David Ben Gurion

David Ben Gurion was the first Prime Minister (ראש ממשלה) of Israel.  Before that he was a mover and a shaker in the movement to establish the State of Israel. He was born in 1886 in Czarist Russia, with the name David Gruen which he brought into Hebrew as Ben Gurion. He was an early leader of the Zionist Movement whose aim was the establishment of a Jewish State. Continue reading “David Ben Gurion”

Purim

Purim (פורים)  is the Jewish holiday of joy. Everyone is happy (שמח) on Purim! There are many customs (מנהגים) of Purim that are very interesting. This is the one holiday in the Jewish calendar which happened outside Israel in Persia, but it is a beloved holiday by kids and adults alike. Continue reading “Purim”

Ra’anana

Ra’anana ( רַעֲנָנָה) is a city of immigrants.  They immigrated from Tel Aviv in 1922 with just nine people, four “Ahuzat members, three workers and two watchmen. The originial name was Ahuzat A – New York, because many people who came to live there were from New York. Today Ra’anana is a city (עיר)  with over 70,000 people.  Most of them are native Israelis with a large amount of English, French and Spanish speakers. Most of the residents live in Ra’anana, and work in Tel Aviv or Herzlya in the Hi-Tech sectors. Continue reading “Ra’anana”