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December 2011 - Milestones Israel

Happy Chanukah!

Tonight we light the first candle on the Chanukiah. Every year, as this holiday draws near, I take the time to reflect on Chanukah celebrations from my childhood and on the idea of miracles. Growing up in the US, Chanukah was known as the “Jewish Christmas”. It is a much bigger holiday in the diaspora […]

Mother and Daughter in Yeruham

“What is special about your family?” I asked David weeks before arriving in Israel with his wife and three daughters. “Well, my daughter Sienna is a total athlete. She plays football just like your Yossi Benayoun. And my wife, Kim, designs carpets and has them woven in India. They are both very talented.” They were […]

An Ancient City in a Modern World

Acco (or Acre) is a city that manages to bring all of my senses to life. Walking through the streets of this ancient city in a modern world, I can taste the delicious treats that fill the stalls of the shuk or smell the aromas of the fresh hummus coming from Sa’eed in the old […]

Spas and Crocodiles

Hamat Gader, located on the south-eastern part of the Sea of Galillee, spreads over 40 acres of tropical parkland. The hot springs of Gadera, dating back to the Roman Empire, was frequented by famous rabbis and prominent Greek philosophers. This beautiful Eden has a number of different attractions, creating a unique experience with each visit. […]

The Shuk Experience

Jerusalemites have Machane Yehuda and in Tel Aviv, the Carmel Market. The Ramla/Lod Market has become a brand of it’s own and moves from city to city. A day in the Israeli markets (shuks) will treat you to an extravaganza of colors, tastes and smells of seasonal fruits and vegetables straight from the fields. Throughout […]