Jerusalem Sounds of Spring

Jerusalem Sounds of Spring

Last week 18 New Signs of Spring was the title of blog post.

With all the spring holidays coinciding this week time is short for everyone.

This short video of cleaning the notes from between the stones in the Kotel, the Western Wall, received dozens of shares on Facebook and thousands of views.  I thought readers who are not on Facebook might appreciate seeing a bit of the spring cleaning. Listen to those birds! More on birds after the holidays. The Jerusalem Bird Observatory is to celebrate 25 years.

Very different musical sounds from this light projection near Jaffa Gate for the Jerusalem annual spring festival Sounds in the Night in the Old City.

School is out and children are indeed filling the streets of Jerusalem, Israel.  The verse from Zechariah 8:4-5 reads: “Thus said the Lord of Hosts: There shall yet be old men and women in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be crowded with boys and girls playing in the streets.”

Much more to share, but time is short and my kitchen must be cleaned.

Chag Aviv Sameach B'Yerushalyim, Happy Spring holiday in Jerusalem

Happy Spring Holidays from Jerusalem to all!

 

18 New Signs of Spring in Jerusalem

18 New Signs of Spring in Jerusalem

Spring in Jerusalem, Israel.

One day it feels like winter and then the next day feels like summer.

These are signs of spring, besides the birds chirping before dawn.

Jerusalem rainy weather resulted in bigger and better weeds in spring

After unusually heavy rains, the spring weeds have reached new heights.

Spring in Jerusalem with children playing in park

A favorite sign of spring was in a Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park, of a group of young children playing and the sounds of their laughter.

Sign in Jerusalem for tourists on Moshe Salomon Street

New signs have been posted for tourists, as this one near Yoel Salomon Street.

Jerusalem Hansen House for spring

Another new festival for spring at the old Hansen House.

Spring day in Jerusalem Israel on Jaffa Road

On Jaffa Road, the sun came out. Temperatures warmed. People left their jackets and sweaters at home and were wearing short sleeves.

Photography display in jerusalem for Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day programs were held in several locations. Hundreds of volunteers and organizations were honored at Heichel Shlomo.

First sTation for Good Deeds Day in Jerusalem

While thousands more volunteers participated in a program at First Station.

Tower of David spring exhibit on Temple Mount

The Tower of David new exhibit for spring,”The Mount” has new street posters.

Tower of David at night for Forbes under 30 event music and fashion show

A favorite any time, but especially at night, the Tower of David was venue for the Forbes Women Under 30 Summit gala opening event in Jerusalem.

Event for Forbes Under 30 at Jerusalem JVP

The following day felt like spring in JVP Media Center for the Forbes Under 30 participants. Entrepreneurs, mostly women, from around the world gathered in Jerusalem to learn, network, and initiate innovative ideas. Photos HERE

Exhibit at Bible Lands Museum on discoveries found preparing for new Beit Shemesh road

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem BLMJ has new signs for new exhibit. New ancient sites are constantly being discovered.

There are new story hours for free in municipal libraries.  Special art tours and tours of Kikar Safra are being offered, some at noon in English.

A list of 40 communities hosting communal seder meals has been published.

Shop kosher for Passover meat sign on door

New signs for Kosher for Passover food popped up all over Jerusalem this week. This butcher shop had new sign for its new location.

Sign for annual Matzah Baking in Kikar Safra Jerusalem Israel

Kikar Safra, Jerusalem Municipal Square, had large signs for its holiday matzah baking.

Matzah baking in Safra Square jerusalem Israel

In a large tent, tables were set up for public to make their own matzah.

Baking matza in Jerusalem municipal plaza

Dozens of poles were ready to move the dough to be baked.

Baking matzah in Jerusalem Safra Square

Four ovens were set up to bake the matzah quickly.

Matza baking in Jerusalem woman receives a hand matza to take home

A woman asked for one, and received a matzah to take home.

Spring in Jerusalem matza baking man with large bag shakes hand of man working in Safra Square

A group of young boys prepared enough matzah to fill a large bag.

Examine each matza for Pesach in Jerusalem

Each piece was inspected carefully to make sure it was good for Passover use.

Oops, this one did not make it.

Sign of spring rental cars in Jerusalem

Another sign of spring in Jerusalem, the rental cars arriving.

Butterfly sign in jerusalem Israel

Signs are up over Jerusalem streets for spring celebrations.

Passover, Easter, Orthodox Easter, Good Friday, Maundy, Ridvan Festival, Lailat al Bara’ah, Nabi Shu’eib, all these spring holiday fall in the same week this year.

Chag aviv sameach for Happy Spring holiday in Jerusalem street signs

 

 

Happy Spring Holiday in Jerusalem.

Looking forward to seeing thousands of spring holiday visitors on the Jerusalem streets.

For more, check out Fun in Jerusalem Passover Guide HERE

Southern Israel Red Alerts in Alumim

Southern Israel Red Alerts in Alumim

Sometimes you have to get out of Jerusalem, Israel, to appreciate the view.

View from Highway One Jerusalem Israel

All this rain we have been having may dampen our spirits, but it is fabulous for making the countryside green.

View from Jerusalem Highway 1

From the roads leading out of Jerusalem the valley is at its best.

Israel lines along road

Once on the road south, you see flat land and wires stretched across it.

Southern Israel farm land from highway

Farmers working between the rain storms along the way.

Sign from Red South Israel spring flower Adom Festival

February and March, and southern Israel is famous for its red flower festival.

However, once again southern Israel has red alerts, not flowers.

Kibbutz Alumim sign southern Israel

The sign at Kibbutz Alumim was the same as  on our previous visit in December 2012.

Kibbutz Alumim security fence

The electric security fence was opened carefully for our arrival.

Kibbutz Alumim green fields southern Israel

The green fields of the agricultural kibbutz stretched into the distance.

Kibbutz Alumim fence with warning sign to border of Aza

But it you turned around, another sign warned of the Gaza border ahead.

Kibbutz Alumim view of Gaza southern Israel

From the fields of Kibbutz Alumim, the Gaza border and buildings beyond are clearly in view.

Kibbutz Alumim bomb shelters near factory

Because of missiles and rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel, these bomb shelters are situated next to the factory. Workers have seconds to get inside to safety when a red alert warns of an oncoming projectile.

Kibbutz Alumim Iron Dome southern Israel

Alumim has two Iron Domes positioned for protection from Hamas and its rockets.

Kibbutz Alumim in spring southern Israel green

Why live in southern Israel? It’s beautiful. Israelis have made the desert bloom.

Aluim collection of rockets and missiles fired at southern Israel from Gaza

When Hamas is not firing these missiles, it is a wonderful place.

Long time resident Esther took time to share with us a bit of her story.

Southern Israel Kibbutz Alumim bomb shelter in home, bedroom safe room.

Rafi’s house, and every home, has a bomb shelter bedroom. Sealed rooms have again become a necessity with nightly rockets from Gaza.

Twenty years living under fire from Gaza. Esther and others try to keep a positive attitude, to make music chimes from missiles.

Kibbutz Alumim in southern Israel

Kibbutz Alumim had no red alerts when we were there last week, after a night of terror when a house in Sderot was hit. However, the newest round of red alerts included Alumim. The residents of southern Israel are weary, tired of red alerts, and want to go back to being known for their red flowers.