Israel’s population is growing--it's at around 8.7 million people this year.
According to the Population and Immigrant Authority's report, there were approximately 166,450 births and 23,770…new immigrants this year. Most of the new immigrants came from the former Soviet Union, followed by France and the United States, according to the Times of Israel, which also pointed out that "Israel’s population would continue to grow in the years ahead and is expected to reach 10 million people by 2024 and 20 million… >> Read More
A wedding in Israel was broken up this week by police--because the bride was 14 years old. The groom is said to be in his 20s, and apparently, the father of the bride is a rabbi in the Breslov…Hasidic sect, according to JTA. Because allowing an underage child to marry is a criminal offense in Israel, the father and groom were arrested Monday night, although they were later released under house arrest. It may sound salacious, but underage marriage in the U.S., for instance, isn't nearly as rare as you would hope it is.… >> Read More
I’m a mother. I’m a Jew. I’m an American. I’m also an Israeli living in Israel.
It isn’t easy to say you’re Israeli in progressive circles these days, for many reasons. Some of these…reasons are fair, some aren’t. Yes, I’m an Israeli, and I love my country—even though I bitterly oppose too many of our polices. But I am an Israeli, born in America, who has chosen to make Israel my home—to be part of a fraught and complicated history, with the intention of doing all I can… >> Read More
Everyone loves snacks, especially snacks that are sweet and savory and just delicious (because why should you have to choose?!).
Since your kids are going back to school soon, we rounded up some…of our favorite and most popular Israeli and Jewish snacks, as a way to make eating lunch at school that much sweeter. These are our favorites below: 1. Bamba (duh!) Bamba is a peanut butter snack that some scientists and researchers have even speculated is the reason many Israeli kids don’t have peanut allergies. 2. Bissli Bissli is crunchy and… >> Read More
Like so many I have been captured by Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” since Season One. It is very hard for me to stop myself from binge watching each season of the show about a Jewish family whose…father comes out as trans. The show’s characters are flawed, yet lovable; it is audacious and fabulously written--and in many ways, it is the most Jewish TV show I’ve ever seen. For instance, its intimate depictions of Jewish burial, prayer services, and even a mikvah, are fantastic. But the trailer for the new season of… >> Read More