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The top eight things to do in Israel on the eight days of Hanukkah
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c
Looking for your own great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
ISRAEL21c brings you eight awesome ideas for celebrating the Festival of Lights in Israel, where it all happened back in the year 165.
The annual Hanukkah Torch Relay marks the beginning of the holiday in Israel. People line the road from the city of Modi’in to the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem’s Old City, passing a burning torch from hand to hand. The torch then lights the giant hanukkiyah (menorah) at the Western Wall.
Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is believed to have been the home of Hanukkah’s heroes, the Maccabees, and the place where the Maccabean revolt began.
Sufganiyot (doughnuts) are by far the most popular Hanukkah food in Israel. Every year, Israelis eat a whopping 24 million of these calorie-heavy-sugar-covered-fried treats made especially for the holiday.
Sleep deprivation causes neurons to nap, Israeli study finds
By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON for The Times of Israel
Researchers say that the longer we stay awake, the slower our brain gets, damaging visual perception and memory associations
You may be staying up way too late every night scrolling through Facebook, but your brain cells aren’t necessarily along for the ride.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) together with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say that when we are sleep-deprived, the activity of our brain is affected because individual neurons slow down, damaging the brain’s visual perception and memory associations.
‘Rock stars’ of the IDF: Israeli soldiers go on tour to educate the masses
By CATHRYN J. PRINCE for The Times of Israel
Groups seek to put a human face on the Jewish state while countering misconceptions and anti-Israel activists
The questions come fast and furious for Israel Defense Force reservists Keren and Haitham, who goes by the nickname Tom.
“How do you show your support for Israel on campus?” “How does training and combat affect you?” “Do you have to live in Israel to show your love for it?”
About 40 students sit inside the book lined beit midrash, or study hall, of Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE). They have more questions than time allows. Still the pair does their best to answer each one clearly, concisely and completely.
This is the second to last stop on a nearly three-week long Israeli Soldiers Tour, or IST, through New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Along the way the two, whose last names have been withheld for security reasons, met students at University of Hartford and cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Who's behind the coolest new feature on the iPhone X?
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
Apple turned to its R&D center in Israel for their new Face ID technology.
The wait is over. Apple unveiled the highly anticipated new iPhone models at an event streamed around the world.
Called the iPhone X, it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's debut in 2007. While there are many new whiz-bang features on the phone, one in particular caught our attention: Face ID. The new technology is an infrared face scanner that will unlock your iPhone simply by looking at it. (Die-hard From The Grapevine readers will recall that we predicted this back in the summer of 2015. OK, so we were off by two years. We're not perfect.)
Disasters know no borders - MEFF joint international exercise
From Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority collaborate in MiddleEast forest fires exercise.
The overall goal of the exercise is for participants to exchange knowledge and attain common capacities, to effectively respond to disaster situations, especially along and across mutual borders.
The Middle East Forest Fires (MEFF) joint international exercise taking place today (Tuesday, 24 October 2017), is conducted under the sponsorship of EU member states: Italy, France and Spain, and held in participation and under the positive cooperation of Jordan, Israel and the PA.
The joint exercise, supported by the European Commission's Civil Protection Exercise program, aims to preserve lives and natural resources, regardless of nationality and/or borders.
Did You Know...?
MAJYK 2017 is coming to Beth El?
The Mid-Atlantic Jr. Youth Kallah will be hosted by Beth El on December 15-17 to experience a taste of NFTY and learn about its traditions and lingo. In order to make this a success we need to find host families for 150-200 middle schoolers. Please contact our Youth Advisors, Nori and Marissa, to become a host family!
Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?
With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool. If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground." If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!
Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
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For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.
Beth El House
For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house
Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.
TONIGHT, December 6 at 7:00 PM
"The Israeli Intelligence Community"
Who is the intelligence community; what are its areas of activity, how was it established,
and what were the defining events in its history.
You do NOT want to miss this exciting speaker.
December 15 - 17
*WE STILL NEED HOST FAMILIES*
December 19, 20, 21
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
***December 20 will also sort during religious school
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM***
There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.