18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

18 New Photos of Jerusalem Diversity

A one-day heatwave was enough in Jerusalem, Israel.

Cooling off in the evenings with breezes as the sun sets is the norm for summer.

I love it when visitors from Tel Aviv and overseas exclaim, “Oh it is so much cooler here.”

Young people on trip to Israel pose at Western Wall for group photo

A favorite sight at a favorite site are the groups of young people on trips to Israel.

Jerusalem Israel Mamilla Mall diversity not apartheid

I hope they all stroll down Mamilla Mall, to see the diversity and the crowds,

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem Israel art piece with Arab girl sitting

and the artwork which is rotated regularly to showcase new pieces.

At the end of Mamilla Mall, near Jaffa Gate, a sports event was held.

Squash championship held near Jaffa Gate old city Jerusalem Israel

This time I could read the Hebrew that had stumped me in the past – סקווש – the annual Israel Squash Championship was held again near Jaffa Gate.

Tower of David Museum entrance for Overall fashion conference

I was on my way to the Tower of David Museum for a special event called OVERALL.

This first-ever fashion event was way more than a fashion show.

Dyeing by nanotechnology explained at OVERALL fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

One of the many participants was explaining how Israeli hi-tech was changing the dyeing of thread, saving liters of water and time with each digital process.

Jerusalem Israel Tower of David for Overall fashion event

The Tower of David is always a favorite photo op of mine.

Inside the Tower of David in Jerusalem Israel for fashion event

For OVERALL, there were 20 locations throughout the complex with special exhibits.

3D printed shoes at Overall fashion event in Jerusalem Israel

These shoes made by a 3D printing process were displayed next to the 4,000-year-old stones.

Jerusalem, where the ancient and the future come together in new ways.

Two women taking selfie at Tower of David Jerusalem Overall event

Headwraps were one feature. These two young women admiring a new look were standing next to the ice cream stand. The sign on the tree said only for 18 and over. After the second scoop of the alcoholic ice cream which was so good, I had to sit down.

Opening event of Overall at Tower of David Mayor Moshe Lion speaking

Good timing. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion was one of the speakers opening the program.

Jerusalem Tower of David fashion event woman wearing mask

As the sun was setting, more people came and costumes appeared.

Tower of David at sunset for Overall fashion event

The lights went on outside as it got dark and programs began inside.

Arab women sewing in Tower of David for Overall fashion event

Arab women were showing and sharing their embroidery skills in one exhibit hall.

Female Hebrew Instagram and blogging panelists in Tower of David for Overall

And up in the Innovation Lab, a panel of Jewish women were discussing their Instagram and social media successes.

Tower of David for Overall first Jerusalem Israel fashion conference and event

People climbed to the heights of the ancient fortress to see and participate in shoe-making, weaving, modeling, and much more. 

Jerusalem Israel July Festival sign

July 15-19, Herod’s Pub tavern featured food, drinks, and music in the Tower of David moat.

From August 12-24, the annual International Crafts Fair will be held nearby.

Full moon on flag pole of Jerusalem Cinematheque

As the full moon shone brightly overhead, the Jerusalem Film Festival sign was displayed at the Cinematheque.

But only this week did the international flags go up for this annual summer film event.

Pop up festival at Hansen House in Jerusalem Israel

Hansen House had a popup festival on July 16-19.

As I came home there were fewer cars parked near the Jerusalem Theater.

There are fewer musical events as the three week period of mourning before the Tisha B’Av fast day has begun.

But not to worry, it is Jerusalem so there has to be a festival.

Days of the Prophets at Jerusalem Israel Beit Avi Chai

This sign announced the “Days of the Prophets” at Beit Avi Chai from July 24-26.

Jerusalem Israel old city walls lit at night with colorful lighting

Israel was ranked in the top ten innovative countries.

Always something new and colorful happening on the Jerusalem streets.

From Jerusalem Firgun, Fun and Food

From Jerusalem Firgun, Fun and Food

It started in Jerusalem, Israel, six years ago.

July 17th is International Firgun Day.

Everyone is invited to join from anywhere in the world, sharing the spirit of #Firgun

(Hebrew: פרגון) an act of kindness performed solely to make another person feel good.

How do you celebrate Firgun Day?

You come up with a firgun, a compliment, a kind word, a small pat on the back for someone (person, business or group) and post it on any social network, adding a photo or video and the hashtag #Firgun.

Or just say something nice to someone you know to pleasantly surprise them.

“Say Something Nice, Make Someone Happy”

Whoever thought up ‘Windows’ for the September Mekudeshet Festival is really clever.

Structure called Windows for Mekudeshet Festival

This structure called ‘Windows’ has received attention since it went up last week in the center of Jerusalem. The house of windows is made out of 550 windows from all over Jerusalem, in a variety of shapes, and from various time periods.

Jerusalem Israel park with horse stature and Windows

The location is called Gan HaSus or HaSoos, Horse Park, well, because this horse is in this Jerusalem park.

The windows were collected and preserved for decades by the late Yoram Amir, an artist, photographer, activist, and lover of people and Jerusalem who recently passed away.

Windows Jerusalem Israel festival called Mehudeshet

These posters tell the story of the exhibit in three languages.  The Mekudeshet website promises that on every Wednesday from afternoon to dusk the place will be full of surprises.

Windows as seen from behind Gan Hasoos Jerusalem Horse Park

‘Windows’ is set back from King George Street, and is located near the water fountains. These rescued windows are from condemned or abandoned buildings. Just before his death, Amir joined forces with Mekudeshet, the Jerusalem Municipality through Eden, the Jerusalem Center Development Company, and artists Itamar Faluja and Lili Peleg to construct a structure filled with majesty and presence. Amir’s final gift to the city that he loved. #Firgun

sign for Jerusalem event Hebrew is in our blood

I missed an event at Beit Alliance on July 11 but liked this poster ‘Hebrew this is my Blood’ promoting the event.

Jerusalem Israel Mussara festival sign

Bogrim 2019 goes to the end of the month, with art and musical events for young people.

Front Stage performs at Ben Yehuda Mall this coming Friday afternoon. Last week hundreds of young people danced to live and loud pounding music on Friday afternoon. I am surprised I could only hear it on the municipality Facebook live feed.

Hebrew Jerusalem sign on street for good summer long holiday

Jerusalem street signs are up wishing children a pleasant summer holiday.

Jaffa Road Jerusalem Israel iced coffee in cate

Summer for me means it’s time to sit and enjoy an iced coffee.

Jerusalem Israel food truck at night

Food trucks are back in the Hinnon Valley near the Cinematheque on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights again this year.

Down dozens of stairs, people came to stand in line to buy sushi and three other food offerings. Every week there are to be four options, in addition to beer and wine trucks.

Jerusalem Food Truck Festival in Hinnon Valley at night with full moon

Under the full moon with live music, people sat at the few tables or on the ground. What a great view they had for the moon and its partial eclipse.

Jerusalem Israel at night from near Cinematheque toward Old City walls

OK, just for this Jerusalem view I am glad I went to check it out.

Jaffa Road sign for Overall at Tower of David

OVERALL is this week at the Tower of David Museum. Fashion and more in twenty locations throughout the expanse of the Mamluk monumental complex.

Events at the Tower of David are always a photographer’s delight. #Firgun

This one called OVERALL has everything from making lapel pins to a Met Gala (like in NYC) exhibit to designing with a 3D pen and more.

Tower of David where the very old past meets the very modern future.

Tens of thousands, record-breaking, numbers of tourists, have come to Jerusalem this year.

93% of tourists said they were happy with their visit.

I hope they had time to enjoy what’s happening on the Jerusalem streets,

Jerusalem full of fun and food and #Firgun.

 

 

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