Life in Modern Israel 2009 Israel became a state in 1948 created by the UN. A war immediately broke out with the Arabs and the Israelis gained even more land. Since ’48 there have been many wars and Israel is surrounded by hostile states and in firing range from Iran. The Israelis take that for granted and say, En Baya—no problem. Yet everyone has lost family members in these wars.
The Recent War
This photo was taken two miles from Gaza. We were visitng friends who lived in a Moshav and during the war slept in bomb shelters every night.
A goat farm in the Negev Desert. We bought goat cheese and had a picnic.
Ibex are like wild goats and we saw many on our hikes in the desert
The Ibex and Ms Leonard looking over the Ramon Crater which is the largest in the world—14 miles in circumference, formed millions of years ago. It is so silent inside I felt like I was inside cotton.
It was February and cold but the almond trees are blooming. Behind me is my son-in-law and my daughter.
The next photo are religious Jews preparing their dishes for a Kosher household. Most of the religious Jews live in Jerusalem. My family is secular.
Up north in the Carmel Mountains
In February, the mustard blooms and everything is alive in yellow. This area is about ten miles from the sea but because of a higher elevation is much colder—in the 5o’s in the winter.
My son-in-law is an avocado farmer and took us to the fields so we could ride the cherry picker and gather the fruit. Below are lemons, also on the farm.
Israel is a beautiful country no bigger than NJ but on the Mediterranean. It was founded as a state in 1948 by the UN.
Shabbat in Tel Aviv
Folk dancing on the Tel Aviv beach. Anyone can participate. Younger people go to clubs and dance all night. Drinking is not the thing. Dancing is.
The Negev, about two miles from Gaza
This bomb shelter was at a carrot plant. Israelis only receive a 15 second notice. Those who live near Gaza have bomb shelters in their homes. All Israelis have gas masks.
Carrot plant in the Negev
114 kibbutzim send their carrots to this plant to be washed, sorted and sent out to Russia—about 30 tons a day. The plant is open 24 hours and a worker can earn up to 8000 shekels which is about 2000 dollars, a good salary for an Israeli.
We are in the south, in the Negev desert and in a village belonging to the Nabeteans, an ancient people who were nomads and trades in spices.
The Baby House on the Kibbutz
A kibbutz is communal living and these villages were set up in the 1930’s as a way of sharing farm equipment and all other services. The houses are very simple but food is very cheap and there is a dining hall and lots of child care. Also, someone takes care of the cars and the laundry. Everyone works hard but life is simple
After School in the Kibbutz
Kids go to lunch in the dining hall and then are on their own. This is just one room in their hangout. They have places to play soccer and basketball but no video games or TV!
Arab building on the kibbutz
A beautiful place—where my daughter’s wedding took place
Lots of skyscrapers because land is scarce.
An outdoor market where everything is available
Israelis eat a lot of grains and vegetables made tasty with spices
After the Holocaust many immigrants again were prisoners of the British—this is one camp.
Winter in Israel
Fields of anemones, wildflowers. Everything is green in the winter and then the land becomes a desert in the summer—dry and brown.
Irit’s Place in the shouk
We had hummus, salad, soup, bread, orange drink for about 3 dollars each. That’s my son-in-law, Ori, and my daughter, Nicole
The Beach in February
Tel Aviv--a city on the beach. We walked on the beach everyday or rented beach chairs. Lots of surfers went in wearing body suits.
One of the nicer houses on Kibbutz Dahlia up north.
Garden on the kibbutz
People have fun making the garden their own design.