Israel Hands Out Oscars at the UN

This past weekend, Hollywood handed out its yearly Oscars. But this week, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations handed out some awards of his own – including a “Best Actor” award to Iran “for acting like a peace loving country while developing nuclear capabilities, denying the Holocaust, and threatening the destruction of another member state…” Watch Ambassador Ron Prosor’s speech above.

Posted in: ambassador / Hezbollah / Iran

Americans Try Israeli Snacks

You’ve probably tried some of the mainstays of both Jewish and Israeli cuisine. But have you ever wondered what snack food tastes like in the Jewish state? In this video, some Americans taste-test Israeli snacks for you!

Posted in: Buzzfeed / cuisine / food

Discovering That Israel Is Yummy

(Photo: wikicommons/ Deror_avi)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Deror_avi)

The Taglit-Birthright program sends many American Jewish young people to Israel to learn about their people’s past and present. Arutz Sheva tells us about this new feature of the program that teaches about the Holy Land’s delicious cuisine, too:

In Taglit’s unique culinary trip, being held as a niche group for the program’s free ten-day visits to Israel, participants learn about Israeli cuisine, visiting organic farms in the desert, boutique wineries and markets, while meeting chefs and generally having a gourmet good time.

A guide on the culinary trip told Arutz Sheva that many of the participants are chefs, and that the goal is to teach them not only about Israeli history, but also “to teach them about the culture through eating, obviously, which is the best thing to do.”

Mckayla, a…

Posted in: American Jews / Arutz Sheva / Birthright

Warming Bodies, Warming Hearts

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)


This past week in Israel, news reports on Iran, ISIS, and even the upcoming Knesset elections were put on hold. Instead, the impending snowstorms in Jerusalem and other high-altitude locations in Israel have been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. I was listening to the radio with my husband, and as one news report after the next spoke about the dangers of snow in Jerusalem, my husband broke our silence. “Israelis aren’t slowed down by many things. We’re not scared away by terror, war, or threats. But bring us snow, and it will shut this country down.”

He’s right. It does seem a bit comical. But snow in Jerusalem is far from a joke.

Although the ancient stone buildings and streets of the Holy City look magnificent and magical…

Posted in: Elderly / Israel / Jerusalem

US Academics Start 2015 with Anti-Israel Vote

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

It seems that some of the most virulently anti-Israel organizations also claim to be the smartest – though we disagree. As 2015 begins, The Times of Israel’s Rebecca Shimoni Stoil reports on yet another academic body that has stopped just short of boycotting, divesting from, or sanctioning Israel – a resolution that will actually be harder to defeat:

As yet another American academic organization brings anti-Israel resolutions before its annual plenum, those monitoring the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel eagerly wait to hear if the new year will start with a bang or a whimper.

The resolutions prepared by Historians Against the War (HAW) to be presented at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting January 2-5 in New York reflect a new direction for anti-Israel activism: condemnations of Israel’s policies and…

Posted in: academia / acadmics / Anti-Israel Bias