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Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day

05/22/2019 08:05:48 PM


Andrew Blumberg

At sundown on June 2nd we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, the anniversary of the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. For the first time in two thousand years the entire city of Jerusalem came under Jewish sovereignty. The destruction of Jerusalem began thousands of years of exile and destruction for the Jewish people, and thousands of years of mourning and longing as we're reminded when we conclude our Seders with the...Read more...

Israel’s Two-Wheeled Solution to Traffic and Sabbath

05/20/2019 05:28:16 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Electric-scooter rental companies are hitting speed bumps in the U.S. over safety and other concerns.
But in Tel Aviv, one in 10 residents has rented an e-scooter, and the city appears to be embracing them.

Here’s a look (video) at the challenges and potential lessons of the e-scooter craze.


Israel at 71

05/14/2019 05:46:26 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Israel21c provides a fun and fascinating by-the-numbers picture of Israel at 71. It’s a long list that includes:

In 1948, about 2% of Israel was covered in trees. Now it’s up to around 8.5%. The largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world produces 20% of domestic water consumption. Sixty to 80% of Israel’s municipal water, adjusted according to season and real-time demand, flows from large coastal...Read more...

Canadian-Jewish exceptionalism

05/14/2019 05:41:33 PM


Andrew Blumberg

According to authors of a new study of Canadian Jewry, “whatever the validity of conventional wisdom on Jewish assimilation in the Diaspora, it does not appear to apply well” to Canadian Jewry. With a growing population estimated at 392,000 people, it seems to be doing an unusually good job of keeping younger cohorts attached to, and involved in, Jewish life.

Reporting on the study, an author for Tablet Magazine wrote that...Read more...

Reading for Yom Ha’atzmaut

05/09/2019 01:13:23 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Here’s some Yom Ha’atzmaut reading from the Jewish Review of Books. If you're on the preview page you'll have to click "Read more..." below to use the links to these pieces. 

A Stone for His Slingshot

A review of Israel: A History by Anita Shapira


Celebrate Independence!

05/01/2019 07:07:52 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Chag Ha’atzmaut Sameach!

Yom Ha’atzmaut is Independence Day for Israel and Independence Day for the Jews.

It celebrates the day when after nearly 2,000 years, we again became am chofshi b’artzenu – a free people in our land.

This year the holiday is celebrated beginning at sundown on May 8th.

Israel21c offers 12 ways to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut like an Israeli, such as recommendations for eating...Read more...

Israeli and Jewish Culture in our area

05/01/2019 07:05:01 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs provides information about Israeli culture in our area. Events include art, music, dance, film. theater, museum exhibitions and more. Connect with them on Facebook for updates and information on current events, or subscribe to their weekly email newsletter.


Write On For Israel

05/01/2019 06:59:34 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Attention sophomores: A project of The New York Jewish Week, Write On For Israel teaches students about Israel and the dynamics of pro-Israel advocacy on campus through the lens of journalism. Qualified students entering their junior year of high school in the Fall of 2019 are invited to apply.

Program highlights include: ​​​​​​​

 - Learn how to make Israel’s case on campus

 - Meet leading...

Travel to Israel, eat and drink like an Israeli

04/16/2019 05:38:13 PM


Andrew Blumberg

Tourism to Israel is at record levels. 683,000 tourists visited Israel in January and February, up 16% from the first two months of 2018. A record 4.1 million tourists visited Israel in 2018, up 14% from 2017, which was itself a record. Globes reports that the high level of tourism to Israel is creating demand for new places to say, and hotels are doing brisk business in unusual locations. To meet the record, international chains are opening...Read more...

From Israel to the moon

04/04/2019 11:03:51 AM


Andrew Blumberg

Israel had hoped to become the fourth country in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon, with the launch of the unmanned spacecraft Beresheet from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. The project is funded almost entirely from private donations. The craft sent...Read more...

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