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).

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

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!

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.

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/

Happy Birthday Israel!

For those of you who don’t know, last Wednesday night through Thursday night was Israel’s Independence Day.  Israel supporters all over the world were celebrating by attending parties, barbecues (as is the custom in Israel), and concerts, buying Israeli products, and what seemed most prolific, posting celebratory messages, photos and links on Facebook and Twitter.

Some favorite posts that were in our social media feeds included comedian Benji Lovitt’s Sixty-four Things I Love About Israel.

25. I love that Apple chose to open their first overseas R&D center in Israel. Maybe the iPhone 5 will have a virtual assistant named Shiri who answers your questions and does your laundry when you come home from the army.

63. I love that Gilad is home with us where he belongs and the incredible feeling of peoplehood and family we all felt on the day he came home. I can’t imagine having been anywhere else. Welcome home, Gilad.

We’re looking forward to next year’s list!

In our Twitter feed, along with dozens of tweets celebrating Israel’s birthday, we found this post on the Hebrew Union College’s blog – Israel in Six Words: What We Love about the Jewish State -Happy Birthday, where contributors shared what they love about Israel in six words.  Make sure to click on the comments for readers’ contributions.

What are some of your favorite things about Israel?

Buy Israeli Goods Weekend Kicks Off Today!

After an anti-Israel group launched a boycott of Israeli goods for March 30th, StandWithUs launched Buy Israeli Goods weekend to counter their efforts. Starting today, BIG weekend urges shoppers to purchase Israeli-made products wherever they are.

BIG Weekend has gotten the attention of the media, with recent coverage from Israeli news outlets Ynet and Arutz Sheva. StandWithUs co-founder and CEO Roz Rothstein was quoted saying “We need to show the boycotters that their efforts remain doomed. Let the boycotters know that when they call for boycotts of even one or two stores or products, they will face a much larger movement to buy Israeli goods.”

The BIG initiative is taking place after members of the Park Slope Food Coop voted against a referendum to vote on whether or not they would join the International BDS movement.

Let’s keep up the good work of buying power! To find out where you can buy Israeli goods at a store near you, visit http://www.buyisraelgoods.org.

Israel in the Write Light

On Twitter two photos were circulating in the past 24 hours allegedly depicting the results of Israeli air strikes in Gaza in recent days.  One photo was even the Top Tweet for #Gaza, showing a deceased Palestinian girl, and the other showing an explosion. Luckily both have been proven false, having been take years ago, but the damage has still been done.  The photos have been tweeted and retweeted, reaching thousands of people.  It’s important to know how to stand up for Israel when misinformation is circulating, but not everyone knows how to respond.

Here’s where the American Zionist Movement and jdeal come in.  For the next three days you can get an $18 ticket to the AZM’s Israel in the Write Light Conference on Sunday, March 18th from 9am – 5pm in midtown Manhattan. Join experts in the fields of journalism, social media and Israel advocacy and learn how to best express your thoughts on the many challenges facing Israel today. Chaired by Gary Rosenblatt, editor of The Jewish Week, you’ll spend the day in thoughtful discussions on the strategies and techniques you can use to convey your opinions across traditional and new media. You’ll hear from experts about Revamping Israel’s persona, making the most of limited knowledge, and digital-age journalism.

If you can’t make it to the event, make sure to read other resources like Honest Reporting and United with Israel to stay informed.

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?

Penn BDS Conference Recap

The BDS conference took place last weekend at the University of Pennsylvania. For those who didn’t attend or follow the conversation, here are some links to coverage of the 3-day event:

The Forward

j. weekly

The Daily Pennsylvanian

The Jewish Exponent

You can also watch Alan Dershowitz’s talk (below) that he gave Thursday, February 2, before the conference.

Watch live streaming video from jewishphilly at livestream.com