Jerusalem International Arts and Crafts Fair

No matter how you spell it,

Khutsot Hayotser or Hutzot Hayozer,

the annual Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Festival

is a huge end-of-summer Jerusalem, Israel event.

It fills the Mitchell Garden,

Khusot Hayoster

with a massive stage and seating in the Sultan’s Pool,

Jerusalem Artist Colony

and bustling alleyways in the Artists’ Colony.

Arriving before sunset,

Jerusalem summer night

the Tower of David can be seen in the background,

Jerusalem international arts festival

above the booths where 200 local artisans

display their works for sale.

For over 40 years,

botth at international arts fair Jerusalem

a night-time Israeli family-fun tradition,

Spray paint artist at fair Jerusalem Israel

showcasing a wide variety of art forms.

At the extensive food court,

Jerusalem kosher food

it is hard not to find some unusual and new food to sample.

Glass and wood, leather and ceramics, and metal work

are featured popular craft items.

Making ceramic piece at arts fair

This year, workshops were offered

woman making metal jewelry

by the Bezalel “White House” project,

organized by the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,

with opportunities to learn from

talented students of the design school and purchase their handiwork.

But this festival is international too,

with exhibitors from Argentina and Armenia,

Jerusalem International arts fair

to Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe,

Jerusalem international arts fair

with Madagascar

Jerusalem International arts fair

and Mexico in between,

plus Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

At one of several booths for Chinese wares,

China at Jerusalem international arts fair

there were smiles for photos,

Jerusalem international arts fair

while a llama stood on guard for Peru.

Jerusalem international arts fair

These Korean dolls were colorful and delicate.

Entertainment specially designed for children

Musical performers at fair

and some shows to complicated to explain

Jerusalem International arts fair

went on after dark and well into the night.

In addition,

Musical stage in Sultan's Pool for concert

every night, popular Israel musical acts

filled the huge Sultan Pool stage.

Every night tens of thousands of Israelis

celebrate the end of summer in Jerusalem, Israel at the fair.

Jerusalem Festival Season in Full Swing

  The end of August, Tisha B’Av is over,

and Jerusalem festival season is in full swing.

While the Festival Ha’ira is still popular,

 there is an annual Klezemer Festival,

sign in Hebrew in Jerusalem

and this sign is for new arts festival.

Walking by the Liberty Bell Park,

Jerusalem park actor in costume J

I was not only one scratching my head.

What was that thing in the park?

Train Theater has its annual Puppet Festival.

Jerusalem festival puppet festival

People were lined up to enter,

but something new lined the fence.

Inspired by the Prague Zoo,

man looks at poster Gan Paamon

posters by Michal Cihlar, a Czech Republic artist,

“Zoooo – You Wouldn’t have a clue?”

included a hoopoe, Israeli’s national bird.

While across the road in Bloomfield Gardens,

near the Montefiore Windmill,

Macbeth in motion Jerusalem

was “Macbeth in Motion.”

Over the next two weeks,

Macbeth in motion in Bloomfield Park Jerusalem Israel audience

audiences in the park can appreciate Shakespeare,

but be warned do not get too comfortable,

the audience changes locations 5 times.

Yemin Moshe view of Tower of David Jerusalem

Where else can you hear the Bard of Avon with this backdrop?

Nearby, also these last two weeks of August,

Khutsot Hayotser Jeusalem international arts and crafts festival

is Khutsot Hayotser,

the annual international arts and crafts fair,

international arts and crafts festival

with its concerts in Sultan’s Pool.

It is so huge,

 I will save those photos for another time.

Since it opened and all summer long.

fountain in Teddy Park sound and light show at night

families have come to Teddy Park.

Lights on at night near Old City Teddy Fountain

Children love to run in the fountain.

Light and music in fountain at night Jerusalem Teddy Park

Lights and music at night,

with the water pressure changing,

what a way to cool off and have fun, and its free.

people in water at Teddy Fountain

With the walls of the Old City in the background,

location is a bonus also.

The Beer and Wine Festivals are still to come.

But meanwhile with Tu B’Av parties and weddings,

it is hard to keep up with all the good things

happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Jerusalem: Summer Scenes

Summer in Jerusalem, Israel,

Jerusalem Israel flowers

and flowers are in bloom.

Streets are quieter as families seek cooler temperatures,

US summer camps, or a day at the beach.

For those left behind this summer,

Hebrew sign for summer in Jerusalem Israel

 neighborhood events in the parks for youth

Sign in Hebrew for summer park programs for kids

and children are held in evening.

Zeev Jabotinsky

 On Jabotinsky Street, Zeev Jabotinsky Day signs are up.

A special ceremony is set for August 4th at Har Herzl.

Those signs are out for all to see;

and now for what you may not have seen.

A special panel was held at the Tzohar Conference,

at the Jerusalem International Conference Center.

Panel at Tzohar Conference

Jackie Levy moderated a panel with Rav Shai Peron,

Rav Shmuel Papenheim, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom,

and Rabbanit Hadassah Forman.

As each told the story that changed their lives,

Illustrator drawing stories

a talented artist illustrated as they spoke.

I had never seen that before,

the stories were interesting enough,

but the drawings were a good way to keep an after-lunch crowd

awake and attentive.

Invitations to Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence

do not come easily and are highly valued,

so guests often linger to appreciate the gardens

before going into the reception room for an event.

Man attending dayanim ceremony reading posters of past presidents

This man stopped to study the informational panels

posted behind the busts of former presidents

that are lined up in the garden.

He was there for a very special ceremony.

Finally after 9 years without new appointments,

there is a new Supreme Rabbinical Court.

 New dayanim pose with Israel President and Cheif Rabbis and head of selection committee after swearing in ceremony

Here the new dayanim, rabbinical judges, posed with

the two chief rabbis, President Reuven Rivlin,

and head of the appointment committee Minster MK Yuval Steinitz.

With their varied backgrounds and experiences,

it is hoped that long overdue resolutions can be reached.

And finally,

the Olympics 2016 are starting Friday in Rio.

Israeli athletes pose for group photo in garden of Beit Hanasi

The largest ever Israeli Olympic team

posed outside Beit Hanasi at their official send-off.

 Israeli Olympic team sendoff in Israel

Everyone was smiling and happy,

 I sure hope their experiences in Rio are positive,

and everyone comes back smiling for selfies.

Jerusalem: Old and New

Jerusalem, Israel,

old and new,

changing  and improving.

There is a mosaic tile on Emek Refaim Street

Prutah Jewish War against Romans on sidewalk Jerusalem

which reads on the right side at the bottom,

Prutah of the Jewish War against the Romans (68-69 C.E.)”

and with a Q code on the left for your smartphone.

Emek Refaim Street view

Emek Refaim Street has been in the news lately

as the light rail system is planning to expand and be built on the street.

That is a red and yellow protest sign.

Will there be tracks just like those on Jaffa Road?

The whole area in southern Jerusalem is changing.

Many buildings in the area are of poor quality,

put up quickly when Jews came in large numbers,

in 1948 and again in 1967.

building being redone Tama 38

Tama 38 is an incentive for builders to redo existing buildings,

adding elevators, penthouses, enlarging apartments,

and strengthening structures to withstand earthquakes.

Restaurants come and go,

for rent sign

 as do those ‘for rent’ signs.

Ten years ago,

Papagio building

this one building stood out,

tall and attractive and new above the Talpiot skyline.

building in Talpiot

Talpiot is an industrial area once known mostly for its garages.

opening of new biz center in Talpiot

This week another tech start-up initiative opened.

Yosef Abramowitz cutting ribbon

With music and a ribbon cutting,

places to sit and work,

with hi-fi and rechargers available – 24-7.

crowded street

There is still much to work on with parking and driving,

view of garage in Talpiot

but Talpiot is changing, as those garages of the past

building in talpiot

are being replaced with modern office buildings and showrooms.

Hadar Mall in Talpior from back,

The Hadar Mall has expanded and improved.

 AACI,  the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel,

Talpiot office building AACI

moved to Talpiot six years ago.

Many people were upset that it was so far away.

Now Talpiot is another example,

view from above of old and new Mekor Chaim

 of the old and new in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Film Festival Week

Summer time in Jerusalem,

and for over 30 years,

Jerusalem Film Festival sign

the Jerusalem Film Festival

has screened thousands of films.

This year for the first time

there are films being shown in Gan Haatzmaut,

Independence Park, in the Wilf Garden.

Independence Park for Jerusalem festival

Security was so strict,

this is as close as I could get without buying a ticket.

But the main events are usually

shown at the Cinematheque,

where finally for the first time

sign for Cinematheque

disabled movie goers can access without steps,

using this newly-built elevator.

Old City Sultan Pool from near Cinemathque

I think it is worth going just for the view.

However, the opening night of the festival,

was held in the Sultan’s Pool.

Even the Tower of David, not so far away,

Opening Jerusalem Film Festival

is dwarfed by the size of this outdoor screen.

Miri Regev speaking at Jerusalem Film Festival opening

Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev,

was one of the speakers.

Special guest movie director and film star,

Jerusalem Film Festival Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino received a special award

from Mayor Nir Barkat before the film.

The star of the movie, Emma Suraez,

Emma Suarze film star Jerusalem film festival

was on stage to accept flowers.

But as much as there were numerous Tarantino spottings,

I assume Emma could go around Jerusalem without being noticed.

Also on the same night,

Israeli singer Idan Raichel received a special honor

by the B’nai Brith World Center,

in recognition of advancing Israeli-Diaspora relations.

I have seen him surrounded by screaming fans,

anxious to get close enough to take a selfie,

but when Idan entered the hall,

Idan Raichal at award ceremony

I was the only one who came over.

At least after he was presented with his certificate,

ceremony and Idan Raichal

there was more notice.

Different crowds, different reactions.

Miri Regev was booed during her speech

 at the Sultan’s Pool by some of the audience.

But three days later,

at the Jerusalem Theater

stage at ceremony 40 years Entebbe

for the official ceremony remembering

40 years since Entebbe.

dignitaries at Jerusalem theater for Entebbe 40

Miri Regev sat in the front row with the dignitaries.

When the program was over

people taking photos with Miri Regev

she was surrounded by well wishers

who wanted to be in photos with her.

As the emotional and well-done program

neared the end,

Netanyahu looking at watch at ceremony

I thought I saw the Prime Minister,

glance at his watch.

The Foreign Minister of Egypt was on his way

to have dinner with the Netanyahus.

While for some this week,

Huge football in Mamilla Mall

nothing could be bigger than the Euro 2016 football (soccer)

on the television.

There are free movies shown at night,

at First Station and in the Old City,

as the Film Festival comes to a close.

view old city walls at sunset

Maybe it’s me,

but just going for the view of the

Walls of the Old City at sunset is wonderful to see.

Have You Seen Jerusalem’s New Colors?

When was the last time you walked

through the Jerusalem, Israel streets?

Bigger than life,

Old Knesset building new museum

former Prime Ministers Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir

tower over King George Street.

Behind these decorated tarps,

New Knesett Museum in old building site

the old Knesset Building is getting a make-over.

Until two years ago it housed the Rabbinical Courts,

now it is to become a new Knesset Museum.

Across the street,

the Old Mashbir is also getting a total make-over,

Old Mashbir new WeWork in Jerusalem

and will be the new WeWork office space.

The colors pop out when you turn

to go up Ben Yehuda Street,

not exactly coming up daisies.

Decorated street Ben Yehuda

But with sunflowers and babushkas.

street art Jerusalem Israel Ben Yehdah

plus, colored banners

providing shade on Histadrut Street.

Street decorations Jerusalem Ben Yehuda

Bright Oriental lanterns and a dragon

hover over

Ben Yehuda Street Jerusalem Israel

Ben Yehuda and Ben Hillel Streets.

Mexican sombreros,

Sombreros on Jerusalem Street

are the next great photo op,

Color street art over Ben Yehuda streets

followed by even more color around the next corner.

Yaffo Street Jerusalem Israel

Yaffo Road has the light rail lines,

so no overhead decorations there.

Tourists are around,

tee shirt with pro Israel saying , heart is in Jerusalem

but not in the numbers the shops would like.

If you keep walking.

Umbrellas over Jerusalem street

over to Yoel Salomon Street,

Umbrellas over Yoel Salomon Street

you will find new umbrellas for summer shade.

Pink flowers,

Jerusalem street decoration

cover Shim’on Ben Shetach Street.

While nearby, the Gan Haaztzmaut,

Independence Park, is green.

Independence Park for Jerusalem Film Festival

The grounds are mowed and getting ready for

special new children’s program added this year to

the Jerusalem Film Festival.

With so many new colors on the Jerusalem, Israel streets,

when are you coming to see them?

Jerusalem Opera, Genesis Prize and More

Hot.

It is hot in Jerusalem, Israel.

The pool at Jerusalem Dan Hotel looked so cool.

Shrut HaDin 052b

But Sharut HaDin was having a conference inside the hotel,

so we were inside listening to experts on panels

discussing the new cyber and legal battlefields Israel is facing.

When it gets hot,

Teddy Park Mitchell Garden Jerusalem Israel

the parks are quiet by day,

Teddy Garden Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel

but every fountain is as good as the beach.

Jerusalem Israel street graffiti

Even new graffiti was in a shady spot.

This was certainly the most random street scene,

random street scene garbage Jerusalem

getting ready for a trip to the beach,

but with a box of memorial candles?

End of June.

It is again the season,

of big people on little chairs.

end of year party Jerusalem big people on little chairs

The mandatory end of school year celebrations,

are at all hours of day and night.

But this week, there is another celebration.

Itzhak Perlman is in Jerusalem to accept the Genesis Prize.

Itzhak Perlman speaking with Uri Dromi before Genesis Priza

A gifted musician whose abilities overcame his disabilities.

Through appearances on Sesame Street

he taught important values to a whole generation.

Born in Israel,

though he has lived in New York for decades,

Itzhak Perlman Jerusalem Israel

he was surrounded by the Hebrew media and well-wishers

after a press conference at Mishkanot Sha’ananim.

Also, Dame Helen Mirren is in Israel

this week to present the Genesis Prize.

Dame Helen Mirren at JPC before Genesis Prize

She only played a Queen in the movies,

but she is a regal act in real life too.

Her stories of good times spent in Israel – priceless.

Helen Mirren Jerusalem Israel for Genesis Prize

She was evidently pleased to receive a membership card

to the Jerusalem Press Club.

Now I can say I have something in common

with Dame Helen Mirren.

But on some days,

big truck going up small street

not only on the Jerusalem streets is it hard to get by,

 but there is so much happening,

it is hard to do it all.

That night was opening of the Jerusalem Opera Week,

Italy Israel at Jerusalem Opera

with an Italian theme for Rigoletto.

People were warned to come on time.

Parking and picking up tickets for hundreds

 of opera goers required planning,

plus because of Ramadan fast ending at that time,

a shortage of taxis were anticipated.

Jerusalem Opera stage in Sultan's Pool

The huge stage was constructed in Sultan’s Pool,

with seating rising to street level.

As the sun was setting the audience

opera stage in Sultan Pool Jerusalem Opera Rigoletto

and Israeli Philharmonic prepared for the show.

Translations in Hebrew and English,

were provided on the top and sides of stage.

Rigoletto Opera in Jerusalem Sultan Pool

Magnificent music filled the air.

 Even though the story line is one of tragedy,

Cst of Rigoletto Jerusalem Opera in Sultan's Pool

it was especially exciting to see an Israel performer

excelling in the lead female role.

field of flowers, Jerusalem Israel

So everything may not always be as beautiful as a bed of flowers,

but as I walked home at night near midnight,

Shavuah Hasefer Israel Book Week at First Station

people were still at Shavuah HaSefer at First Station,

watching the football (soccer) match and drinking beer.

Hundreds more were leaving the Jerusalem Theater.

sign for Jerusalem Theater

The signs are up for the new season at the theater,

but the Genesis Prize award is there tonight.

Then we will have to wait to see what

 will be happening next on the Jerusalem streets.