Jerusalem 9/11 Memorial: Behind the Camera

15 years have past

since September 11, 2001,

but I can still remember the bluest, clearest sky,

and best weather on that day in Washington, DC.

We had moved back from New York City a few days earlier.

Having a blue sky in Jerusalem, Israel, is a given all summer,

no one moves to DC for the weather.

There was a good reason that foreign diplomats stationed in DC

received hazard pay in the days before air conditioning.

But it was so nice that morning,

I went for a walk as work was being done on our new kitchen.

The destruction of the twin towers of the WTC

and with its immense loss of life

has overshadowed the loss of life at

 the Pentagon, the heart of the US military command.

For those of us living in the DC area,

the attack on the Pentagon affected our family and friends

in too many ways to recount here now.

 The 15th anniversary of 9/11 was remembered in Israel.

Buses took passengers from Jerusalem on a round-about route,

under the new fast-train tracks under construction

towards the JNF-KKY Jerusalem Park,

Jerusalem JNF park Memorial 9 11

slowly and cautiously down the winding road.

After an hour on the bus

we were on the other side of the tracks

Jerusalem train track Israel

and across from the cemetery on Har Hamenuchot.

Jerusalem memorial sept eleven

Dignitaries and guests waited in the memorial plaza for the program to begin.

Jerusalem Israel JNF memorial

The names of all 2,996 victims are listed on the wall.

The only memorial outside of US to list all the names.

Jerusalem Nine Eleven memorial

The honor guard in full dress

was positioned cleverly in front of the cool air blowers

and were protected by the sun shade.

Jerusalem memorial for 9 11 , 15 years

What were the Marines thinking?

Jerusalem Israel September 11 memorial

Israeli families of victims placed a floral memorial wreath

as did Israeli and international dignitaries.

Jerusalem memorial for September 11

US Ambassador Dan Shapiro stood in respect

 after placing his wreath at the base of the memorial

fashioned in the design of a US flag shaped as a flame.

A piece from the Twin Towers is encased in the base,

and can be seen through the rectangular window above those wreaths.

Jerusalem Israel memorial to killed on September 11

After the official ceremony,

with all its impressive speeches this year,

flowers were provided to those who wished to place them

on the names in memory of those who lost their lives on 9 /11.

Jerusalem Israel 9-11 memorial ceremony for 15 years police delegation

A delegation of 50 US police officers were in attendance.

Jerusalem memorial Sept 11

Their hats and uniforms were imprinted with US and Israeli flags.

There was a positive feeling of unity

that is not felt often enough these days.

As WJC President Ronald Lauder said,

 “The pain of loss never goes away,

but happiness comes from freedom,

and free people rise over hate.


More photos from ceremony


Israel Going North: Old and New

It does not happen often,

but we got away from Jerusalem, Israel,

for a few days and we drove up north.

Nothing is far in Israel,

view of Kinneret at sunset

and in two hours you can be at the Kinneret,

the Sea of Galilee.

It looks so cool and calm,

but on the other side,

Kinneret view of water and mountain on other side

Syria is on the other side of the Golan Heights.

It used to be on the other side of the lake.

The Galil seems filled with prosperous

Arab village near Kinneret

Arab villages along the main roads.

Check out this sign in Arabic

Tnuva sign in Arabic in village in Galilee

 for the Israeli (Chinese) dairy company Tnuva.

A special ceremony honoring fallen Bedouin soldiers and security officers

Official memorial to fallen Bedouin securtiy

was held this week at the official memorial park

Israel memorial to fallen Bedouin soldier

established in honor of Bedouin IDF soldiers, police and scouts.

It is beautifully landscaped with large symbolic stones.

Bedouin memorial

In this photo, three stones represent those hung as spies by Syria.

Despite the community pride in the fallen security forces,

no names were permitted to be photographed and published.

Israel memorial to fallen security Bedoi8un

All those names are listed this in memorial wall shaped like a tent,

but I was told not to share the names.

Not far away,

rising above the valley is Mount Tabor,

view of Har Tavor,

with its narrow winding road leading up to the top.

Buses have to park at the bottom,

as only smaller vehicles can make the multiple crazy turns.

Friars Terra Santa Mount Tabor

It is truly is a wonder how the Terra Santa friars

built the original structure so many centuries ago.

Har Tavor view below

But what a view from there now!

 Jerusalem is not the only place of contrast,

old and new, for much of Israel today is amazing,

and constantly changing.

Ok, it was fun to see one of those

Israeli baby mover

 old fashioned baby transporters,

new and in use in the restaurant parking lot.

Established under difficult conditions,

in 1901, Kfar Tavor,

milk cans

has a museum with old milk cans,

while a few kilometers away, huge tank trucks come and go

from the state of art Tnuva factory.

The highways are not like the old days,

Israeli highway

Highway 6 with its large trucks reminded us

of the New Jersey Turnpike traffic.

While driving it was possible to check

  the phone for email and updates and more,

but the Kfar Tavor Museum has the one phone,

phone from Palestine

for all of the Palestina (Eretz Yisrael) area in 1926.

Wine is still processed the old fashioned way

wine barrel in Galilee

in wooden, hand-crafted barrels.

Looks like this is as close as I am getting to

the Jerusalem Wine Festival this year.

Last night I attended a special event,

in the Kfar Shmaryhu residence

of the US counselor for Press and Culture.

3 teams of Ethiopian Israelis presented

entrepreneurial projects done with mentors

in a new Tech-Career incubator program.

In 2002,

 no Ethiopian Israelis were trained in hi-tech in Israel,

now there are hundreds.

A few highlights of week, old and new and change,

Sunset view of Galilee

the sunsets were picture-perfect every night,

but it is good to be back home in Jerusalem.

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.”