Post 355: NATIONAL READINESS EXERCISE THIS WEEK: Jerusalem Employment Career Conference Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016 8:15 – 14:30 at the Begin Center organized by the City of Jerusalem’s Employment Center Admission Fee: 50 NIS (including lunch)

Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:31 am (PDT) . Posted by:

“Avery Einhorn”

 The IDF Home Front Command will be conducting its annual readiness exercise this week throughout the country, simulating conventional warfare.

As part of the exercise, there will be a “rolling” exercise on Tuesday wherein sirens will be sounded from the North down through the country during the morning and early afternoon hours, followed by a national siren
in the evening.

At those times when you hear the siren you are asked to make your way to the closest “safe area”, whether the miklat in your building, or other pre-determined areas.

For those who may not have taken notice of the publicized exercise (especially elderly neighbors, etc.), please let your neighbors know, as well as your children’s ganenet, etc.

Baseball In Israel?

By Zev Moore – First post by a Jewish youth!


The Israeli Juvenile National Team has players from all around Israel – Gezer, Tel Aviv, Gush Etzion, Hashmonaim, Jerusalem, Modiin, and more. 16 out of the 35 kids aged 9-12 that tried out, were chosen by the head coaches, David and Josh. My twin brother and I were the lucky ones as we would be traveling to Italy to participate in the Tuscany Series.

I was so excited that I would be able to do something special, especially in my first year in Israel. Before we moved to Israel, I was pretty upset, having heard that there was little to no baseball in Israel. I soon found out though, that I was incorrect! Now, I play even more baseball than I did in America, but not on Shabbat.


As we were leaving for Italy, people kept asking us who we were and what we’re doing. We told them we were going to Italy to play baseball. They all seemed surprised, saying they didn’t even know that Israel had an international baseball team.

We had a 2 hour car ride from Rome to Grosseto. And when I heard that I was starting in the first game, I felt so honored, so proud to be representing Israel as an athlete! When we won, it was particularly special as Shabbat was approaching. As we headed toward the city of Sienna to celebrate Shabbat, I recall that the drive was about 2 hours, but it was fun with all of my friends on the bus.


We were all kids from Israel who had a great passion for the game of baseball, so much so that we left our homes, traveling internationally for almost a week. We found the only Jewish synagogue in Sienna and followed services with a Shabbat meal.

On Sunday, the day of our last 2 games, the entire team was anxious to win in order to qualify for the semi-final game; we won the game on a stunning 9-1 final score! It was also my biggest hit of the tournament, a line drive to the left-center field gap. Somehow, this was our team’s best played game and now, we were all pumped up in order to bring Israel, our home, the title in the finals!

So it started out, with both teams matching zeros until the bottom of the third. But by the time the game was over, the final score was 7-6. I was very upset at how it ended, but I told myself that it was just a game and that we played well. When the team was at the awards ceremony, it was a bittersweet feeling. On one hand, coming internationally to play and making the finals was nice. But on the other hand, we lost on a very close game.

When they announced for Team Israel to come forward and take the trophy, the sadness disappeared and I ran with pride in my heart, knowing that I came representing Team Israel.


It was emotional to say goodbye to the players and coaches, but I knew that we would see each other again at a ceremony to honor our team during the Maccabiah Games. I will forever remember this trip as one of the best experiences in my life as I represented my country, Israel, even if it just became my home one year ago.

The City of Jerusalem’s Employment Center has asked JBNF to invite its members to:

Jerusalem Employment & Career Conference
Tuesday, Sept 20, 2016 8:15 – 14:30 at the Begin Center
organized by the City of Jerusalem’s Employment Center
Admission Fee: 50 NIS (including lunch)

This event will be conducted in Hebrew.


Best regards,
Avigail Frij
Co-Founder and Member of the Board
Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF)

Elul 5776
September, 2016

Dear Friends of Women of the Book,

This summer my spouse and I and our two young children relocated from Israel to Portland, Oregon so that I may begin my MFA studies in Art and Social Practice. Having been so engrossed in the details of the move – where we would live, where the children would be educated, what synagogue and community would best suit us, what part of town was most bicycle friendly, family oriented and, not to mention, packing up our lives in Israel – I often lost sight of the purpose of this move.  When my professor sent an email one day to commend us on this “transcontinental move you are making for the sake of art”, I was awakened to the memory of the vision that guided this move – deepening my work and skill as a social practice artist so that I may give back to the communities with which I work in a more informed, profound and transformative way.
Judaism teaches us to see the miracles in the small moments.  For these occasions we have blessings that have been passed through the generations.  And from this tradition we learn to see both small and great moments of beauty and miracle.  Being newcomers to Portland has offered many opportunities to recognize these small miracles with a blessing – seeing the Pacific ocean for the first time in many years, the rain-bowed sky, the sighting of Mt. Hood, eating fresh picked blueberries, hanging a mezuzah crafted from bamboo growing in the back yard, and soon, marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5777.

          Ki Tetze, Ruth K. Ben-DovThis month of Elul, the last of the Jewish calendar  year, is the time of  recounting. We recount the  places in which we have had  successes and the places in  our lives where we have not  been our best, even hurtful or neglectful. For the times we missed the mark we begin the process of asking for forgiveness and for the successes, we offer thanks and praise  – for every success is a small miracle worthy of blessing.  Women of the Book has had a year of many successes.  I would like to share some of them with you here:

  • We opened our first show in September at the Jerusalem Biennale 2015  with over 2000 visitors to the central Jerusalem gallery.
  • All of the artists were selected and artworks completed after 10 years of curatorial work on the show. Women of the Book now has our 54 Jewish women artists and our 54 visual commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.  visit:
  • We developed and produced our Women of the Book Collection and are offering limited edition prints, boxed sets and more to collectors and art lovers around the world.  
  • With a generous grant from Targum Shlishi and over $12,000 in donations from other private donors we were able to begin our book production of the Women of the Book art book.  To help support our book publishing efforts.
  • We are lining up a traveling exhibition of the works at museums and galleries across the globe. Please write to if you are interested in bringing the Women of the Book exhibition to your local art museum or gallery.

Wishing for all of you a year of miracles.
Shana Tovah,

Shoshana Gugenheim
Founding Artist/ Director/Curator
Women of the Book

* This week’s portion, Ki Tetze as shown above, was created by participating artist, Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov

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