Israel Blog

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Israel Diary 2013: A visit to Yemin Orde Youth Village

A ‘garden of late bloomers,’ a heartening story of human uplift on a slope of Mount Carmel By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Before getting to the gist of this installment in my “Israel Diary 2013” series, I’d like to mention the appetizer I had at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel. During some busy days in Israel, I would […]

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Israel Diary 2013: Meet Riki and Shlomo

An Ethiopian Jewish family from Israel will arrive in the Twin Cities for a yearlong stay By MORDECAI SPECKTOR When you tell people that you’re going to Israel, you often hear a response along the lines of: “Isn’t it dangerous?” That perception stems from events earlier in the 21st century, when Israel was subject to […]

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Israel Diary 2013: Writing crime novels

Dror Mishani has written two novels featuring Det. Avraham Avraham of the Holon police By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Being from Minnesota, proximity to the sea has always been exciting for me. In Tel Aviv, thanks to friends with Dan Hotels Israel, I was ensconced in an executive sea view room at the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel […]

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Israel Diary 2013: All that Israeli jazz

There are a ton of talented Israeli jazz musicians, but just a few public performance venues for them By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Over recent years I’ve written a number of stories about talented Israeli jazz musicians who have made their mark in the States. In Israel last month, I saw a jazz show in Jerusalem and […]

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Faces of Israel — 2013

Israel is a vibrant and beautiful country, with myriad vexing social and political problems. AJW editor and publisher Mordecai Specktor was in Israel for 10 days last month, in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv, and will be sharing his experiences in a series of articles. In this edition, the seriously jet-lagged editor shares some faces […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Sun sets on Federation’s “Israel @ 60 Mission”

It was a whirlwind week for the participants in the Israel @ 60 Mission, who saw the sights and visited Minneapolis Jewish Federation-funded programs in Jerusalem, Hadera, Kiryat Shemona and other places. For the many first-timers on the mission, it was the proverbial experience of a lifetime. When the jet lag wears off, I’ll add […]

Friday, December 5th, 2008

A mission to Israel — Part 3

Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem learn about computers and coexistence, and Ethiopian-Israeli children in Hadera benefit from remedial therapy JERUSALEM — Israel is beset by a host of social problems (in addition to the ever-present and critical security concerns); but participants in the recent Israel @ 60 Mission learned about some inspiring initiatives to remediate […]

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

On Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Israel @ 60 Mission — Part 2

  Shpatsiring in Jerusalem, a visit from Rep. Bachmann and an amiable event for Jews and Arabs  By MORDECAI SPECKTOR JERUSALEM — During a recent week in Israel, I mainly traveled with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Israel @ 60 Mission participants; but I pursued some stories apart from the group’s itinerary. Upon my arrival in […]

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

At the Kotel, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008