Friday, August 12, 2016

In the JNF Kitchen: Simple and favorful fresh beet salad



This recipe of the week is a simple but well-seasoned beet salad from the kitchens of Yerucham, an Arava town rich in culinary traditions brought by Jews from Morocco and Yemen. It is a focus of the JNF Blueprint Negev campaign.

It is one of the fabulous recipes from "Flavors & Delights of Yeruham," a cookbook by the women of Yerucham that captures the culinary riches of the town. In addition to recipes, the book focuses on the personal stories of the cooks, and the flavors and atmosphere that surround them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In the Judaean hills, a JNF Campus Fellow revels in nature and history


JNF's Campus Fellows program immerses carefully selected college students across the country in JNF's work. The fellows then help create a JNF presence on their campuses.


By Keren Radbil, JNF Campus Fellow from UMass Amherst

As a student of natural-resource conservation, sustainability, and farming, I was fortunate to spend the past few weeks interning with the JNF's restored historical Sataf park on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The work I've done was unique and an amazing opportunity to not only be immersed in nature but explore a landscape with significant cultural and historical meaning.

Friday, August 5, 2016

In the JNF Kitchen: Adelina's ceviche with avocado garnish


This recipe originally appeared in the summer 2016 issue of our Byachad Magazine. You can read the full issue here!

This week's recipe is brought to you from Adelina Restaurant in Israel's Western Galilee. Though it’s tucked away from the usual eateries in the area, the restaurant enjoys a regular base of clientele thanks to its stellar reputation and broad appeal. Customers include locals from nearby Arab and Jewish towns, as well as "foodie" tourists who frequent the region in search of boutique culinary experiences.

Of all the unique and fascinating regions of Israel, the Western Galilee -- in addition to being one of the most beautiful regions -- best represents the county's remarkably diverse cultural landscape. In the midst of this multifaceted backdrop, on rural Kibbutz Kabri, Adelina Restaurant overlooks the avocado plantations stretching toward the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dad's heartfelt words to his daughter, an IDF solider with special needs

Nofar Choresh, Special in Uniform IDF soldier
Israel Air Force member Nofar.
JNF-supported program Special in Uniform integrates young people with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces so they can contribute to society like all others. Avi Choresh, the father of a Special in Uniform soldier, wrote a letter to his daughter when she completed her IDF service recently. Here it is, translated. 

Nofar, our dear and charming daughter,

Today is a very special and meaningful day for you. And, of course, a special day for us as your family members. We love, cherish, and appreciate you very much for your work and contribution to society and the community.

Today you conclude an important and significant chapter in your life. You are embarking on a new and independent journey, as you return to civilian life, after five years during which you volunteered and contributed as much as you could to the state of Israel.

Monday, August 1, 2016

At a high school like no other, Israel is the classroom for six weeks


Summer session students at AMHSI-JNF listen to instructor Danny Stein on a Tel Avi beach. 

By Mara Fahl

Their bus pulls up next to the park that hugs the Tel Aviv shoreline and the high-schoolers stream off and run straight for the playground. But rather than climb the structures and play on the swings, they scramble through their backpacks for their notebooks. The energy and excitement at being outside seems normal for a group of teens, but these students are part of an experience that is anything but typical.

They have had the worldly experience of traveling to an archeological dig at Tel Gezer, where they explored ancient Canaanite society; to Masada, where they learned of the Israelites' triumphs and downfalls; to the Galilee, where they encountered crusader sites alongside Israel’s natural beauty; and to too many more places to name. These students have elected to spend their summer at Jewish National Fund's Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) and they're studying history intensively while earning high school and even college credit.

Friday, July 29, 2016

LOTEM's accessible trails let father and son hike together for first time


Editor's note: At the end of this post you'll find details on how to enter a raffle that benefits LOTEM and could win you round-trip tickets to Israel. 


By Mitch Tepper

I was left disabled by a diving accident in 1982 and felt a personal connection to LOTEM-Making Nature Accessible and its work with children and adults with special needs. In the summer of 2009, my son Jeremy celebrated his becoming a bar mitzvah in Israel and raised more than $2,000 for the organization as part of his tzedakah project.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My inspiration for aliyah: A new immigrant reflects on her journey home

The author being greeted by her JNF family. 

By Yocheved T. Kolchin

My great-grandfather, David Asher, was born in Memel, a small German town that because of border changes is now part of Lithuania. He eventually left Germany and went to Scotland and lived there for several years before arriving in the United States. However, many years later, when he was in his late eighties, he made aliyah. 

His wife, my great-grandmother, refused to leave her grown children in New York, so alone, he boarded a boat to Israel. My great-grandfather had a history of heart problems, but when he arrived in Jerusalem he threw away his heart medications, saying, "The air of Jerusalem is all the healing I need." 

He lived in Israel for about a year, at which point he returned to the States to visit his wife. This time she was ready to go with him, and the two booked passage for Israel. The day before their boat set sail, my great-grandfather passed away.