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Residents get "A Taste of Israel"

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Those of us who have visited Israel understand the uniqueness of being in that special place.

We have seen its incredible diversity of scenery and landscapes. We have met the people there who are so friendly and spirited. We have smelled and tasted the powerful variety of foods at its markets.

But not everyone gets the opportunity to experience firsthand what makes Israel so significant and incredibly beautiful.

Recently, Federation's shlichim, Shani and Nir Boneh, gave "A Taste of Israel" at the Melvin J. & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service’s Apartment Program (LJRFS).

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Participants got to listen to stories, learn about life in Israel and make their own Israeli dishes. Here is a firsthand account:

What a fun day we had with Shani and Nir Boneh, the Israeli Emissaries who visited us thanks to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Shani and Nir are both trained tour guides from Israel. They showed us videos of Israel and described the different scenes and beautiful landscapes. We saw pictures of American students who traveled to Israel on the trip sponsored by Birthright. Shani and Nir were their tour guides. The slideshow also included pictures of Israeli soldiers, children, schools, shelters, Kibbutzim and beautiful shots of the Mediterranean Sea.

We heard some Bible stories and saw pictures of ancient settlements. It's amazing how the cities in those stories have been unchanged for hundreds of years. The archaeology was incredible. The people of Israel really value their country and its history. We also saw many pictures of Israel's countryside: it’s amazing how the desert was made so green!

All of our favorite activities include food. This was no exception. What was so special about "A Taste of Israel" is that we made our own food. We were careful as we cut up the vegetables for the Israeli salad. Everyone wished we could have picked the vegetables right from the garden like they do in Israel. We made tahini from sesame seed paste. We made hummus by mashing chick peas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The tahini went on top of the hummus that we ate with pita bread.

All of the food was delicious. It made us feel like we were in our own little corner of Israel. Next, we all want to travel to Israel with Shani and Nir as our guides!


Residents of LJRFS receive and participate in enriched social programming, including, but not limited to, education and cultural workshops.

For more information about their services, click here.

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