21 Favorite Sukkot in Jerusalem

I love Sukkot in Jerusalem, Israel.

Whether it is one large sukka

sukka in courtyard of Jewish Museum

 tucked away in a courtyard,

building with sukka built on porches

or many standing on the porches of new buildings.

How many can you count hereת

Building with many succahs on porches Jerusalem Israel

and here, seven or eight?

sukka in Jerusalem Israel

Some are small and inconspicuous,

sukkah on roof top Jerusalem Israel

some on roof tops.

sukkah in Israel Museum

The sukka in the Israel Museum next to the children’s wing

is simple, and with branches for supports and on top.

Simplest roof top sukkah

This rooftop sukka wins the prize for

the least elaborate and inexpensive sukka.

sukka outside of pizza shop Jerusalem

A pizza shop put up a white sukka on the sidewalk,

while the King David Hotel

sukka large King David Hotel

has one large colorful sukka on its veranda.

Outside on King David Street

plain white sukka no opening

there is this plain white one.

sukka on balcony King David Street Jerusalem Israel

All you had to do was look up,

to see these on King David Street.

On the porches of the Waldorf Astoria Residences

Waldorf Astoria Residence bed on porch

one sukka even had a bed standing by.

The Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria Hotel sukka in the atrium,

sukka in Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria Hotel

is always a favorite.

sukka Mamilla Mall and residences

Mamilla also has its share of sukkot.

Jerusalem Israel Citadel Hotel view of Old City and sukka

The Old City is in background

of this view from inside the Citadel Hotel.

Sukka of Citadel Hotel from above

Its main sukkot were huge,

but if you look more closely

Wood sukka on roof Jerusalem Israel

you can see this wooden sukka perched

view of sukkot from Citadel Hotel Jerusalem

on a ledge high above these below.

Sukkahs on top of Citadel Hotel

The Citadel also has dining tables in the sukka on top.

Thousands of visitors are here for the holidays,

Private sukka on top of Inbal Hotel Jerusalem Israel

and the Inbal Hotel also has private sukkot above,

sukka in Inbal Hotel Jerusalem Israel

and the elegant atrium sukka below,

and more along the side of the hotel as well.

sukkah in Liberty Bell Park Jerusalem Israel

I also like the sukka at the neighboring Liberty Bell Park.

Every year the Beit Hanasi, the Israel President’s residence

 has an open sukka day,

when the public is invited inside.

This year the time was extended to 4:00 pm,

but I was late.

As on Yom Kippur at the conclusion of the Neilah Service,

Beit Hanasi sukkah open house closed

the gates were closed.

This was as close as I could get to the presidential sukka this year.


I was in Hevron today.

So instead of my annual Presidential sukka photo

Sukka in Hebron Caves of Patriarchs and Matriarchs

here is the sukka of Avraham Avinu,

Hebron Caves of Patriarchs sukka

where Jewish voices

and sounds of prayer and song for Sukkot

were heard both inside and outside the burial places

of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.


I almost forgot!

family sukkah in Jerusalem Israel

Our family sukka is pretty special too!

The multitude of holiday events happening this week

will have to wait for next time,

meanwhile, hope you are enjoying.

חג שמח

12 Signs this Week in Jerusalem

This was another autumn week

filled with Jerusalem festivals and events.

Mekudeshet and Manofim,

try and keep all those arts and music programs straight.

At night the temperatures go down

and the people come out from hiding – after the hot sunny days.

Trees in Zion Square

Near the light rail tracks and Zion Square,

and not in New York City,

Arab girls shopping on Jaffa Road

 signs beckons for end-of-season sales.

As part of a cultural festival

Trees in Kikar Tzion for festival

 trees were brought in and placed around Zion Square.

I am not sure I like the new look,

Muslim girls on Jerusalem Israel streets Ben Yehuda

but loved seeing so many people out on the streets.

 I was on my way to the Italian Festival.

The beautiful sanctuary of the Italian Synagogue,

off Ben Yehuda Street,

Italian synagogue Jerusalem Israel

was open to the public.

The wooden benches may be authentic,

but they are not the most comfortable for long prayer services.

This was the annual festival

Pizza, Pear and Apple restaurant owner at Italian festival

 where pizza was available in the plaza

Vespa in Italian shul for festival

and old Vespas were on exhibit inside.

Italians were not the only ones featured this week.

Chinese flag at Knesset

 Chinese flags were flying over the Knesset

as government officials were in Jerusalem,

joining hundreds of Chinese tourists. 

When it comes to tourists,

Hagee Mission to Israel again

John Hagee is back, leading over 300 people,

his banner sat in the quiet lobby as they toured the Old City.

The celebration of 50th year of Jerusalem’s reunification

brought together the builders and funders of Jerusalem,

the families who support the Jerusalem Foundation,

Their major projects are too many too mention now.

sign for Jerusalem Foundation at BEit Hanasi 5oth

This large sign and Israeli flags greeted them at Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s official residence.

Celebrations will happen throughout the year,

as Hebrew year 5777 begins next week.

Also at Beit Hanasi this week.

an emotional event was held honoring IDF soldiers

Ezer Mizon sign Beit Hanasi

who were bone marrow donors

by grateful recipients and their families.

For the past 10 years,

IDF soldiers have undergone voluntary screening,

and their bone marrow donations have saved 1,100 lives.

craft fair sign Hebrew

From this small sign about a craft festival

on Derech Bet Lechem,

Matisyahu in Jerusalem large sign Hebrew

to this over-sized sign announcing that Matisyahu

is coming back for a Sultan Pool concert in October,

new signs have been posted all around Jerusalem.

Not all are in Hebrew-

Destroyed Jeans sign in Jerusalem Israel

sometimes the ones in English get the most attention.

Would you pay 200 shekels for destroyed jeans?

Hundreds of signs were posted for the

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run

5000 runners who filled the Jerusalem streets

on Monday night for Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run.

Another on sports,

signs are posted for the annual basketball shooting derby

basketball at Kikar Safra

event at Kikar Safra, Government Square.

But until the balls start flying through the air,

street crossing signs hebrew

these safety signs were getting more attention.

Not into sport?

A Picasso exhibit is on at the Israel Museum,

Picasso at Israel Museum

and the rooms filled with hundreds of the artist’s works.

Outside. Inside. Large. Small.

Still not enough?

Our local Pillbox is to be a star

at the Houses Within annual event.

Pillbox Hebrew sign for Houses Within

This modest sign posted on nearby trees

offers just one of dozens of options over 3 days.

It’s a great opportunity to see private homes and other buildings,

otherwise closed to the public.


just a few signs of what is happening

in Jerusalem this week.

Now you have seen these signs,

please let me know what you would like

to see more of next time and in future.

Walk Around Jerusalem See the Gates

Have you ever walked around Jerusalem?

That is, have you ever walked

around the Walls of the Old City?

On Tisha B’Av night for the last few years,

I have walked around the walls,

and this time I took photos to share with you.

Security was visible,

Tisha B'Av security Jerusalem

but not more than in previous years.

tisha b av Jerusalem march around wall old city

The route starts on Agron Street and goes past the hotels.

With King David Street in the background,

tisha BAv night in Jerusalem Israel

as we turned the corner headed to the Old City,

there were hundreds of people, young and not so young,

some walking with baby carriers and some with canes.

Distances are not what most expect,

New Gate Old City night time Jerusalem israel

for it take only minutes to

 pass the first gate – the New Gate.

tisha BAv crowd in Jerusalem

Everyone walks together as a group

Jerusalem Israel Tisha BAv

carrying dozens of Israel flags,

Damascus Gate Jerusalem Israel

on to a quiet Damascus Gate

Flowers Gate at night Jerusalem

and a quieter Flower Gate.

Jerudsalem Rockefeller Museum at night

 We walked by the Rockefeller Museum on the left.

Old City walk at night

Before you know it,

Jerusalem signs

it is time to turn the corner.

Jerusalem old city walls at night

The lights on the walls of the Old City

shone brightly against the dark sky.

Lion's Gate Old City Jerusalem

Soon we approached the Lion’s Gate,

Night Old City Walls Jerusalem Israel

on a street closed to traffic and quiet,

in stark contrast to the Kotel,

Kotel at night Tisha BAv

the Western Wall.

Tens of thousands came to mourn,

some sit all night on the stones.

View of Western Wall on Tisha B'av night

Every day thousand of people come to Old City,

but not many have walked around the walls.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour,

and perhaps you will come soon to see for yourself.

Jerusalem, Israel, on Tisha B’Av,

 a unique experience.

Additional photos HERE

Rio 2016 Israeli Olympic Champions

This summer

Jerusalem streets in the city center are covered

with displays from various countries,

Street decorated with flag of Brazil colors in Jerusalem Israel

with this Brazilian flag being one of the most popular.

 Prince of de Ligne of  Belgium,

Tourist of the Week,

told RJS that his wife is from Brazil.

Brazil seemed to be everywhere last week.

The 2016 Olympics are to be held in Rio, Brazil,

from August 5-21.

Reuven Rivlin hosted a Presidential send off

at Beit Hanasi, the official residence.

The Ambassador from Brazil attended along with

Beit Hanasi sendoff for Israeli Olympic participants

members of the Israeli Olympic Teams.

Israel Olympic team at Beit Hanasi

The participants in the 2016 Paralympic Games

to be held in Rio from September 7-18

were also honored at the event.

Miri Regev at Bet Hanasi for sendoff of Israel Olympic teams to Rio

Dignitaries posed and smiled around

Sports Minister Miri Regev.

The largest teams in Israel’s history are heading to Rio.

Each athlete has an impressive story to tell

of dedication and training to reach their goal.

Audience members rise when the President enters,

but not the Paralympic athletes confined to wheelchairs.

Pascale Bercovitch at Beit Hanasi for official Olympic send off with President Reuven Rivlin

One woman had a special smile,

Athletes for Rio Olympics at official sendoff by President

her look was beautiful, thoughtful, determined.

I wondered what her story was.

After the event I found out.

Pascale Bercovitch, at age 17, was living in France.

She slipped on ice rushing to school to take an exam

and a train ran over her, severing both her legs.

However, she made aliyah,

volunteered in the army,

married and started a family.

Israeli athletes pose for group photo in garden of Beit Hanasi

48 Israeli Olympic athletes are competing

in various sports in Rio 2016.

Pascale Bercovitch,

is competing in her third Paralympic games,

in her third sport, kayaking.

If that is not enough for a double amputee,

she was 40 years old at her first Paralympics Games.

Official sendoff photo Paralympic team from Israel

Each athlete has an impressive story.

Each Para-athlete has a story.

I had wondered about the woman,

with a radiant face and huge smile,

but never could I have imagined such a story.

Her positive attitude shows us how one

can succeed in Olympic proportions.

All the best to to Pascale,

and all the other athletes off to Brazil.

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Shabbat Shalom

  As the sun sets, in Jerusalem, Israel,

the rays hit the walls of the Old City.

Yesterday the sky was clear and blue,

while the stones below looked like bricks of gold.

Shsbbat shalom as sun sets against walls of Old City

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom Klezmer Style

Last night was the Genesis Prize Award Ceremony

at the Jerusalem Theater.

Great show and good food,

and plenty of music.

Shabbat Shalom Klezmer

To go into Shabbat this week Klezmer style.

שבת שלום