Double Your Donation to Help Israeli Children with Meir Panim

1.8 million people in Israel, including two out of every five Israeli children, are suffering from hunger.  By supporting American Friends of Meir Panim, you can help provide hot meals for Israelis in need.  Through Buy Israel Week, and an anonymous donor, you can double your donation to this worthy cause. 

Especially at the time of year when we are all worrying about our Pesach seders, and hoping that there is enough food for all our guests, it’s important to remember those who may not have enough food even for themselves. Meir Panim is happy to help those in need, but need our help to do it!

American Friends of Meir Panim seeks to diminish the harmful effects of poverty on thousands of families across Israel by supporting a range of food and social service programs aimed at helping the needy with respect, including free restaurants, meals-on-wheels, school lunch programs, prepaid food card distribution, vocational training and after-school youth clubs.

The programs funded by AFMP help to alleviate the pain of poverty in the short-term, and provide long-term, proactive solutions that help needy Israelis break out of the cycle of poverty and become active, self-sufficient members of society.

For more information, please visit their website and facebook page.

Don’t forget to follow Buy Israel Week on Facebook or Twitter (@BuyIsraelWeek).

U-Boutique – The Marketplace for Israeli Arts & Crafts

U-Boutique is the Israel made marketplace, which expresses the spirit of Israel and where unique handmade products can be purchased directly from the designer and artist.  ‘Passionate’ best describes U-Boutique’s intent to connect talented, independent Israeli designers with lovers of quality and original Judaica, Jewish art, jewelry, fashion & gifts.

The site enables buyers to easily browse through a wide selection of special items for sale by the designer at below retail prices. If a buyer is seeking quality ‘one of a kind’ Israeli goods and wants to feel like they are supporting small Israeli businesses then U-Boutique is the site for you.

“I see U-Boutique as the leading marketplace for Israeli arts and crafts giftware with links to communities throughout the United States,” says Nachman Klieman the American born owner of U-Boutique. “We take our time to get to know each of our shop owners and their ability to deliver the highest quality in handmade items.  This effort is aimed at helping us build and maintain customer confidence in our secure Internet site.”

U-Boutique was founded by Nachman’s youngest son, Gavriel z”l, who developed the concept for an Israeli Internet site that would offer unique Israeli made items for sale while turning the buying experience into something rewarding and memorable. “I have learned that Gavriel was right,” adds Nachman Klieman.

“In continuing Gavriel’s work I have come to realize it is indeed possible to help Israeli designers, many of who are graduates of Israel’s top design schools, to open their first shops and to market their products to a wide overseas market of customers. Our buyers are Jews and Christians alike who are looking to buy unusual quality handmade Israeli goods. The positive responses we receive from satisfied buyers from all over the world is our incentive to work even harder towards fulfilling the unfinished dream of a 26 year old business student.”

“In order to keep in touch with the latest trends in the arts and crafts market,” explains Nir Golshtein, the head of U-Boutiques’ Marketing and Customer Relations, “we often go out and visit Arts & Crafts fairs and marketplaces that showcase the works and creations of Israeli artisans and designers. Because we deal with small businesses, we feel the need to assist them and be available throughout the initial stages of opening their shops.  Most of our clients need assistance with all things concerning online marketing like finding the right keywords and phrasing for their background stories as well as solving technical difficulties they may experience. It is a satisfying experience for both of us when they make their first online sale on U-Boutique Shops.”

“When considering the responses of visitors to our site,” concludes Nir Golshtein, “I realize that nobody can remain indifferent to the wide range of gift items available from our shop owners.  Lovely, gorgeous, awesome, beautiful are typical comments. Reading the message ‘I found a treasure today on your lovely site!’ makes me realize we are on to something very special.”

Dan Hotels – Where Pleasure is a Way of Life

When we travel to Israel a difficult decision to make is where to stay. It’s important to find top location mixed with great service, and that’s why we prefer the Dan Hotels. It has a wide range of hotels around the country and you will certainly find one to suit your wallet and your lifestyle.

This year, the Dan Hotels group has agreed to be a Buy Israel Week sponsor!

Discover the ongoing pleasures of a Dan Hotel vacation, whether it’s the legendary King David in Jerusalem or a resort hotel on the Mediterranean or Red Sea. Every Dan hotel is a landmark destination that reflects the spirit of its surroundings. And thanks to the chain’s variety of locations, the options are endless for enjoying the beauty, history and diversity of Israel.

Dan Hotels is the oldest, most prestigious hotel chain in Israel. Today, the group includes 14 deluxe hotels in prime locations around the country, an international convention center, a hotel training school and the Dan Lounges at Ben Gurion airport. The flagship hotel, the King David Jerusalem, regularly hosts visiting dignitaries and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Being the most recognized name in the Israeli hotel industry Dan makes sure that, while each hotel has an individual character, all Dan Hotels share the same dedication to perfection.

 

Several awards have been acquired over the years, reflecting the effort, thought and attention to detail that is encouraged in all team members who are especially trained to give Dan guests “an experience beyond the expected.”

Find out more about Dan Hotels in Israel on their Facebook page; YouTube Page or Twitter (@DanHotelsIsrael).

Hotels in the Group :
In Jerusalem:
King David, Dan Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Jerusalem, Dan Boutique
In Haifa:
Dan Carmel, Dan Panorama Haifa, Dan Gardens Haifa
In Tel Aviv:
Dan Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Tel Aviv
In Eilat:
Dan Eilat, Dan Panorama Eilat
In Ashkelon:
Dan Gardens Ashkelon
In Herzliya-on-Sea:
Dan Accadia
In Caesarea:
Dan Caesarea

To see other great Israeli companies follow Buy Israel Week on Facebook or Twitter (@BuyIsraelWeek).

From Dan with love

What is Buy Israel Week?

You may be thinking, ok so I’ve seen this cool logo around some places and I know that it must have something to do with supporting Israel, but how can I buy Israel? I don’t have that much cash in the bank!

Well we’re here to explain it to you. Buy Israel Week was started to combat the call for boycotting Israel, which is heard all around the world continuously. Supporters of Israel are always there shouting back not to boycott Israel but where is the action to support our statements? Here it is! Here is your opportunity to do a little bit to boost the Israeli economy by buying Israeli made products and supporting Israeli charities.

From February 25th till March 3rd 2013 you will have the opportunity to buy Israeli goods, win Israeli prizes, eat Israeli food and support Israeli charities.

We know that a real boycott of Israeli companies would have disastrous consequences.  Many Israeli institutions are responsible for scientific research to cure disease; Israeli companies develop technology that we use in our cell phones and computers, and new energy technologies are used in other countries.

The goal of Buy Israel Week is to combat the efforts of the BDS protestors through our purchasing power.  Every purchase can help make a difference.  Whether switching your brand of coffee or purchasing a gift, buy Israel.

So come on, let’s take a stand and ‘Buy Israel’!

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@BuyIsraelWeek)

BDS Affects Park Slope Food Coop – Meeting to Vote March 27th

Over a year ago conflict reached the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, New York when a small group of members began an effort to remove a few Israeli items from the shelves, and to publicly support the BDS movement.  One woman has committed herself to taking a stand against this and for Israel and her community.  A 22-year member of the coop, Barbara Mazor started a group called “More Hummus, Please” to oppose the boycott.  According to this post, as of January 28th “over 200 Coop members have added their names to our calls for the BDS group to leave the Coop alone.”

According to Mazor’s website, a referendum to join BDS will take place on March 27, location TBD.  It’s important to get the word out to keep the coop about local goods and produce and not about politics.

Are there similar protests in your neighborhood?  How are you taking action to oppose it?

Buy Israel and Fight the BDS Movement!

In 2005 a global movement was launched for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  Since then, events with Israeli speakers, Israeli universities, stores that carry Israeli products, and Israeli companies have been boycotted with the goal of delegitimizing Israel.

The delegitimization of Israel comes in many forms; political, academic, commercial, investment.  In Minnesota there is a campaign to boycott Israel bonds, and recently there has been a call to boycott Bed Bath & Beyond because they carry AHAVA and SodaStream products – both Israeli brands.

We know that a real boycott of Israeli companies would have disastrous consequences.  Many Israeli institutions are responsible for scientific research to cure disease; Israeli companies develop technology that we use in our cell phones and computers, and new energy technologies are used in other countries.

The goal of Buy Israel Week is to combat the efforts of the BDS protestors through our purchasing power.  Every purchase can help make a difference.  Whether switching your brand of coffee or purchasing a gift, buy Israel.

How to Taste Wine

The holidays are a time for friends and family.  Fun, food and drinks, and of course that includes wine.  Whether you’re hosting at your place, or want to treat your gracious hosts and their guests, choosing a wine that fits your taste can be a difficult feat.  No need to worry even if you’re a novice, our friends at Royal Wine Corp. have a video that will teach you how to remember the Five S’s of wine tasting.

What are some of your favorite wines?  Do you have any wine tasting tips to offer?

Like Royal Wine Corp. on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Celebrate Chanukah with EL AL Israel Airlines

EL AL really is more than just an airline. For those passengers who have to fly during Chanukah, EL AL makes sure that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on the holiday fun – they’re serving traditional holiday treats to passengers in-flight. According to EL AL’s blog, an estimated 1,450 potatoes, 6,700 ounces of raspberry jam, and 70 cups of cinnamon will be used to prepare festive sufganiot (jelly donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) for flights from New York (JFK & Newark) to Tel Aviv.

To make those treats at home, visit their blog for sufganiot and latke recipes.  Happy Chanukah!

For more information:

http://www.elal.co.il/ELAL/English/States/USA/

https://www.facebook.com/ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA

http://twitter.com/ELALUSA

 

 

Feel Fabulous When You Buy Israel

Floating in the Dead Sea after mud baking on your skin in the Israel sun is a memory many visitors will never forget. While you might not be able to visit the Dead Sea whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up, you can recreate that luxurious feeling when you use AHAVA skincare products.

From silky creams to invigorating exfoliators, AHAVA allows you to indulge in the feeling of the Dead Sea without the cost of a flight. AHAVA produces gentle, fragrant, and relaxing beauty and skincare, while conscious of the environment, using non-polluting manufacturing processes. No animals are involved in testing phases and all of their products are encased in recyclable tubes, bottles and jars.

Stay in touch with AHAVA to be in the know about their special discounts. Sign up for their emails, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and you won’t miss a chance to save while supporting Israel.

You also have the opportunity to contribute to food distribution programs. Ahavaus.com is giving 5% of all proceeds, up to $5,000, through 12/29/2011 to the Met Council’s Food for Life campaign.

Thank You for Making Every Week Buy Israel Week

November 28, 2011 wasn’t just the start of Buy Israel Week, it was the beginning of a movement in the international Jewish and pro-Israel community to combat the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement that, in recent years, has become prevalent among Israel protestors.

With the help of our Buy Israel Week partners, we were able to launch a vast media campaign, complete with newspaper supplements in print and online, Facebook buzz, and Twitter attention that helped spread this initiative not only nationwide, but globally, to encourage the purchase of Israeli products.  Thank you to our media partners: The Jewish Week Media Group of New York, New Jersey Jewish StandardJewish News of Greater Phoenix, Tribe Media Corporation, Chicago Jewish News, J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, Washington Jewish Week, Texas Jewish Post, and the Florida Jewish Journal.  Thank you to our partners the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, Israel Export and Cooperation Institute, Conference of Presidents, United with Israel and Stand With Us.

A major thank you goes out to jdeal.com for hosting our Buy Israel Week deals (over 100!) and promoting our Seriously Surprising Israel Deals that were generously sponsored by EL AL Israel Airlines; AHAVA North AmericaRoyal Wine Corp., American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; and American Friends of Magen David Adom.  We are also so thankful for our other sponsors for supporting our inaugural effort: Artistic Tile, American Friends of Meir Panim, Tnuva, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Sifriyat Pijama/The PJ Library, and Osem.

And of course we are thankful to you – our readers and supporters who visit this site, purchase from Israeli vendors, and support our cause.

It is important that everyone realize Buy Israel Week didn’t end after December 4, 2011 – rather every week is Buy Israel Week as long as we are making a conscious effort to support Israel through our purchasing power.

We were fortunate to have so many vendors eager to work with us, that we decided to make the Buy Israel Marketplace a permanent part of our site. There you will find special offers on different products made in Israel. We are happy to be a resource to you whether you are looking to purchase a Chanukah gift that was Made in Israel, or simply to Buy Israel all year round.

We hope you’ll stay in touch with us and continue to read this blog for Israel-related news and other ways you can Buy Israel and support Israel.  Please stay in touch with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Buy Israel Week in 2012, please contact us.  We would love to work with you.