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  • Jews take up the Ice Bucket Challenge – and some choose hummus

    August 19, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    Over the past month, a viral sensation has flooded the Internet: the ALS ice bucket challenge,  in which people post on social media videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative...

  • Balancing Israel of War and Israel of Peace

    By David Suissa

    December 12, 2012 | 10:32 am

    There’s been a lot of talk in our community lately about this notion of “balance,” particularly around the question of whether Israel supporters should balance their support for Israel with empathy for the enemy.

    This is an important subject — balancing the love for our own...

  • Friends of the IDF (FIDF) gala to honor 30 soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces

    By Tom Tugend

    December 10, 2008 | 1:17 am


    When the local Friends of the Israel Defense Forces join for a gala dinner on Dec. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the guests of honor will not be a few major donors or civic dignitaries but 30 Israeli soldiers.

    "We never honor an individual, only a group of soldiers," said Leo...

  • Leo David: From Israel soldier to soldiers’ friend

    By Tom Tugend

    December 10, 2008 | 1:11 am

    Leo David likes to think big.

    Shortly after he founded the Western regional branch of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in 1981, he started planning for the initial dinner gala and scouted for some appropriate entertainment.

    He flew to Las Vegas, twisted the arm of Sammy Davis...

  • Meet the IDF: Shimon Siso, 23, Golani Infantry Brigade

    December 10, 2008 | 1:06 am

    Born in Nahariya, a few kilometers from Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Shimon Siso dreamed of one day being a soldier in the Golani infantry brigade.

    "Everybody in school wanted to be in that unit because it's the best. I wasn't the only one," he said, taking his weapon off...

  • Meet the IDF: Ido Niv, 21, Maglan Elite Combat Unit

    December 10, 2008 | 1:02 am

    Ido Niv grew up in a typical Israeli home. A second-generation sabra, he comes from a long tradition of military service.

    His grandfather was a Holocaust survivor in Poland who made his way to Israel after World War II and later served in the Golan Heights. Niv's father served in a...

  • Meet the IDF: Zina Milstein, 19,  Infantry Unit 500, Infantry Instructor

    December 10, 2008 | 12:53 am

    A self-described "girly-girl" who loves dressing up, wearing jewelry and painting her nails, Zina Milstein surprised her family and friends when she insisted on going into an important Israel Defense Forces unit.

    "A lot of people said that I couldn't do it because the girls in these...