Jerusalem, Israel this time of year is usually one of the busiest.
Pesach, Passover, has many other names, including the holiday of spring, and the holiday of freedom. Streets are usually full of people, rental cars, tour buses, and holiday pilgrims.
This year the yearning for freedom from home isolation was felt around the world as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic kept people inside their homes.
This year with Pesach and Easter coinciding streets should have been packed.
Instead, they are empty.
Three years ago this was the scene at the Kotel, Western Wall for Birkat Kohanim, Priestly Blessing.
Ten men prayed together at the Kotel and recited the blessing today.
A tiny microbe has done what wars, stabbings, suicide bombers, car-rammings and other forms of terror could not accomplish.
However, if nothing else, Israelis are resilient.
Moving off the streets and online, here are five suggestions to experience Jerusalem over this holiday week.
- Instead of sharing places to go and things to do in Jerusalem, Fun in Jerusalem is offering at home ideas.
2. The Tower of David Museum has virtual tours free for this week, check out one introductory tour HERE
Or take time and explore the site for other tours HERE
3. The Jerusalem Cinematheque is closed. Last month when I went to a special performance, already concerned about the virus, I heard a woman coughing. Quickly I went in ahead of and away from her. Hard to believe that was just over a month ago and one of their last events.
However, the Cinematheque is offering a wide variety of entertainment links, from first-rate old US movies to ‘Peter and the Wolf’ performed by the Royal Ballet and Metropolitan Opera mega productions: HERE
5. Experience the Western Wall Tunnel Tours from home:
Sadly the exciting Jerusalem night shows are on hold.
But here is a bit of the introduction to the Tower of David Night Show.
And the City of David Sound and Light Show Finale.
Hoping all stay well, wishing you a healthy holiday.
Let’s keep in touch virtually, until we can see you again soon on the Jerusalem streets.