Israel

Film bits are tiny slices of Israeli life

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    The scene opens with two sweating men on a beach, swinging paddles at a tiny ball. “Ping!” “Pow!” “Pong!” It’s an unmistakable sight and sound for anybody who’s spent an afternoon at the beach in Israel. Then the Hebrew words for “Just a Minute” (pronounced rock regga) appear on the screen. Now, there’s […]

Israel again turns to Oshkosh Defense

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  OSHKOSH – The Israeli Ministry of Defense is again turning to Oshkosh Defense for equipment, this time moving towards the purchase of 200 tactical trucks. The FMTVs (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) come in different configurations, including tractors, cargo haulers and aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles. It’s not clear what the configuration of the Israeli […]

Synagogue raises $2,636 for trees after Israeli fires

Synagogue raises $2,636 for trees after Israeli fires

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GLENDALE – Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah congregants came together to plant trees in Israel to replace those destroyed in the November forest fires there, as part of a Charidy.com fundraiser. On the fourth day of Chanukah, the Glendale synagogue began a 24-hour fundraiser with Charidy.com, which quadruples donations thanks to “matchers.”  Some of the effort […]

Nine things you must know before travel to Israel

Nine things you must know before travel to Israel

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    Many people who travel to Israel do so for a vacation, to see a few sights, eat some food and head back to the hotel. My trip was more complicated. Having not been there since the 1980s, I headed in December of 2016 to a journalism conference in Jerusalem, followed by a drive […]

The blessings of a holy cold

The blessings of a holy cold

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  Some things just seem to linger. The yummy smell of chicken soup, a good caffeine buzz from a strong cup of coffee, and perhaps, the cold I acquired on my recent trip to Israel. I realize this may sound unbelievable, but I am honestly grateful to have had this cold. Since my return 28 […]

Israeli media mulls possible Netanyahu bribery

Israeli media mulls possible Netanyahu bribery

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  JERUSALEM – A taped conversation involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is causing a stir in Israel, with some accusing the longtime leader of getting entangled in bribery. In the taped conversation, Netanyahu is said to be offering benefits to a businessman in exchange for his political support. The businessman on Sunday, Jan. 8 […]

The Chronicle in Israel: Badger state’s partnership city fights for economic prosperity

The Chronicle in Israel: Badger state’s partnership city fights for economic prosperity

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TIBERIAS, ISRAEL — In at least 25 years, there hadn’t been even a single a crane looming above the buildings here. Now, construction cranes are popping up everywhere. The mayor of Tiberias, Joseph Ben David, told the Chronicle during an interview at his City Hall office that he remembers no cranes from his youth here. […]

The Chronicle in Israel: Milwaukee’s partnership region is sleepily at the edge

The Chronicle in Israel: Milwaukee’s partnership region is sleepily at the edge

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KFAR KAMA, ISRAEL — This is not the Israel of your TV or your Facebook newsfeeds, not an Israel that’s all stabbings and political pronouncements. Actually, that may not be anybody’s Israel, but it’s certainly not the Israel of the mid-to-lower Sea of Galilee, which has close ties with Milwaukee and Madison. The Sovev Kinneret […]

The Chronicle in Israel: For Israelis, Wisconsin partnership fits a larger plan

The Chronicle in Israel: For Israelis, Wisconsin partnership fits a larger plan

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GIV’AT AVNI, ISRAEL — Lidor Bokish, 15, has assumed the standard teenage position, curled up in the corner of a couch in the family room. On the flat-screen TV in front of her, she’s got the Disney Channel on “Girl Meets World” — with Hebrew subtitles. Over in the kitchen, parents and friends talk about […]

The Chronicle in Israel: How the local partnership with an Israeli region works

The Chronicle in Israel: How the local partnership with an Israeli region works

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TIBERIAS, ISRAEL – If you’ve met someone from the Sovev Kinneret region of Israel, there’s a pretty good shot a decision made about 20 years ago had a lot to do with it. Twenty years ago, regions of the United States were assigned to regions of Israel in a partnership, a kind of sister city […]

Twelve hours from Israel

Twelve hours from Israel

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  Allow me to take you to a place where civilization was born and time seems to stand still. The sound of many people, talking excitedly in various distinct tongues. The smell of exotic spices and warm bread fills the air. You can taste them. And the people are the best part: Tourists in brightly […]