Happy Jerusalem Day!!

Jerusalem. There’s no place like Israel’s golden city. For many, it is a dream, a place to pray about, read about, reflect about. 2000 years ago there was a Jewish Kingdom whose capital was Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, ירושלים. Destroyed and desecrated for centuries, the Jewish People were finally reunited with the holiest of cities to our faith, our history and our identity.

4000 Years in 5 Minutes – Watch this video and learn about the history of Jerusalem in this unique virtual encounter!

Bicycle trip in Jerusalem, May 1, 2012: The Central Bus Station, Jaffa Street, Machane Yehuda Market, The Old City.

“Jerusalem of Gold” (Hebrew: ירושלים של זהב‎, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav) is a popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer in 1967. The original song described the Jewish people’s 2000-year longing to return to Jerusalem; Shemer added a final verse after the Six-Day War to celebrate Jerusalem’s re-unification, after 19 years of Jordanian occupation.


Jerusalem Day will be a vacation day in Israel, if a bill proposed by MK Yoni Chetboun becomes law.


British newspaper Jewish Chronicle has published two “love letters” to Jerusalem, one by Susan Winton, the UK national director of the Jerusalem Foundation, and the other by Rony Yedidia-Clein, director of public affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London.

Rony Yedidia-Clein: I first fell in love with Jerusalem during my teenage years – touring the city with my Israeli cousins, exploring the Old City, swimming in a hidden cistern in Ein Karem, shopping for souvenirs on Ben Yehuda Street. After a breathless side trip to Tel Aviv, where I melted in that sweltering city, the return to Jerusalem’s cool serenity was literally a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

Susan Winton: Exactly 30 years ago this month I fell in love with Jerusalem. I was 21. I also fell in love, but that’s another story with a happy ending, which is how I come to be an American living in London writing this piece. I was on a postgraduate programme (WUJS) where one spent the first six months in Arad learning Hebrew and the second six months doing work experience, or real work if you got lucky, in order to get the authentic taste of milk and honey. continue reading