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This Factory Sparkles

Touring jewelry and clothing designer
Michal Negrin’s empire in Bat Yam.

Special To The Jewish Week

 I n 1982, when I was 10 years old, I saw an animateD FILM,
“The Secret of NIMH,” in which a secondary character, a crow named Jeremy, seeks to impress his female counterpart by giving her jewelry. “Gimme the sparkly,” he beseeches of the main character, a mouse named Mrs. Brisby. “I gotta have the sparkly! Girls can’t resist sparklies!”

A necklace Negrin designed for a show in Spain, above. Below, Neshama Shapiro, 8, models a Negrin hair accessory.

Playing It By Ear In Tel Aviv

Sampling the club scene in Israel’s capital of culture.

Israel Correspondent


Tel Aviv — After more than a decade living here,
I’ve long ceased being a tourist in this city. But after nearly five years of fatherhood, I might as well be one as far as Tel Aviv nightlife is concerned.

Bars have opened and bands have matured all just a few steps away from my central Tel Aviv flat. A tiny but fruitful funk scene has sprung up. I hear there’s also an ample selection of indie rock. Meanwhile, I can’t remember the last movie I saw or the last band I saw live in a bar.

Karolina, one of Israel’s most popular young singers, performs at the trendy club Rothschild 12. Joshua Mitnick

The Dead Sea On A Budget

Pampering yourself without breaking the bank.

Israel Correspondent

E in Gedi — The first time I visited Israel more thaN 30
years ago, I treated my copy of “Israel on $50 A Day” (or whatever the amount was at the time) as if it were a bible. I used it to book cheap hotels, to find cheap restaurants and heeded its advice to flash my student ID card anywhere and everywhere.

Israel Travel: May 2010

History and Beyond: From Masada to the Tel Aviv nightclub scene, from Susya to Michal Negrin’s jewelry empire.

Israel Travel May 2010

Israel Now: May 2010

Defining Moment, Critical Questions. A look at crucial issues facing Israel today, from the status of Jerusalem to the changing pro-Israel movement to the impact of Birthright trips.

Israel Now

Solving The Sabbath

Exactly what kind of ‘work’ is forbidden on Shabbat — and why?


The Sabbath is a puzzle. The Torah, saying almost nothing about Sabbath practice beyond various forms of the command “don’t do work on it,” left it to subsequent generations to make sense of its purposes.

 Seder Tikkunei Shabbat, Vienna, 1724. JTS ms 8269. Courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Why Nervous People Gain Weight

Staff Writer

 Researchers at the Weizmann Institute have discovered a genetic explanation for a phenomenon usually considered psychological — obesity — and such side effects as type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis, among people subject to stress.

While individuals with depression are known to overeat to relieve their stress, Dr. Alon Chen’s research team at Weizmann’s department of neurobiology have shown that changes in the activity of a single gene of mice brains leads to metabolic changes that cause symptoms associated with diabetes.

Vacation In Israel, Come Home Cured

Low-cost, quality care — and possibly
U.S. health reforms — seen leading more
Western patients to seek out procedures in Israel.

Staff Writer

 Rachel and her partner had been contemplating artificial insemination for years, but they didn’t actually go ahead with the process until Rachel came to Jerusalem from New York for a one-year teaching fellowship. After some encouragement from another couple that had gone through the process, the decision was clear: they would create their child in Israel, at Hadassah Medical Center in Mount Scopus.

Patients consult with a doctor in the waiting room of Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, which has become one of many Israeli hu

Childhood Obesity Hits Israel

In the land of the Mediterranean diet, visions of America.

Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — Israel is a Mediterranean country, but over the years its diet has
become less about fruits, vegetables and olive oil, and more about fast food — which has fueled a childhood obesity problem similar to the one seen in America.



Israeli children are becoming overweight, thanks in part to the fast food available at places like Jerusalem’s Malha Mall food c

Cuts Could Hit Autism Programs

Staff Writer

 UJA-Federation of New York officials and those at some of the agencies it funds are bracing for city and state budget cuts to programs that help young people with autism make the transition into adulthood.

In New York City alone, 25 agencies that serve the autistic community — eight of which are affiliated with UJA-Federation — are in jeopardy of losing $1.5 million in funding from the “One Out of 150” initiative,

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