Jerusalem Formula One – Peace Road Show Photos

 Jerusalem came to a stop for two days,

as thousands upon thousands of people came to see,

Jerusalem Formula Peace road show

this Ferrari Formula One race car.

watching Jerusalem Formula Road Show

Some people paid a fee and sat in the stands constructed for

the Jerusalem Formula One Peace Road Show.

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Special video cameras recorded the event,

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which was projected on screens at several locations along the track.

Jerusalem Formula Road show

Several Ferrari GT Challenge 

Jerusalem Formula Road Show

 sports

Jerusalem Formula road show

cars

photo Lotus LMPZ

and a black Lotus LMPZ zoomed around the track.

Each lap took these cars around two minutes,

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but this was a show, not a race.

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Many residents were furious that so many streets were closed,

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but people came early and from all over to find a good spot.

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Large crowds could be found

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at every one of the free vantage points,

Jerusalem Formula Road Show

from high on top of walls of The Old City

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to along the street across from the Liberty Bell Park. 

people watching Jerusalem car race

Huge crowds lined the track both days.

Remember that guy on top of the bus stop?

Jerusalem Formula 1 Peace Road Show

The only “action” from the sports cars,

a deliberate smoke producing spin took place in front of us.

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He had the front row seat and got the shot

and it was so loud, I still do not have normal hearing in one ear.

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The Formula Peace Road show was promoted for the racing cars,

but there were also motorcycles,

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and by all accounts the show stopping favorite

was the dare-devil stunt routine of Chris Pfeiffer on a BMW 6800R.

photo police horse

And as always, I thought that the police horses were beautiful.

Was this Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show

worth all the inconvenience?

Getting stuck on the inside of the track,

it took me over an hour to walk what is normally a ten minute distance.

One girl I saw was literally in tears trying to get to her destination.

Arab family Jerusalem photo

Some loved it, some thought it was a total waste of time.

Jerusalem security photo, JStreet

I do know, it was a very diverse crowd and there was no violence.

Formula Ferrari drivers

And Italian race car drivers,

Ragazzi Riccardo (left)  who drove a Ferrari GT Challenge 430

and Daniel Mancinelle who drove a Ferrari GT Challenge 458

were very excited and happy to be in Jerusalem for the first time.

And I know a lot more about race cars.

 Who would have thought that would happen in Jerusalem, Israel !

More photos on The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook page, HERE.

And Ferrari video from on the car, and more see HERE.

Rain in Israel – Did you Hear?

Yes, it’s raining in Israel and we pray for rain this time of year.

But hello world,

it is raining rockets in southern Israel!

110 rockets were fired since Sunday from Gaza at 1,000,000 people.

One landed on the beach in Ashkelon, another in a child’s bedroom.

Children could not go to school, as it was “rocket day” again.

It is also raining in Jerusalem, Israel,

Jerusalem streets flooded water

 but the kind of rain that fills the streets with rushing water

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and empties the parks.

Jerusalem photography tour, Bell Park

In spite of the weather, in Gan Hapa’amon, the Liberty Bell Park, 

these two men were fixing a mangal, BBQ, to grill their lunch. 

bike in rain

Bikers covered their backpacks

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 and men covered their hats.

sharing an umbrella, Jerusalem photography tour, J Street

When the wind was not blowing, an umbrella was good protection.

Israeli flag, Jerusalem photography tour

The weather kept flags flying,

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but made it hard for people to drive.

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Traffic was slow and sidewalks were slippery.

protester, Jerusalem photography tour

However, no matter what the weather, there is always something to protest

flowers , Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem photography tour

and something unusual to photograph.

steps flooded with water, Jerusalem photography tours

These flooded steps were dangerous,

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but the flowers near them were gorgeous.

November 11 was also Veteran’s Day in the US, 

a special time to remember those who served in past wars.

Please, know and remember,

today there are 1,000,000 civilians in southern Israel

who have to sleep in bomb shelters and run for shelter from missiles.

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It is time to #StopTheRockets!

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10 Special Smiles in Sukkot Holiday Crowds

While the mainstream media did an extensive job of covering

 the “riots on the Temple Mount,”  there was far less coverage of how

Jerusalem, Israel, was crowded with visitors for the Sukkot holiday.

It was impossible to count the huge numbers in the Old City,

 as Birchat Kohanim attracted crushing crowds.

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This Arab woman may not have smiled,

but she did not fear revenge as she tried to pass through the crowd.

 Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence, held a sukkah open house.

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 Thousands of people waited in long lines to see dancers and singers

perform in the outside gardens,

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while Israeli President Shimon Peres sat and smiled on stage.

Thousands and thousands of visitors were on the Jerusalem streets, 

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but this stunning beauty made me think to share a few of the faces 

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and smiles that stood out in the crowd.

Jerusalem parade

For the Jerusalem Parade over 6000 people from all over Israel

and from 60 countries marched through the center of town.

There were only two participants from India,

but many countries had very large delegations.

Spectators, including many young children, were excited 

to see the costumes and receive small flags from around the world.

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This young woman offering a snack to marchers

received many smiles and thanks. 

For more parade photos see The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook page.

As usual there were countless meetings with friends

and family reunions during the holiday vacation week.

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How special to be able to smile when organizing a group

that does not show at the right place or the right time.

Many people stopped and smiled in the Kikar Zion, Zion Square, 

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as Chabad had young boys offering lulav and etrog to those who passed by.

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There were so many smiling faces of children on family outings.

This mime on a street corner got attention, a smile and money.

There were too many concerts and musical events to mention,

but one of the last ones was Hakafot Hasheniot, the second Hakafot.

For the 31st year, live music and dancing

energized Gan Hapa’amon, the Liberty Bell Park.

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Hundreds without tickets had to stand in the back,

but some were still able to smile at the end of a long holiday week.

Both of Israel’s Chief Rabbis addressed the gathering,

as did Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Seven times men were called to the stage to dance with the Torah scrolls

and women were dancing and smiling too.

 More photos in The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook Hakafot album.

There were colorful characters

clowns

even clowns on the streets,

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but I especially liked the many families with big smiles.

That is it.

 Holiday time is over.

Now it is back to school and back to work.