Creating. Innovating. Resilience. Responding to challenges.
Oh, with at least a dash of chutzpah too–all are important to living in Israel.
In Jerusalem last week the news highlighted the story that the old street Bezek payphone booths were to be converted to defibrillator stations. Mifal HaPayis and MDA have begun to place AEDs at crucial public places under a joint venture.
As part of the project, 600 initial advanced devices will be deployed with wireless communication to MDA’s 101 Emergency Call Center.
Also new on the Jerusalem streets, small refrigerators would host ‘food salvage’ – good food placed inside free for anyone in need to take.
The Knesset was finally back in business. Then it closed.
A member of Knesset was diagnosed with COVID-19.
At Beit Hanasi, a staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus, so the President’s house is getting a thorough cleaning.
I’ve lost count how many times our street has been cleaned.
But this is the first time I saw them spraying inside this passageway.
Check out the brand-new garbage bags in the old cans!
And they patched up parts of this path.
New traffic lights were installed at this dangerous pedestrian crossing.
Even the monastery in the Valley of the Cross was cleaning up this week.
The dry foliage is a serious fire hazard. So glad to finally see the dried weeds being cut.
Getting ready to host visitors in Jerusalem?
These socially distanced park benches are ready.
Or go for the extreme social distancing, alone with nature.
Slowly Jerusalem seems to be coming back from the coronavirus shut down.
The signs were still up for the end of March Brain and Art Week at the Cinematheque.
Many cultural events were canceled and some programs have moved online.
The 2020 Israel Festival has rescheduled for September.
The hilltop was dark after Shabbat, these usual Israel Museum lights did not go on.
However, The Islamic Museum announced its reopening.
“Trespassing” will be on display until the end of the month.
The Tower of David Museum will be re-opening its doors this week on June 17 – and opening a brand new exhibition BANAI, the personal story of the Banai family while painting a much broader panorama with a saga going back to 1881 when Rachamim Bana came to the Holy Land from Shiraz, Persia.
Kikar Musica, Music Square, off of Yoel Salomon Street is offering live events again.
And planning for the future, Avraham Fried wants to perform in Sultan’s Pool at the end of August.
Two years ago, Fried was the featured entertainment at Rabbi Steinsaltz’s 80th birthday bash at the Orient Hotel. Oh, that was a busy week with June events.
The big hotels are still dark, but working on reopening plans with the new Ministry of Health guidelines.
The Jerusalem streets are getting back to business, slowly, but cleaner and better than before.