Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happening At Ma'aleh Rechavam

8 Kislev 5768

Rechavam Ze'eviNamed for the murdered Minister of Tourism, Rechavam Ze'evi, Maaleh Rehavam, a wonderful community close to Tekoa and Nokdim in the Judean Desert is organizing a happening- Come one, Come all:

A HAPPENING IN MA'ALEH REHAVAM - a blooming community in the desert

With the coming of the winter rains an amazing natural phenomenon takes place near Ma'aleh Rehavam. In the river bed at the foot of the settlement, between the desert rocks, thousands of autumn crocuses appear, egg-yolk in color (the source of their Hebrew name - Helmoniot).

They are amongst the most beautiful of the flowers of Eretz Yisrael. The largest concentration of this rare, attractive flower is found here.

Come on Friday, November 23 or November 30, between 10:00 and 14:00, for a free tour to the beautiful flowers. There are signs for those who wish to go by themselves.

On both these Fridays a fair and an open market will be held in the center of Ma'aleh Rehavam,

* Activities for children

* Camel rides

* Home-made pitot and lemonade

* Goat cheese and olive oil

* Cakes and bread with natural ingredients

* Arts and crafts

For more details please call Limor 054-4842307.


Special Thanks to Women In Green for the Happening information!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Burger Deli

7 Marheshvan 5768

Burger Deli BurgerBurger Deli (Mehadrin, Glatt/Halaq) serves up a great burger, and is located at...

Shamgar Street 16, Shamgar/Romemah, Jerusalem

Opening Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 to 12 mid, Thurs 11:00 to 1:00 am

Delivery: 02-5003070

The owner recognizes that his customers prefer avodah ivrit, so that is what he provides. Unfortunately, he has come under criticism for his decision. We will refer you to those who morst qualified to present news and commentary on such issues, and simply encourage our readers to show their support for Burger Deli by patronizing their business, and letting them know they have your vote of confidence.

For a summary and commentary on Burger Deli in the news, please visit Ezra HaLevi's report, linked here on the Blog

Friday, October 12, 2007

Gush Etzion

Rosh Hodesh Marheshvan 5768

Thank you to a contributor from Northern Judea, often called (Gush Etzion or the Etzion Block), provides additions to our constantly growing list of avodah ivrit businesses:

Gavna - Massuot Yitzchak, Gush Etzion

Baruch Brenner - Binyan Olam

Kfar Etzion Auto Shop

Also, Bat Ayin must added to our list of avodah ivrit towns in Judea, which includes the previously mentioned Sde Boaz and Ma'aleh Rechavam.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ma'aleh Rechavam Celebrates 6th Anniversary

Hoshana Rabba 5768

From Israel National News:

Ma'aleh Rechavam Celebrates 6th Anniversary

( The hilltop community of Maaleh Rechavam, located near the Herodion in eastern Gush Etzion and just south of Jerusalem, will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of its founding Tuesday evening.

At 5:30 PM, a sunset tour of the area is being offered, at 6:30 PM the inauguration of a new central square is taking place and from 7:30 PM onward a barbecue and music will last "to the wee hours," according to residents.

Maaleh Rechavam is currently threatened with destruction by the Olmert government.

Min. Rachvam Ze'eviMa'aleh Rechavam is an Avodah Ivrit community in the Gush Etzion area of Judea. It is named for the murdered Minister of Tourism Rechavam Ze'evi (Moledet Party).

Like many towns in Judea and Samaria, Ma'aleh Rechavam incurs continued harassment from anti-Israel organizations.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Avodah Ivrit Supportive Towns

Sukkot 5768

There are some towns in Israel which encourage businesses to be Avodah Ivrit, some which only allow Avodah Ivrit into their towns.

Such towns include Yitzhar, K'far Tapu'ah, and the community of G'vaot Olam near Itamar in Samaria, and Sde Bo'az in the Gush Etzion area of Judea.

Building and agriculture are only two of the prospering local industries.

It is important to note that Sde Bo'az is a mixed religious and secular town which sets a great example for such cooperation and unity.

Unfortunately, Sde Bo'az is also one of the communities which has been under attack by neighboring Arabs and Israeli Leftists, who come to uproot Sde Bo'az's newly planted trees,...even on Tu b'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees.

Shilo has several residents who run Avodah Ivrit businesses, including some, but not all of the local vineyards. Shilo, like Hevron, is known for its artists as well. The attached communities surrounding Shilo, such as Ahiyah and Adei Ad are Avodah Ivrit oriented.

Surprisingly, not all communities within Judea and Samaria, for example, support and encourage Avodah Ivrit.

A few years ago, the town council of Ofra, to its credit, tried to encourage Avodah Ivrit within its community. Unfortunately, one of the residents who was renovating his house at the time, threatened to sue the town through the Israeli court system, and the Ofra Town Council decided to back down.

Several Ofra residents, and residents of neighboring Amona are involved with Avodah Ivrit-based businesses. We recommend that you support these businesses.


None of the above communities gave their permission to be included in this blog report.

Please submit any corrections and updates to the above report, as well as information above additional communities in Israel, via e-mail at

Kalba Savu'a Update

Sukkot 5768

כלבא שבוע

Kalba Savu'a, the mehadrin, meat restaurant, we reported on in the fall, 2005, moved about year and half ago.

It was embroiled in a challenge to its right to free speech, something which really does not exist in Israel anyway.

It used to be located on Yaffo Street, at the corner of Moriah Street, a half of a block up from Jerusalem's Central Bus Station.

It can now be found on Aggrippas Street 34, still serving its famous, reasonably-priced shawarmah. But they have added much to their menu, including traditional Bukhari Jewish dishes.

Bet Yosef
(Bet Yosef Mehadrin Kashrut Certification)

Monday, September 24, 2007

To Your Health!

12 Tishrei 5768

To get our new year off to a good start physically, we bring you two health oriented stores. Both are found on the highly under-rated Aggrippas Street Shopping Area, adjacent to the Mahane Yehudah Open Market. We hope to be able to provide you with more information about this very reasonably priced shopping district as it becomes available.

Olam HatevahThe first is a health food store called Olam Hatevah, "The World Of Nature."

All different kinds of hard to find products with strict standards of Kashrut, can be found here on Aggrippas Street 65.

Spelt flour, rye flour, soy flour, linseed oil, and various gluten-free items are only some of the products you will find at Olam Hatevah, with mehadrin heksherim (Kashrut cerification) by Rav Landa, Eidah Hareidis, Belz, and Hatam Sofer - Petah Tikvah, among others.

Other health food stores along Aggippras Street were surveyed, yet did not meet out stringent standards of avodah ivrit. Please let us know if things have change and/or if we missed anyone.

Nature's ChoiceOn the other side of Mahaneh Yehdudah, toward the Central Bus Station, we come to Habichirah Hativit Bakery (Natural Choice). Here you will find only organic, whole wheat and non-wheat breads and baked goods, including spelt, rye, 1/2 spelt-1/2 rye, and oat, with or without yeast. Some sprouted grain products are available, as well as items without any processed sugar. Hallah, pita, cookies, cakes, crackers, and mini-pizzas are some of the items you will find at Natural Choice Bakery. They are open Sunday through Thursday until 8:00 PM, and on Fridays and before Holidays until a couple of hours before candle-lighting, and are under the supervision of Mehzikei Dat (Belz) kashrut.

Natural Choice


Note: Neither of these businesses asked to be included in this blog.