David Abitbol

Everything’s gonna be beseder

Yihyeh b’seder. This is a common refrain in Israel. It means “It’ll be ok!” No matter what happens, no matter how bad or how scary things get, even the surliest Israeli has hope. No wonder the national anthem, “Hatikvah,” means “The Hope.” So I thought I’d borrow the phrase from Israelis, the one that’s enshrined in a beloved blog post by Benji Lovitt and the Nu Campaign t-shirt collection it inspired, and use it to name this public, open-to-everyone event.

So what’s the deal? It’s simple. Taglit Birthright Israel is relaunching its Israel Alumni Association and this is their first step in that direction. This event, which is free to all Birthright Israel Alumni who pre-register and 10 NIS for everyone else, will include lots of free wine, yummy snacks and hors d’oeuvres and entertaining talks by five Times of Israel writers. It was really hard finding them because, you know, Times of Israel bloggers are a rare breed. Rare indeed. But we got lucky and managed to snag some folks that are talented, bright and really entertaining. Thanks to Sarah Tuttle-Singer, I can’t say the words “rabbi” or “rabbit” without laughing. Benji Lovitt is a talented and beloved comedian and blogger, and he inspired the name of this event. There’s also my dear friends Laura Ben DavidZahava Englard and Devora Mason (aka Ask Devora).

Devora Mason

Another great thing about this event is that it is taking place downtown at the HiP JLM House. It’s a great venue that hosts a regular slew of speakers, social events and this women’s spa night that makes me crazy jealous. Because I can’t go. But I digress. Visit their site for directions on how to get to the event or simply call 058-5555699.

We would really like to have a great turnout for this event and if you are a Birthright Israel alum, please register. It may take a couple of minutes but you’ll only have to do it once and then you’ll get advance notice of future events. And you’ll get in for free! Not that 10 NIS is so much money, but hey, free is free. You can also check out the Facebook event page, and share it with your friends.

If you are a Birthright Israel alum and you can’t make it to this event, you should still register. This will help us gauge interest and plan future events. And if you are interested in helping out on Wednesday or organizing future events, call 058-5555699 and we will hook you up. So again, here are the details:

Yihyeh b’seder!
Impressions of Israel: A raucous evening of free wine, food, networking and your fave bloggers

Free admission to Birthright Israel alums who register at
General Admission: 10 NIS

In conjunction with JewliciousHiPJLM and The Times of Israel

Benji Lovitt
Sarah Tuttle-Singer
Laura Ben David
Devora Mason
Zahava Englard

Introduction by Doron Karmi, Birthright Israel
Moderated by David Abitbol, Jewlicious

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
Come early as admission is limited!

Address: Located at 20 Rabbi Akiva Street, Jerusalem, IL
(right off of Hillel Street in the center of town)
For directions visit
For more info call 058-5555699

See ya there!


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About the Author
David Abitbol is a resident of Jerusalem and the founder of Notorious for terrorizing drivers and pedestrians alike on his mountain bike.