Monthly Archives: April 2017

Post 425: Exhibit at Beit Shmuel: Motke Bloom Retrosoective The Telfed Jerusalem Committee, WITS Israel Alumni & The Zionist Council in Israel, invite you to a panel discussion at the Weizmann Hall of the Jewish Agency


It’s summer and sandals shoed strollers are on every street corner. Today I climbed a bunch of stairs, to reach those open shoes that were packed away. What a difference a changed closet. minus a bundle of clothes can make. Ready for summer.

Tomorrow, time to get out to the Motke Bloom show.  Motke Bloom is an award-winning abstract multidisciplinary artist. The works have been painted for more than fifty years, and they occur mostly in the open landscape.

He was born in a small Russian village called Raccone in 1925, and at the age of 18 he completed a metalwork at the Royal Workshop. In 1958 he returned to Israel and established a studio in Jerusalem. In 1965, he traveled to the United States and exhibited his work in various places, including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and worked on restoring mosaics and frescoes for 40 years, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority and UNESCO. In 2005 Motke was awarded the Ish Shalom Prize for Lifetime Achievement and in 2014 received the Jerusalem Yakir Award for his activities in the city’s cultural field.

מוטקה בלום הוא אמן רב תחומי עטור פרסים ומוערך. תערוכתו אבני צבע מורכבת מעבודות הנעות בין ריאליזם למופשט במגוון סגנונות ובטכניקה מעורבת. העבודות צוירו לאורך למעלה מחמישים שנה והן מתרחשות ברובן בנוף הפתוח תוך נגיעה בנושאים שונים ותנועה בין

ניה בכפר קטן בשם רקצ’ון בשנת 1925, ובגיללהשתלם בעבודת מתכת בבית המלאכה המלכותי. בשנת 1958 חזר לארץ והקים סטודיו בירושלים. בשנת 1965 נסע לארה”ב והציג את עבודותיו במקומות שונים, בהם מוזיאון הסמית’סוניאן בוושינגטון. לצד פעילותו האמנותית הנרחבת, עבד בשחזור פסיפסים ופרסקאות במשך 40 שנה, מטעם רשות העתיקות וארגון אונסק”ו. בשנת 2005 זכה מוטקה בפרס איש שלום על מפעל חיים ובשנת 2014 קיבל את אות יקיר ירושלים על פעילותו בתחום התרבות בעיר.

The Telfed Jerusalem Committee, WITS Israel Alumni & The Zionist Council in Israel, invite you to a panel discussion at the Weizmann Hall of the Jewish Agency Building in Jerusalem (48 King George Street 2nd Floor) entitled “Holocaust through the eyes of 2nd Generation”. On Monday May 8th 2017 at 7.45 pm.

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Post 424: Bituach Leumi Tips and Free admission to the Israel Museum Sunday April 9th between 2-4 PM, Century since Urinal: Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, (1917). Secret word is R Mutt-Trip Isra Chag with Matnas Ha Rovah

Tip Of The Week-Senior Services Plus Israel

(right before Pessach!)

True or False: Bituach Leumi never answers the phone…It’s false, of course. Here’s how it works:

Shalom, This is the Bituach Leumi national call center,for Hebrew press 1 (there is no English)

Press 9 for some personalized attention from a real person!!

Type in your ID then #

Type in your 4 digit code, then #

(now, if they sent you money they’ll tell you)

Press 9 for a live representative

When all else fails…that’s when you call Ida!


Mindy AberBarad, Advocate

Director of Operations

Senior Services Plus Israel

List Word to get you into Museums for free this Sunday April 9th.

This year marks the centennial of the work, which created a scandal when Duchamp submitted it anonymously to the first juried art show organized by the Society of Independent Artists, in New York; Duchamp and other artists would resign in protest from the jury when the work was rejected. Urinal: Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, (1917). Courtesy of Tate.

Come April 9, the work’s birthday, all you have to do is identify yourself as R. Mutt or Richard Mutt at the admissions desk between 3 and 4 p.m., and you can get free admission, according to a press release, to institutions including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, Paris’s Pompidou Center (that is, if the strike ends and the museum reopens), the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Basel, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem.

Residents are invited to join in a post Pesach full day bus tour in Gush
Etzion! There may still be room!

The tour leaves Tuesday morning at 8:30 at the Har Tzion parking lot,
returning back to Yerushalayim approx.. 5:30 pm

The tour includes:

A visit to Oz V’Gaon (nature reserve created in memory of the three teens

A hike along the path of natural springs in the Gush

Observation point in Neve Daniel with a 360 degree view of the country

Cost: from age 2- 30 NIS, under age 2 , 20 NIS

The tiyul includes a hike and is not stroller friendly. Please bring 2
liters of water per person and food. A change of clothes for the kids is recommended as there are natural springs along the way. And something warm for the end of the day.DEADLINE TO ORDER AND PAY FOR YOUR SPOT WAS THURSDAY 6 APRIL AT 1:00 PM. Since they are closed you can try during Chol ha Moed.


Post 423: See on Monday 3.4.2017 7:30 at Beit Shmuel, Hirsch Hall, 6 Eliyahu Shama Street, Jerusalem- The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, in English performed by students in the advance English class Chesed Opportunity; Join Ezrat Avot in providing Pesach Food Packages to the elderly of Yerushalyim. Volunteers needed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 2-4, from 2 PM – 5 PM. Families welcome. No amount of time is too small. Located next to the Ramot Mall. Parking available. Accessible by bus # 31 from Tachana Merkazit and # 71 from the center of town.Please call for details and to sign up: 050-823-4745

See on Monday 3.4.2017 7:30 at Beit Shmuel, Hirsch Hall, 6 Eliyahu Shama Street, Jerusalem- The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, in English performed by students in the advance English class. Beit Shmuel is located at the heart of Jerusalem as part of a unique and beautiful campus housing an educational, cultural and accommodation center. The venue offers a large variety of activities, including performances and entertainment, courses and lectures, tours, seminars and conferences. Bus 13 two stops from King George and Rechove Ha Ma Allot

Beit Shmuel

Beit Shmuel was designed by architect Moshe Safdie as a part of the Mamilla project in the heart of Jerusalem. The building is located at a historic site in one of the city’s most prestigious locations, between the King David and the David Citadel Hotels, just a small distance away from the Old City and in the vicinity of numerous tourist attractions.

Join Ezrat Avot in providing Pesach Food Packages to the elderly of Yerushalyim.  Volunteers needed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 2-4, from 2 PM – 5 PM.  Families welcome.  No amount of time is too small.  Located  next to the Ramot  Mall.  Parking available.  Accessible by bus # 31 from Tachana Merkazit and  # 71 from the center of town. Please  call for details and  to sign up:  050-823-4745

Post 422: Start Art-April 2-April 3rd Mircaz Ha’Ir – The Jerusalem Arts Festival 2017 – Pesach Trips-Signs that give you pause to think- Rabbi Yehudah Lave

 Part of the Jerusalem Festival

Start Art-April 2-April 3rd Mircaz Ha’Ir, Jerusalem


April 2nd- Nachlat Shiva 8:30-10 P.M. Rechove Yoal Solomon 5 and 12

April 3rd-Performance of Vertigo dancers Betzalel 5- 8:30

Betzalel 10- 9:15

Shmuel Ha Nagid 5 10:00


The 16th Jerusalem Arts Festival takes off – a week of exhilarating festivities, with hundreds of artistes, singers, dancers and dozens of shows.

The Jerusalem Arts Festival will take place between 28/3 – 4/4

The Free Performance : 

Kleiman Band Jerusalem Sunday, 6th of Nisan, 2.4

A young and vibrant jazz orchestra, active as part of the Jerusalem Education Administration and playing classic jazz, klezmer, Israeli and Jewish music.
Conductor: Yevgeny Kleiman.
* show time may change

The festival has been produced by the Culture and Arts Department of the Jerusalem Municipality since 2002.

The festival has become a tradition and a pivotal event in the cultural life of the city, aiming to promote, to nurture and to encourage the various creative fields and present the general public with unique and quality performances at prices everyone can afford.

Shows featuring dance, theatre, music and song presenting the finest amateur and semi-professional groups will be held in the halls of the Jerusalem Theatre, the YMCA Hall, at Shimshon Center – Beit Shmuel, the Gerard Bechar Center, Khan Theatre and other sites in the city.

In keeping with tradition, the festival will include ”artistic morsels” each evening – in the lobby of the Jerusalem Theatre. A choice of evening performances, open to the general public free of charge, will be held before and after the shows.

 Jerusalem Arts Festival 2017


From Yehuda Lave: that give you pause to think

A Sign in a shoe repair store in Vancouver reads:

We will heel you We will save your sole We will even dye for you

A Sign on a blinds and curtain truck:“Blind man driving.”

 A Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:   “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”

In a Podiatrist’s office:   “Time wounds all heels.”

On a Septic Tank Truck:”Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels

 At an Optometrist’s Office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, You’ve come to the right place.”

On a Plumber’s truck: “We repair what your husband fixed.”

On another Plumber’s truck:”Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee: “Invite us to your next blowout.”

 On an Electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”

 In a Non-smoking Area: “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire,and will take appropriate action.”

On a Maternity Room door: “Push. Push. Push.”

At a Car Dealership:”The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

 Outside a Muffler Shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

 In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:”Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

At the Electric Company: “We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.”

 In a Restaurant window: “Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”

 In the front yard of a Funeral Home:”Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

 At a Propane Filling Station:”Thank Heaven for little grills.”

 In a Chicago Radiator Shop: “Best place in town to take a leak.”

Saving the best for last…  Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:”Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

Second Great Trip on Thursday April 13th With Ruti


PESACH, yud-zion Nisan – THURSDAY, APRIL 13, ’17

Come, join us in what promises to be another unforgettable, very worthwhile, enjoyable & meaningful experience in the vitally strategic, gorgeous, Shomron mountains — a full-day Pesach tiyul. By our very visit, we will be bringing chizuk & encouragement, at the same time as getting to know parts of our Precious Land.

This time our day will concentrate on bringing support to those families whose homes have been senselessly and cruelly destroyed by our evil, anti-Jewish establishment, in the context of its constant harassment of our wonderful people trying to live their lives in Yesha & with a pitiful IDF, bereft of all Jewish Halachic principles..


  • 8:45 am departure from Binyanei HaUma

  • In both Ivrit & English

  • Meet some of the wonderful people who are holding on to our Precious Land

  • Bullet-proof bus with us throughout the day

  • Licensed tour guide with us all day

  • Bring your Pesach lunch & plenty to drink– to be eaten at some picturesque spot

  • Return time to Binyanei HaUma – 19:00

. Price : Only NIS 150. p/p Payment Options:


* Or, as a last resort: Cash on the bus (160 NIS, subject to space)

Scheduled to visit: (subject to change):

  • Amona

  • Ofra

  • Kfar Tapuach

  • Neve Tsuf – people’s homes were burned by our enemies

  • Yitzhar

  • Itamar or Elon Moreh

NOTE: On the last “Pesach Ma’achazim Tour”, the bus was completely full & I was forced to turn people away, so make sure your reservations are paid for now! Avoid being disappointed!

We all know how very precious & vital these Outposts (Ma’achazim) are to our beloved Land and what wonderful people populate them. I am continuing my endeavor to put a variety of them on our map for our awareness. We’ll be learning more about each one of them, first-hand, meeting some of their marvelous inhabitants.

From Shalom Pollack;

I am very happy to announce our  two annual  Pesach tours!

We will thrill at the spring  time  country side as we make our way down to the coast.

This year we shall be hosted by the hesder  yeshiva of Sderot.
We will hear and see what it means to live ,spread Torah and spirit on the front lines  with Hamas.

We shall visit kibbutz Yad Mordechai  and experience the newly improved famous reenactment of the dramatic battle of 1948.

Finally we will see the “scrolls of fire” sculpture masterpiece, in the spectacular Jerusalem hills  – from Holocaust to the return to Jerusalem”

Date: Thursday April 13
Depart: Inbal hotel
Depart: 9:00
Return: 5:30

130 shekels(please bring exact amount)
Includes: All transportation, guiding, entrance fees.
Bring your own lunch for a picnic.

Please book early

No shows and cancellations 48 hours prior to departure will be charged in full.

Our second tour will be on Wednesday, April 12

We shall travel to the Mediterranean sea passing through glorious landscapes in full bloom.

In Ashkelon we will visit the famous and beautiful national park with its newly discovered Philistine remains as well as other periods, testimony to the importance of this ancient, biblical port city. (Samson visited..)

We will enjoy our picnic lunch along he sea.

On our way back to Yerushalayim ,w e will visit the recently excavated Jewish town from the Bar Cochba revolt. Amazing finds.

Finally,we will visit the magnificent tomb of Samuel the prophet, which has been denied Jewish access for over nine hundred years.

From the roof of the Crusader fortress we will see the very best view of  Yerushalayim and beyond.

We will descend into the crypt and pay our respects and be inspired by the greatest prophet besides Moses himself.

Depart 9:30

From the Inbal hotel

Return 5:30

Cost :150 shekels.

Includes transportation, guiding, all entrance fees

bring picnic lunch

Please reserve early

cancellations 48 hours before departure will be charged in full