Beautiful round challahs just in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Allison Levine Speiser
I actually remember the launch of JNF's Blueprint Negev, which happened while I was still living in New Jersey. It sounded like a nice idea, bringing water supply to Israel's Southern desert and creating infrastructure there, but admittedly, the campaign didn’t mean much to me at the time.
The Negev was really far away from anything I connected with. I knew it was there, but it was never something I or anyone I knew was focusing on. It wasn't a place I had ever even visited, despite my many previous Israel trips over the years. When my family and I made aliyah in 2009 with Nefesh B’Nefesh, a JNF partner, we knew we wanted to be in the center of the country, nearer to job opportunities and friends. It was a logical move.
Friday, September 23, 2016
|Representatives of diverse faiths attend the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs' conference.|
Founding faculty member, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
On a sunny August desert morning, I found myself invited by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs to talk about the Arava Institute's research in solar energy at a conference of "Ancient Traditions Contemporary Realities: A Meeting of Israel-Asia Faith Leaders" in Jerusalem.
There were leaders from the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Shinto, and Taoist religions, as well as a number of rabbis and Jewish scholars. It was a fascinating three-day encounter between Judaism and religions one does not often find itself in contact, much less dialogue, with. And that was exactly the reason the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened this gathering.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The #RecipeoftheWeek is a fabulous dish for Rosh Hashanah: chicken and dried fruit, that is guaranteed to bring you and your guests a sweet New Year. You can bring this chicken dish and its sides to another level, by serving it with tanzia, a kind of onion jam with dried fruit. A few tablespoons immediately upgrade any dish of rice, meat, or chicken.
Friday, September 9, 2016
As fall rolls around and Rosh Hashanah fast approaches, we found inspiration in a deliciously flavorful recipe from Chef Uri Arnon: Fall BBQ braised veal spareribs, our #RecipeoftheWeek.
Chef Uri Arnon owns the restaurant Arnold's, voted one of Israel's 10 best kosher gourmet restaurants, and dedicates his cooking to shattering the myth of "kosher or delicious."
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Photo: Nefesh B'Nefesh
A beloved Torah scroll, with owner David Hamm, gets ready to take flight for Israel.
Photo: Vivian Grossman
David Hamm deplanes the big flight, cradling the Torah close.
This summer, Nefesh B'Nefesh, one of JNF's partners in bringing pioneers to Israel's north and south, pulled off another round of successful group flights bringing new Israelis home. A process that a mere few years ago was taxing and grueling, NBN expertly facilitate with ease and skill. And while the olim on those flights share some similar dreams, each carries a unique personal narrative and family history.