Masa Israel Journey Blog

January 22, 2015

By Chloe Newman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Ashdod


While this holiday season didn’t resemble the traditions of my youth, it was still very special for me. With my new friends and communities here in Israel, I took part in multi-cultural celebrations across the country. The saying here goes that Israelis will take any excuse to celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry with the ones they love...and especially without the bombardment of superficial, commercial holiday stresses, why not?


In past years on Chanukah, my family and I lit candles and exchanged gifts. I remember dreidels, latkes, and chocolate gelt sales and displays becoming more and more aggressive in our local markets. This year, I celebrated in Israel, where all of the holidays seem much less commercialized than back home. Even a holiday like Chanukah seemed hardly present (no pun intended), save for the three days...

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January 13, 2015

Yet again, Kim Kardashian managed to “break the internet” with the announcement that she, Kourtney and Khloe are buying a swank apartment just minutes from the Tel Aviv beach for a cool $30 million.
We know these sisters cause a frenzy no matter which city they’re in – and we have a few ideas of how they should live it like a local in the White City.
1. The Kardashians open a pop-up DASH store on Shenkin Street.
2. Kim works out at an outdoor gym on Frishman Beach (in a corset).
3. The Carmel Shuk closes early after Khloe buys up all the candy.
4. The sisters head to Shabazi Street in...
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