Resilient Sister

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Ashkelon, Baltimore’s partnership city in Israel, was recently named one of the first 33 cities in the world to be part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The challenge was created to make cities more resilient to manmade and natural disasters that cause extreme economic and personal damage. Ashkelon’s challenge is to develop… Read More

Operation Islands Of Hope

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Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful cyclone, hit the Philippines in early November. Although the cyclone did not directly affect Israel in any way, Israel immediately sent a delegation to help with medical treatment and repairing damaged infrastructures. Operation Islands of Hope was a delegation comprised of 150 people and 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies…. Read More

Festivals Season

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The first jelly doughnut in the bakeries symbolizes the opening of “Festivals Season” in Israel. During this time — seven days of vacation from school — parents are looking for activities for their kids. Unlike the summer vacation, when children can spend a lot of time at the pool or the beach, it is usually… Read More

Israel App

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Millions of tourists to Israel now have a complete mobile audio tour guide and travel companion at their fingertips, as Israel App redefines the Israel travel experience for the 21st-century traveler. With stunning visuals, crisp informative audio content and hundreds of GPS-based guided tours, Israel App delivers a complete travel experience in the palm of… Read More

Will The Voters Step Up?

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Are the voters in Israel mimicking American voters in their lack of participation in local elections? This year, only 32 percent of eligible voters turned out for the mayoral elections in Jerusalem; only 22 percent turned out in Tel Aviv. Despite these low numbers, the mayors of Israel’s three largest cities — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv… Read More

Israel God-Given?

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The recent Pew research study, The Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews, found that 55 percent of U.S. Christians believe that God gave Israel to the Jews compared with 40 percent of American Jews. The breakdown within the Jewish community is pretty straightforward: 84 percent of Orthodox… Read More

Sigd!

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Ethiopians in Israel have just completed the celebration of Sigd on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. The holiday takes place 50 days following Yom Kippur. On Sigd, the community rejoices for the renewal of the alliance between the people, God and His Torah. This act is reminiscent of the treaty made for… Read More

Who? What? How?

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How did trees save Israel during the Six Day War? Who was Zvi “Zvika” Greengold, and why was he awarded Israel’s highest medal for heroism? How did the State of Israel grow between the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and what challenges did it face? Why didn’t Israel launch a pre-emptive strike… Read More

In Search Of The Perfect Hummus

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In supermarkets across the country, hummus is slowly becoming as ubiquitous as bagels. Americans are discovering that this healthy Middle Eastern treat makes the perfect party dip, appetizer and sandwich spread. But in Israel, this flavorful mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic is often the centerpiece of the meal, the… Read More

‘An Insider’s Account’

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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