Friday, September 30, 2016

Shimon Peres on Mt. Herzl, then and now


City Daily Photo bloggers group is posting today on the theme ABANDONED.

Today on Mount Herzl we buried Shimon Peres and I, and I daresay most of the people of Israel are feeling sad, almost abandoned.
The former President was 93 and, well, he was always here, here with us and for us.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Wednesday morning, when Peres died, "This is the country's first day ever without Shimon Peres."
It feels like our father has died.
He is, indeed, the last of our State's founding fathers, the larger-than-life "giants" who brought our State into being in 1948.

Above is a photo I took of  President Peres in 2009 at Mt. Herzl.
(Please enlarge it and enjoy the wonderful faces.)
He spoke moving words at a new annual ceremony called The National Ceremony for Ethiopian Jews who perished on their way to Israel.
To read about the kesim (Ethiopian religious leaders) in the picture and their liturgical or ceremonial umbrellas, please see my posts here and here.

Shalom dear Shimon Peres.  Thank you for your example and inspiration.
We here below will carry on and try to make you proud of us.
Rest in peace.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kids make pita


More scenes from our Scouts' big "happening."

Visitor kids got to mix a handful of flour with some water, and the Scouts put their dough on the fire to make fresh hot pita.

The new building, almost finished, is a big extension of the Scout troop's den.
(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday.)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

That beady look


Making jewelry with beads.
Hmm, why are the letters in English, not Hebrew? 

It was a popular activity at our recent Scouts Happening.

It was a magnet, drawing in the young girls.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scouts pulling together


Something I had never seen (not having been part of any of the youth movements when I grew up in the US).

The Scouts lashed together a wooden A-shaped frame, stood a child up on it, had kids keep it balanced by pulling on supporting ropes, and slowly "walked" the frame forward as if on two legs. 
There must be a name for this in Hebrew and English.
Anybody know?
You can click a few times to get the big picture.
It was part of the big Happening our Meitar Scouts put on for the community. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cotton candy aka grandma's hair


For ABC Wednesday,  K is for kosher cotton candy. 

In Hebrew it is called "grandmother's hair."

Our Meitar Scout troop held a happening at the athletic field, with lots of activities and free stuff for the young visitors.
UPDATE:  Robert Geiss, a photographer living in Greece, just informed me that also in Greek cotton candy is called grandmother hair!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Moon over Meitar


The moon gets so big so quickly, no?
This picture of the crescent moon with some planet under it is from just two weeks ago, and tonight our moon is full and harvest-y. 

You see people in Meitar's athletic field, a grassy soccer field surrounded by an oval running track. 
On the left is our new "Culture House" and next to it Meitarim School. 
You can click a few times to enlarge the photos. 
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016



Just before school opened on Sept. 1, this man was putting up a new "window-dressing" on the glass front of a local shop.

Appropriately, the yellow school bus door is positioned on the store's door.  
Anything to lure the kids in to buy little toys and snack food.
Dear readers, sorry I have been away from blog writing and blog visiting for several weeks.  My old laptop stopped responding, then got fixed, and then soon died.  I had to buy a new one and I am slowing learning how to set up everything.  The new and dreaded Windows 10 also needs getting used to.   So thanks for your patience.  Shalom to all!