Please Wait a Minute Mr. Postman

Now that the latest annual Flotilla is another


we can get back to more mundane topics

like the mail delivery service in Jerusalem, Israel,

which has been a topic of discussion lately.

automated post office

Some sleek autopost marts are around,

image post office in Israel

but for awhile this was the Jerusalem post office.

 I have been collecting photos of

Jerusalem letter carriers for years.

postman with mail

The only way to spot them is the navy bag over their shoulder.


Some carriers are young,

Israeli mail man

some are losing their hair,

Jerusalem post man

while others have dreadlocks.

Jerusalem mail delivered by female

This woman wore a long skirt.

mailman Israel

Red tee shirts were the thing for a bit,

Israeli mailman

and then there are the baggy shorts.

Mail service Jerusalem

There used to be more trucks and postmen around,

inactive mail boxes

but in May, local letter boxes were sealed.

Delivery of the mail has slowed down.

But just yesterday I spotted

mailbox jerusalem

these signs of activity

mail boxes Yemin Moshe

on two old post boxes.

Amazing, now if you want to mail a letter,

go to the Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe.

Look for these newly active post offices

from the British Mandate period.

How is that for the ultimate in recycling

from the start-up nation?

18 thoughts on “Please Wait a Minute Mr. Postman

  • June 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Lovely post! Wish the mail service was so much better…

    • June 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you. Did not comment on how long it took to get a letter here from a few kilometers away, almost a month!

      • June 29, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        I had the same problem recently – 2.5 weeks for an an envelope between Modi’in and Jerusalem 🙁

  • June 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Why don’t they wear uniforms?

    • June 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Politicians until recently did not wear suits and ties, some still do not. Causal country maybe? I do not know why no uniforms, but I do know it was quite a surprise what they did wear when we moved to Israel.

    • June 30, 2015 at 5:23 am

      For the same reason that UPS, FEDX, etc. wear uniforms. Let’s me know that the person I let in my building, that I open my door to, or in the case of mail delivers who have keys to locked doors, is doing what they are supposed to do and not up to mischief. Also, i truly shudder to think what postal workers would (or wouldn’t) wear if up to them. But i guess that navy bag is their uniform. Oh well..

  • July 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I worked as a post man for the Israeli Postal Service and it was a mess, much of the trouble was the management, it was just incompetent. Without going into too much detail, Israelis should be happy they get mail at all, due to sloppiness in addressing letters, a lot of mail is returned to sender.

  • July 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    There is a box outside the Hadar mall in Talpiyot which is not marked “inactive.”

    • July 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Was there last night and did not notice. Thank you, in our neighborhood we have to go to post office which relocated to an apartment building recently.

  • July 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I frequently receive invitations to smachot after the affair date has past. Good thing people follow up with e-vites.

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