What’s new and happening now that Hanukkah is over?
Some chanukkiot are still around on Jerusalem streets, but for many it feels like the holiday was long ago.
Projections for Hanukkah like this one over the moat wall of the Tower of David,
and this one inside of Jaffa Gate are no longer.
But these on the walls of the Old City were still up last night.
The reindeer which were up since Hanukkah also burn brightly.
The Christian Quarter of the Old City is only one location with holiday lights.
The Jerusalem Municipality continues its annual tradition of distributing complimentary Christmas trees
A special festive market near the New Gate began with loud and brightly colored fireworks exploding after Shabbat in the sky over Jerusalem.
PM Netanyahu repeated one of his favorite themes, “Israel is not isolated and improving relations with Arab neighbors” at the annual Government Press Office New Year toast for foreign journalists.
The event was held at the Shalva National Center to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
As usual there was entertainment. The Shalva Band was very warmly received after a wonderful performance.
However, everyone including the Prime Minister and his security had a surprise.
As the band received a standing ovation and took their final bow, the drummer went over to the end of the stage, bent down, and gave the Prime Minister a hug.
Shalva Center is an impressive complex providing multiple services and therapies to individuals with a wide range of disabilities.
While the GPO event at Shalva was by invitation only, involving many levels of security, the Art of Jazz event at the Israel Museum was open to the public.
After a delay because of rain during Hanukkah, Crossroads and Janglo held their 5th annual night run.
In this photo taken just before race began at the starting and finish line, you can see the winner wearing blue shorts. For the group selfie, he looks like he has already run, won and is celebrating.
AirBnB has been discussed and covered endlessly this week.
But did you hear about ArtBnB music in Jerusalem at the Maffil?
The 9th Jerusalem Hullegub Festival featuring Israeli-Ethiopian Arts is December 20 – 26.
President Reuven Rivlin hosted new mayors and heads of councils at Beit Hanasi, the President’s Residence. Of 100 newly elected community leaders, 60 attended. New Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion got in the last word, but it was noteworthy that many Arab, Muslim, and Christian mayors came to Jerusalem to attend and were asked to speak.
As I walked home one night in the Hansen House garden, Ester was lit, resembling a spaceship.
I heard music coming from the direction of Hansen House, so went to see what was happening. Not only is it a new center for arts and technology, but it has also become a popular and colorful gathering places for food, drink and events.
One Only in Jerusalem, Israel photo – taken at #7 Judah Maccabee Street ” WANTED ALIVE MASHIACH BEN DAVID Reward redeemed world. “
There you have it.
Only a bit of what was happening in Jerusalem.
Diversity, disability, culture, coexistence, up and down, always something new happening.
Miri Mesika’s song from performance at Shalva seemed like a beautiful way to conclude.
For those interested, more GPO at Shalva photos HERE
You never know what will appear next on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.