Countdown time to Rosh Hashana.
Early morning, the sounds of the shofar are heard on the streets.
Late night pre-selichot musical programs are announced daily.
Pomegranates are a favorite sign of the season.
Limes ready to pick off the tree are another sign. These annual fruits shine in morning sun.
Another season of election campaigning has begun. Yellow “Ofer Berkovitch for our Mayor” banners hang from buildings.
Moshe Lion is running for mayor again. This was one of the early signs for his campaign.
His new posters “Lion, Rosh Ha’ir Bulldozer” just don’t work in English. I missed getting a photo of the huge one on the side of a bus, but here is one on the bottom left.
Rachel Azaria, Yossi Havilo, and Yossi Daitch have announced that they are running for Mayor.
Zeev Elkin, also a candidate for mayor, was bigger than life up on the side of this building near the entrance to Jerusalem.
Small Elkin signs showing the support of the Prime Minister are posted. Elkin has been making appearances and speaking at Jerusalem synagogues.
New Year greetings from candidate Avi Salman are now on the wall near where Elkin’s huge poster had been.
And Aryeh King’s face is popping up on signs along the road.
The only sure thing about this race for Mayor of Jerusalem is that there is no sure thing.
A sign of an election season?
Work is progressing on a new playground in Liberty Bell Park. A playground was on this spot, was taken down, and is finally being rebuilt with interesting cement shaped slides and more.
For many years this spot was historic Kikar Tzion, Zion Square. Now it is ripped up and a construction site.
A fence surrounds the mess. There is a ramp to enter the bank and an arrow directing to Yoel Salomon Street.
In case you could not read the small orange sign easily, here is one from another location.
I sure hope the construction in Jerusalem is planned better than these warning signs.
Some days it seems that half of Jerusalem is torn up and under construction.
From Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, to Nayot Park, to Malha, sideways are under various stages of construction for a continuous bike route.
I will skip the protest signs and end with one of my favorite signs of the season, perhaps the year.
“Shalom Kitah Aleph.” Welcome to first grade students.
Beit Avi Chai is having a special “letters festival” for children entering first grade, with live music, workshops, and more.
The biggest sign of the season as summer ends is preparation for the new school year.