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Aug 3, 2015, 3:18 PM
Where are Israel’s cooling centers?
This past Shabbat afternoon, before the brunt of the heatwave that has taken the Middle East captive, we walked the streets of Jerusalem. I don't remember seeing the roads so empty, and I half expected to see tumbleweeds blow...
Apr 15, 2015, 10:51 PM
Responsibilities of the 3G
When the siren sounds in Israel on Yom HaShoah, I am respectful and stand quietly in my spot, along with the rest of our nation. But for me, as a third generation (3G) Holocaust survivor, every day is Yom...
Feb 6, 2014, 4:08 PM
A writer’s regret
Everyone has a label. Sometimes, we have more than one. For me, I'm "Wife", "Mommy", "Sister", "Aunt", "Publicist", "Professional", and "Friend." Truth be told, sometimes my labels aren't that simple, especially when it comes to religion and politics. But,...
Jun 20, 2013, 1:57 PM
Why Mommy Trumps Hobby
This morning, my 4 year old daughter woke me up at 6:30 a.m. to find out what happened to the picnic basket. Rather, why the picnic basket didn't have anything in it yet. I reached for her with eyes...
May 26, 2013, 10:40 AM
Israel’s Hungry Children
I haven't blogged much lately. Truth be told, I don't tend to blog unless there is something I really need to say. So, when a friend posted a heartbreaking story on her Facebook feed last week, I took notice....
Jan 15, 2013, 10:18 AM
Tu B’Shvat for the Plant Killer
There is no official name for people like me. Sure, I can say that I have a black thumb, or that what I do is involuntary plantslaughter, but those words are insufficient when I go through the list of...
Nov 4, 2012, 12:14 PM
Feeling helpless, miles away from Sandy
A native New Yorker, heartbroken and wishing she could help
Oct 22, 2012, 11:47 AM
Israeli’s Lax Attitude Towards Food Allergies
This past Friday, during gan pick up for our 18 month old, the gannenet went on and on about how much our daughter enjoys her weekly cupcake. She then mentioned that she was so excited about her special cupcake,...
Sep 4, 2012, 8:30 PM
Why Mommy doesn’t pray
I don't think I have ever connected with what I refer to as 'organized' prayer. Instead, when I wanted to have a conversation with God, I just did
Aug 22, 2012, 10:39 PM
Drinking Games: The Jerusalem Beer Festival
Tonight, my husband and I decided to reclaim our youth by donning Radiohead Southpark and Janis Joplin t-shirts, to attend the 8th Annual Jerusalem Beer Festival at the old train station in Baka. It's the first time, in the...
Shira Zwebner is a public relations consultant and writer living in Jerusalem. A Mommy blogger and recent Olah, Shira writes about living and raising a family as an American trying to find her niche within Israeli culture.