In Jerusalem at the end of June, the multitude of end-of-school-year events slow down, and the trips to the airport increase, as Israelis head overseas and tens of thousands of tourists arrive to fill the Jerusalem streets.
The weather is still not too hot.
This is the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in the evening with cool breezes, and even lilies in the pond are a tourist attraction.
The bright flowers are blooming all around the Jerusalem streets,
even the weeds are colorful,
with bursts of purple before the summer heat arrives.
The Botanical Gardens has become a popular venue for events, this night was to hear Col Richard Kemp. He said as a child he was taught right from wrong and with his military experience he speaks out about Israel’s military being unfairly criticized by too much of the world.
Walking into this area one encounters roadway construction.
I will spare you many photos of random road closings for road work,
and stay with the sweet things happening now that it’s summertime.
First Station has been busy with public musical performances.
And the annual Shavuah HaSefer is thriving in the First Station location.
Hebrew Book Week attracts all ages, from families with babies to one older gentleman I saw walking pushing a walker for support and a helper following with a shopping cart to take his purchases home.
Authors come to sign their books.
I knew two authors the night I came, Michael Eisenberg and
Rabbi Reuven Ziegler. Notice the sign?
Hebrew Book Week is also for bargain hunters.
At Hansen House, the annual Design Week has started – “Lies & Falsehoods.”
Inside the old stone building the new technology amazes.
But did the courtyard ever look as nice as this?
Indeed, it is hard to know what is true, what is an illusion, and what is real.
To close the week, the Nefesh Be’Nefesh Campus in Jerusalem hosted a Shuk Olim on Friday morning. Various immigrants to Israel have started businesses and they were provided with tables to share their wares. Muffins went by the hundreds. Candy, tea, whiskey, honey, and beer, even corned beef was available besides artwork and jewelry and more, and the best herring I have had in a long time
And the Jerusalem Food Trucks are to be back in the Hinnom Valley on Tuesday-Thursday nights in July and August.
June 29-July 1, a marathon of tours is planned, not just inside, but starting at the Tower of David, the New Jerusalem Museum – tours include meetings with the communities and neighbors adjacent to the museum, men and women of different religions and cultures.
Food, music, and summer fun in Jerusalem, Israel.