Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Jerusalem, Israel
Jul 3, 2013 - JP and other friends
Breakfast with Lizzy at NOLA – no beignets ☹ This New Orleans/American breakfast joint in open 24/7 (but not on Yom Kippur) and, as with many things American, is quite the rage. Benedict's, where we had breakfast last week with Margo, is another in this line of "let's bring the USA to Israel" things. That is actually a pretty common attitude culturally all over the world. Take something (anything) from the USA and transplant it locally. The American cachet will ensure the aura of chic and hip. Even when the local transplant makes no sense...Jump to full entry
Jul 2, 2013 - The Namal
The Namal Here is a partial list of things you can eat at the breakfast buffet at the Mount Zion Hotel: • Waffles bar. Waffles with vodka. Waffles with scotch. It’s a full service waffles bar. Made to order. Shaken, not stirred. • 12 different kinds of cheeses. But only 1 of them will have any taste to it. The others will be various kinds of runny, icky consistency, and bland cheeses. It’s kind of like playing "cheese roulette" to find the good one. • Fruit of all kinds. Some cut up fresh fruit and some cut up canned fruit in syrup. Try the...Jump to full entry
Jul 1, 2013 - A Simcha at the Kotel
Happy Canada Day! The front page of Ha’aretz this morning tells us that Egypt is revolting. Frankly, if you ask me, Syria is pretty revolting, too. Meantime, the front page article of the Edmonton Journal online edition: “Butter Chicken Poutine is the true Canadian dish”. Talk about controversy! What about Perogy Pizza??? Today we were up at 6am for a 7:30 Bat Mitzvah at Robinson’s Arch for Alana Wernick and 5 of her buddies from Philly. 6 Bat Mitzvah girls; no waiting. Their combo simcha was just one of about a dozen Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. And...Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2013 - Emek Refaim - Where Rabbi's come to meet
I drove Liz to work this morning. It was the first time I’ve been to Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station since I dropped off my niece Becky there in January 2007 so she could catch a bus back to Jerusalem where she was then attending Hebrew U. In the past 6 years, the station has become scuzzier, if that’s actually possible. And all I did was drop Liz off near an entry to her clinic. Which is on the 4th floor of the station. Which is actually the ground floor. Which is just plain silly. But it is. The neighborhoods on both sides of the station,...Jump to full entry
Jun 19, 2013 - Masada shall not fall again!
Ripped from today’s headlines in the Jerusalem Post: 2 mortars fired from Syria land in the Golan. Damn, just when we are headed that direction. Couldn’t they wait just a few more days? On the other hand, it would make the visit that much more interesting. This morning I had a chance to say hello (and goodbye) to Liz and her friend Allie before they headed out bright and early to the Presidents Conference. I made sure to provide Liz the logistical info she would need to fully enjoy the experience. Most important, how to get into the Hebrew...Jump to full entry
Jun 18, 2013 - Barbara...... like buttah!
Best laid plans. We hopped in a cab for a 10 minute ride to the Israel Museum this morning. Only to find that it’s only open on Tuesday’s from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Why? And so, we simply asked the cab driver to take us back to the apartment. Its okay, it was a flat fare. 40 shmekels each way. Times two. Equals 80 shmeks. For about 17 minutes in all. As we found out later, the meter fare is about ½ that. Always, always, always take the meter option. Will I never learn? (No.) Alternate activity: Forced march through the Mamilla Mall to the Old...Jump to full entry
Jun 17, 2013 - I have 2,500 yr. old shmutz on my pants....
We have been climbing up and down and all around Jerusalem. Okay, mostly up. This is a crazy city. You are always climbing up. You would swear that at some point you get to walk downhill but, no, it’s always up. Until this morning. Prof. David Tamami of Hebrew U. took me, Debbie & Elaine on a tour of Ir David – the City of David. The excavations are just outside the Old City walls and go back to the Jebusite beginnings of the city that is now Jerusalem. The Jebusites were the ancient hill tribe from which the Bush family claims its...Jump to full entry
Jun 16, 2013 - A Boy and his Donkey
Fact is, the security fence/wall/barrier cuts off Palestinians from friends, families and farms. The further fact is that the drop in terror attacks since it was built has dropped from 2 a week to 2 a year. And the final fact is that no matter how strong a fence, how high a wall or how thick a barrier, there are ways under it, over it, through it or, in today’s example, around it. Take, for example, the international border crossing that has been built in the East Jerusalem suburb of Issawiya, maybe 2 km. from Mount Scopus and the Hebrew...Jump to full entry
Jun 15, 2013 - Moshiko Shawarma - The Holy Grail!
Warning to reader: Today we set out on a mission to locate the Holy Grail. We were successful. But it was a long mission. I urge you get a cup of coffee (decaf preferably, to help you stay awake) before setting out to read about the journey itself. And now, time to join my counterparts from the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University for the 76th Meeting of the Hebrew U. Board of Governors. The King David Hotel and David Citadel Hotel play host to the majority of the 70 Canadians who have made the journey this year. We are a major contingent...Jump to full entry
Jun 14, 2013 - Rugelach 'R Us
The Mahane Yehuda market was created in the late 19th century to serve the new Jewish communities of Mahane Yehuda and Beit Ya’akov, built in 1887 and 1885, respectively. It now boasts over 250 vendors crowded into 2 main north/south pedestrian streets - Mahane Yehuda Street, which is partially covered and quite narrow and Etz Chaim Street which is open air and much broader. The streets running perpendicularly between the two are named are fruits and nuts. For our purposes, it served as the perfect place to stock up on food for breakfast...Jump to full entry
Jun 13, 2013 - Jerusalem of Light
The Jewish Community of Lisbon would be the least likely of places one would expect to have mesmerized us during our first day in Jerusalem. As it turns out, though, that is exactly what happened. But first, the denouement of last year’s Aliyah Express and our accidental Israeli citizenship. When last we left this, an 18 yr. old Passport Control officer directed the 19 yr. old exit visa clerk to put her initials on the incorrect entry visa stamp that had been placed in our passports 2 weeks earlier. The one that welcomes Israeli citizens...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2013 - The West at Haas Promenade
Chag Atzmaut Sameach! Shalom from Haas Promenade in Jerusalem. We are getting ready for the March (from Safra Square to the Kotel), which will be the exact opposite of the March we experienced on Yom Hashoah in Poland. Look forward to hearing the teens' reflections about their experiences! Love from Israel, The WestJump to full entry