March Madness Jerusalem Style

March Madness Jerusalem Style

In the United States March Madness means the college basketball championship playoffs.

In Jerusalem, Israel, March Madness has a very different meaning.

First there is the weather, which is constantly changing and so hard to predict.

Water after heavy Israel rainy season

This year with heavy rainfalls, low lying areas are full of water days after a storm.

Outdoor activities have to be re-planned. One rainy afternoon we went to the Israel Museum.

Jerusalem sunset time view from Israel Museum

Loved the sunset view from inside the museum.

March madness means Purim is coming, with costumes, treats of sweets, and parties galore.

Megilat Esther in Israel Museum

Special Megillot Esther, scrolls with the story of Purim, are on display in the museum.

Megilas Esther in Israel Museum

Of many sizes, from small to this large illuminated one, both of these stand out in the collection.

Israeli Museum display of Purim noisemakers - groggers

This case contains special noise makers that are used to block out the name of Haman as Megillat Esther is read at night and again in the morning of Purim.

Across the corridor from these noise makers and the Jewish holiday collections is a special exhibit on Rambam, Maimonides.

Rambam Germany 1355-56 maimonides at Israel Museum

Thirteen handwritten, works of the Rambam are displayed in a dark room, in special cases, including this one from Germany, from 1355-56, written in ink, with tempre and gold leaf.

Maimonides Guide of the Perplexed

From the early 1300’s, a handwritten Guide of the Perplexed, also illustrated.

Maimonides Mishnah Torah at Israel Museum Kaufmann 1295-96

The Kaufmann Mishnah Torah, dated 1295-96, is also in the impressive collection.

From the calm of the Israel Museum, back to madness.

It  is impossible to keep up with the number of international conferences.

Jerusalem International Conference Center stairs for Our Crowd.

Over 18,000 people from 183 countries were registered for Jerusalem innovation conference Our Crowd. The crowded halls and spaces of the Jerusalem International Conference Center were at times packed with people moving from speaker to event. The room for the panel on cannabis was closed after capacity was reached. The lines for Beyond Burger, a plant meat substitute, were  just mad, hard to believe how long people waited while other food stations had no lines. I ate waffles, never got a bite of burger. More photos HERE 

Man in garden of Israeli President looking at statue of herzl

State  Comptrollers from Europe and Asia are meeting at an official gathering this week in Jerusalem. A delegation visited Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence and received a brief tour of the gardens and its history before meeting with President Rivlin.

intv and DIGITELL19 conference check in at YMCA

The Innovative TV Conference (intv) brought television executives from around the world to Jerusalem for two days at the YMCA on King David Street.

YMCA Jerusalem view outside day of TV and digital events

Overlapping for its first day with intv, the DIGITELL19, also was at the YMCA, before taking off to Mitzpe Ramon in the south, and then going to Tel Aviv.

Digitell 19 conference at YMCA

One of the sessions at YMCA for DIGITELL19 was ‘Xtream Marketing’ presented by SodaStream’s Matti Yahav, Chief Marketing Officer. The conference sponsored by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs brought an international group of pro-Israel social activists together. I only took a few photos. The “secret sauce” for SodaStream, the 4 ‘Ps’ is here, but some of participants were also a secret, so I only posted a few on Facebook HERE.

Logistic center for israeli elections in Shoham

Most of the conferences do not involve the real streets. However, the upcoming Israeli election is hard to avoid.  A visit to the Israeli Elections Committee Logistic Center was interesting.

As messages from various political parties invade our phones and homes, in this building in Modiin Industrial Park in Shoham, the boxes for election polling stations are being packed.

Logistic center for Israel elections

Each box has everything down to the paper clips counted out and sealed. Work goes on 24/6 to be ready to deliver before the April election day.

Sample voting booth for Israel elections

Notice the new boxes being made to accommodate the 46 political parties, plus one blank ballot for a write-in option.

After the election 250 tons of paper will be recycled. No politics here, just posting the logistical madness.

If you are interested in knowing more about the various parties, their names, ages and positions.. check out a clever voting guide – HERE

But, before Purim, before elections….

Hanging banners for jerusalem marathon

The Jerusalem Winner Marathon is running on March 15th!

Runners on new paths for Jerusalem marathon

Runners are training on the streets. Landscaping and paving along route is going at a mad pace to finish before the 40,000 runners from 80 countries start to line up at 6:45 am.

Jerusalem schools are closed. Museums in the area are closed on Friday, as they are near the starting point of the marathon.

The Bloomfield Science Museum is closed on Friday for marathon, but in honor of PI day, on Thursday afternoon, is open and free.

Signs for Jerusalem marathon

Marathon direction signs are posted along the routes where Jerusalem streets will be closed from 5:00 am until after 1:00 pm.

March Madness Jerusalem style gets really going after the marathon.

Photo of family in costume on Jerusalem Israel street on Purim

For Purim one never knows what or who one will find on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

This year the city has a long list of events planned all week.

The day Purim is over, the Passover marathon begins, from March Madness to Passover Panic.

Where to go and what to do with so much happening Jerusalem streets!?

 

9 New Photos of Arab Israeli Women

9 New Photos of Arab Israeli Women

Time for something new!

What news and new photos to post for International Women’s Day?

In the past Israeli Apartheid Week was making headlines at the same time.

In honor of International Women’s Day, Israeli Apartheid was first posted eight years ago.

Women in Saudi Arabia can now drive a car. Haneen Zoabi is no longer running for the Knesset.

But otherwise that viral post with 24 photos of Arab women stands true.

The blog titled  15 Real Photos of Arab Girls is still going since March 2012.

In the last 3 years alone, those girls have received over 26,000 views.

And three years ago there was the blog called 18 New Photos of Arab Girls.

Palm trees at Kikar Safra removed because of disease after one fell

Those glorious palm trees at Kikar Safra, Jerusalem Municipal Hall, have been gone for over a year, but Arab girls and women still shop of Jaffa Road.

President of Supreme Court at Israel President residence

Women are represented at the top of the Israeli legal system. Both the past and present heads of the Supreme Court, as well as the Minister of Justice are women.

Supreme Court Israel judges at Israel President's Residence

The Israeli Supreme Court has two women serving as justices besides President Esther Hayut.

This photo was taken on the day Hayut officially took her position.

Sharia Judges sworn in at Israeli President Residence with Ayelet Shaked

Judges are sworn in at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence, including this group of new Qadis, Sharia Court Judges.

Muslim women in Jerusalem Israel at President's Residence

While Muslim women were in attendance, there was no female judge appointed that day.

In jerusalem at President's residence new judges for sharia courts

These men entered an all-male Israeli Sharia Court System. Ayelet Shaked said she wanted females also, and a year later Hana Khatib was sworn in at Beit Hanasi.

President Reuven Rivlin greets Arab security and police at President's Residence

Not many women were present at Beit Hanasi when Arab security and police conferred.

#MeToo panel at Israel media conference

But women were the focus of this media conference on Israeli version of #MeToo in Tel Aviv.

So what else is new to share in honor of International Women’s Day?

Muslim woman shopping before Pesach in Rami Levi Supermarket in Har Nof

This photo of shopping in a Jerusalem supermarket before Passover is not new.

Jerusalem Arab couple shopping in Mamilla Mall

However, the fact that more Arab men are going shopping in Mamilla Mall is new.

Two women in Jerusalem restaurant sitting together and talking

Arab women eating in Jerusalem restaurants is not new.

However, I still refrain from showing them clearly.

Girl wearing hijab and Arabic writing palestine sweatshirt near old city with fingers in V signal

Unless they are in my face like this young women; I often wonder where she is today.

young women running in Jerusalem women's night race

More young women are running, this was a Jerusalem Women’s Night Run.   The Jerusalem Marathon is a week away, and when the rain clears participants are out running and training.

Photo in Israel Museum of Babayoff family from Bukhara who came by camel to Jerusalem

In the Israel Museum this old photo is displayed, part of the story of Heftizbah Babayoff and family, who arrived in Jerusalem by camel in the 1800’s, from Bukhara.

Muslim women in hijab using laptop near walls of Old City Jerusalem Israel

What a contrast with this young woman who was sitting near the walls of the Old City, working on her laptop computer.

Women have come a long way in Jerusalem, Israel.

Where will we be next year for International Women’s Day?

Jerusalem New Adventures with Urban Place Opening

Jerusalem New Adventures with Urban Place Opening

For years in Jerusalem, Israel, small business owners and entrepreneurs met in cafes to work on their laptop computers and meet with clients. With the high cost of Jerusalem rentals, businesses just starting up could not manage the expense of office rentals..

jerusalem Israel sharing work space PICO
 
The Jerusalem co-sharing work space PICO opened in the Talpiot neighborhood in 2012.

It was a novelty, a new concept in Jerusalem at the time, and acted as a center of the blossoming business start-up, entrepreneurial, and technology culture.

Talpiot Jerusalem cowork space
In the meantime, other business hubs have been established, including this one also in Talpiot.
Jerusalem Temech Hub for Jewish business women
Since 2013, the Temech Hub on Jaffa Road, is a center for business and entrepreneurial women.
Jerusalem WeWork opening
WeWork Jerusalem King George 20 moved into the renovated building of the old Mashbir Department Store in the center of Jerusalem in October 2018. 
Jerusalem Israel Main bus station at night outside on Jaffa Road
 
Now Urban Place Jerusalem has launched its new co-working space, located on Jaffa Road, on the fourth floor of the Central Bus Station building.
One corner of Urban Place Jeruslaem
After entering the building, a special set of elevators goes to the floor which has been renovated and decorated with inspirational posters and signs.
Office at Urban Place Jerusalem
There are 91 offices of various sizes, and styles,
People in one lounge area in Jerusalem Urban Place
plus multiple lounge spaces, event spaces, meeting rooms,
Jerusalem Urban Place gym
and this exercise room.
Opening event at Jerusalem Urban Place cowork space
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion joined Urban Place initiators for the opening last week.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening
But you had to come early to get the good food, in only a few minutes all that was left were radishes and some fruit.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening with Hanan Brand speaking
Hanan Brand, one of the founders of Made in Jerusalem, also spoke at the festive evening event, which attracted many curious people from outside Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening
Features of the Urban Place office space include 24/7 access, secured WiFi, socials, coffee, beer and happy hours, and personal AC.  An office in the Central Bus Station has convenience to transportation as a business advantage.  Also the new Navon fast train station is across the street.
Jerusalem Urban Place offices
“Adventure begins at the end of the road you know.”
With these and other new sharing work spaces, stay tuned for new adventures happening on the Jerusalem