Hanukkah and Holiday Time in Jerusalem

Hanukkah and Holiday Time in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, Israel, as December begins

the holiday season gets going.

Ethiopian Israeli Festival held in Jerusalem Israel

Signs are up for a new Ethiopian-Israeli Festival.

Tourists from Nigeria pose for photo in Jerusalem Old City Western Wall Plaza

International tourist groups have been enjoying

the unusually warm, sunny, and dry weather.

Chanukah Lights on poles for Hanuka

These holiday streets lights are up

and new signs of Hanukkah

are everywhere:

Poster for Hannukah events in Jerusalem Israel

some with neighborhood activities

Jerusalem Israel posters of Hanukkah donuts

and this series of signs with holiday treats to eat.

Chanukah donuts displayed in sop window Jerusalem Israel

Suffganiot have been in the shop windows

Donuts on large tray carried by man through shuk before Hanukkah

 in Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk’

and in Jerusalem bakeries for weeks.

But one of my favorite holiday foods are

Strawberries for Hanukkah in Jerusalem Israel Machane Yehuda market

those big red, delicious strawberries

 that are just coming into season.

In the shuk, they are for sale, but not yet piled high.

It is not only the Hanukkah season;

Old City Christian Quarter Santa Claus

 Santa Claus is in the Old City,

Jerusalem Israel YMCA Christmas tree in lobby

and the YMCA has decorated trees both inside

Christmas tree at YMCA Jerusalem Israel

and outside in the front garden.

On Friday, while on the bus to the Old City,

Muslim prayer on Friday in Jerusalem Israel Muslim men and women walking

we saw thousands of Muslims coming

Jerusalem, Lion's Gate on Friday afternoon prayer time.

from all directions for Friday prayers,

while at the same time

Counter protester against Women in Black is dressed in Israeli flag

these characters were waving Israeli flags

Pro-Israel supporter with sign in Jerusalem Israel

and holding signs.

It was a wonderful peaceful week in Jerusalem.

We will have to wait and see what will happen next.

But to end on a festive note,

one of my all time holiday favorites,

from two years ago,

is this wonderful sound and light projection,

on  Walls of the Old City.

Jerusalem Autumn Colors in Photos

Jerusalem Autumn Colors in Photos

In the Northeastern United States,

the leaves turn vivid colors in autumn

before they fall off the trees and pile up below.

While walking around in Jerusalem, Israel, yesterday,

I was impressed by the many colors of Jerusalem.

Straight out of the camera, no fancy editing filters were needed

Jerusalem Israel fall colors in garden area

to capture the fall colors of this lovely new area.

Only a few meters away,

Ceramic fountain in Jerusalem Israel

 the fountain of the North African Jewry Heritage Center

is always a colorful sight.

After a few days of rain,

the sun came out and warmed up the streets.

Jerusalem street cats on sunny fall day

Street cats of all colors were resting in the sun.

In an alleyway of Nahlat Shivah

Blue Jerusalem door in old neighborhood

this door is painted bright blue

to keep the evil eye away.

Hospital old French in Jerusalem Israel with blue sky near old city walls

Near the walls of the Old City

there are blue painted bars on the old French Hospital’s windows.

When it started to rain,

the popular summer attraction

Jerusalem Israel umbrella over streets

of colorful umbrellas  was taken down;

these were the last ones off of Yoel Salomon Street.

The Museum of Tolerance can now be seen above ground,

Museum of Tolerance construction and sign

and with plans for over 240 toilets

it should be a very popular tourist (rest) stop.

I love Jerusalem in Zion Square Israel

This “I love Jerusalem” attraction is new.

But I especially love the Jerusalem colors:

On Jaffa Road two nuns in traditional habits walk by

black and white,

Jaffa Road man wearing unusual shirt with stripes

and all kinds of stripes,

all can be seen on the Jerusalem streets.

Actor on Jaffa Road, in most unusual costume Jerusalem Israel

This guy fits my ‘you never know what you will find’ theme.

I have no idea what that is around his face.

Men filming on Jerusalem Israel Jaffa Road location

However he is assured a seat where ever he goes.

If you find a video he is in, please send me a link.

Jerusalem Israel Old City near Jaffa Gate photo displays

The newest attraction is along the Old City Walls.

These over-sized colorful photos of people

Large photos of Jerusalem faces near Jaffa Gate

are portraits of residents and workers in the Old City.

However, I prefer the natural colors,

Fall in Teddy Park Jerusalem Israel

the changing leaves in Teddy Park,

Street in Yemin Moshe with flowers in mid day sun Jerusalem Israel

and the flowers of Yemin Moshe.

These photos were all taken on a short walk on one nice day.

However, posting on today’s date,

I must include one old favorite street sign–

כט November street sign in Jerusalem for 29 November

Kaf Tet November.

70 years ago, in 1947,

the United Nations Partition Plan was accepted,

a day so significant it has its own Jerusalem street.

100 Years – Israel Going & Growing

100 Years – Israel Going & Growing

From Jerusalem, Australia, and New Zealand,

government leaders traveled to Beer Sheva

for the 100th-year reenactment of the charge

of the Light Horse Brigade,

Australian soldiers in Beer Sheva 100 years

when those brave Aussie horsemen defeated the Turks

and turned the tide in World War I for the Allies.

Then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

went to London for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration,

which called for a Jewish Homeland to be established in Palestine.

For those who study the Bible,

these two events 100 years ago were of great significance.

Christian Zionists were in Jerusalem, Israel,

this week to commemorate with Israelis.

Meanwhile,

outside the PM’s official residence in Jerusalem, Israel,

there was a protest tent and hunger strike.

Protest outside of Prime Minister's house in Jerusalem

Leaders from Judea and Samaria want

more services and better roads as promised.

Special programs around 100 years since Balfour

Israel Knesset building flags, no people

have been held at the Knesset.

Finally back in session after long break,

the Knesset is the scene of multiple sessions daily.

MK Avraham Neguise

One committee headed by MK Avraham Neguise

heard testimonies of recent growing antisemitism.

From left to right, wearing translation earphones, are

Knesset committee on antisemitism German, Austria and EU speak

the Ambassadors of Germany, the European Union, and Austria.

Also on the road this week is

President Reuven Rivlin, who was in Spain

meeting with Jewish leaders, and was hosted

by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at a state dinner.

100 years ago Jews were allowed to enter Spain

after being expelled in 1492.

Last week at Beit Hanasi, the President’s official residence,

New security at Beit Hanasi Jerusalem

new security covers were down.

Protesters from South Tel Aviv outside Beit Hanasi for Supreme Court new President

Loud protesters from South Tel Aviv

took to the streets shouting,

in stark contrast to what was happening inside.

Outgoing Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor

Two female Israeli Supreme Court Presidents kiss at Beit Hanasi ceremony

kissed and hugged incoming President Esther Hayut.

Israel Supreme Court Judges at Beit Hanasi

Israeli Supreme Court Judges sat on the side

Front row dignitaries at Supreme Court swearing in ceremony new President

as former Supreme Court Presidents sat with

with other government leaders.

After the loud Knesset opening,

Mew Israeli Supreme Court President

this dignified, hand shaking,

Herzog and Hayut kiss at Beit Hanasi ceremony

kissing and hugging event did not make international news,

but Israel media had live coverage.

The room was as crowded as it was for President Trump’s visit.

Israeli head of police at Beit Hanasi

The Israeli Chief of Police did not seem

thrilled while he waited for the official photos of

Official pose of new and former Israel Supreme Court Presidents with President Rivlin and Justice Minister Shaked

the present and past Supreme Court Presidents

with President Rivlin and Justice Minister Shaked.

close up of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

But even the Prime Minister had to sit and wait

Official photo full court from new Israeli Supreme Court ceremony

for the expanded official Supreme Court photo.

One more of the many memorable scenes at Beit Hanasi

Salim Joubran at Beit Hanasi as he retires from Israel Supreme Court

was that of recently retired Supreme Court Judge Salim Joubran,

who was interviewed after the ceremony for Israeli TV.

He was the Arab Judge who oversaw the last Israeli election.

Who would have imagined any of these things 100 years ago?

Palestine was a barren desert under Ottoman rule.

Today as we still await the rainy season,

the only umbrella I saw out this week

Umbrella rain statute in Jerusalem Mamilla Mall

was on this art piece in Mamilla Mall.

And as always it seems,

Jerusalem Israel cultural festival

 there is another new cultural festival ahead.

Who could have imagined any of this 100 years ago?

Who could have imagined it 70 years ago?

A short video, part of German Ambassador’s testimony in Knesset:

 More on legislation here,

but this is getting way too long, as always.

The three millionth tourist for 2017,

entered Israel, receiving a royal welcome,

they will certainly see for themselves,

what is happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.