Monthly Archives: December 2019

Inspiring Israelis of the decade

The reason for Israel’s incredible transformation over the last 10 years is its people – too many to mention here. 14 individuals, though, are highlighted in this article as being particularly inspiring. They include my own favorites, Navonel Glick (IsraAID) … Continue reading

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Ethiopian-Israeli MK lights candle in London’s Trafalgar Square

Member of Knesset Pnina Tamano-Shata lit a candle at a Chanukah ceremony in London’s Trafalgar Square. She said, “Hanukkah symbolizes …. the ability to change our world for the better together.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/273517

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French immigrants bake the best donuts

The recent wave of new Israeli citizens from France has made a huge difference to the quality of Israel’s Chanukah donuts (sufganiyot). https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Fried-and-flavorful-from-France-611404

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Haredi IDF unit celebrates 20 years

Hundreds of ultra-religious IDF soldiers have just participated in the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Haredi combat units. They include “Netzach Yehuda” (Kfir brigade) “Tomer” platoon (Givati ​) “Chetz” platoon (Paratroopers) plus “Defenders of the Negev” platoon (Air Force). … Continue reading

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Connecting young Diaspora Jews to Israel

As reported previously (see here) Israeli non-profit Ayalim builds student villages to increase the Jewish presence in the Negev and Galilee, plus help those living in the social periphery. It is now using “social impact investing”, to enlarge some of … Continue reading

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Taxi driver finds and returns $60,000

An Israeli taxi driver was surprised to find a bag containing $60,000 in the back seat of his cab. He located the owner – an elderly woman he took to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, who needed the money for medical … Continue reading

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Israelis are forever young

Yosef Eshed, a 102-year-old Israeli who fought alongside Orde Wingate, can now register for kindergarten. Eshed was one of 20 Israelis over a century old to receive a kindergarten enrollment letter recently. Apparently, a computer glitch dropped the first digit … Continue reading

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Never give up hope

Some real-life “miraculous” stories of cancer patients whose lives were saved by stem cell transplants, thanks to the bone marrow database, managed by Israel’s Ezer Mizion. http://www.ezermizion.org/blog/never-give-up-hope/ http://www.ezermizion.org/blog/flying-high-2/ http://www.ezermizion.org/blog/old-at-23/

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International TV Series of the Decade

The NY Times has named Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War” the Top International TV series of the Decade. The Keshet network series was remade in the US as Homeland in 2011. Screenwriter, director and producer Gideon Raft also produced … Continue reading

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Tel Aviv is one of the best cities to visit

Forbes magazine lists Tel Aviv among its 20 best cities in the world to visit in 2020. It highlights White City Center museum, opened for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. Tel Aviv is home to more than … Continue reading

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