Jerusalem  – holy Jerusalem, heavenly Jerusalem, reunited and divided and disputed Jerusalem – brings together many grand narratives. And every year, come Yom Yerushalayim, we go back to these narratives and celebrate (and debate) this vaunted value or that historical/political/religious agenda.

But real-life Jerusalem is more than an idea. It’s random-yet-moving, baffling-but-inspiring, heavenly-but -always-down-to-earth. Sure, the grand narratives influence our experiences of Jerusalem. They seep through its walls and echo through its alleys and infuse our experiences with pain or exultation or a combination of both. But we don’t experience them as abstract notions. We experience them, first and foremost, through the little moments, the encounters, and daily scenes that make this city come to life.

Jerusalem Moments is a celebration of these experiences and of real-life Jerusalem. For 50 days, from April 5th to the 50th Yom Yerushalayim (May 24th, 2017), this site will explore Jerusalem’s quirks and idiosyncrasies through YOUR favorite Jerusalem experiences. We invite you to join the celebration, and rediscover this city through​ each other’s images and words.

About me:

Hi! I’m Rachel Sharansky Danziger, a Jerusalem-based writer and a life-long fan of this city. Jerusalem Moments is my own private initiative, and it isn’t affiliated with, or funded by, any organizations.

All the posts on this site represent the personal opinions of their authors. If you find them offensive or disturbing, please remember that, as Yehuda Amichai wrote in Poems of Jerusalem, no one “has ever seen Jerusalem naked.” We all experience Jerusalem through the memories and hopes that we associate with it, and this site is an opportunity to encounter aspects of Jerusalem we didn’t meet before – or skip to the next post.

To Participate:

Would you like to share your own favorite/intriguing/thought provoking Jerusalem moments via this site? Send them our way via jerusalemmoments@gmail.com (along with a short bio and a headshot) and we will be in touch. We are interested in photographs, poems, and experience-oriented essays, and old posts and multiple submissions are more than welcome.

Please note:

We can’t garantee that submissions received after May 14th will be processed in time for publication before Yom Yerushalaim. We will get to them eventually, but if you want to be certain that your entries will make it into the site before May 24th, please send them in advance.