Israeli Deaf-Blind Ensemble Perform Internationally

“Nothing is Impossible. First in Tel Aviv, then in London, audiences rose to cheer the world’s only professional deaf-blind ensemble’s captivating and magical tour of their inner world. As bread is kneaded, formed and baked on stage, these extraordinary storytellers convey their memories and dreams. Transformative. Moving. Profound. Educational. Unforgettable. These are just a few of the words used to describe this once-in-a-lifetime experience that brings the theatrical and culinary arts together in an unprecedented way around one of the most fascinating human conditions mankind has ever known.”

This incredible show is a must see in order to experience and understand the world of the deaf and blind. It is performed in Hebrew with English translation and subtitles.

Israel is ahead of the world in so many spheres, their medical research, technological breakthroughs and now they are bringing something completely different to the world, the world of the deaf and blind. In Holon, Israel you can visit the Deaf Museum or the Blind Museum (both are part of the Israel Children’s Museum) where you can begin to understand the lives of people who suffer from these disabilities. With “Not By Bread Alone” you can not only begin to understand but also appreciate a different way of living.

You can book discounted tickets now on jdeal for the New York performances, but hurry before they’re sold out!

See this great review on Metroimma!

Click here to watch –> Preview – Not by Bread Alone

 

Available Performances:

  • Sunday, January 20th – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 22nd – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 23rd – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, January 27th – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 29th – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 30th – 8:00pm
  • Sunday, February 3rd – 7:00pm

JANUARY 22ND PERFORMANCE WILL INCLUDE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE AND AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION.

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Keeping Our Chayalim Warm this Winter

Usually snow is a fun thing, go outside play around, throw some snowballs and then run inside to dry off and warm up. But sometimes you can’t go inside because there are more important things to do, such as protecting the land of Israel.

This winter was the worst that Israel has seen in about 20 years and unfortunately our soldiers really felt the cold. Soldiers around Israel were outside in sub-zero temperatures, never leaving their posts and knowing that if they weren’t braving the cold, then anything could happen to their beloved country.

Standing Together decided to do something to help and they began collecting money to buy thermal gear for soldiers in the Golan, the worst hit region. Jdeal quickly stepped up to help and posted the deal on their site to collect more money. Buy Israel Week was happy to help out by posting the deal on our Facebook and Twitter (@BuyIsraelWeek) pages and getting the word out their.

In a matter of days enough money was collected to buy gear for over 700 Israeli soldiers! Well done Standing Together and jdeal for this incredible collection!

You can still donate here!

Golan Heights Winery Releases 2009 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard

Golan Heights Winery, the leading premium winery in Israel, has released the 2009 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard. The wine’s 2009 vintage represents the sixth time that the Winery has released this single-vineyard wine, and the third year in a row following the previous release of its 2007 and 2008 editions. Additionally, the 2008 vintage just received the highest score of any Israeli wine in the latest edition of Robert Parker’s famous Wine Advocate magazine.

The latest release of Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard joins the Winery’s growing collection of premium Yarden single-vineyard wines – each expressing the unique terroir of an individual vineyard.

With the release of its 2009 vintage, the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard has become a beloved tradition,” said Anat Levi, CEO of Golan Heights Winery. “This single-vineyard wine illustrates our fundamental belief that great wines are a reflection of a certain place. The 2009 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard tells its own individual story, as well as the larger story of the exceptional winegrowing region of the Golan Heights. This is an opportunity to thank the Winery’s staff for this welcome creation, and the vineyard staff of Kibbutz El-Rom for many years of successful cooperation.

When should we stop being surprised by the same thing? We know that the cold northern Golan is an ideal area for cold-climate varieties such as Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In general, we still feel that this area is a bit too cold for ‘big reds’ such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah,” said Victor Schoenfeld, Head Winemaker of Golan Heights Winery. “Yet still, despite all that, there’s something about the combination of El Rom Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon that simply works superbly. The Golan, just like a good friend, is characterized by a complex and wonderful personality. Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard is an excellent example of how much the Golan, our friend, loves to surprise and delight us.”

The 2009 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom presents attractive cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit notes, layered with characters of pipe tobacco, spice and chocolate. This age-worthy wine is rich, complex and full-bodied. While delicious now, the 2009 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon El Rom Vineyard is best enjoyed after a few years in the bottle, and should remain in excellent drinking condition for a decade or more. The wine goes wonderfully with a roasted rack of lamb, a juicy ribeye steak, or a generous chunk of aged Gruyere.

Buy Israel Week is proud to support the Golan Winery! You can see more about this beautiful Israeli company at their website www.golanwines.co.il or follow them on Facebook.

Don’t forget to follow Buy Israel Week on Facebook or on Twitter, @BuyIsraelWeek, and tell your friends, remember incredible Israeli deals coming to you February 28th 2013!

Help Israel Spread the Truth

The Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs put our a great pamphlet on ‘True Facts about Israel’. Here is a little extract and some facts that I read in it.

The opening letter reads: “In today’s world of social media and internet, opinions are formed and minds are changed by people like yourselves… Facebook and Twitter play an important role and are sometimes more effective than traditional media.” 

It is now up to us, supporters of Israel, to spread the truth about the wonder of the state of Israel and all the good that they do for the world at large.

One of the most important roles that Israel fills in the world is that of providing emergency aid and assistance. “Israel believes in doing it’s part to provide humanitarian aid and assistance whenever and wherever disaster strikes.” Some of Israel’s recent humanitarian work includes:

  • 2011: Medical Aid team to Japan Tsunami
  • 2010: First response team to Haiti earthquake
  • 2009: Storm victims in Philippines
  • 2008: Aid to Congo
  • 2004: Aid to Hurricane Katrina victims
Israel is a world leader in handling mass casualties and quick response.

Images of Israeli aid to victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 (taken from www.mfa.gov.il)

You can help spread the truth about Israel through your very own Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, blogs or any other social media platforms that you use. Simply follow reliable Facebook pages and repost their news, or find out news for yourself from Israeli news sites. All you have to do is share the message and if one person reads it that wouldn’t have seen it before, then you’ve done a great job.

What are your favorite sites to find the truth about Israel?

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page and Twittter (@BuyIsraelWeek)! Buy Israel Week is coming up February 25th to March 3rd 2013.

Why we need to fight BDS

As you know the main objective of Buy Israel Week is to combat BDS. Some of you may not really understand what BDS and why we need to fight against it. We found a website that really explains it well:

6 Reasons to Oppose BDS

  1. The BDS movement does not recognize the state of Israel and seeks its destruction.
  2. The BDS movement applies a double-standard in criticizing Israeli policy and ignoring abuses by other nations and the role of the Palestinians in the conflict.
  3. BDS initiatives are opposed by college administrators and will not change Israeli policy, so their main impact is to create unnecessary divisions on campus and a hostile atmosphere.
  4. Boycotts trample the academic freedom that universities stand for and deprive students of their right to international viewpoints. A boycott of Israel unfairly singles out one nation, blacklisting all voices and perspectives.
  5. Boycotting Israeli products does nothing to help the Palestinians improve their lives, begin state building, or develop democratic institutions.
  6. Well-known critics of Israeli policy and peace activists oppose BDS campaigns as counterproductive.

(take from www.stopbds.com)

Here at Buy Israel Week, we want to give people the opportunity to fight against BDS by supporting Israeli products and companies. Within one week (February 25th – March 3rd 2013), you will have the opportunity to buy Israeli made goods, Israeli food deals, donate to Israeli charities and show the world that you support Israel! Even purchasing one Israeli made product helps punch a hole in the BDS movement by showing them that Israel will never back down and it’s supporters will stand strong!

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Chanukah is here!

Chanukah in Israel is something that is truly special. Despite the cold there is a true feeling of happiness leading up to and during this festive holiday. All around you can see bakeries beginning to make sufganiyot (Israeli style donuts) and Chanukiahs are being put up in every public area possible!

In the spirit of Chanukah went to Marzipan in Jerusalem today and saw some delectable sufganiyot, but don’t worry I only bought a few…maybe a dozen… but I promise I’ll share them!

According to Chabad.org Chanukah is a festival which celebrates “the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.” We get to remember the open miracles that God performed for us all those years ago when the world was against us. Especially in recent times when there is so much hatred for Israel and the Jewish people, we need to remind ourselves that we have overcome that hatred before, with the help of God, and we will overcome it again. Buy Israel Week is not just about getting incredible discounts on Israeli deals, it is about showing Israel that we are here and we support Israel even when the world doesn’t. This Chanukah we’ll be praying for some more open miracles to help Israel, the land of the Jewish people.

Buy Israel Week hopes that you have a wonderful Chanukah filled with love, light and of course sufganiyot! Don’t forget to save the date, February 25th – March 3rd 2013.

Let us know your favorite part about Chanukah and your favorite place to get some sufganiyot in Israel.

Great Ideas for Israel Travel

Buy Israel Week isn’t just about buying Israeli goods, it’s also about supporting the land of Israel. So we want to show you a great site to check out for your next trip to Israel!

Tourist Israel is now one of the leading sources of information about travel and events in Israel. If you’re looking to hike up the Golan or party it up in Tel Aviv, this is the website to see!

“Tourist Israel’s focus is broader than the typical tourist sites of historic and religious importance, emphasizing the amazing natural beauty and cultural vibrancy that Israel has to offer.”

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Taken by Martin Zunde

Coming Soon… Buy Israel Week 2013

Guess what… it’s back!!!!

After the huge success, we are excited to launch Buy Israel Week 2013! Quickly save the dates February 25 to March 3 for this years Buy Israel Week.

Buy Israel Week is not simply filled with great Israeli products and coupons for you to get at crazy discounts, it’s also an amazing chance for you to be active in the fight against boycotting Israel. We need to make sure that for every person boycotting Israeli products and services there are at least two that are supporting Israel! But sometimes a show of support needs to be aided by physical acts, and that’s where we come in! Helping you to support Israeli products and getting you great deals at the same time.

We hope that you are as excited about Buy Israel Week 2013 as we are! So spread the word and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page so that you see all the updates first!

Israeli Company TwittaBling Uses Social Media for Jewelry Inspiration

Since the proliferation of social media, and particularly Twitter, companies continue to sprout. As the number of Twitter users began to rise, so did tweet-ups, or meet-ups for Twitter users with shared interests or location. People connected online through Twitter also wanted to connect offline.

Of course wearing a name tag with one’s Twitter handle might be sufficient for some, but not for Yoni Wiseman and Shelly Shafran, Jerusalem residents and founders of the Israel-based jewelry company TwittaBling. At a tweet-up in Tel Aviv, the two thought that wearing your Twitter handle should be done in style and with a little bling. It was there that they came up with the idea of creating a line of Twitter-inspired jewelry and accessories where the social media savvy can wear their handle on a necklace, bracelet or ring. Since the creation of TwittaBling in 2009, the company has branched out to create key chains and jewelry for men, in addition to a line of hashtag jewelry.


Says TwittaBling founder Yoni Wiseman, “Israel is home to digital innovators and pioneers in the social space. I love that we can be a part of that here, and also involve Israelis in every part of our jewelry production.”

Israelis are known for thinking out of the box, and this is another innovative idea that has come from this creative country.

For more information, visit http://twittabling.com.

Jerusalem Lights Up the Night

Artists and performers are bringing the city of Jerusalem to light during The Jerusalem Festival of Light June 6 – 14, 2012.

The festival is open 8pm – midnight (closed Friday), Saturday 9pm – midnight.  Outdoor performances and artwork are free to the public.  This year’s featured outdoor event is “About Dragons And Other Animals” from the Mystorin Theater Group.  From the Festival’s website “To mark the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar, Mystorin Theater Group transforms the streets of the festival to a mythic scene filled with fantasy and imagination. Giant dragon puppets with innovative light technology create a wonderful legendary world, that changes every time.”

See the festival come alive with this video from previous years:

For more information about the artists and exhibits, visit http://en.lightinjerusalem.org.il/2012/