Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It ... Rain

"Snowballing on Jaffa Road" in Jerusalem (1942)
Israelis love to see snow.

The ski slopes on Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights are clogged today with Israeli skiers after several heavy snowfalls in recent weeks. 

The children from the American
Colony, 1921 (the picture was

Snow covers Jerusalem's Old City, looking toward
Mt. of Olives (circa 1900)

Elsewhere in Israel rains have fallen steadily over the last month, and the Sea of Galilee is slowly rising.  But the "national resevoir of Israel" has a long way to go after years of drought in the Middle East.

British soldiers at the
Western Wall (1921)

Children pulling sled in Jerusalem
Snow in the hills of Jerusalem occurs once every year or two. Roads from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are clogged when there are predictions of snow in the capital.  Residents of Israel's warmer coastline have even been seen in Jerusalem loading snow into the trunks of their cars after a snow storm to take back "down the hill."

Children playing in the snow

A snowman in Jerusalem, probably surrounded by
members of the American Colony (1921)

The photographers of the American Colony recorded pictures of some of the snow storms, particularly the heavy accumulation during the winter of 1921. 


  1. Oh my god! the last picture is probably that of GERMAN TEMPLARS and the photo is from the German colony in Jerusalem. I used to live in a house which was built by the German Templars and I think I recognize the house in the picture as one of the houses on Emek Refaim - maybe even the house I was living in!

    1. Could be, but the American Colony group had a large house on Nablus Road, and this is probably it.