David Smith does ‘Service for Israel’ with Sar El every year. His latest stint coincided with Typhoon Haiyan, which devasted the Philippines. Here’s his report

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Typhoon blew in just as we reached Sar El base
Category: Israel
Issue No. 175
 

A warm tribute to the late Stanley Medicks, Chairman of the British, Scandinavian and European Machal, at the inauguration of The Stanley Medicks Machal Room in the Michael Levin Center for Lone Soldiers in Tel Aviv. The event was attended by many who initiated the project together with Machal. The exhibit highlighting the heroic and inspiring history of volunteering by Jews and non-Jews from abroad, who rallied to the defense of the State of Israel will be on permanent display at the Tel Aviv Center

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Walls have heroes: Inspiring stories of the fight for Israel
Category: Israel
Issue No. 175
 

Report on the positive address made by MK Isaac (Buji) Herzog in January when he was a guest speaker for ESRA.  The challenges that Israel faces were discussed and included a lively questions and answers session resulting in a huge audience response. Mr. Herzog believes that ' Peace with the Palestinians is feasible and now is the time to be proactive and aim for an agreement.'

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Now is the time to be proactive on peace
Category: Israel
Issue No. 174
 

An amusing take on the quirky, sometimes annoying and often heart-warming incidents that Sybil has encountered and "could only happen in Israel".

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Incidents that cry out: ‘They could only happen here’
Category: Israel
Issue No. 174
 

Skills and experience were acceptable to prospective employers, but investing time and effort to train someone only to have him return to the U.S. was unacceptable. One employer was willing to take the chance after a poignant observation is made.

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I walked into a job by telling the boss I was walking out!
Category: Israel
Issue No. 174
 

In a poem written more than 10 years ago, the poet describes a visit to the hospital ward for flu victims. Memories of the holocaust still overshadow life for these old and suffering survivors as they lie in their hospital beds.

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Reflections on the flu season
Category: Israel
Issue No. 174
 

A brief but fascinating history of the early days of the Israel Railway system. Robin Froumin maps the slow start from the time when the first train from Jaffa arrived in Jerusalem in August 1892, the days of the famous Rakevet Ha’emek (The Valley Railway), and the laying of the coastal line from Tel-Aviv to Haifa.

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Iron horses and chariots of fire
Category: Israel
Issue No. 173
 

Shivta is a UNESCO World heritage site in southern Israel near the Egyptian border. On the spice route in Nabatean times, the city flourished for many centuries but was finally abandoned in the 9th century. The site was excavated in the 1930’s – churches and a mosque once existed, and fragments of frescoes and mosaic floors have been found. Remains also indicate that a thriving desert agriculture once flourished.

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Journey to the end of the world
Category: Israel
Issue No. 173
 

Patricia describes the charms and attractions of Jerusalem and its people. She feels it is the magnet that draws her back time and again to visit Israel. She explains that Israel is not her country but she feels a responsibility to help, to do what she can to counter the criticism and to tell others to visit and experience Israel for themselves.

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The magic that is JERUSALEM
Category: Israel
Issue No. 172
 

Many reconstructions and new finds from Herod’s palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites, are on display. This exhibition is located in the Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery until January 4, 2014.

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Shedding light on Herod’s rule
Category: Israel
Issue No. 172
 
 
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