Sukkot in Jerusalem

Sukkot in Jerusalem

Sukkot 5779 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Tens of thousands of visitors have arrived. Rental cars are booked and fill the streets.

Traffic can back up any time anywhere, especially in Old City when streets are closed.

Kotel for birchat kohanim

Tens of thousands crowd into and around the Kotel, Western Wall Plaza for the annual Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing.

This year was different with no helicopters circling over Jerusalem during the blessing.

Sukkah building in Jerusalem

The sidewalk along King George Street is filled with sukkot from nearby eateries. Here the frame of one sukkah is being assembled before the holiday.

Jerusalem sukka building

Small signs and locations of places to buy and build a sukka appear all around Jerusalem before the holiday.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah building

These huge signs were hard to miss on the side of the building.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah

A sukka could be found on empty corner spots,

Sukkah on balconies in Jerusalem Israel

on porch balconies on front of apartment buildings,

Jerusalem sukka on back small porches

and tucked away on small porches in back of buildings.

Sign for Sukkot event in Jerusalem Israel

There were too many Sukkot festivals for families to list them all here.

The weather during the day was perfect for parades, musical performances, and more held each day in Jerusalem.

Beit Lecham Street no traffic for street fair Jerusalem Israel

The usually busy Derech Beit Lehem street was cleared of traffic for an evening street festival.

Live music for Jerusalem Israel street fair on Sukkot

These were a few of the musicians rehearsing in the afternoon.

Jerusalem Hotel Orient sukkah on top

There is a sukka on top of the new Orient Hotel.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah built at First Station

Across at First Station, kosher eateries have large sukkot.

First Station Jerusalem Israel WeWork sukkah

But new and different this year, there is a WeWork sukka at First Station.

Jerusalem Israel sukkah in First Station by WeWork

Where else but Jerusalem, will you find, free wifi, beer, coffee, and working spaces, with a lulav and etrog on the table?

Personal sukkah at street level in Jerusalem Israel

From a private home sukka, 

Jerusalem sukkah in park

to a simple sukka in public park,

Sukkah in Inbal Hotel atrium Jerusalem Israel

to a large elaborate sukka, as in the Inbal Hotel atrium– there is no place for Sukkot like Jerusalem.

Sukkah for publis at Beit Hanasi

On Thursday, at Beit Hanasi the President’s Residence will be open to public.

Here is a first peak of the large public sukka.

Check back next time for a full tour of exhibits for this year’s healthy theme.

Or go stand in line, Beit Hanasi is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sign in Hebrew for Beit Avi Chai end of Sukkot Hashana Raba

And there is still much more of the holiday to come…and enjoy.

Sukkot holiday greeting of public Jerusalem Israel bus

 

Moadim l’simcha.

Happy holidays to all.

18 Favorites of Sukkot in Jerusalem

18 Favorites of Sukkot in Jerusalem

What a busy holiday season!

It was impossible to do everything I wanted,

however, here are some of my favorites

from the week of Sukkot.

Jerusalem Theater Sukkah

I love that there is a sukkah outside the Jerusalem Theater.

Since getting painted a few years ago,

Sukka spray painted in bright designs

 this sukkah has become a local landmark.

Small sukkah at Beit Hanasi before Sukkot

This one was at Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s Residence, but

the official Sukkah Open House featured

Map of world made of fruits and vegetables Israel produce

 this one with a population map of the world.

Made of Israeli flowers, fruits and vegetables,

it was so colorful and a perfect set for this TV reporter,

 before the public arrived to pass through.

Sukkot in Israel is an agricultural festival.

Types of avocado grown in Israel

These varieties of avocados were one of the many

agricultural products that were featured.

Musicians sitting above ground to perform at Israeli President's House

These musicians were floating on giant swinging triangles,

Giant bubbles to entertain children at Israel President Residence

and giant bubbles were also part of the entertainment.

But the real crowd pleaser seemed to be

Reuven Rivlin greets public at open house on Succos

when President Reuven Rivlin did a walkabout.

Cameras and families crowded around

as he made his way through the gardens.

The skies were already grey at the time

and the photos a bit dark,

but I was able to leave

Rain in Jerusalem in October, first of season

before the rain,

really hard rain, the first of the season.

Who would have imagined?

Rain in Jerusalem Israel on Sukkot

The streets filled with water.

People disappeared from the streets and sukkot,

as the water poured down.

Sukkah at Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria after hard rain

The atrium sukkah at the Waldorf-Astoria was dry,

since the windows above the schach were closed in time

to keep the large dining area dry and pristine.

Jerusalem, Israel sukkah

This simple sukkah standing alone

Sukkot on balconies in Jerusalem Israel

and all these on the side of this building,

are a few new ones to add to past favorites.

Israel Museum kite festival on Sukkot

The Kite Festival at the Israel Museum

Children with kites inside the Israel Museum for festival on Sukkos

has become an annual holiday event.

Sculpture at Israel Museum with sukkah in background open for visitors to use

Again a sukkah for visitors’ use was set in the

Billy Rose Sculpture Garden near

the blue ‘Trees” of Menashe Kadishman.

Sukkah in Sacher Park for public to use before Jerusalem March

In Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,

a sukkah was up for use in the park for

the annual Jerusalem March.

The weather was perfect that day,

Decorative umbrellas on rainy day

while umbrellas

Umbrellas above Yoel Salomon Street in Jerusalem Israel

and more umbrellas lined Yoel Salomon Street

as a popular display for visitors.

Independence Park afternoon rainy day one woman at Women Wage Peace

The Women Wage Peace rally to be held

in Independence Park got rained out,

 the park was empty from the morning’s heavy rain.

New at First Station for this holiday season,

#SheSparks Jerusalem sale for tourists

were the SheSparks displays of quality gifts.

Watch out for more from these talented women.

Musical programs in Jerusalem for Sukkot

Song and music and dancing,

filled the Jerusalem streets in too many locations to mention.

Shlomo Katz and Solomon Brothers performed for second hakafos in Jerusalem

One of several Thursday night musical events

featured Shlomo Katz and the Solomon Brothers

at the community center on Emek Refaim Street.

Thousands crowded to sing along,

to dance and watch the dancing.

Just a taste of what was happening in Jerusalem

this past holiday week.

Now back to “normal.”

Sukkot Surprise in Jerusalem

Sukkot Surprise in Jerusalem

The Bible Marathon was held October 6.

People raced from Rosh Ha’ayin to site of ancient Shilo,

a distance of 42 kilometers, a full marathon track.

I did not have time to go,

I was on a personal marathon,

racing through a packed holiday season.

So much happening in Jerusalem,

it is really hard to keep up.

For the first day of Sukkot lunch, we were 22 people,

from US, Mexico, USSR, Australia, France, South Africa

Table ready in sukkah for meal

and more, all gathered in our sukkah for a meal.

Amazing if you take time stop and think about it.

President Rivlin honored a long-time tradition

Beit Hanasi on sukkot ready for public

and opened the gates of Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s official residence, to the public.

As usual the Presidential sukkah featured

Israeli grown agricultural products,

Sukka Beit hanasi on Sukkot 5778 map with flowers and fruit of Israel

this year a map of world was unusual and special.

From Beit Hanasi in the morning,

I had planned on walking into town to attend a bar mitzvah.

But also special on that day, was the weather.

Sure they had called for rain in the morning.

But first rain usually is a few drops of wet dirt.

But, surprise!

Thankfully, I made it to a bus stop,

before the heavens opened up.

Below is one of several videos,

in case you think I am overstating.

I made it to the bar mitzvah.

It had moved inside from the sukkah,

but cleared enough to come out again for dessert.

So much more, but for now here is

Happy Holiday sign at Israeli President's house on Sukkot 5778 - 70 years.

one special photo from Beit Hanasi Sukkah Open House

“Happy Holiday”

Check back next week for holiday highlights,

Jerusalem March, Kites at Israel Museum, sukkot, etc.

Now back to kitchen to prepare for end of holiday week.

חג שמח