Alexander Muss International high school in Israel

Take a break from High school without missing a day of school! Enjoy the sunny beaches, the amazing scenery of the dessert, the Jerusalem mountains, Jerusalem! Tel Aviv! And so much more of the history and current pulsing intensity that Israel offers while attending a fully accredited international high school.

Alexander Muss International high school is your chance to experience Israel like never before. Join a group of Jewish youths from across the globe and attend high school in a private campus, centrally located in Hod Hasharon. Small classes allow for one on one teaching so that you don’t miss any material and even get ahead of the game.

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Hagar Levi – Esthetician Peach & Harmony SPA

Me-time? Yes, please! Photo by Hagarr Levi

When I was little I never quite got it when my mom said she was going to get a facial. Why do you need to go to an esthetician to apply moisturizer? Now that I’m all grown up I know better. A facial or a visit to the esthetician or SPA is a special gift to ourselves, the ultimate me-time and an oh-so needed break in our hectic daily routine.

Hagar Levi, licensed esthetician and owner of Peach & Harmony SPA in Redmond, provides this break and so much more. The cozy SPA is the perfect place to relax and enjoy pampering facials that will leave you glowing inside and out. Both men and women will enjoy Peach & Harmony treatments and there is also acne treatment especially for teenagers.

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IAC Gvanim Seattle – Interview with Tal Shaked

Seattle, it’s raining outside, just an ordinary evening and a standard meeting room of a big hi-tech company. In the corner, freshly chopped Israeli salad, hummus, pickles and falafel, a tasty hint to what is about to unfold here: About 15 Israelis that have lived in the US for quite some time, sitting together to study Talmud, Bialik and Yehuda Amichai, opening their minds and their hearts, sharing laughs and tears and enjoying every minute.

This is the IAC Seattle Gvanim chapter. The Gvanim (in English shades or highlights) program is a unique program for Israelis living in America who are interested in their Israeli-American identity, Jewish and Israeli values and culture, and community engagement. After a successful implementation of the program in the San Francisco Bay area, IAC decided to adopt the program in other Israeli communities across America.

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Camp Solomon Schechter

Ready for an unforgettable summer? Photo by CSS

Overnight summer camp is an All-American tradition. Imagine a clear lake, surrounded by reeds and water lilies, with a private sandy beach and all the amenities: diving board, pedal boats, kayaks, water trampoline, and SUPs. To get to the beach, you walk through a large lawn shaded with beautiful trees. Now add a soundtrack to this idyllic scenery – laughter and joyful cries in Hebrew and English of kids having the time of their lives in an unforgettable summer. Welcome to Camp Solomon Schechter, one of the oldest and largest Jewish summer camps in the state of Washington.

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Chabad Issaquah Summer Camp

Sail into a summer of fun, Photo by Chabad Issaquah

Spring is here, a sense of hope and optimism fills our hearts as the sun shines, and the flowers begin to bloom. But then we recall that spring is followed by summer and summer contains the time of year busy parents fear most – Summer Vacation.

Summer camps seem like the best option but can have their own set of challenges. Most of the camps in the area have weekly sessions. So, each week is basically a new camp. This is great if your kids like variety and constant change but may require some adjustment for others. Another challenge is the cost. Summer camps are expensive, most will cost hundreds of dollars per week. Multiply that by 2-3 kids and you end up with quite an expense.

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Jordan River Moving

Photo by Sharon Joseph

In Seattle’s gray weather, Jordan River’s bright yellow trucks are a ray of sunshine in a cloudy day. You can see them crossing the local highways, on their way to Oregon, California or any other state, filled with people’s lives and hopes, on their way to a new beginning.

Owners, Sharon Joseph and Kobi Bracha, arrived to the US in the 90’s as part of their post-army big trip. After traveling they started working in the east coast moving industry, a must-stop for any IDF veteran. The moving industry suffered from a bad reputation at the time. “Unfortunately, I still hear stories even today. This just makes us work harder and be committed to high standards” says Sharon.

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Meital Golan-Schwartz – Makom Bamoshava Real-Estate

Sunshine and fresh fruit, Photo by Meital Golan-Schwartz

Just a little over two years ago, Meital Golan-Schwartz and her family packed their Kirkland, WA home and moved back to Israel after more than a decade. They replaced Mount Rainier snowy peaks and the clear waters of Lake Washington with the green slopes of Mount Carmel and the sunny Mediterranean waves. Today Meital is the proud owner of “Makom Bamoshava”, a local real-estate agency specializing in the picturesque area of: Binyamina, Pardes-Hanna, Karkur, Zikhron Yaakov and Caesarea.

Meital, how did you become a real-estate agent?

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Frenzy

By: Hagit Galatzer

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Sale away! Photo by Pixabay

‘Tis the season, to be merry and thankful, celebrate the joys in our lives with people we love and some good food. Among the holidays that begin in November and continue through the end of December, there is one holiday that is so formidable and universally loved, it is celebrated with devotion by literally everyone. It is known as the “Black Friday”.

The shopping fever spreads like wild fire and affects even those with the best immune system and the strongest will power. It all starts with shiny pamphlets that land in our mailbox sporting magic words like “SALE!”, “50% OFF” and “While supplies last” in big red letters. The attack on our senses continues with emails, ads, commercials and the worst of all, peer pressure.

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Dafna Chen – Psychotherapist

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Listening and guiding for action, Dafna Chen

I met with Dafna Chen, a licensed mental health psychotherapist and substance use counselor, for an interview. I ended up experiencing a mini-session, and left with new insights about myself and some useful advice. Dafna has a practical and direct approach to therapy. More than nodding sympathetically, she pushes and motivates for action and change.

“We all have challenges and difficulties and we deal with them daily to the best of our ability. Often talking and sharing with another person can help and offer a different perspective. Being heard and understood provides strength in the ability to cope. Patients keep saying to me: “I never thought of this like that, until I said it out loud”, “It helped to get this of my chest”, “Discussing this made me see it in a different light.”

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A web of horror

By: Hagit Galatzer

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Decoration? I don't think so…Photo by Hagit Galatzer

During the fall months, it is not rare to hear a bloodcurdling scream, followed by loud banging noises in our house. When family members rush to the disaster area, they discover me, standing triumphally over the body of the monstrous intruder that caused the havoc – a spider. Many of you may be chuckling dismissively now, but others, 30% of the population, know exactly what I'm talking about.

For those of us that suffer from Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, the mere thought or even a picture of a spider, let alone the presence of an actual one, can invoke real fear or a life-threatening sensation, that may seem unreasonable to others. As in many other cases, size does matter. As long as the diameter is smaller than a quarter coin, it is simply a disgusting nuisance. However, bigger models require immediate termination, otherwise I won’t be able to go to sleep. An appropriate weapon is needed of course. I find that a flexible shoe or flip-flop works nicely. If the target lurks in high altitudes, you will also need a broomstick.

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