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

At The Bottom Of Everything

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By Ben Dolnick Pantheon 2013, 256 pages Seldom do works of fiction come along that allow the reader not only to enjoy the story, but also to actually experience the story. “At the Bottom of Everything” by Ben Dolnick does just this. The backbone of the novel is simple and relatable. It is a tale… Read More

Do you have any longstanding Chanukah traditions?

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Anita Katz: The grandkids each got a menorah when they were born. They all will be lighting candles on Chanukah. Debbie & Mitchel Saltzman: Cantor Susan Alcott: No one can get their gifts until we sing all the songs! Melissa Shnidman: No one can get their gifts until we sing all the songs! Want to place an order online?… 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

The Sisters Weiss

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St. Martin’s Press 2013, 336 pages In 1950s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict Ultra-Orthodox family, never imagining to defy their parents or their community. Rose dreams of a world outside of her sheltered life and leaves behind her younger sister, Pearl, her family and her way of… Read More

What are your Thanksgivukkah plans?

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Essie Keyser: We are planning a big celebration where we will either stuff the turkey with latkes or eat them on the side. Michael Taylor: Turkey fry in the morning! Cantor Susan Alcott: I am thinking of bringing some latkes to where we are going to celebrate. We are bringing a menorah, and we will sing some songs…. Read More

The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps

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By Nathan Shapow and Bob Harris The Robson Press 2013, 256 pages “The Boxer’s Story,” an autobiography by Nathan Shapow with sports writer Bob Harris, is really three stories. The first, Shapow’s unbelievable story of survival during the Holocaust, is important both as a story of survival and as a testament to the atrocities 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

What’s your favorite place to visit in Israel?

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Eva Zajdel: The Golan Heights is just so beautiful. I also love Masada and the Dead Sea.. Marc Lowen: Jerusalem. Roberta Eisner: The Western Wall is my favorite place. Since I was 16 years old… my dream had been to visit the country. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

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