I am a retired American living in Haifa, Israel. My passon in life is promoting interfaith dialogue. Twenty five percent of Israelis are Muslims, Druze, Christians, and other denominations. We manage to live together in a fairly democratic, yet jaded society.
Israel is a small nation and therefore travel is easy and of course exciting. I can visit the Galilee, Jerusalem, and Nazareth in the same day, and the Dead Sea is only a two hour drive from my home.
I am looking forward to sharing my travel adventures with the readers.
November 26th 2013
img=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=29ecb9dad9&view=att&th=142658d92a92f9c5&attid=0.1&disp=thd&realattid=1451945585848331720-local0&zw Zecharia Gonsher, his wife Liat and twins I am sitting at The Dan Panorama Mall writing this post at my favorite café. The upscale mall houses high end clothing and jewelry stores. There are several restaurants, a beauty salon, and a pharmacy. The community Chabad center is located here as well. It is my spiritual home and favorite plac... read more
November 8th 2013
Most people outside Israel are not aware of the fact that 25% of Israel’s population, are not from a Jewish background, and among them are Christians, Muslims, and Druze. Many people outside of this region are not aware of the diversity of streams within these faiths. One of the most wonderful joys of life in Israel is that each of the major religions is represented by a myriad of religious streams. The differences aren’t just theological, but are social, political, financial, and educational. For example, there are four Arab political parties in the governing body of Israel – The Knesset. There are numerous Jewish political parties with a wide divergence of philosophy and goals. url=http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2012/12/countries/israel/haifa-israel-is-the-city-of-peaceful-coexistence/attachment/mehmood-mosque-in-haifaimg=http://www.themuslimtimes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/1... read more
November 6th 2013
Once again our region is exploding in turmoil. However, there is a side of life in Israel and Palestine that does not get enough attention in the media. I am blessed to live in Haifa which earns it title as "The City of Peaceful Coexistence". I wrote this story last fall and want to share it with the members of of travelblog.org The recent round of warfare in our South with Gaza was depressing in that it had to begin. There had not been any political way of getting the Hamas to stop firing explosives at our civilians. This tragically has been the history of life in Israel since the Jewish people reclaimed our ancestral homeland in 1948. Many of my friends and neighbors have fought in several wars. Many of them spent their early childhoods ... read more
November 5th 2013
I am sitting at my favorite dining place in Haifa, The Ego Food and Coffee eating Maafe Cinnamon or a Danish and drinking my beloved Absolute brand of Vodka. The cafe is located in the world famous Dan Panorama mall. It is an upscale shopping center next to the elegant hotel by the same name. ... Needless to say, I am searching for story ideas to put in my next post. My favorite servers, Danit, Shoshana, and Sher suggest that I write about the challenges facing Israeli youth. img=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a7fa0PlS47k/UbtjrEsMmEI/AAAAAAAAAF8/kk-jUGEbTeI/s320... read more
August 19th 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6kaH0EDUw The positive side of life in our region. Israelis and Palestinians both are fighting for their right to self-determination and security. The constant fear of an imminent outbreak of fighting, children sleeping in safe shelters, parents unable to work and support their families, and fearing for the safety of friends and loved ones has been a way of life in this region for decades. Hopefully, this current round of talks will produce movement toward peace. I was honored to be chosen by The Focolare, the largest Catholic outreach movement in the world to write an Israeli perspective on the recent fighting with Gaza. Below is the story: This current round of fighting in the south has been very depressing because of the fact that it had to happen. There has been no political way of ... read more
August 8th 2013
img=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=29ecb9dad9&view=att&th=13feb88c992f4a69&attid=0.1&disp=thd&realattid=f_hj87dklc0&zw img=http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/c112.40.497.497/s160x160/226663_1877200502682_5136569_n.jpg My friend Alexa and I were sitting at my favorite cafe in Haifa, the Kapiot café, discussing my concerns about my age related tipshoot (silly) behavior. I turned sixty five in April. The once twenty minute walk to the cafe now takes thirty. It is more due to the fact that I almost always seem to forget something than physical conditioning. I forgot my ex- wife's birthday for the first time in March. It was on my calendar which I neglected to review. Beautiful young women like Alexa now seem like granddaughters of grade school age. My once healthy appetite for dining has greatly dissipated. Alexa tried to reassure me that things are not as... read more
August 8th 2013
img=http://api.ning.com/files/7gJ8RTmrnX0H81fGMqi4ccgQHR4djFjK-58SYEKtsKviSlzb1z7kCXv70s**qiEtl6GT0lx-wLxEfF7qHXm1q5Z*ODI6rtBU/1015301163.jpeg?xgip=324:0:1936:1936;;&width=184&height=184&crop=1:1 I am sitting at The Dan Panorama Mall in Haifa writing this post at my favorite cafe. The upscale mall houses high-end clothing and jewelry stores. There are several restaurants, a beauty salon, and a pharmacy. The community Chabad center is located here as well. It is my spiritual home and favorite place to buy religious artifacts and home décor. The Rabbi is named Levi. He is about thirty, razor thin, with dark hair, and smiles consistently. He has six children ranging from in age from six months to seven years. My favorite is his six month year old daughter Devorah which means "bee" in English. She already beams her father’s smile. I visit the store almost daily in the hope ... read more
August 8th 2013
img=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=29ecb9dad9&view=att&th=1404d31eb0c6a312&attid=0.1&disp=thd&realattid=f_hjzb3qqy1&zw img=http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/c112.40.497.497/s160x160/226663_1877200502682_5136569_n.jpg By Sharon Amov and Earl Shugerman: Sharon is an eighty six year old widow and recent immigrant to Israel. I immigrated to Israel at the age of fifty nine alone as well. She is from California. My home was in Colorado. Below Sharon tells her story. My dear husband died a few years ago. I was desolate. The loneliness was overwhelming. I missed him terribly. For many years I struggled to regain my balance, and then I decided to move to Israel, to live near my daughter and family. They made aliyah or immigration to eretz Israel fifteen years ago. I remember my flight to Israel, peering out of the airplane window, viewing the outline ... read more