Jerusalem: Summer Scenes

Summer in Jerusalem, Israel,

Jerusalem Israel flowers

and flowers are in bloom.

Streets are quieter as families seek cooler temperatures,

US summer camps, or a day at the beach.

For those left behind this summer,

Hebrew sign for summer in Jerusalem Israel

 neighborhood events in the parks for youth

Sign in Hebrew for summer park programs for kids

and children are held in evening.

Zeev Jabotinsky

 On Jabotinsky Street, Zeev Jabotinsky Day signs are up.

A special ceremony is set for August 4th at Har Herzl.

Those signs are out for all to see;

and now for what you may not have seen.

A special panel was held at the Tzohar Conference,

at the Jerusalem International Conference Center.

Panel at Tzohar Conference

Jackie Levy moderated a panel with Rav Shai Peron,

Rav Shmuel Papenheim, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom,

and Rabbanit Hadassah Forman.

As each told the story that changed their lives,

Illustrator drawing stories

a talented artist illustrated as they spoke.

I had never seen that before,

the stories were interesting enough,

but the drawings were a good way to keep an after-lunch crowd

awake and attentive.

Invitations to Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence

do not come easily and are highly valued,

so guests often linger to appreciate the gardens

before going into the reception room for an event.

Man attending dayanim ceremony reading posters of past presidents

This man stopped to study the informational panels

posted behind the busts of former presidents

that are lined up in the garden.

He was there for a very special ceremony.

Finally after 9 years without new appointments,

there is a new Supreme Rabbinical Court.

 New dayanim pose with Israel President and Cheif Rabbis and head of selection committee after swearing in ceremony

Here the new dayanim, rabbinical judges, posed with

the two chief rabbis, President Reuven Rivlin,

and head of the appointment committee Minster MK Yuval Steinitz.

With their varied backgrounds and experiences,

it is hoped that long overdue resolutions can be reached.

And finally,

the Olympics 2016 are starting Friday in Rio.

Israeli athletes pose for group photo in garden of Beit Hanasi

The largest ever Israeli Olympic team

posed outside Beit Hanasi at their official send-off.

 Israeli Olympic team sendoff in Israel

Everyone was smiling and happy,

 I sure hope their experiences in Rio are positive,

and everyone comes back smiling for selfies.

Crazy Design Week Contemporary Art in Jerusalem

Spring in Jerusalem, Israel.

It is hot, then it is cold.

Yesterday it rained.

You never know what will happen next.

During Jerusalem Design Week

you have no idea what you will see next.

When I have the opportunity I love to see what is new

Hansen House at night Jerusalem Design Week festival outside gardens lit

at the old Hansen House.

The opening event for Design Week

 held in the courtyard,

Kugel Party Hansen House Design Week opening event

was called a Kugel Party.

At first, even the guests had trouble figuring that out.

There were pink signs in Yiddish,

Yerushalmi kugel at Hansen House for Design week opening event

burnt Yerushalmi kugel with a pickle,

Kugel Party Jerusalem design week

an Oriental noodle sent upstairs to the second floor

people waiting for noodles at Hansen House Kugel Party Design Week opening

in glass jars with a pulley system.

The third kind of kugel was a Belgian waffle,

the one with longest line,

Waffles at Hansen House for Jerusalem Design Week Kugel Party

not fast food, but slowly crafted by Bezalel artists.

Inside were a variety of exhibits,

design week at Hansen House chemistry Jerusalem

this one brought back memories of hours titrating in a lab,

with a theme of yellow and blue for the men and women of Jerusalem.

Contemporary art exhibits using the media of

light Jerusalem design week at Hansen house

photography, paint and light and shape and form,

displayed in different rooms inside the Hansen House.

gardens Hansen House at night for design week

Animals were outside in the garden,

with colors, shapes and forms.

I am sure Dr. Hansen would never have envisioned them.

Design Week is spread out in 7 locations.

A much more serious exhibit is at

Islamic Museum Jerusalem Sign from Iran

the LA Mayer Museum of Islamic Art.

Sign from Iran is a collection of

posters Sign from Iran at Museum for Islamic Art

60 art poster masterpieces

by 27 Iranian graphic artists

over a 40-year period.

Yossi Lemel at Islamic Art exhibit sign from Iran

Israeli graphic artist Yossi Lemel

who initiated the project was at the opening.

woman in Iran art

Contemporary Iran is not usually seen around here.

So many strange and unusual happenings this week,

Hansen House gardens at night with full moon and animal lit for Design week festival

maybe it was the full moon.

The only thing related to politics

 that I will mention

Eiffel Tower in Jerusalem for French PM

is an Eiffel Tower model constructed during the visit of

the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

I was going to photo shop out the man on the crane,

but then I realized that he was securing the tower

so that it would not fall down in the extremely high winds.

selfie at Hansen House night in garden

Just a bit from this week worthy of a selfie.

There is also a Book Festival, Russian Festival,

MusaraMix Seam Art Festival,

the annual Israel Festival

and my favorite, the Light Festival.

Tonight, starting as soon as the sun sets and going all night long

are the huge bonfires of Lag B’Omer

Spring festival season,

never know what you will see next happening

on the real Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Jerusalem Education Week Opens with Special Children’s Exhibit

A wise man from Texas once told me,

“One is not “good” or better.

It’s the sum of it all that matters.”

It is education week in Jerusalem, Israel.

An opening event took place at the Israel Museum,

Israel Museum children's play yard

and was held in the plaza outside the museum’s Children’s Wing.

sign in Arabic and Hebrew my house your house, for Education week in Jerusalem

There were 40 winning art projects

made by hundreds of Jerusalem school children

on the theme My home, Your home.

Art projects by children at Israel Museum

Art projects in Hebrew and Arabic were next to each other.

James Snyder speaking at Israel Museum children's event

 Israel Museum director James Snyder spoke in English,

but his remarks were translated into Hebrew and Arabic.

Water, shade and seats were provided for the hundreds of

crowd at Israel Museum for Jerusalem children art exhibit

students, teachers and family members who came to see the exhibition.

children at Israel Museum

A lucky few had a head start on frozen treats.

Home made by Jerusalem children for art contest

The projects were spread out all over the plaza area.

art project Israel Museum Jerusalem children home

They were interesting

art exhibit in Israel Museum

and diverse,

Israel Museum Jerusalem children's art

and colorful too.

Jerusalem Foundation sponsor children's art at Israel Museum

Speeches were blessedly short,

as was the audience attention span.

It was super hot even with the shade and water.

People came not to listen,

but to see the winning projects which were on display.

When the exhibits were officially opened,

crowd at Israel Museum for Jerusalem Education week

the area was packed

crowd at Israel Museum for Jerusalem education week children art

with a crowd as diverse as the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Good news?

Israel Museum project Jerusalem children

For this Jerusalem municipal education project

supported by the Jerusalem Foundation

and the Israel Museum,

what do you think?

“One is not “good” or better.

It’s the sum of it all that matters.”

Pharaoh: The Story and Untold Story

On Passover, the story

of Pharaoh and the Children of Israel leaving Egypt

is told and retold,

year after year.

This year in time for the Passover holiday

the Israel Museum opened a new exhibit called

Pharaoh in Canaan: the Untold Story.

sign for Pharaoh Untold Story at Israel Museum

Big posters announcing this momentous exhibit,

which consists of hundreds of pieces in multiple rooms,

are displayed on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

video screen from exhibit at Israel Museum Pharaoh

There is even a colorful video which is used to illustrate

the Egyptian Empire of the 4th millennium BCE.

facade of ancient fortress in Jaffa in Israel Museum exhibit Pharaoh

This was an entrance to a fortress in Jaffa:

the highlighted pieces have Ramses’ name inscribed.

Loans from international galleries are included.

Israel Museum exhibit on Pharaoh and Canaan

Ancient artifacts are on display,

Israel Museum exhibit Pharaoh and Canaan

 in room after room,

Israel Museum Pharaoh and Canaan exhibit Untold Story

with some unique and special pieces.

Israel Museum Pharaoh untold story exhibit potter display

There are displays of pottery,

Israel Museum pottery Pharaoh exhibit

urns, and jewelry,

Israel Museum Pharaoh exhibit

and much more lining the walls.

gift shop Israel museum

The gift shop is stocked with items for sale

map Egypt in ancient times Pharaoh and Canaan story

for this impressive exhibit, perfectly timed.

The story of leaving Egypt is retold in the Hagaddah

in Jewish homes on Passover at the seder,

which takes place this year on Friday night in Israel,

and on Friday and Saturday nights around the world.

Israel Museum video passover story

This year thousands in Jerusalem will enjoy

the new exhibit of Egyptian rule in Caanan,

until now the untold story.

As in dozens of Israeli museums during Passover holiday,

children are invited free of charge.

Schools are out. Government offices are on holiday.

Temperature is rising.

Passover is vacation time in Israel.