In the past my husband and I had been invited to the receptions held by the American Consulate in Jerusalem. They predated US President Donald Trump, and that was when the American Government had its embassy in Tel Aviv.
Last night's party was amazing and so totally different from the American Independence Day events we had attended in the past. First of all, this was an official embassy event and in Jerusalem, in Binyanei Hauma. All the food was kosher, including the menu, meat, fish and parve, instead of a table or two of kosher food. In prior years we'd see lots of Arabs, a few men in kippot, and sometimes I seemed to be the only woman who covers her hair. The 2019 celebration felt Jewish and Israeli, even YESHA.
|Yes, my husband and I|
|Here is Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion with me and my husband. The mayor took the selfie of us and publicized it.|
|The YESHA crowd, some of us at least|
|The String Chords Bridge was lit up for the occasion.|