The second Komen Race for the Cure was held in Jerusalem today.
Thousands gathered in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,
to help raise money for breast cancer research.
People came from all over Israel and all over the world to take part,
including hundreds of Arab women
and Arab girls.
From a large stage after warm up and exercise music played,
US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro spoke to the crowd in Hebrew.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his wife Beverly
led the crowd out of the park
to the starting line.
Balloons were released after the mayor spoke
and the march began
going up Bezalel Street toward the center of town
to King George Street.
The March then proceeded through the Ben Yehuda Mall
and to Yoel Salomon Street,
which was a great improvement over the previous route.
US Senator Joe and Hadassah Lieberman and Ambassador Shapiro
seemed to be really enjoying themselves.
The mid-day weather was much cooler than the last march
and there was plenty of water for everyone.
Walking along the Walls of the Old City was perfect way to end the march.
In the park after the finish line,
a yoga session was led by a breast cancer survivor.
Sadly, not everyone survives breast cancer and
many people walked in memory of a friend or relative.
Komen organizers should also be complimented for providing
toilets for the disabled at the beginning and end of the route.
For an event that received so little advance publicity,
it was bigger and better than last time.
It is not clear yet how much money was raised for cancer research,
but as people we passed on the way kept saying,
“Ayza yofi, ayza yofi“… this is beautiful, so beautiful.”
There was no violence,
certainly no sign of apartheid on the Jerusalem streets today,
but there were a lot of pink banners and pink balloons.
Additional photos on The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook page.
Arab Women Raced Through Jerusalem with Weapons
16 thoughts on “Komen Israel Race for the Cure”
great pics, great cause
love that one, best bar, on Yoel solomon
I thought you would like that photo the best!
So sad I couldn’t do the run this year, did it in Central Park for several years. Do you know why they won’t do it on a Friday? Shabbat starts later now than the week of the marathon.
The first race was in October, also at noon, the mid-day sun was a problem. Let’s work for a Friday and earlier start time for the next one.
I always feel so good when a “anti cancer” march are being held because i have breast cancer so this gives me insparation!! – In Belgium 9 out of 10 women gets breast cancer – I am one of the lucky ones “i am still alive”!!
What a statistic 9 out of 10! Shows there really is still so much to do! Stay well!
Thank you – staying safe is always on my mind ! Wishing the same for the women all over the world !!
Annie – see you often on this site – you are in our prayers for health.
I took part in the “Race for the cure” though it wasn’t a race as such, rather a walk. Your pictures show what a great day it was, and the variety of women who took part- some men did also.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks, somewhere I wrote that it is more of a schlep than a race. The diversity of the crowd was impressive indeed.
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These are amazing powerful pictures showing how an important common cause can bring people from a wide range of backgrounds together. Sharon, you managed to capture again some incredible happening
Thanks Joe, so glad you liked it!
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