‘An Insider’s Account’


Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres, published his insider’s account on those experiences in 2010. “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” was an instant best seller and received rave reviews from… Read More

All Abuzz


The coffee market in Israel woke up last week to a new era with the launch of a new coffee and food chain, Cofix. The coffee shop is kosher and offers costumers food and beverage for only five shekels (less than $1.50). It is only for takeout with no seating or wait staff. On the… Read More

On The Road Again


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers revealed earlier this year that data culled from geosocial networks such as the GPS traffic app Waze can help prevent traffic incidents with better deployment of police resources at the most accident-prone areas. The paper, “Data Mining Opportunities in Geosocial Networks for Improving Road Safety,” was presented at the… Read More

Plan A Trip To Israel


The leaves have yet to turn, but many Baltimoreans already are planning their winter-break trips to Israel. Besides mild, albeit rainy weather, December is a wonderful time to visit the Jewish state. In addition to the every-season tourist attractions, there are a number of festivals to enjoy. Schedule your visit around the Festival of Festivals,… Read More

Who’s A Big Boy?


Israeli doctors were shocked last week by the birth of the hospital’s largest baby. The size of the 13-pound, 7-ounce (6.245 kilograms) boy, born at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, surprised his mother, too, who was not able to find proper baby pajamas in his size after he was delivered by Caesarean section in… Read More

Stepping Into The Shoes Of The Elderly


The Holon Children’s Museum of Israel is known for its hands-on, multimedia exhibits, such as “Dialogue in the Dark” and “Invitation to Silence,” where visitors experience a 90-minute tour focusing on what it feels like to live with physical impairments, such as vision and auditory deficiencies. “Dialogue with Time,” a new exhibit geared toward teens… Read More

Tel Aviv’s Tallest Tower


Israel’s tallest building is going up in central Tel Aviv. The municipality’s building commission approved the Keren Hakirya complex, which will include an 80-floor skyscraper. Keren Hakirya will be located in the northeast corner of the Kirya, the Israel Defense Forces’ headquarters, and will be comprised of five buildings. Joining the skyscraper will be two… Read More



It’s time to hit the books! As American students return to school this season, like their Israeli counterparts, they will study world history, math and science. But there is one subject they won’t have — a subject core to the Israeli curriculum. Shelach, a Hebrew acronym for field (land), nationhood and society, is a hands-on… Read More

From Bodega Vendor To Business Mogul


When Rami Levy, a severe dyslexic who failed out of school, took over his grandfather’s store in Jerusalem’s famous Machane Yehuda Market, no one could have imagined that 36 years later he would be worth an estimated $500 million.  Rami’s chain of supermarkets, Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd., operates by offering the… Read More

Record-Setting Shabbat Table?


The central Israeli city of Bnei Brak set what is believed to be the world’s longest Shabbat table earlier this summer. At 197 feet long, the table — set with china plates, crystal goblets and silver candlesticks, as well as traditional Shabbat foods — comfortably seats more than 300, Ynet reported. The municipality, in conjunction… Read More