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  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • Summing up the past two months - between happiness and frustration.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    How can I sum up this crazy summer?


    In the past eight weeks I have been through an emotional roller coaster. I’ve been up and down, high and low, frustrated and hopeful, but most of all – surprised, because of so many things…


    What started as yet another July, where my...

  • Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

    August 21, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    The moment I kicked in the door of the abandoned house in the heart of the Catskills, I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone: Borscht Belt edition.”

    In some corners it appeared as if the residents were just out for the afternoon. Pictures and tchotchkes adorned the...

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  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • India and Israel are closer, the IDF goes green, surfing in Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 26, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    ReWalk selected one of the 25 Best Inventions of the Year

    ReWalk, an Israeli-developed exoskeleton for paraplegics was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s 25 best inventions of the year 2013. The medical device, developed by ARGO Medical Technologies, changed many lives of those who...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 4, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    Limonana is a cold Israeli beverage, and an ideal summer afternoon delight! Its name is a combination of "Limon," which is "Lemon" in Hebrew, and "Nana," which is a type of Spearmint leaves.


    Summer is almost over, which means now is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing cup of Limonana, right before we put our shorts and bathing suits back in storage… All you need is lemons, mint (nana) leaves, water, ice (you can grind it to improve the taste) and sugar. Much like lemonade, only so much better!


    A suggested recipe:

  • Excitement You Can Taste

    By Michael Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Summer has arrived. In my opinion, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than spicy food. Interestingly enough, the greatest spicy cuisines come from very hot regions such as Southeast Asia, Central America and North Africa. Some studies show that eating spicy food on a hot...

  • Summer fun at Jerusalem festivals

    June 20, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    The Jerusalem cultural scene, which is based almost entirely indoors during the winter months, comes to full bloom in the summer and lasts through Sukkot. Though blisteringly hot during the day, Jerusalem’s summer nights are beautiful, so most of the action takes place outdoors. 

    ...
  • 8 SUPER FAST Ways to Lose Weight for Summer

    By Sima Cohen

    April 17, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    Believe the hype! Fast ways to lose weight do exist! In fact, you might be surprised at how many quick, effective ways to lose weight quickly there actually are. All you need to do is read and implement:

    1. Prepare Your Own Meals
    Preparing your own meals is the #1 step in fast...

  • Relaxing is Exhausting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 13, 2012 | 6:27 am

    I have been at the lake in Ontario for two days and have done nothing but eat, sleep and sit. I sit on the couch, sit on the porch, sit on the deck, and sit in the kitchen.  I eat, nap, watch TV, and talk to whoever is around. I have colored, beaded, and played with Barbie. I have...

  • On the Road to Ojai, Ruach Nashim 2012

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 6, 2012 | 9:01 am

    We asked Dina Bernat-Kunin to share about her recent trip to gorgeous Ojai, California for a powerful and fun Women’s retreat.

    The road to Ojai is very familiar to me. I call it freedom road. I usually avoid being the driver because I just hate driving. Being the passenger allows me...

  • A summer to remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 18, 2012 | 10:01 am

    In this post, I would like to talk to you about an experience I’m sure most of you know well- Jewish summer camp. But since you know it so well- I would like to tell you about this experience from an Israeli delegate side. Last summer I had the honor to be a part of an Israeli...

  • Jewish summer camps: Director’s cut

    April 9, 2012 | 11:44 am

    At age 8, when Molly Hott stepped off the bus to complete her first summer of overnight camp, she told her parents she was going to “do this forever.”

    She wasn’t kidding. Hott spent the next 14 years of her life as a camper, waitress, bunk counselor, group leader, events...

  • How chutzpah changed the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 16, 2012 | 11:28 am

    What does being an Israeli mean? For many years, people have tried to name this “thing” that we, Israelis, have. What is that “quality”? Lacking a scientific definition, people had to come up with a Hebrew name for it. There is not a word in the English vocabulary that has the same...

  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Happy wallet, happy camper

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 26, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    The economy is bad. Money is tight. And yet the news isn’t all negative for youngsters hoping to attend Jewish summer camp this year.

    “The truth of the matter is, most of the summer camps have increased their financial aid,” said Jay Sanderson, president of The Jewish...

  • Shorter summer challenges camps

    By Rachel Heller

    January 26, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    “Early-start” is finally starting.

    After delaying implementation of a new, earlier school calendar last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will begin classes three weeks sooner this fall for the majority of students.

    Caught in the middle are local summer...

  • Kmart Layaway… Genious

    By Julia Bendis

    August 16, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    You know you’ve watched way too much television with your kids this summer when you start to pay attention to commercials…  During yet another “Big Time Rush” marathon, I noticed a Kmart commercial.  No, I didn’t pay extra attention to it because it was Kmart but rather WHAT they...

  • Summertime picnic

    By Judy Zeidler

    July 21, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Summer is a perfect time to share a picnic meal with friends. There is something exciting about eating outdoors, even if you are only heading to the local park.

    We have had season tickets for the Hollywood Bowl for as long as I can remember. Friends meet up with us there and we...

  • A fast last getaway

    July 21, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    We all head excitedly into the first days of summer with visions of epic beach days and star-worthy bronzed skin. Yet after weeks of long office hours and errand-filled weekends, the end of summer is already in sight. Before the flurry of back-to-school and the High Holy Days, grab...

  • Summer Rules are not meant to be followed, at least in my house…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 6, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    I am just not as Tiger-esque as I had hoped to be this summer, in fact I am the very opposite of the Tiger Mother!  But, I did have big plans to become one over the summer break…  And even bigger plans to grow a pair when it comes to my children NOT sitting around watching TV,...

  • Families Look in Own Back Yards for Summer Fun

    By Rachel Heller

    April 22, 2009 | 2:20 am

    Each summer, Erica Groten saves money on summer camp for her son, Ethan, by enrolling him in an exclusive program with only one opening: Camp Mom.

    Groten takes Ethan, 6, to places like the Natural History Museum and the Los Angeles Zoo, and organizes beach days with other families...

  • In the summertime

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    June 19, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    This Friday afternoon is the start of summer, which should make me very happy: BBQ dinners, ice cream trucks, really stupid TV shows that the networks are too embarrassed to run during the regular season. Summer ... you can’t say it without smiling.

    For most of my life, summer...

  • Solar panels, radio station keep Jewish camps current

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    It was a given that Benjy Rabin, 9, would spend part of his summers at Camp Ramah as soon as he was old enough. His father is a Ramah alum, and so are his older brother and sister.

    "That was the plan we made when we decided that Jewish day school was not an affordable or...

  • Summer and the start of school

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In one of his most famous works, the French poet Francois Villon asked: "Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? (But where are the snows of yesteryear?)." I might ask the same about where this summer went. It seems like just last week my daughter was getting out of class, and now she's...
  • How to choose an Israel summer program

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Josh Ungar will never forget the first time he laid eyes on the Western Wall.

    "It was right before Shabbos and [the tour leaders] led us to the Wall and had us close our eyes and then open them when we were right in front of the Kotel," remembered Ungar, 16, of his experience with...

  • Loud and clear reasons for a cell phone-free Summer

    By Jordanna Flores

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the hardest rules to enforce at camp is not no gum-chewing, no graffiti or even no late-night sneaking out. It's camper cell phone use.

    Everyone is so used to being in constant contact that even our kids can't seem to hang up the phone for the few short weeks of summer camp....

  • Mark the New Year with late summer harvest menu

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A recent trip to Italy made me aware of the wonderful possibilities of growing your own lush, flavorful garden-fresh food. The villa where we stayed was entirely self-sufficient, with magnificent varieties of produce, eggs gathered from the hen house and the proprietors even making...
  • I Was Kid Free and Guilt Free!  For A Week!

    By Randye Hoder

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My children were unexpectedly away for a week this summer, and I didn't miss them a bit. Apparently, that's grounds for expulsion from the Good Mommy Club.

    My husband, 8-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter and I were on our way back to Los Angeles from a trip to Squaw Valley, and we'd...

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