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Jerusalem of Snow, 2013

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 13, 2013


Soldiers in the snow at French Hill (above). This is the worst snow storm we can recall. I think it’s worse than 1992, although my memories of that storm are pretty hazy. I do remember not having electricity for a couple days and having to cook by candle-light, which is a lot less fun than it sounds.

Yesterday I was at work for less than an hour, barely time to finish my coffee. When we drove in, the snow started coming down in large flakes just as we entered the Mt. Scopus tunnel. It’s amazing how the climate changes according to the elevation, so you leave home in the rain and get to work in the snow.

At first it was quite pretty. I shot this video on the way in to work, around 9 a.m., with a pocket camera:

By 10, the view from my office window looked like this:


A co-worker sent out an email offering places in her car. We drove through French Hill, one of the highest points of Jerusalem, and the snow was quite heavy. Cars were struggling up the ramp from the parking garage because the slush was so slippery. We drove in first gear until we got out of Jerusalem. A lot of drivers were stranded and there were calls for anyone with a 4×4 vehicle to help get people home. Later, we got an official email at work telling us to go home, either in private cars or in the shuttle buses. My husband was taken home in a jeep. It took hours because the three passengers lived in different outlying areas and the first jeep broke down just outside Har Hotzvim.

Now it’s cold and rainy in Maale Adumim. No buses and no deliveries from Jerusalem. Fortunately, I had thought about that yesterday and did a lot of my Shabbat shopping yesterday, when I came home early.





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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013, Video: Ode to Joy among the Ruins

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 17, 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

“From Darkness to Light,” by Moshe Kimchi (Israel) at the Jerusalem Light Festival 2013. The only place I could stand was right by the speaker, so I’m surprised that the sound quality was okay.


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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013: White Trail

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 16, 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

This year several  exhibits used video-mapping. The photos above and below depict “Nón lá Poétry,” by ThéOriz Crew (France). The description says that the installation is intended to present viewers with a new and unconventional perspective on the Vietnamese conical hat. The surface of the wall is flat except for the cones, which have are hanging on the wall. (A short clip of the installation appears in the video I posted earlier.)

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

“Prima Ballerina,” by O*GE (Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr) was much more popular than the installation they did two years ago (I forget what it was called but it looked like a hut made of orange glow sticks). I think I preferred their “Night Garden,” 2009. (I met Gaston Zahr that year when he found one of my Flickr photos of his installation and commented on it.) Still, the ballerina was very impressive. It was a tricky subject to photograph because the skirt is so bright and the face of the doll is in shadow. The doll is spinning, which makes it trickier to get a sharp focus.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

“Light,” by Detlef Hargung and Georg Trenz (Germany), projects the word “light” in Hebrew and Arabic, moving in kaleidoscopic pattrns in Gan Hatekuma.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

“Pyramid of Light,” by Heinz Kasper (Germany/Austria) is constructed of thousands of plastic bottles.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Beit Rothschild in Batei Machsei Square always has an impressive video-mapping installation. This year “Garden of My Dreams,” by Ocubo (Portugal) depicts children planting a garden, which grows with spectacular colours. The dog that you hear in the video isn’t part of the sound track. Someone brought a German shepherd, which was fascinated by the presentation and started howling.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

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Video: Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 16, 2013

I put together a few video clips I took last week at the Jerusalem Festival of Light.

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