Time is a strange thing.
It seems to go too fast or too slow, depending on the situation.
Jerusalem, Israel, is in the midst of an August heat wave. However, as the sun goes down, some nights have cooled off as usual.
But one night the humidity hit 82%. For Jerusalem, that high humidity is usual and was not appreciated as I walked home.
Still much has been happening on the Jerusalem streets for summer fun.
Jerusalem streets are covered with everything from colorful fake balloons
to candy canes and much more for tourists to admire and photograph.
Surprised to see lights on at night in the one-day-to-be Knesset Museum.
The Museum of Tolerance was dark one night
but opened with a photography exhibit during the day.
In 2021, the Jerusalem Foundation, with the support of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, created SidraTarbut, CulturEvents, a summer festival blending together film, dance, theater, and music.
Over the months of August and September, Jerusalem is to have 40 days of events and artistic offerings throughout the city offered free of charge or for a small fee.
The initial impetus for the series was the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the success of SidraTarbut in the summer of 2021, the Mandel Foundation decided to support the festival for another two years.
Performances and events are adapted to neighborhood residents, taking into consideration each community’s interest. It ends with Selihot in 10 Jerusalem neighborhoods and a special Selihot at the Tower of David on September 21, 2023.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation announced 17 special Selihot times, and if you can’t attend in person, they will be available online live. They also posted photos of the first night with thousands attending Selihot.
Evenings are when most Jerusalem summer events happen.
RAAMSKATE by the always unique and creative Mystorin Theatre Group is to be in the Liberty Bell Skate Park on August 22, 2023, at night.
In Bloomfield Park, Julius Caesar continues as on opening night Shakespeare. Theater in Motion moves each night in the same park.
The Jerusalem Street Orchestra, however, changes locations for each performance, with the second evening performance in Zion Square.
The orchestra, excellent though not professional musicians, is conducted by Ido Shpitalnik and entertained a large appreciative crowd in Zion Square.
A video better to show what was happening in Jerusalem at sunset.
Monday nights in August and until September 11th, are for Israeli dancing outside the Jerusalem Theater, again a video seemed better than photos.
But as someone asked – where are the young people?
Do they know the dances? Are children taught them now?
Hansen House has a new exhibit that is said to be good for children, I went to check it out but it closes at 6:00 pm, too early for me when it’s so hot.
To really keep cool on these hot days, there is ice skating at First Station.
End-of-summer event signs are up, including a Night at the Tower of David.
Jerusalem Theater is again to have an End of Summer Festival August 29-31.
Oh my. The signs are up a Beit Avi Chai for welcoming Kitah Aleph students. Time to buy school books and clothes and new shoes again?
The beginning of the month Elul means some students are back in classrooms. The end of August means the new school year is approaching for all, for some not soon enough, and for others too soon.
I am waiting for this heat wave to end and to be able to walk during the day to see what else is happening on the Jerusalem streets.