I spent the last two months in the US getting ready - cleaning up and renting my house, moving my office, tying up the loose ends at work - and now the year is finally starting. While I'm in Jerusalem I'll be going to the National Library and working on a book review for the upcoming SBL annual meeting in San Diego. (I'm participating in a book review session on Jim Davila's translation of much of the Hekhalot literature - Hekhalot Literature in Translation).
On Thursday night, I went to the Jerusalem gay pride march. It was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, in August, but because of the war, it was postponed until September. I was very glad to get to go - for several years it's been held in August, when I'm usually back in Ithaca after my summer stint in Jerusalem. About 2,000 people came - fewer than in years past, but still a nice lively crowd.
|Part of the giant flag held by Meretz Jerusalem supporters|
|Pepe Alalu, leader of the Meretz-Labor party in the Jerusalem city council, being interviewed by Walla.|
|The sign reads: "Orthodox women, straight women, and supporters!" The small signs read: "Religious women supporters"|
|Students from the youth movement of the Conservative movement in support of LGBT rights|
|The band playing before the march started.|
|On the way - walking up King George Street|
|Turning down Agron St. to Independence Park|
|People in Independence Park|