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Four days of Jerusalem Dayby michael • May 28 2008
Things to do, Art, Film, Food, For the kids, Holidays, Municipal news
The 41st anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem is an occasion of such incredible, unspeakable awesomeness that the city couldn't even fit all of its commemorative events into the relevant day. Jerusalem demands your glee not just on June 2, but on June 1 through 4. Who are you to say no to 96 straight hours of Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) activities?
Start things off in a relaxed manner on the 1st by visiting the Israel Draws Jerusalem exhibition at Mamilla and then heading to Safra Square to take in Rolling Flags, in which some people will ride some bikes across the square and then give Israeli flags to the mayor before seminal Israeli fusion rock act Ethnix goes on. But don't worry, the fun ramps up from there, and you'll be glad you saved your energy by the time night falls and the real party begins.
The next day, if the floats parade hasn't satisfied your craving for peculiar vehicles, you can swing by Safra Square to see $9 million worth of extremely classic cars, having been driven there from England (more or less) as part of a Jewish National Fund publicity stunt to celebrate Jerusalem Day and earn money for development in the Negev.
And while all this wackiness is going on, Jerusalem's theaters and concert halls are hosting a series of more thoughtful and edifying entertainment events as part of the ongoing Israel Festival.
Photo of Laila Lavan main stage co-headliner Efrat Gosh at a recent Jerusalem gig courtesy of smadars from flickr under a creative commons license; Student Day revelers throwing their hands in the air like they care for Jerusalem very much courtesy of Student Union spokesperson's office.
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