During August in Jerusalem, Israel, the weather gets hot during the day,
and lots of people travel north or leave the country.
But there is so much to do in the capital:
the annual Beer Festival,
the International Puppet Festival and Jerusalem Klezmer just to name a few.
School is out.
Summer camps are over.
Keeping children happy and safe occupies most everyone,
and that includes parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the office staff.
Free admission and special activities for kids at the Israel Museum in August
brought out thousands of families.
This optical illusion was so much more impressive from the front.
These performers at first looked like a statue,
but this really needs a video to do it justice;
they were impressive no matter how you looked at them.
Keeping track of who you came in with was a problem with the large crowds.
This percussionist was working hard.
His loud music and great rhythms kept everyone’s attention,
and some had a better view than others.
Not all acts were loud, this mime didn’t make a sound,
and had his audience quietly participating, but with lots of oohs and aahs.
Mirrored reflection was also quiet and a great photo op.
Any day at the Israel Museum,
the distinctive dome of the Shrine of the Book is impressive to see.
But at least one night this week the kids will be left at home,
as the museum hosts its popular Wine Festival.
I got to the Maccabiah Opening, but this year missed the street ball in Kikar Safra.
There is still plenty of time for the miniature trains, as they did not open on schedule.
If all this is not cultural enough for you,
how about Shakespeare in the Park?
Richard III will be presented in English in Bloomfield Park, (near the Windmill).
Who has time to go out of town
when there are so many events happening in Jerusalem?