The Real Jerusalem Streets – What is really happening in Jerusalem – Apr 11, 2012
By Sharon Altshul
Millions of people visit nature sites in Israel over Passover. Tens of thousands attend Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing prayer service at the Kotel, the Western Wall, each year. In Jerusalem’s Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, thousands of people gather for picnic outings.
I want to share with you a special event in Jerusalem at ALEH, a very special home and school for children with special educational needs.
The weather was perfect for the annual ALEH Jerusalem March as it left the school grounds.
Participating were many of the dedicated staff members and their families, dozens of young volunteers, along with lots of balloons and a nurse on duty.
Streets were closed to traffic as the ALEH Jerusalem March moved toward the new Gesher HaMeitarim, the Chord or String Bridge.
After waiting for everyone to arrive on the bridge, hundreds of balloons were released over the city of Jerusalem. Then everyone crossed the bridge and the celebration continued with live music and dancing.
In a country where on chol hamoed traffic is heavy and people creep along, this crowd was really moving.
I can share a few scenes of the tremendous care, affection, and attention given to the students who participated, but for reasons of privacy I cannot share their radiant smiles.
This was an event short on publicity and politicians, only MK Aryeh Eldar said a few words.
But it was big on love and full of holiday spirit.
A very happy Passover!
If you found an ALEH balloon…I would love to hear how far they flew.
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