Fire and Smoke

As the Passover holiday approached, the streets of Jerusalem filled with smoke.

On Sunday there were lines of people waiting near the steaming pots of boiling water to kasher metal utensils, and





blow torches were used to burn

every last bit of a crumb

off of metal oven racks.


Monday morning things really heated up, and smoke filled the air,

as people came to burn their chametz, any bread product had to be disposed of during the morning hours.







Young  and old came to Bustan Brody Garden

where one large fire was organized for the neighborhood turning it into a major social event.

The air filled with smoke,

it was hard to breathe,

but even these dogs who

had to wait while their

 owner socialized,

did not complain.

Pre-Passover Ins and Outs

When Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was in Jerusalem last week most people hardly noticed.  Da Silva only made it into the headlines when, after having refused to visit Theodor Herzl’s grave, he and his wife Leticia  placed a wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat during their visit to Ramallah.

Lady Ashton, the Foreign Minister of the European Union was in and out of Jerusalem, as was American negotiator George Mitchell.  Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon was in Jerusalem, then he visited Gaza;



but he did not see Gilad Shalit who has been held in Gaza for almost four years.  Shalit’s captors will not allow a visit from the International Red Cross; will they provide matzahs for the Passover holiday? On the street near the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, the tent and vigil for his release continues, 1366 days and counting.


Important for English speakers in Jerusalem was the opening of  a new, larger home for AACI,

 The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel.











 The Glassmans, major donors who helped

build the headquarters,

were in from Canada for the dedication.




Reports of rioting were very ” in” this week; however, the sounds of helicopters overhead

and those flying in and out of the Knesset’s helicopter landing pad were the only sign of trouble,


as in most neighborhoods people moved around as usual.








Unless,  slashed car tires 

 in a quiet residential neighborhood

may not have been just 

“simple” vandalism.





The heat wave is out and cold weather in; and a rain briefly cleaned the dirt out of the air.

Dirt is out, and cleaning is very in; 

vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies and kitchen appliances are on sale everywhere.


During the year you never know what you will find out on the streets of Jerusalem,

 especially as people begin their Passover/Spring cleaning.










Large items                                                                                             and small

 or whole trees are put out with the trash,









even the baby’s bath.

 The BBQ and cover

 were put out

and gone in no time.










Mattresses and more mattresses,

everything but the kitchen sink was set out by the curb…


yes – everything,

or carried out.


Not everything is out these days:








the new H & M clothing store in the Malha Mall

is very “In”.



Much to the chagrin of working parents, school is already out


 for the Passover holiday, but day camps are in,

and children are out in the parks. 

And of course, around Jerusalem’s trash bins

 the cats are always in and out!

Chag sameach, Happy Passover!

Jerusalem Half Marathon

 Early morning rain cleaned the air and cool temperatures were perfect  for 

the 18th Jerusalem International Half  Marathon 

and 10-Kilometer Run on March 18, 2010. 

The beautiful weather and street closings provided 3,500 runners,

including Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, ideal conditions for the run.

Not everyone was aware of the race, though;

 drivers got out of their cars to discuss the situation,

some people left taxis to walk to their destinations.

At 10:00 am the lead car started the 10k  race from Givat Ram. 

The first runners came down Burla Street and turned to the park.

It was a colorful day, as runners wore

 red shirts,

lots of blue shirts,

some yellow shirts,

and green shirts.

Whether  going it alone..

or running in the pack,  everyone turned out to run for

 personal satisfaction and sport,

and for Shalva, the Association for the Mentally and Physically

Challenged Children in Israel,

which also had a special 400-meter race for 150 special needs children.

So much positive energy in Jerusalem.


In  2011 the first Jerusalem full marathon began,

so this race also became the last half marathon race day.