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Oct 7 2013

Why Are Israeli Preschools Feeding Our Kids Crap?

By at 10:24 am

 

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Israel does a lot of things exceptionally well: Jewish life in general, giving people reasons to weep from spiritual depth, falafel, breeding good-looking Jews. But you know what Israelis aren’t doing so well? Feeding children. And while some mothers may fantasize about expensive vacations or ivy league acceptance for their kids, I find myself lost in a flurry of daydreams involving my toddler eating unsweetened peanut butter on whole wheat bread or some yogurt without added sugar.

Am I crazy? Maybe. But Israeli preschools leave me no choice. On English language forums for mothers in Israel, almost daily, a frazzled mother tells a tale about how their kids get a snack, supposedly to “keep them going” in the afternoon, of white bread with chocolate spread, cookies, or the infamous Bamba (think peanut butter flavored cheese doodles). But don’t worry, they don’t really give 2 and 3-year-olds candy and cake anymore. Having realized that it’s not so nutritious, they only give it on special occasions, including but not limited to a class birthday, an upcoming holiday, Rosh Chodesh, and Shabbat (you know, that weekly occurrence). Really very infrequently, they say. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 1 2011

New Quiz: Israeli Foods

By at 11:29 am

Have you been dipping everything in hummus? Do you experience great joy out of saying the words “baba ganoush”? Then you just may be ready to take our new quiz on Israeli foods. Whether you’ve been to (or live in) the Holy Land or you just frequent that special aisle in the supermarket, once you take this quiz, your taste buds will be very ready for an Israeli meal.

(And lucky for you, we’ve got some recipes to take care of that.)

Take the QUIZ today!

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