Appreciating Jerusalem Moments

“There’s a gap between the Jerusalem we celebrate in public ceremonies – full of history, great causes and grand narratives – and Jerusalem as we experience it every day."

By RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
April 13, 2017 16:34
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World War II veterans march down Jerusalem’s streets, together with IDF soldiers, at the Veterans’ Parade.. (photo credit: RACHEL SHARANSKY DANZINGER)

 
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Except for the time she did national service in Beit She’an, Rachel Sharansky Danziger has lived her whole life in Jerusalem. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Danziger recently embarked on a private initiative to help everyday Jerusalem come alive.

Having attended a lifetime of Jerusalem Day ceremonies, Danziger realized, “There’s a gap between the Jerusalem we celebrate in public ceremonies – full of history, great causes and grand narratives – and Jerusalem as we experience it every day. When we talk to people on the street in three different languages or we see kids playing in front of a Roman ruin, these experiences are also worthy of celebration. The big celebrations don’t quite capture what really matters to people.

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