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.”

8 Things to See Now on Jerusalem Streets

Israeli Apartheid? 

 got the most views in one day for a RJS post. 

But, 15 Real Photos of Arab Girls is still going strong 

and will soon go over 100,000 views. 

Too bad all my numbers are not that impressive.

So what is there to see in Jerusalem, Israel, now that the holidays

and municipal elections are over,

picture announcements, image colorful posters

and the campaign signs are slowly coming down?

image street art, grafiti, Jerusalem street art

1. Street art can be found in parking lots

man walking on Jaffa STreet

and lines so many streets,

 but contemporary art in Jerusalem has a new home.

2. The Jerusalem Biennale, which runs from September 15-October 31,

Cultural event Jerusalem Israel art & artists

 had its opening in the galleries of the renovated Templar houses on Emek Refaim Street.

3. For the week of October 17-24,

sign Manofim

there was Manofim, multiple exhibitions of contemporary art in Jerusalem.

image man at podium, picture lecture

Art critic and art history expert, Gideon Efrat,

gave a talk at Mishkenot Sha’ananim as part of the annual Manofim events.

image woman drawing, picture sektcthing

One woman was sketching during the program,

which was great to see at an art lecture.

manofim image, Jerusalem bird sanctuary

Manofim took place in many neighborhoods around Jerusalem,

but I was surprised to find this sign left at the Jerusalem Bird Sanctuary.

Art, art and more art is not what you think of first in Jerusalem,

but I have written before about the galleries in the Jerusalem Theater.

Yithak Greenfield with artists

4.  Israeli artist Yitzhak Greenfield’s students opened a show at the theater.

image woman in art gallery, looking at paintings image.

People of all ages came to see their work.

photo of art display, gallery in Jerusalem Theater

 Displays are constantly changing and open to public at no charge.

But there is more than art.

Cinema City in Jerusalem

5. The Cinema City signs are up,

 now everyone can see where the new theaters are located.

sign for Oud Festival

6. See and hear, another Oud Festival starts soon.

sign Einstein on Azza

7. See and learn on Azza Street from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm,

Einstein on Azza is coming on November 1.

Professors from the Hebrew University will give free lectures, along with live performances.

There is so much more, but the last for today.

sign for Jerusalem Knights

8. The Jerusalem Knights Festival will be held

on four consecutive Thursday nights starting October 31.

I saw the very first Knight night and wrote

who could imagine that the Crusades could be so much fun?

You may hear in the news about protests,

but how about these other events that are happening now? 

There is a big problem though,

with so much to see and do,

how does one see a fraction of the things that are going on?

Now If I could just get people interested in seeing some of this good stuff 

and not just looking for Arab girls….

Nachlaot Finding Past and Future

Sir Moses Montefiore, a great benefactor to Israel in the 19th century,

is perhaps best known for the Montefiore Windmill.

However, in 1882 he was also involved in building

the Nachlaot section of Jerusalem.

This cluster of small Jewish neighborhoods was one of the first

Jerusalem homesteads outside the walls of the over-crowded Old City.

Stone walls surrounded Nachlaot to protect its residents.

Sir Moses Montefiore

Today one of the openings still displays a testimonial to Montefiore 

and the Mazkeret Moshe neighborhood is named for him.

 Nachlaot is across from the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.

Nahlaot street, Jerusalem Street, J Street

After getting lost too many times on the narrow twisting streets,

I made it a habit to walk around Nachlaot

and not through it on my way to the shuk.

So when the Jerusalem Scavenger Hunts offered a hunt to Nachlaot, 

I made sure to be one of the first bloggers to sign up for the special event.

mayaan fogel art, street art, Nahaot

In Nachlaot, you can see interesting street art

street art, J Street, Nahlaot

painted on the walls,

street art, J Street, scavenger hunt

but you never know what you will  find hanging out on its streets.

Old stone street, J Street, Jerusalem old street

Old stone streets

Nahlaot house, J Street, new Jerusalem building

and beautiful new homes,

street art, J Street, Nachlaot art

combine to make walking the Nachlaot streets a real adventure.

Nahlaot, J Street, Jerusalem street photos

From ancient stones on the left to modern cable receivers on the right,

it can all be found in Nachlaot.

We followed our map, and not only did we not get lost,

but our team won!

And thanks to the Village Green Restaurant on Rachel Imenu Street,

we enjoyed fresh bread with a cup of soup at the end of the hunt.

There are many tours to Nachlaot, 

but this scavenger hunt is fun and educational for all ages.

 We found it as good an experience as the hunt last year

in the Old City.

To find more photos of Nachlaot and our winning team see:

The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook Page.