New Year of the Trees: a love story between a people and their land

Can you imagine living in exile? Knowing that, although you have lived all your life in one place, as have your parents and maybe even grandparents, you belong to a different land? The Jewish people lived in exile for centuries. Their religion and traditions did not allow them to forget… Maybe, most of all, it … More New Year of the Trees: a love story between a people and their land

Facebook Safety Check In: Are you safe from the bush fires in Haifa?

It’s amazing how many things can be wrong with one little sentence. Nov 24th was the day fires started appearing in different places in Haifa. 60,000 people were evacuated from 12 neighborhoods in the city. The day before the fires were in Zichron Ya’acov. Throughout the week fires appeared in towns in the north and … More Facebook Safety Check In: Are you safe from the bush fires in Haifa?

What do you do when someone sets your neighborhood on fire?

One week after my city was set on fire, I’m having a hard time writing about what happened. It’s different when something traumatic happens to you. I don’t even have a full picture of the day in my head. It’s like scenes in a play, disjointed blips and in between, blank. Last week, before the … More What do you do when someone sets your neighborhood on fire?

People of books

Last week I went to a library dedication ceremony. Those words sound so normal when I write them but what I attended was something uniquely Israeli. The ceremony took place in the Reali high-school in Haifa. During the evening my thoughts ranged from the history of the school, the ceremony itself, the library and the … More People of books

Education in Israel

Last week I attended the graduation ceremony at Tiltan, one of Haifa’s two art schools. It is stunning to consider that, in a city with a population of less than 300,000 residents, we have two universities, including the world renowned Technion Institute, two art colleges and a teacher’s training college. Haifa also has one of … More Education in Israel

90 year old scouts troupe in a 67 year old country

Israel has her own version of scouts. Their slogan is also “Be prepared”. Today I went to a celebration of the 90th anniversary of a Haifa based scouts troupe. I, who did not attend the scouts, watched as the old-timers came, as well as their children and grandchildren – all people who belonged to the … More 90 year old scouts troupe in a 67 year old country