Hark! How all the welkin rings

Hark! How all the welkin rings

  Suspiciously Christmas-like decorations have begun to appear again in Jerusalem neighborhoods, parks and malls, though fewer than in the recent past thanks to the world’s most pervasive virus. But one will not typically hear Christmas music in public,...
Jerusalem Thanksgiving, 2020

Jerusalem Thanksgiving, 2020

  Thanksgiving morning in Jerusalem, 2020, with our turkey properly stuffed and roasting in the oven, Marcia and I got a call from a British expat in town with whom we were doing business. “Good morning!” he began, “why don’t you chaps come down to the office...
Lockdown, Part 2

Lockdown, Part 2

Israel is locked down again. Some restaurant owners here smashed plates in the streets to protest the nation’s second round of coronavirus restrictions. Other citizens simply went without pizza. Upon learning that just under 12% of recent, ongoing nationwide COVID-19...
What next? Israel has a sail-in theater!

What next? Israel has a sail-in theater!

  By Cliff Keller — While in Tel Aviv, why not catch a movie on a boat? Israel joined the elite ranks of Canada’s Port Toronto and Washington State’s Port of Everett this month when the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality launched (to use a nautical term) this...
Keeping the rules

Keeping the rules

“We will keep the rules and, with God’s Help they’ll keep us.” — By Cliff Keller — Israelis got a scolding on Saturday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret in reporting “a change in direction” in Israel’s fight to halt the spread of COVID 19. “I...