Jerusalem Sounds of Spring

Jerusalem Sounds of Spring

Last week 18 New Signs of Spring was the title of blog post.

With all the spring holidays coinciding this week time is short for everyone.

This short video of cleaning the notes from between the stones in the Kotel, the Western Wall, received dozens of shares on Facebook and thousands of views.  I thought readers who are not on Facebook might appreciate seeing a bit of the spring cleaning. Listen to those birds! More on birds after the holidays. The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is to celebrate 25 years.

Very different musical sounds from this light projection near Jaffa Gate for the Jerusalem annual spring festival Sounds in the Night in the Old City.

School is out and children are indeed filling the streets of Jerusalem, Israel.  The verse from Zechariah 8:4-5 reads: “Thus said the Lord of Hosts: There shall yet be old men and women in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be crowded with boys and girls playing in the streets.”

Much more to share, but time is short and my kitchen must be cleaned.

Chag Aviv Sameach B'Yerushalyim, Happy Spring holiday in Jerusalem

Happy Spring Holidays from Jerusalem to all!

 

18 New Signs of Spring in Jerusalem

18 New Signs of Spring in Jerusalem

Spring in Jerusalem, Israel.

One day it feels like winter and then the next day feels like summer.

These are signs of spring, besides the birds chirping before dawn.

Jerusalem rainy weather resulted in bigger and better weeds in spring

After unusually heavy rains, the spring weeds have reached new heights.

Spring in Jerusalem with children playing in park

A favorite sign of spring was in a Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park, of a group of young children playing and the sounds of their laughter.

Sign in Jerusalem for tourists on Moshe Salomon Street

New signs have been posted for tourists, as this one near Yoel Salomon Street.

Jerusalem Hansen House for spring

Another new festival for spring at the old Hansen House.

Spring day in Jerusalem Israel on Jaffa Road

On Jaffa Road, the sun came out. Temperatures warmed. People left their jackets and sweaters at home and were wearing short sleeves.

Photography display in jerusalem for Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day programs were held in several locations. Hundreds of volunteers and organizations were honored at Heichel Shlomo.

First sTation for Good Deeds Day in Jerusalem

While thousands more volunteers participated in a program at First Station.

Tower of David spring exhibit on Temple Mount

The Tower of David new exhibit for spring,”The Mount” has new street posters.

Tower of David at night for Forbes under 30 event music and fashion show

A favorite any time, but especially at night, the Tower of David was venue for the Forbes Women Under 30 Summit gala opening event in Jerusalem.

Event for Forbes Under 30 at Jerusalem JVP

The following day felt like spring in JVP Media Center for the Forbes Under 30 participants. Entrepreneurs, mostly women, from around the world gathered in Jerusalem to learn, network, and initiate innovative ideas. Photos HERE

Exhibit at Bible Lands Museum on discoveries found preparing for new Beit Shemesh road

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem BLMJ has new signs for new exhibit. New ancient sites are constantly being discovered.

There are new story hours for free in municipal libraries.  Special art tours and tours of Kikar Safra are being offered, some at noon in English.

A list of 40 communities hosting communal seder meals has been published.

Shop kosher for Passover meat sign on door

New signs for Kosher for Passover food popped up all over Jerusalem this week. This butcher shop had new sign for its new location.

Sign for annual Matzah Baking in Kikar Safra Jerusalem Israel

Kikar Safra, Jerusalem Municipal Square, had large signs for its holiday matzah baking.

Matzah baking in Safra Square jerusalem Israel

In a large tent, tables were set up for public to make their own matzah.

Baking matza in Jerusalem municipal plaza

Dozens of poles were ready to move the dough to be baked.

Baking matzah in Jerusalem Safra Square

Four ovens were set up to bake the matzah quickly.

Matza baking in Jerusalem woman receives a hand matza to take home

A woman asked for one, and received a matzah to take home.

Spring in Jerusalem matza baking man with large bag shakes hand of man working in Safra Square

A group of young boys prepared enough matzah to fill a large bag.

Examine each matza for Pesach in Jerusalem

Each piece was inspected carefully to make sure it was good for Passover use.

Oops, this one did not make it.

Sign of spring rental cars in Jerusalem

Another sign of spring in Jerusalem, the rental cars arriving.

Butterfly sign in jerusalem Israel

Signs are up over Jerusalem streets for spring celebrations.

Passover, Easter, Orthodox Easter, Good Friday, Maundy, Ridvan Festival, Lailat al Bara’ah, Nabi Shu’eib, all these spring holiday fall in the same week this year.

Chag aviv sameach for Happy Spring holiday in Jerusalem street signs

 

 

Happy Spring Holiday in Jerusalem.

Looking forward to seeing thousands of spring holiday visitors on the Jerusalem streets.

For more, check out Fun in Jerusalem Passover Guide HERE

Elections, Elections, Israeli Elections.

Elections, Elections, Israeli Elections.

Elections. Elections. Elections.

Supreme Court Judge Hanan Melcer, chairman of the Central Elections Committee has been busy.

The media has been working overtime trying to explain the forty-plus political parties.

A trip to the Modi’in Industrial Park last month took us to see the Central Election Logistic Center.

Security gate at election committee logistics center

The security gate and entrance inside at the site is only a first step.
Israeli elections
This is the only slide I may show you from the introductory presentation.
Not sure why as we were allowed to photograph everything else in the building.
Perhaps it was because there were English spelling or grammar mistakes on so many slides?
Israel Committee Logistic Center
In operation since 2004, the election logistic center consists of this vast warehouse.
Israeli election logistic center workers
People working 24/6 to sort and pack the 12,000 paper boxes to go to polling stations.
Counting paper clips at logistic center Israel elections.
Counting paper clips for boxes. Hospitals and prisons receive boxes also.
Israel election materials
In hi-tech Israel, each piece of paper is put in by a person, and a real person checks the contents.
Special department for army and diplomat ballots
For the army and overseas government officials ballots were prepared in advance, and organized from this control room. They received two envelopes, ten days before election. For the first time not only diplomats overseas can vote, but so can Jewish Agency employees stationed abroad.
Packing boxes for Israel election
Papers, pens, envelopes and paper ballots, require 100% accuracy.
Boxes for Israel election
Then they are wrapped up tight, and sealed with big rolls of plastic wrap.
Example booth for Israel election 48 spaces
This election required new ballot boxes to hold all the parties.
Transportation of the heavier boxes is just one detail of the massive project.
400,000,000 ballots,  140 million more than last election.
There will be 250 tons of paper to recycle after it is all over.
Israeli election day is an official holiday.
Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. But national parks are open.

Man with microphone red on his nose as a clown

On the way home after the visit to the logistic center, loaded with pages of parties, spokespersons, and headquarters, Walter found a new use for his microphone cover.
If there is no new government formed in 90 days, no clowning around, no joke, we get to do this again folks.
No one I know wants the phone calls, survey questions, or negative campaigning.
One good thing, it is only 90 days, and not two years of campaigning as in the US.
The Central Elections Committee has moved to the Knesset to count the ballots.
With so many people still undecided, stay tuned for results.
One sure thing, you never know what well happen next on the Jerusalem streets.
Updated April 9, 2019 after voting midday:
Elections for Knesset in jerusalem
And there they were ready for action.
Voting booth with paper ballots in Jerusalem Israel for Knesset
The paper ballots in aleph-bet order. So many as to be confusing.
Random survey of people on street after voting, just happy for this to be over.
Some things have not changed since Knesset 19 voting, so adding post from January 2013 HERE
Difficulties with accessibility remain.
It doesn’t get easier watching the elderly votes having to do those stairs! But they came to vote.