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Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

During my week in Israel, Alexandra Polsky had a bit of a more hectic schedule than the other olim I was covering as she settled into a yeshiva program in Tel Aviv, a temporary apartment in Jerusalem and searched for a job. So it was hard to keep in touch.

 

That’s why God created e-mail.

 

I received a lovely update from her this morning. And since I’m a little blogged out from 10 days of frantic posting, I thought it would be nice to let you hear from her in her own words:

 

The Writing On The Wall

11/20/2007
Assistant Managing Editor

What do Israel’s left-wingers and right-wingers, religious zealots and punk rockers, sports fans and cynics have in common?

All of them apparently feel quite comfortable strolling up to a wall in a public place with a can of spray paint and leaving behind their sometimes quite elaborate messages.

Time To Fly

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Your blogger has had a wonderful, spiritually uplifting visit to Israel, but you know what they say about all good things.

 

During a break in the International Jewish Bloggers’ Conference Sunday night, I checked in with our olim one last time to see how they had spent their first weekend and how things looked on the road ahead.

 

Dancing Camels On Gordon Beach

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

After some R&R time on the beach, as chronicled below, your wayfaring blogger got down to business and the reason he had come to Tel Aviv.

 

David Cohen, a fellow Brooklyn native, was hosting an End of Summer event for recent Nefesh B’Nefesh olim like himself on Gordon Beach, just a short walk from my hotel.

 

Awesome Tel Aviv

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Your faithful blogger has taken it upon himself to investigate the beaches of Tel Aviv while here on dutiful work assignment. He is happy to report to you that the waves are awesome, the water as blue as the stripes on Israel’s flag and so warm it’s like a hot tub with surf. And of course the food in the area is as kosherly delicious as ever.

 

 

So in case you were considering a trip down this way this week, the Continuum strongly encourages it. No thanks are necessary.

 

 

Aliyah Blog, Part 10: Alexandra’s Celebrity Treatment

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

It has already become known in the Israeli media as “the Singles Flight.”

 

Eighty-one single olim got off the Nefesh B’Nefesh flight from JFK on Tuesday. Within an hour, there was one less as Nechama Dina Simon became engaged to her waiting boyfriend.

 

As one of the remaining 80, Alexandra Polsky started getting phone calls from Israeli reporters on Tuesday, with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

 

Aliyah Blog, Part 9 – More Bureacracy For Adi

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

On her second day in Israel, Adi Cydulkin was spending quality time with family and friends in Haifa. But unlike her fellow Nefesh B’Nefesh olim, Adi still had the Israeli bureaucracy to contend with.

 

Munich: The Documentary

01/27/2006
Staff Writer
Tony Kushner, one of the screenplay writers for Steven Spielberg's "Munich," explained this week why he portrayed Mossad agents as having regrets and doubts about tracking down and killing the Palestinians who planned the murder of 11 Olympic Israeli athletes in 1972. "I've never killed anyone, but my instincts as a person and a playwright ... suggest that people in general don't kill without feeling torn up about it," he wrote last Sunday in the Los Angeles Times.

Bush Lowers Mideast Expectations

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
As he visits Israel this week for the second time in four months, President George W. Bush has scaled down his expectations for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Instead of the optimism he displayed late last year when he spoke of the creation of a Palestinian state before he left office, Bush told Israeli journalists Monday that he was hoping the two sides could “get a state defined by the end of my presidency.”

Left Seen Awakening Over Netzarim Debate

10/31/2003
Staff Writer
Israelís peace movement, largely dormant since Ariel Sharon was first elected prime minister three years ago, resurfaced last weekend amid calls for a political framework for peace and withdrawal from a contentious settlement in Gaza. An estimated 4,000 Israelis took to the street Saturday night to protest Sharon's policies in a demonstration outside his Jerusalem residence. Naomi Chazan, a former Knesset member from the left-wing Meretz Party and one of the participants, said this was the first major demonstration against Sharon.
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