In South, Tunnel Fear ‘Enters Your Psyche’

In kibbutz along Gaza border, residents looking for elusive answers to Hamas deadly tactic.

02/09/2016 - 15:56
Contributing Editor

Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Israel — The members of this Israeli farming commune remember the gunfire and then hiding in their bungalows. It was the 2014 war with Hamas, and a band of fighters from Gaza had infiltrated Israeli territory through a subterranean tunnel that reached to the wheat fields just beyond the kibbutz perimeter fence.

Yael Raz Lachyani stands inside the perimeter fence of Nahal Oz. Next to her are soldiers manning a monitoring device.

Going Remote

Rural experiences in Israel, from north to south, with touches of home for American travelers.

Contributing Editor
12/16/2015 (All day)

Deep in the Arava desert, 31 miles north of the resort of Eilat, stands a kibbutz where American tourists are guaranteed a familiar welcome. That’s because this desert oasis, Kibbutz Ketura, was founded by members and graduates of the American youth movement Young Judaea — and 42 years after its establishment they still leave a strong imprint.

The guesthouses at Kibbutz Ketura. Wikimedia Commons

The Best Place To Die

If you had to die, where would you do it?

An Israeli professor of economics at Stanford University suggests a kibbutz.

His grandmother, an unlettered seamstress who fled anti-Semitism in her native Poland to Kibbutz Negba, died there with the best, around-the-clock care.

How do kibbutzim not only survive, but thrive? Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons

What Do Maeve Binchy And Michele Bachmann Have In Common?

A formative experience as a young adult on a kibbutz, that's what!

Binchy, an Irish novelist whose work focused on women's lives and friendships, died Monday at age 72. Her book, "A Circle of Friends," was made into a movie starring Minnie Driver and the ferociously talented Alan Cumming, now starring as ethically suspect Chicago lawyer Eli Gold on "The Good Wife."

This lady, and recently deceased Irish novelist Maeve Binchy

Tim Boxer At Dr. Ruth's Birthday Bash

06/10/2012 - 20:00

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s favorite sex therapist, keeps reinventing herself. She’s next coming out as a vintner with her own private label California wine with an appropriate  brand name, Vin D’Amour (grapes of love).

“It will be sold in Costco and grocery stores,” she said. “That’s because the alcohol content is only 6 percent, half the usual amount.”

Tim Boxer At Friends of the IDF Dinner

03/21/2012 - 20:00

One of the supreme joys in Mir Hadassi’s young life was when she and her parents converted to Judaism in Holland and made aliya. “From the very first moment I saw Israel I fell in love,” she said. Her devotion to the nation intensified when she did her military service in the north which came under rocket fire during the first Lebanon war in 1982.

At the same time she met her husband Yossi and, after army service, settled in Kibbutz Merhavia (where Golda Meir first lived when she arrived in 1921).

‘The Tango Is In My Blood’

Forward-thinking cellist Maya Beiser tackles the music her father brought with him from Argentina to an Israeli kibbutz.
01/23/2012 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

When Tito Beiser left Argentina in the early 1950s to help start a Galilee kibbutz centered around members of the Argentine chapter of Hashomer Hatzair, he brought a lot of his home with him — food, soccer, Spanish and, most of all, tango.

Cellest Maya Beiser team up with Pianist Pablo Ziegler for "Canyengue, The Soul of Tango."

Poems, by Hannah Senesh

This week I wrote a review of the Hannah Senesh exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  A  wealthy Jewish girl from Hungary, Senesh immigrated to Palestine in 1939, when she was 17.  After a few years there, however, she felt isolated from world events: put simply, the war in Europe.  So when the British organized a Jewish brigade in Palestine to help them rescue Allied forces caught behind enemy lines, she signed on.  

A Voyage To The Promised Land

09/09/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The tiny coastal town of Calais, Maine (pop. 3,963), just across the St. Croix River from New Brunswick and abutting the rugged Atlantic Provinces of Canada, has little in common, geographically or spiritually, with Kibbutz Sde Elyahu in Israel’s Beit Shean Valley, hard by the Jordan River about 90 miles north of Jerusalem. Little, that is, save for a gun and camping equipment salesman named Harold Silverman. And a Torah.
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