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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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Independence Day: Forks, flypasts and the joy of being Israeli

April 23, 2021 Independence Day: Forks, flypasts and the joy of being Israeli By Barbara Sofer The smooth sand warms my bare soles on the long expanse of Ashdod’s Eleventh Neighborhood Beach. No sign of the recent tar pollution. Israel’s southern beaches were less badly hit than the northern, but not a tar clump remains, …

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Passover preserves the memory of Jewish people’s past voyages

March 26, 2021 Passover preserves the memory of Jewish people’s past voyages By Barbara Sofer There comes that moment of frustration when preparing for Passover that I need to sit down with my copy of Bread and Fire. Obviously, no bread recipes here. Bread and Fire is a collection of Jewish women’s writings edited by writer Rivkah …

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