If it’s February,
it’s time for Presidents again.
In the United States, February means a long holiday weekend
in honor of the birthdays of President George Washington
and President Abraham Lincoln.
Since I have used these Jerusalem streets signs often,
I went to find something new.
I went looking for the sign where the two streets meet,
only to find, there is no sign on that Jerusalem corner.
Over 6,000 people came from around the world
for the OurCrowd Global Summit last week.
with Elli Q, one of hundreds of amazing Israeli innovations.
Presidents of companies and leaders of the Startup Nation
networked and shared their ideas and talents.
At another venue, the annual Conference of Presidents
of Major American Jewish Organizations met again this year
in Jerusalem, Israel, after a kosher dinner in the royal palace in Morocco
and a stopover in Cairo to meet President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
President Reuven Rivlin was the first speaker,
and no, the President was not so excited to see me.
The former President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev
was in the banquet hall for the opening dinner.
He really is a friendly person.
On his way to visit President Rivlin at Beit Hanasi,
the official residence of the Israeli President,
the former President of Bulgaria and his team,
stopped, said hello, smiled and posed for photos.
But as usual in February,
most people are not thinking about all these Presidents,
they are busy thinking about
costumes, candy for gifts, and meals fit for a king,
Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk, has been ready for weeks.
No matter the weather,
colorful fabric for costumes lines the sidewalks on Jaffa Road.
Purim is coming.