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  • Israeli kibbutz can ‘feel the Bern’ of forgotten volunteer Sanders

    February 17, 2016 | 2:20 pm

    An Israeli kibbutz is taking considerable pride in a former volunteer, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, even though no one on the communal farm can quite remember him.

    In 1990 Sanders, then running for Congress, told Israel's Haaretz newspaper he had volunteered...

  • 50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz

    February 8, 2016 | 8:23 am

    Every morning, Bernie Sanders would wake up at 4:10 a.m. to pick apples and pears.

    Leaving the cabin he shared with a few other American college student volunteers, Sanders would have a quick bite of bread before heading out to the orchard. After 2 1/2 hours of work, he and the...

  • Mystery solved? Bernie’s Kibbutz revealed

    February 4, 2016 | 3:04 pm

    The mystery over which kibbutz Bernie Sanders worked on while in Israel, before running for public office, may have been solved on Thursday.

    The Democratic presidential candidate and his brother, Larry Sanders, have said for a while that they have forgotten the name of the...

  • Rocket fired from Gaza lands near kibbutz

    June 23, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open area near a kibbutz in southern Israel not far from the Gaza border.
    No injuries or damages were reported from the rocket, which landed on Tuesday night, setting off alarms in several Israeli towns near northern Gaza, the ...
  • Israeli families fleeing rat-race revive once-doomed kibbutzim

    June 2, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    This year's harvest was especially merry at Degania Alef, Israel's first kibbutz, founded in 1910 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The community celebrated the birth of 11 children, its largest crop of babies in a quarter century.

    Twenty-five years ago kibbutzim, collective...

  • World-renowned dance company to perform at The Wallis

    November 12, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Like most kibbutzim, Kibbutz Ga’aton has agriculture and industry, but that’s not what has brought it notoriety. Instead, people from around the globe have been attracted to this spot in the western Galilee for its contemporary dance.

    Conceived in 1959 as the Ga’aton Dance...

  • Meeting the owner of the L.A. urban farm where Kimbra wrote “The Golden Echo”

    By Jared Sichel

    August 21, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    The setting was about as unorthodox and unique as the woman.

    Standing on a sidewalk in Koreatown, Rosa Goudsmit, 42, was watching her two baby children, Benjamin and Devrah, who fell asleep in the front seat of her Chevy 3500 truck, which she uses to safely transport bees—yes,...

  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Kim Kardashian’s favorite kibbutz

    June 5, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Reality star Kim Kardashian has done her part for a kibbutz in Israel. Take a deep breath–she has not actually performed any manual labor, or even visited the place (do they make high heel Naots?). Her contribution is of the wallet-opening kind.

    Kardashian settled on Ceasarstone...

  • On kibbutz, secular seders stray from tradition

    March 14, 2013 | 8:48 am

    The families surround long tables covered by white tablecloths. Festive decorations line the walls, and the kitchen is free of chametz, the leavened foods forbidden on Passover. Seder plates sit in front of hungry participants.

    But instead of someone reading the Haggadah or...

  • Romney: U.S. ‘not a kibbutz’

    August 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

    America is not a kibbutz, Mitt Romney said in a bid to underscore his commitment to individual liberties.

    “It’s individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said at a Chicago fundraiser Tuesday in remarks first...

  • Preserving volunteerism in Israel

    August 7, 2012 | 11:53 am

    “Ask Israelis who have never seen a kibbutz before in their lives and who know nothing about the movement,” remarks Aya Sagi, director of the Volunteer Department at the Kibbutz Movement Program Center. “They at least know about the volunteers and are nostalgic.” 


  • Documentary traces changes in kibbutz life

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Back in the 1930s and ’40s, when Diaspora Jews desperately needed a symbol of Jewish strength and pride, the brawny, sunburned kibbutznik became the poster image for the new Jew emerging in Palestine.

    Two generations further on, the straightforward picture has become blurred. The...

  • Everything Is Personal Here in the Middle East

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 13, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Last evening I found myself channel surfing Israeli television when I came across a gripping documentary centered on an Israeli cyclist who pedaled the length and breadth of Israel and parts of the West Bank to meet people and learn about their lives and relationship to the land and...

  • A Kibbutz State of Mind

    January 26, 2012 | 7:56 am

    Do me a favor. Take a quick trip with me. Our first stop is a lively bus station with people talking loudly and grazing your shoulder as they pass.  Breathe in the smell of exhaust and fresh fruit. Feel the sweat trickling down the small of your back. It’s 90 degrees outside and...

  • Israel at its best

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    December 5, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    This past week, as President of the regional board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) along with our ARZA Regional Director Jerry Krautman, we welcomed Alex Cicelsky from Israel who is on a national speaking tour sponsored by ARZA. That hour was so exciting and...

  • Forgive Me For Not Joining Mubarak’s Going-Away Party

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    February 12, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    On the off-chance that you’re living in a cave with restricted internet access that only lets you read The Jewish Journal, Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt.


    Everyone I know back in The States is tossing around the words “freedom” and “liberation”...

  • Newsflash:  My Boobies are not Magical

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    January 19, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    By now, you’ve probably gotten the memo:

    I’m still breastfeeding M and Little Homie. 

    (And I’m happy to take on another customer or two if you know of anyone in Israel who is interested.  I charge 75 shekels an hour. I could really use the money.Thanx.)

    It’s like a spread in...

  • A long time ago, in a kibbutz far away . . .

    November 19, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    Yoav was my kibbutz brother, secular and an ardent Zionist. He had an encyclopedic mind that could recite in detail kibbutz history, lore and socialist ideology. Today, Yoav is an equally intense, knowledgeable and ideological Charedi guy living in the Midwest. He recently offered to...
  • What’s so good about Israel? Let me tell you!

    July 16, 2008 | 11:02 pm

    It took me six years of living abroad to love Israel as passionately as I do. As soon as I returned from two months of living in China, two years of high school in Italy and four years of college in the United States, I became convinced that there is simply no better place than...
  • Leading . . .  by pulling back

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Lori Schneide was 16 years old, she lived in India for the summer.

    "I had this deep impression of calling," she said. "There's something we all can humbly contribute."

    When she finished college, the Reform Jew from Long Island decided she would travel the world to continue...

  • Labor Zionist ideals live on at Gilboa

    By Julie G Fax

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In real life, Leo Goldberg doesn't dance and sing.

    But at Camp Gilboa, where he's spent summers for the past 9 years, Leo Goldberg dances. And he sings. A lot -- and loudly.

    "There's this emphasis on everyone being able to express themselves, and in not being limited to the way you...

  • TV: Suze Orman isn’t all about the money—she has a spiritual side, too

    By Elissa Strauss

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every morning in the shower, financial guru, TV personality and best-selling author Suze Orman says a prayer -- "I ask for forgiveness and relief for all whom I did harm, and forgiveness and relief for all who harmed me" -- and she has been doing so for as long as she can remember....
  • ‘Secular Yeshiva’ answers young Israelis’ questions

    By Dina Kraft

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ofri Bar-Am, 19, folds her legs underneath her on a library couch and peers closely at a photocopy of the biblical passage describing the oldest recorded case of sibling rivalry in history, Cain and Abel.

    A student at the first secular yeshiva in Israel, Bar-Am underlines phrases,...

  • Chipping Away at Israel Support Endangers U.S.

    By Joe R. Hicks

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent a fair amount of time in Israel in the late 1990s, traveling throughout the country. One of my many impressions of that nation was that there was a pervasive desire by Israelis for a lasting, mutually beneficial peace with hostile neighbors.

    At the time of my visit, I was...

  • Muddy the Body, Cleanse the Soul

    By Soriya Daniels

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Visitors to Israel are often looking for a spiritual uplift, and one of the country's best-kept secrets for achieving that transcendent state is not found in Jerusalem's Old City.

    Perhaps it is the oxygen-rich air coupled with the high-concentration of relaxing bromide. Or maybe...

  • Menorah on the Mountain

    By Bill Slott

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Kibbutz Ketura, in the south of Israel, is a small, quiet agricultural settlement, with a rich tradition of community celebration.

    Behind the kibbutz looms a stately limestone cliff that can be reached by a 45- minute climb up a well-worn goat path. The view from the top of the cliff...

  • Fox Takes ‘Walk’ Down Provocative Path

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Israeli director Eytan Fox makes films that open on a rousing patriotic note of rugged Israelis battling the enemy, before gradually exposing the chinks in his country's macho culture.

    His widely acclaimed "Yossi & Jagger" began with an elite Israeli unit facing infiltrators from...

  • Naomi Shemer, Israeli Folk Musician, Dies at 74

    By Dan Baron

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was a sign of folk singer Naomi Shemer's importance to Israel's national psyche that her death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation's newspapers.

    Saturday's death of Shemer, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...

  • Aliyah Perspectives

    By Amy Klein

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    From Los Angeles, Israel is 20 hours away by plane and 10 hours ahead on the clock; it's also a world apart. But in the past 55 years of the State of Israel's independence, thousands of Jews have made aliyah from L.A., generally forfeiting a more comfortable lifestyle to follow their...

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