This Year in Jerusalem, Best of Passover

This Year in Jerusalem, Best of Passover

Passover is one of the three festivals

on which there were traditional pilgrimages to Jerusalem.

This year on all the days of Passover

Old City on Easter and Passover

thousands of people walked to the Old City

Buses to Kotel on chol hamoed

or arrived by bus after bus, on the intermediate days of the holiday,

Western wall passover

 dressed in their holiday finest at the Kotel, Western Wall, plaza.

Kossel of Pesach

Prayers started early and

Davenng at Kossel for Pesach tefilla with tora chol hamoed

went well into the day, with participants all ages

Kotel on Pesach, women's section

on both sides of the mechitza partition,

Robinson's Arch Kotel Plaza Pesach

and in the new area where all pray together.

Holiday scenes from the Old City
view of Har Hazetim from Old City

included buses lining the road on the Mount of Olives,

Street scene Jerusalem, Israel Old City

as well as people coming and going as usual.

New to these ancient streets is

Train for tourists in Old City

the colorful tourist train which starts from Jaffa Gate

crowded street in Old City for Pesach

and shares the road with buses, cars, segways,

and pedestrians going in both directions.

This year since Passover and Easter coincided,

I was hoping to find more Easter scenes,

Copts in Jerusalem for Easter

but I came much too late for sunrise services.

I did spot a few men leaving the Old City,

perhaps they were Copts from Egypt.

Jaffa Gate on Pesach with man selling bread

 Easter buns and beigele were being sold by the Jaffa Gate

for anyone craving fresh baked goods on Passover.

However, there were more things to do in Jerusalem

View from gesher at Begin Center

than just going to the Old City.

Gan Paamon skate park

In the roller-blade/skate park in Gan HaPa’amon,

the Liberty Bell Park, Arab parents watched their children skate

along with Jews, both religious and secular.

Nearby, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center

Menachem Begin photo

had activities and free tours all day long.

I did not know that tours

had to be booked in advance.

But since we arrived at the end of the day,

we were able to wait a bit and join a tour.

I usually mention the tour on photo walks in the area.

Now that I finally took the tour myself

I will continue to recommend it

for its important historical information

presented in a modern, moving exhibit.

From old to new,

the evolution of the haggadah

was the theme of this  Kol HaOt event at Inbal Hotel.

Signs of the seder evolution of haggadah

Israeli artists displayed their works,

while speakers elaborated on seder symbols,

design, and the history of haggadot.

The page on the right which reads “Next year in Jerusalem”

illustrated with modern building cranes and trucks.

For me, an illustration of the transition from ancient to modern.

There is so much building in Jerusalem,

things are constantly changing.

Jerusalem Botanical gardens

A place where one can really appreciate the development

is the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens,

which also had free admission on Passover thanks to Bank Hapoalim.

The new entrance way

Jerusalem gardens view of pond

leads to the pond

people reflected in pond

where people gathered to enjoy nature.

eat matzah sandwiches and ice cream treats.

Pray Shin-Min

Shin-Min, “pray and and flowers will come out” in Japanese

is carved on this stone, but more than prayers went into

Botanical gardens

turning this old derelict space into

a beautiful, expansive nature area, with comfortable paths.

Tour in Botanical gardens on Pesach

Organized tours were available,

but the gardens are divided into well-marked growth areas,

such as Australia and South Africa,

and all the vegetation is identified.

Group on grass in Botanical Gardens

Groups or individuals could easily

meet, eat, and explore

bath in garden in Jerusalem Israel

this man-made oasis in the middle of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

There was much more to see in the Botanical Gardens,

Flowers, Botanical gardens Jerusalem

but the festive holiday meals involve lots of preparation.

Over the holiday, the overcast skies finally cleared.

Rain was predicted,

but only enough fell to get the dirt out of the air

and cover everything.

Passover greeting on bus

but not enough to ruin holiday outings

or the Passover greeting on the buses.

11 Signs of Passover in Jerusalem

spring flowers in Liberty Bell ParkIn the streets of Jerusalem, Israel,

you can feel the holidays approaching.

People are arriving from around the world,

 tourists are everywhere.

OK, sometimes you can hear it too,

with people honking at rental cars unsure of their next move.

With a long list of things to do it was hard

to decide what to share first,

Sign Mummy at Israel Museum for Passover

the Mummy at the Israel Museum,

Passover in Jerusalem Israel

or maybe the special Passover and spring activities

at the Bloomfield Science Museum?

Jerusalem Israel sign for Matzah festival

The Matzah baking in Kikar Safra was great

for those who went and

Jerusalem Israel signs

it is unfortunately too late to see the Jerusalem Arts Festival.

However,

a sure sign Passover preparations are heating up,

Peasach preparations. boiling water to kasher silverware

large pots of boiling water can be found in multiple locations,

every last bit of chometz, bread products must be gone by Monday.

Children are out of school for the holidays.

Train Theater music for Passover

A Spring Musicale is at the Train Theater April 12- 18.

36 museums and attractions around Israel will be

 free of charge from April 12-16, thanks to Bank Hapoalim.

Passover sign for Begin Center

The Passover story at Menachem Begin Heritage Center

is one of the free events in Jerusalem,

also included are the Bible Lands Museum,

 the Museum of Islamic Art, and the Botanical Gardens.

Shabbat hadagdol drusha signs

Signs are posted for the Shabbat Hagadol derashot of prominent rabbis,

many synagogues will have special lectures this Shabbat.

Jerusalem Israel scene in spring

Look around and you will see signs

spring flowers in Liberty Bell Park

and smells of spring flowers along the Jerusalem streets.

Sign Passover Hebrew Jerusalem Israel

Look up and these signs line the road,

Chag Aviv Sameach,

Happy Spring Holiday,

is happening in the Jerusalem.