Letter From Jerusalem, No. 18

Letter From Jerusalem, No. 18

Christmas is coming to Jerusalem, too.  The week-end newspaper announced the free distribution of Christmas trees that will take place at the Jaffa Gate.

There are always security arrangements made for all the tourist buses that will leave from Jerusalem and travel to Bethlehem starting with Christmas Eve and all week.  Special lighting and banners will be installed in the Christian Quarter of the Old City and the Mar Elias Monastery, which is on the way to Bethlehem.  There has even been special cleaning and parking arrangements so people won’t have an access problem near all of Jerusalem’s churches.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be  performed at the Jerusalem Theater, to the delight of the children, and the city’s many choirs have been busy practicing their performances of the Messiah, which will be sung at several locations. Annie, that Broadway favorite , will have several performances during the holiday, produced by the Hebrew University Players. Annie, that Broadway favorite , will have several performances during the holiday, produced by the Hebrew University Players.

The local SPCA had a party on one the shopping streets on Friday, where they brought many of the dogs looking for homes in hope they would be taken into some loving family as a Christmas present.

It’s also Hannukah at the same time as Christmas this year, so there are tours to Modiin, the home of the Maccabees (Hasmonians) and lots of lectures on the modern meaning of this holiday celebrating the first war for religious freedom.
Not much time to catch your breath as you go from one joy to another.  May the holiday season lead to peace in the world
Come join us
Happy Holidays

Anita Ellis