Shavuot is the holiday commemorating the greatest day in the history of mankind: when God gifted the Jewish people with the Torah. In honor of Shavuot, here are two cheesecake recipes for you to try. Click here to learn more … [Read more...] about Shavuot Cheesecake For Two
This June 2nd, celebrate Jerusalem Day! This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the reunification of the holiest city in the world. Free activities in the Old City and surrounding areas include musical performances, a parade, a prayer service at the Western Wall and tours of different historical sites. Israelis and Jews worldwide view the reunification of Jerusalem as a momentous event, if not a divinely orchestrated occurrence. But despite the city’s continued growth and development, there … [Read more...] about This Jerusalem Day Return Hope to the Needy
Tair Sassy, the manager of Nir Am, one of Meir Panim’s Youth Centers in Sderot, was brainstorming different ways to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day when the alarms began to sound. Sirens indicated that once again her town of Sderot was under attack. In a split second, the town, which borders Gaza, was once again thrown into a shocking state of emergency, with schools closed and hundreds of families forced to remain within the confines of bomb shelters. Safe inside … [Read more...] about The Youth of Sderot Are Under Attack – Again!
On the eve of April 19, Jews around the world will participate in a festive and ritual-filled Passover meal (Seder). For more than 6,900 lone soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, who do not have family in Israel, or are orphans, come from dysfunctional homes, or have been disowned by their ultra-orthodox Jewish families who do not want their sons in the Israeli army, Passover can make a lone soldier feel even more alone. Yahad-United for Israel’s Soldiers, the only Israeli … [Read more...] about This Passover Help Combat Loneliness and Isolation
Jacob’s sixth-grade classmates kept eyeing the clock, counting down the hours and the minutes until the final bell rang. The sound that would announce the start of Passover vacation. The biblical holiday of Passover, commemorating the Israelites miraculous exodus from ancient Egypt, was starting in a few days. All the kids were excited about what the upcoming festive holiday meant to them: a vacation from school, festive ritual meals with family and friends, new clothes, presents, and … [Read more...] about This Israeli Child Isn’t Looking Forward to Passover
At ten o’clock, Adi instructed all the children in her Jerusalem gan (kindergarten) to take out their aruchat eser (mid-morning meal). Hungry, all the children raced to unzip their tiks (backpacks), remove their lunches and begin eating. All the children, that is, except for Benny. “At the beginning of the year, I noticed that Benny often came to gan without food. One morning, I asked him if he forgot his food at home. His response broke my heart. “We have no … [Read more...] about Children in Israel – the Unfortunate Reality