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Deborah Danan

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The Tour Operator Rescuing Stranded Israelis During COVID-19

Yacov Amsalem’s business partner called from the United Kingdom and said, “We’re on the BBC!” The news item was about stranded British vacationers in the...

The Israeli Nurse Treating COVID-19 Patients

When 32-year-old Rachel Gemara volunteered for the new COVID-19 ward in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center at the end of February, she had no...

Building Bridges Between Israel and the Diaspora

Naama Klar is the good-girl-next-door from a religious settlement who married a secular man. Today, at the age of 34, she is at a...

The Personal Chef Who Hustles to Create Healthy Meals

“When you’re in culinary school, there isn’t a night of drinking that doesn’t end in cooking an entire feast,” personal chef Alyssa Samowitz said.  However,...

From Christian to Muslim to Rabbinical Student

Mordechai Yosef ben Avraham is accustomed to being an outsider. He and his brother were two of only three African American students at his...

The Transplant From Zimbabwe Who Made Israel His Home

Tristan Sauter was still a teenager when he moved to Israel. As a non-Jew, it was an unlikely place for a white man raised...

Meet Israel’s First Out Transgender Nurse, Maya Orabi

Maya Orabi’s voice raises an octave as she describes the wedding gowns she will wear for her upcoming nuptials. “The first is a very modest...

The Kosher Intimacy Trader

“Your dad wrote a sex book!” The little boy on the red double-decker bus pointed his finger at a girl with pin-straight hair. At...

The Policy Shaper

A rather disturbing image of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in a pair of Speedos and carrying a suitcase full of cash recently accosted Israeli...

Israeli Radio Editor Yasmin Ishbi is the Music Maven

Ever since she was a child, Yasmin Ishbi knew she wanted to work in media. She would read the daily newspapers cover to cover,...

Israel’s Entebbe Warrior

July 4 marked the 43rd anniversary of Israel’s famed Operation Entebbe. Most Israelis know the names of two of the Israeli soldiers involved in...

The King of Treif Goes Kosher

A celebrity chef who shuns celebrity, Yoram Nitzan has been a reluctant icon of Tel Aviv’s culinary scene for decades. His ruddy, youthful face...

The 7-Year-Old Israeli Artistic Gymnast 

When American gymnast Simone Biles won five medals, four of them gold, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, on the other side of the world...

Yaacov Cohen Is The Spiritual Risktaker

Spirituality in entrepreneurship is one of the core tenets of Yaacov Cohen’s business model. As the CEO of harmon.ie, Cohen said, “There is no...

Ashley Rindsberg is the American Novelist

There are no chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh flights or air-conditioned Birthright buses in Israel-based American novelist Ashley Rindsberg’s world. Rather, Rindsberg’s tale involves a lot...

The Mevo Modi’im Kid

Leah Silver was at a wedding on Lag b’Omer when she saw the headline on her phone: “Mevo Modi’im Destroyed in Fire.” Harrowing photographs...

The New Jew

In the time it took to conduct this interview, Sara Meyer had time to change her religion. On the train ride to the Israeli...

The Last Yemenite Silversmith

In a room in the back of the Yemenite Culture Museum in Jaffa’s Old City, a television plays songs on a loop by Yemenite-Israeli...

The Transparent Jew

In 1972, 16-year-old Janet Dallal’s father was arrested in Baghdad for the crime of being a Jew. He barely survived and was released in...

From California Dreaming to Jerusalem’s Israel Festival

Saying that Eyal Sher lives and breathes Jerusalem is like saying the Western Wall is old. Sher’s matrilineal line to the holy city stretches...

Escape From Iran

The tale of how Albert Elay Shaltiel escaped the clutches of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not for the fainthearted. It was...

Israel’s Digital Defender

Arsen Ostrovsky is a loving husband and doting father, a shameless carnivore and an Israeli breakfast aficionado with as much zeal for shakshuka as...

From Diplomacy to Slapstick

In the hallways of Sheba Medical Center’s burn unit sit three children: a Charedi boy, a secular girl and an Arab boy. All three...

Highlighting the Arab Women of Jaffa

Interviewing Ayat Abou Shmeiss isn’t always easy. She’s reluctant to speak about herself or elaborate on her achievements. She’d much prefer to speak about...

The Lioness of Female Empowerment

Rotem Weinner Shapira’s official title is director of Lion of Judah Israel (LOJI). The organization is the Israeli arm of a global philanthropic community...

The Transformation From Orthodox Ari to Artist Alef

Ari Marrache is the type of person to whom a casual “how are you?” warrants an excessively jubilant response. “I’m amazing, living the life!”...

Marathon Mother ‘Speedy Beatie’

With a cascading brown sheitel, long sleeves and five young children in tow, 29-year-old Bracha “Beatie” Deutsch looks like 95 percent of her female...

The Zionist Lebanese-Christian Refugee

Twenty-six-year-old Jonathan Elkhoury is a Lebanese Christian who became an Israeli citizen and now fights anti-Zionist activists on U.S. college campuses.  During the course of...

The Colonel of Command Control

If mPrest’s command-and-control system is the nerve center of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, then founder and CEO Natan Barak is its cerebrum....

The Kosher Adventure Maker

Avicam Gitlin has no shortage of swashbuckling vignettes to tell about his job cooking and planning vacations for observant Jews through his work at...

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‘Ask the Rabbi’ Online Class Zoombombed With Anti-Semitic Remarks, Nudity

A recent “Ask the Rabbi” online class for a private New York Orthodox girls’ high school was Zoombombed. CBS News reported on April 2 that...

Life Social Distancing in Les Baux

Well, it’s a fine day here in Les Baux and yeah, yeah, yeah, ok enough of the Garrison Keiler talk because something huge has...

Coronavirus Cinema: Where to Watch Free Movies and Series at Home

Although movie theaters are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital screening rooms are open for business, offering the self-isolating public new and catalog...

A Moment in Time: How is this Passover Different from all other Passovers?

Dear all, This year at Seder, the question is not, “How is this night different from all other nights?” Rather, the question is, “How is...

7 No-Cost Decorating Tricks For Your Quarantined Home

Now that we’re all spending so much time inside during shelter in place orders, we might as well spruce up our homes a little...
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