End of the Year

As the year 5771 ends and Rosh Hashanah quickly approaches,

for many it is out with the old

and in with the new.

Gan Hasoos, the Horse Park, cleaned of its tents and mess looks bigger and

you can see the horse again… now it looks and feels like a new park.

It is clean up time for the overflowing notes at the Kotel, the Western Wall.

King George Street was not a good site for a non-Kosher restaurant… it is out too.

May the new year be one of unity,

color and beauty,

age and wisdom,

faith and security,

safety and life,

a good year  for all.

The year ends once again with Gilad Shalit not home for the holidays

and buses in holiday mode,

Shanah tovah!  

A very good and healthy new year to all.


  The Real Jerusalem Streets

Protest Movements

Millions of shekels worth

of baby strollers were moving

  along the sidewalks of King George Street in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.

The “Stroller Parade” was a protest against, along other things,

the high cost of child care, baby formula and diapers,

and the press was there to capture it all.

The parade ended at the Gan Hasoos, Horse Park, site of one “tent city” camps,

where entertainment for the children was provided in the amphitheatre. 

Some of the young demonstrators were actively involved,

 others not so excited by the event,

and at least one moved at their own pace.

An impressive display of strollers…but for many people the cool breeze

that broke the heat wave was the best part of the evening.

And finally after almost 140 days, 

there is movement in the Israeli Medical Association protest.

 Shaare Zedek Hospital emergency room was standing room only

 Sunday night and well into the Monday morning hours.

 Most patients had to wait for hours before being seen by a doctor.

Patients are routinely assigned to beds in the halls.

More doctors and more hospital beds would be a good move for all.

Social justice demands have received full media coverage this summer.

Meanwhile, already in 2011, southern Israel

has had over 340 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza,

with several this week.     Yet…week after week,

Israel has sent hundreds of truckloads of goods and fuel into Gaza.

The tents in Jerusalem should be long gone by winter,

the doctor, hospital and housing shortages

will take a lot longer to fix than the price of cottage (cheese).

How long will it take for the world to move and protest

on the indiscriminate bombing of innocent civilians?


More “protest” photos on The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook page.