12 Jerusalem Purim Favorites

12 Jerusalem Purim Favorites

Purim on Sunday, was a beautiful day

in Jerusalem, Israel,

Teddy Fountain Park 3 children playing on Purim

with blue skies and mild temperatures,

children were playing in the Teddy Park Fountain.

Larger than life figures waved from on top

Four figures were on top of Tower of David Walls for Purim

of the walls of the Tower of David.

Down below on the streets it was hard to tell

Costume or not costume in Jerusalem Israel for Purim

who was in costume and who was not.

In Mamilla Mall, little princesses

Little girls dressed for Purim in Jerusalem Israel Mamilla Mall

appreciated the music man.

Purim costume of gold on woman in Jerusalem for Purim

While this princess appreciated having her photo taken,

I also liked the folks sitting in the background,

costume or not costume?

Purim costume on Jaffa Street Jerusalem Israel


Couple dressed in costumes for Purim Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel

One double costumed couple entered Mamilla Mall.

Little people in costumes were ready for activities,

Jerusalem things to do for children on Purim

like at this spot located on Jaffa Road.

Colorful balloons for Purim at Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel

The Mamilla Mall balloon lady was in costume,

or was this her regular outfit?

Mamilla Mall decorated with balloons for Purim

Balloons filled Mamilla Mall,

and other shopping malls also held special activities for Purim.

Another Purim in Jerusalem favorite are

Store mannequins with masks on for Purim

the store window displays with masked mannequins.

But there is more to Purim than dress up,

Cahrity money in synagogue for Purim

money is collected and delivered to the poor.

Costume or not costume at this synagogue?

Costume for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

Children are part of Purim celebrations.

Costume contest with Rabbi Benny Lau judge

Now there here is a hard job,

try judging a children’s costume contest,

Child dressed as mime for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

 this sad faced mime won.

A few more of my favorites,

Family dressed in Star Wars costumes for Purim Jerusalem Israel

best dressed family group,

Man dressed is scare crow costume for Purim

worst hair,

Girl with hair pulled high on her head fro Purim Jerusalem Israel

and best Purim hair.

It is Purim hair, right?

Couple dressed as a pair of Russian spies for Purim in Jerusalem Israel

Best not secret anymore Russian agents.

Thousands read Megillat Esther Sunday night,

and after hearing the story of Esther in ancient Persia,

 attended parties until the wee hours.

Monday, was Shushan Purim, the official day to

celebrate in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim Carnival in Jerusalem Israel

A large carnival was planned for Kikar Safra,

Safra Square, by the Jerusalem city hall,

Sign for Megilla reading at First Station for Purim in Jerusalem

First Station was starting the day with a

community megillah reading and more celebrations.

Zazza on Azza again had megillah readings all day.

It rained on and off,

all day on Monday, Shushan Purim.

Large Purim Party planned for Jerusalem

A large party was also planned on Ben Yehudah Mall.

The weather this year for Shushan Purim,

 was cold and wet, weather for coats and boots.

 I spent most of time trying to stay dry while delivering

mishloah manot, gifts of food, and going out to eat,

 others also stayed away from usual outdoor celebrations.

Oh well, until next year, one last time,

Purim sameach on bus, Happy Purim sign on bus, Jerusalem photo purim

Purim sameach.

Jerusalem for Purim

Jerusalem for Purim

Purim is a big holiday in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jerusalem signs Purim sameach

Street signs are posted wishing Purim Sameach.

The variety of celebrations seems endless,

Purim events in Jerusalem Israel

with Funky, Rave and Balkan Beat Box Purim events.

Sign for circus in Jerusalem Israel for Purim

Maybe not three-rings, but the circus is coming too.

In Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk, 

Hamentaschen piled up in Machane Yehuda Market for Purim

 hamentaschen are piled high,

Shuk costumes for Purim

and costumes

Purim costumes for sale in Machane Yehuda Market

and more costumes were out for sale.

Candy in the shuk before Purim

The candy displays have been full for weeks.

Night time bars in the shuk are always ready to party.

Now the Azza Street wine bars include

Wine bar in Jerusalem Israel kosher Corky's

 one that is kosher and is open and ready for celebrating.

Too much wine and your eyes may play tricks on you.

Not a Purim prank, these cars are piled up,

New car park in Jerusalem, Israel with cars stacked

in a new parking lot in town.

Jerusalem celebrates Purim this year,

from Sunday night, March 12, through March 13.

Purim sameach, box for mishloah manot

Happy Purim to all.

Best costumes and variety events next time…

Jerusalem Marathon 2017 finish line

A Jerusalem Marathon finish line is up,

and people are training and running.

I hope all recuperate in time for the March 17 races.

Jerusalem Purim and Marathon Time

Jerusalem Purim and Marathon Time

Jerusalem, Israel, is a a busy place.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu is in town,

as is the Foreign Minister of Moldova, Andrei Galbur,

plus there are more conferences than one person can possibly attend.

Last week was a bit quieter with the Israeli PM away.

No noisy, late night motorcades with loud speakers blaring

meant the Jerusalem streets were quieter.

Jerusalem construction site.

Of course, the noise of construction sites continued.

Beautiful sounds were heard, the music of Shlomo Katz

Lone IDF soldiers on stage with Shlomo Katz at benefite conert.

for the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin,

at a special benefit concert which ended the week.

Making the evening more special, a father-son duet and

Shlomo’s father, Avshalom, telling how he served as a lone soldier.

With Purim approaching,

it was time for a new photo of an old sign,

street sign for Mordechai the Jew

and a stroll down Mordechai the Jew Street,

Synagogue name for Mordechai the Jew in Jerusalem

where Mordechai (however you spell it in English)

has his own synagogue.

The fruit store around the corner

Jerusalem Israel produce store with photos of Rabbis on wall

has not only a colorful display of fresh produce,

but also famous faces to watch over you.

Jaffa Gate where Jerusalem Marathon route will go on March 17

The large Jerusalem Marathon sign is up by Yaffa Gate.

On Friday morning March 17, tens of thousands will be

running the marathon route through the Old City.

Jerusalem Marathon March 17, 2017

When the weather clears, runners can be found training.

One of the conferences this week marked 100 Years

since the Balfour Declaration.

100 years of Balfour Declaration at Waldorf Hotel

While it was a bit early for November 2nd, it featured informative talks.

While Bibi was being celebrated in Australia,

Jerusalem protest site outside PM residence

a camp was set up outside the Prime Minister’s House

protesting the destruction of Amona.

Today, 9 more Jewish houses were destroyed in Ofra.

Rosh Hodesh Adar in Jerusalem at Kotel

A large crowd gathered at the Kotel, Western Wall,

on Rosh Chodesh Adar in the morning.

There were thousands of men and women,

and two women protesting with loud whistles,

 while most people were trying to pray.

Purim in Jerusalem is not a one night event as in much of the world,

but it goes on and on and on.

Starting with Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Hebrew month,

for two weeks, young school children

learn upside-down and fun topics,

and wear pajamas to nursery school, or dress as clowns,

or wear a different hat home each day.

Strangely, much of the time too many things feel upside down.

But with all this going on what is getting attention?

Cofizz store where 6 is posted over 5 shekel

I had to pay an extra shekel to get my ice coffee!

A clever ‘6’ sticker was pasted over the ‘all for 5’ on Cofizz.

I was asked to share events before they happen,

so here are a few important dates for March:

Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther   March 9, 2017

Reading Megillat Esther – March 11, after Shabbat

Purim – March 12 

Reading Megillat Esther in Jerusalem – evening March 12 

Shushan Purim, celebrated in Jerusalem – March 13

Purim at the Bible Lands Museum – Free Entrance for Children –

Sun – Mon| March 12-13 | 10:00-14:00

Jerusalem Marathon – Friday morning, March 17, 2017.

Jerusalem music festival at night in Old City

Sounds of the Old City Music Festival,  7:00 – 11:00 pm – March 20 – 23,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.