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Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel

September 10, 2021 Kids say the darndest and sweetest things about Israel By Barbara Sofer As the longtime annual chronicler of “Things I Love About Israel” each Independence Day, I was intrigued to receive a folder of white-lined paper from Rivka Gross, an English teacher in the Branco Weiss High School in Beit Shemesh. My …

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The Sofia: The new Tiberias luxury hotel with a Zionist background

August 6, 2021 The Sofia: The new Tiberias luxury hotel with a Zionist background By Barbara Sofer Sofia is the name of the new classy hotel in Tiberias, and there’s a story behind it. Owners Raul and Sophie Sarogo plan to make Sofia the first in a chain of Israeli five-star boutique hotels that will …

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After coronavirus, theater returns music to the lives of Israelis

July 2, 2021 After coronavirus, theater returns music to the lives of Israelis By Barbara Sofer When the variants of the coronavirus are no longer newsworthy, will we remember the variations of the coronavirus rules? Will we recall the feeling the first time we invited our families back for dinner, the first time we saw …

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Taglit-Birthright Israel is back and just in time

June 4, 2021 Taglit-Birthright Israel is back and just in time By Barbara Sofer Over the past two decades, more than 750,000 young Jews from 68 countries have toured Israel under the auspices of Birthright Israel. We locals got used to seeing the Birthright Israel buses traveling around the country, carrying ebullient university students on their …

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