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.

Anwar Sadat Historic Visit to Jerusalem 40 Years Ago Remembered

Anwar Sadat Historic Visit to Jerusalem 40 Years Ago Remembered

There is a joke that they tell

that really has much truth to it:

Israelis endure stresses and wars

and still carry on, but when it rains,

that’s a whole other story.

Finally,

Knesset building on cloudy rainy day

the first much-needed winter rain came down yesterday.

  The Jerusalem skies were grey and streets were wet.

I was happy to be dry and inside the Knesset.

There have been ‘100-years’ celebrations,

50-year’ celebrations,

and this week a ’40-year’ celebration.

Photo of Begin, Sadat and Shamir in Knesset for 40 events

Forty years ago Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

made his historic trip to Jerusalem and spoke in the Knesset.

Panel Moshe Arens and Eil Rubenstein in Knesset auditorium

Panels with distinguished Israelis,

like former Defense Minister Moshe Arens and

recently-retired Deputy President of  the Supreme Court Elyakim Rubenstein,

talked about events and memories of forty years ago.

Knesset Auditorium stage for panel on Sadat 40 year

This event took place in the Knesset Auditorium

and was open to the public.

Panel on durability of peace agreement with Efraim INbar and Zvi Mazel

At another panel former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt

Zvi Mazel talked about the peace agreement.

Following the next panel, on looking forward,

with MK Yisrael Katz and Dore Gold,

former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

the Prime Minister spoke at a special Knesset session.

The turnout was disappointing;

Knesset plenary for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech

I think there were more photographers present

in the plenum than members of Knesset.

As Benjamin Netenyahu gave his address,

MK Yisrael Katz sat alone in the center of the room.

Night view of Knesset flags and lights.

It was dark and wet when I left,

but at least this weather is good for photos of the flags.

Then in the morning,

 more rain and another event,

Beit Hanasi in the rain, outside wet

this time at at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.

Umbrellas were piled up high and

 the newly renovated floors were hard to keep clean

as international diplomats gathered.

Historic photos were again on display,

Photo of first ladies.

like this one of the First Ladies, Aliza Begin and Jihan Sadat.

German Ambassador shaking hands with African representative

Ambassadors exchanged greetings,

Ceremony at Israeli President's Residence for 40 years Sadat visit to Jerusalem

before sitting down to see a slide presentation

and speeches highlighting moments from 40 years ago.

Hazem Khairat at Beit Hanasi for Sadat 40 year event

Cordial and friendly smiles today

contrast with situation over 40 years ago.

Hazem Khairat speaking at Beit Hanasi for 40 years Sadat visit to Jerusalem

Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Hazem Khairat

was the last speaker of the day.

Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin in photo at Beit Hanasi for 40 ceremony

Sadat and Begin did the unimaginable

forty years ago.

It was said at the time

that the peace treaty would be worthwhile

if there would be no wars for even 15 years.

Flags of Egypt and Israel at Beit Hanasi

So today,

Egypt and Israel

came together again to celebrate,

and hope for continued peace in the future.