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by michael August 14 2008
This week in JerusalemFoodFor the kidsThings to do
Judean Desert
The wilderness of Judea: a perfect setting for the night of Tu B'Av

The three weeks, the nine days and the ninth of Av are behind us - and with all the gloom out of the way, a Jerusalemite is free to turn to thoughts of luvvvvvvv. It's time for Tu B'Av, the Jewish holiday of love-or-something. The holiday's roots and proper celebrations are hazy, so Israelis have made it their equivalent of Valentine's Day - so this weekend is made for lovin'. Crank up the Marvin, pour the red wine and get ready for yet another week in Jerusalem.

  •  The Italian Jewish community in Jerusalem is throwing a three-day celebration of Italian culture at the foot of Hillel Street starting this evening. Three words: pasta eating contest. Also art, opera, music, plays, food vendors and more.
  • Lovers should take note of the Full Moon Festival at Beit Shmuel, a Tu B'Av revue of classic love songs on the theater's outdoor patio under the moonlight.
  • More love songs ring out in the Judean Hills outside Jerusalem in Nataf on Saturday night, when singer Yael Badihi delivers a set of the Bible's hottest love songs. Hell yes, the Bible has hot love songs.
  • The Train Theater is ready to entertain your kids Monday with Operation Soda, the story of a boy and a donkey who save Tel Aviv's secret treasure from a band of robbers.
  • Get your fifths flatted Tuesday at the German Colony Jazz Festival, a weekly celebration of jazz music featuring arts and crafts merchants, food stalls and, of course, much jazz hot.

And as always, there's plenty more to see and do in the Jerusalemite Events section. Have a great weekend.

Image courtesy of david_shankbone from Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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