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? read more


By: Hagit Galatzer


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. read more

Dafna Chen – Psychotherapist


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.” read more

A web of horror

By: Hagit Galatzer


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. read more

Ofra Duchin – Nutritionist

By: Hagit Galatzer


Photo by Ofra Duchin

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding! Sang Pink Floyd. Back in the olden days, or when we were kids, we ate most of our meals at home, we had to finish our plate or else… Snacks and candy were not as common and eating out was a rare treat. Today’s environment offers rich and easy temptations everywhere you look with take-out, junk-food, and processed snacks that are designed to make us crave more. It is hard enough to make smart and healthy choices as adults, but how do we convince our kids to try new and healthy foods and not just the standard fried kids’ meal? read more

Erez Benari – Steam punk and upcycling art maker


A touch of steam punk, Photo by Erez Benari

Erez Benari is known as a calculated person who doesn’t like to waste money. In his column “There’s rain here” in the Seatelon he teaches new residents, as well as veterans to the area, how to save when shopping for cars, insurance and even furniture. In fact, being frugal is what led him into art and creating. “A jeweler was offering a pendant looking like Han Solo frozen in carbonite. As a geek and a fan of ‘Star Wars’, I was interested in the piece, which was pure gold and cost a fortune. I decided to try and make something similar myself.” read more

Sukkot – the Jewish camping holiday

By: Hagit Galatzer


Pop-up Sukkah, Photo by Sukkahmart

The High Holidays are upon us, again, and with them the pleasure of explaining our holidays and their interesting traditions to our children. Take Sukkot for example, this is the holiday where we are required to construct a roof-less hut in our back yard, decorate it and dwell in it, or at least eat there for a whole week.

Today you can construct your Sukkah by downloading instructions and ideas from Pinterest, and if you are DIY challenged you can even order a pop-up Sukkah that pops instantly like a quick setup tent. For the roof, you can use leaves, bamboo or any other organic material that it is not water proof read more

חדשות קהילתיות

IACSharonבשעה טובה ומוצלחת נפתח בסיאטל סניף של:

IACIsraeli American Council

שמטרתו גיבוש הקהילה הישראלית המקומית, חיזוק הקשר עם הקהילה היהודית המקומית ותמיכה וגיבוי במדינת ישראל. נפגשתי לקפה עם שרון פרלין, הדירקטורית האזורית של הסניף שאך נכנסה לתפקידה. שרון היא ישראלית-אמריקאית מעצם הגדרתה. היא נולדה וגדלה בפרברי וושינגטון די.סי. להורים ישראלים. בבית דיברו עברית וביקרו בישראל בכל הזדמנות. כסטודנטית למדה שנה באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים ואף עבדה בהדרכת עובדים בשגרירות האמריקאית בישראל. לאחר קריירה ארוכה בתחום היחסים הבינלאומיים ועריכת דין, שרון חיפשה תפקיד שמשלב בתוכו גם עשייה קהילתית וחיבור ישראלי וכך הגיעה לאיי איי סי. שרון מתגוררת בסיאטל עם בעלה ושלושת ילדיה read more

International night

By: Hagit Galatzer


Two posters for the Education Hill team! Photo by Hagit Galatzer

If you have elementary age kids you are probably familiar with the various theme days and evenings your school hosts on a regular basis. From crazy hat day to PJ night, a western Hoedown and my personal favorite, the International night. This is a celebration of diversity and a homage to the countries and heritage we all came from before we became Americans.

The main element in the display table is the tri-fold poster board. This conveniently folding board should display pictures, trivia details, maps and other tidbits on our homeland, Israel. read more

Iris Brumer – Life coach

By: Hagit Galatzer


Iris Brumer, Life Coach

Iris Brumer, a certified Life Coach, is no stranger to dealing with life’s hardships. A few years ago her husband of 25 years passed away unexpectedly. Through the pain and hardships, she discovered the healing power of the community. The support she got from the Jewish community in Seattle was heartwarming and inspiring. Not only did she get back on her feet but she also found the strength to fulfill an old dream and complete her mission – becoming a Life Coach.

During the coaching session with Iris you will be working on your story. What goes on in your life currently and the events that led to this point. However, instead of focusing on why this is happening to me? The focus is on how to deal with what is happening. How to get out of your story and not re-live it. According to Iris “Things happen in life all the time, often out of our control. We have the control of deciding how to deal with what happens and how to move forward”. read more

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