Three Best Things That Happened in Jerusalem

After living in Jerusalem for several years, I was upset. The world did not see what was really happening, only sensational media images. So I started posting photos online on The Real Jerusalem Streets.

I decided to share events from this week you would not have seen as anti-government protesters captured world attention.

It’s a busy time of year, so keeping to the three best events I attended.

The new National Library building was lit up at night as I walked by on my way to the National Library currently on the Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus.

They say the new building is to open in the fall, and I’m looking forward to finally getting to tour inside!

The National Library welcomed NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman who donated his space diary and memorabilia to the Israeli National Library.

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Jewish Astronaut Jeff Hoffman’s flights on the Space Shuttle included the mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993.

He also took a Space Torah for a mission, explaining how he used velcro to attach the yad, and clamps to hold the parchment down in the shuttle capsule. Velcro was also used to attach a mezuzah to the sleeping cubicle.

Hoffman flew five missions, a patch was designed for each and was included in this donation to the National Library.

Along with new autographed stamp sets, the Israel National Library now reaches the moon and into space.

Amazing how quickly Jerusalem Marathon 2023 is old news. I am pleased when someone comes along and identifies a runner’s photo on Facebook days later. Did you know I updated the post with a video?

Two weeks ago, going past Hansen House, Primavera caught my attention.

Thursday and Friday, the Hansen gates were open for Primavera.

Not a new Jerusalem pasta dish, but a designer festival was being held.

Jewelry, clothes and bags, and a variety of wares were on display,

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to all types of clothing including this knit top

and diverse as Roota sprouts.

Ok, I stopped and laughed there, as I remembered the sprouted potato I found while cleaning under the dishwasher for Passover. New art form?

There were 36 more displays, MORE PHOTOS were posted on Facebook.

And for the third and biggest event, which ended Diaspora Week.

For the eighth time, from March 19 – 23, 2023, the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism held Diaspora Week events.

During the course of the week, Diaspora Week events and activities were held throughout Israel, in the education system, on campuses, in cultural institutions, in the IDF, and at this gala in the Jerusalem Theater.

The Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism Amichai Chikli introduced the program theme of unity and “loving one another.”

Israeli performers took to the stage, in a well-executed program.

Along with the IDF band, the performers were applauded by an enthusiastic audience for the #FOREVER_AM 2023 program.

There was an excellent video screen running in the background,

to the audience filled with representatives of youth groups and MASA.

After the show, which was broadcast live, ended, Chickli stayed around to the very end. As I commented to some passersby, he reminded me of the last one out of shul after sponsoring an elaborate kiddush.

Photos did not do justice to the night, so I made a short video with clips of the music, and there are more photos on Facebook.

Now on to the holiday season!

Whether you call Pesach the Holiday of Freedom

or the Holiday of Spring, new signs are up along the Jerusalem streets.

Easter and Ramadan coincide with Passover this year.

The important thing is it should be a Happy Holiday for all.

Hope to see you on the Jerusalem streets soon!

11 thoughts on “Three Best Things That Happened in Jerusalem

  • March 26, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    I wish I would have known about the program below.
    The Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism Amichai Chikli introduced the program theme of unity and “loving one another.”

    Was it open to the public?

    Is there any music to go to this week before the Omer?

    • March 26, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      The MFA event was invitation-only. It was broadcast live and online. Music this week, but in Israel there is much more than we were used to in the US during sefira, as Adut Mizrach have different customs. Good to see you this week!

  • March 26, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    This was so beautiful and uplifting. Thank you.

    • March 26, 2023 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you! Chag sameach

  • March 26, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks, as always, for the wonderful emails you send.

    Best wishes to you and all your family for a Chag Kasher V’sameach.

    Bertha & Jack

    • March 26, 2023 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you for the wonderful comment!
      Best wishes back to you and all your family for a Chag Kasher V’sameach.

  • March 26, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you for your uplifting report from Jerusalem!!
    Agreeing for prayers for unity and loving one another.
    Chag Sameach, Happy Springtime and may Shalom be upon Israel in this season of renewal, redemption, freedom and deliverance!
    Blessings from Japan

    • March 27, 2023 at 4:06 am

      Thanks! Chag sameach

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