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
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
Ten years ago, on July 12th, 2006 the Second Lebanon War began with a coordinated Hezbollah attack on Israeli civilians and soldiers. They rained missiles down on towns in northern Israel causing injury, destruction and most of all distraction which they used to attack IDF soldiers. Hezbollah fighters crossed the border from Lebanon in to … More 10 years after the war
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
Religious man fixes his air-conditioner. The sign for his shop is rather ironic – in Haifa advertise that your falafel is: Jerusalem Falafel! Want to see more images from Israel? Follow me on Instagram @forestrainm
Take a look at Haifa from your stomach’s perspective!
This man sells fresh eggs in the local market. He always has a smile ready and, if you stop to talk with him – a kind word. Twice a week you can see poor people lining up at his stand. At the end of the day he gives them eggs that he didn’t sell that … More Spreading happiness in the market
* I wrote this article on October 20, 2003 Have you ever seen the Chief of Staff of your country’s army cry on national television? Most world leaders avoid showing their emotions. In Israel it’s unavoidable. Country-wide sorrows are personal, touching every single citizen all the way to the top. The IDF’s Chief of Staff, … More In Israel terrorism is personal