are lined up in the garden.
He was there for a very special ceremony.
Finally after 9 years without new appointments,
there is a new Supreme Rabbinical Court.
Here the new dayanim, rabbinical judges, posed with
the two chief rabbis, President Reuven Rivlin,
and head of the appointment committee Minster MK Yuval Steinitz.
With their varied backgrounds and experiences,
it is hoped that long overdue resolutions can be reached.
the Olympics 2016 are starting Friday in Rio.
The largest ever Israeli Olympic team
posed outside Beit Hanasi at their official send-off.
Everyone was smiling and happy,
I sure hope their experiences in Rio are positive,
and everyone comes back smiling for selfies.