It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, but Smile

Winter is here in Jerusalem, Israel. It is cold and wet. When it rains clothes do not dry and my toes do not warm up, even in my new warm furry slippers. Traffic is a mess. People were just hit by a bus in the center of town and the ambulances raced by my window.

In the US they changed the clocks this weekend and people are dragging themselves back to Monday morning jobs.

So to brighten your day, I want to share something positive, really amazing when you think about downer world headlines.

MASA Israel program

Last night I was lucky to attend the Masa Israel Journey mega event at the Jerusalem Convention Center. Taglit-Birthright brings young people for a 10 day free visit. However, this Masa program is for 18-30 year-old young adults to come for a year of volunteering. This gathering of thousands filled the main auditorium with Israeli flags, real fire and incredible energy.

image Natan Shransky with young woman at Masa event

Natan Sharansky was popular and having a great time.

Bibi reaching down to shake hands with Masa volunteers

But it was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who must have really been glad to be there. He was treated like a rock star! Too bad most of this enthusiastic crowd cannot vote now. They cheered and applauded him like his own party certainly did not in Likud meetings today.

Bibi thanks volunteers at Masa event

The auditorium for  his speech sounded like that of an US presidential candidate who just won the primary election with his most ardent followers.

Idan Raichel band playing for Masa mega event

Idan Raichel and his band, and others put on an impressive show, but it was the audience that I had to stop and video.

Thousands of young people from around the world, in Israel to volunteer, singing and dancing

Am Yisrael Chai!

How can this not brighten your day?


Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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