The Seatelon is the Israeli community of greater Seattle newsletter and blog.


The Seatelon is a creative and informative platform for the community members, it promotes local business owners and advertises community events as well as Israeli shows and artists in the area.

The Israeli community in Seattle is a vibrant and active community, though modest in size, only a couple of thousands, per different estimations. Most of the community members live in Seattle’s suburbs, mainly on the Eastside, the suburbs cities east of Seattle and across lake Washington, such as Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish and Issaquah. Many relocate to the area due to work, especially for one small software company or to maybe to study in the University and stay for a couple years or decades. read more

Festival of light bulbs

By Hagit Galatzer


Seahawks house in Kirkland, photo by Tami Grayevsky

In an attempt to save the dignity of Hanukkah in the eyes of our kids, it has been branded as the “Festival of lights”. Yes, the holiday does include candles, but how much light can 8 candles really give? Ok, 9 including the Shamash. A short walk in the neighborhood at dusk reviles that the real holiday of lights is actually Christmas. While we are busy frying goodies and eating them for 8 days and 8 nights, our neighbors, nice, regular folks, lose control and throw all caution to the wind. Risking their life, they climb ladders and slippery roofs in order to decorate their house with strings of colorful tiny lights. These lights will shine in the darkness of the afternoon and through the dimness of the next day morning, for about a month, or at least after New Year eve. One has to wonder, who is the marketing genius that came up with this brilliant idea? read more

Gil Zaharoni Physiotherapist

Come and meet members of the Israeli community who are also local business owners. Why search far? Everything is here close to home, with a friendly and welcoming smile.

Today we are meeting Gil Zaharoni, a certified physiotherapist and the owner of the PhisioActive clinic, which is ranked as one of the best in the area. Gil specializes in orthopedic issues, sport injuries, chronic pain and all those things you usually pull like neck and back. “I was first introduced to the physical therapy world when I was 16. At that time I suffered from severe back pains which put me on bed rest for a few good weeks. The doctor recommended PT and very soon I was up and running and back to all the sport activities I love so much”. This personal experience became a dream and even caused Gil to pass on the big post-army trip to South America. Instead of boarding the plane to Chile he started his degree in Haifa, a decision he doesn’t regret. “This profession is highly challenging and satisfying, and I’m grateful and happy to be doing it every day” he says. Success to Gil is to see a patient going back to being fully active and smiling. After graduating his studies in Haifa, Gil studied 4 more years in New York, concentrating on the Jeffry Maitland manual therapy method. This method combines the therapist techniques with different exercises the patient learns and practices. The patient is treated as a whole, not just the specific pain he displays. read more

Ayelet Kapitulnik Senior Yoga Teacher

By Hagit Galatzer


Come and meet members of the Israeli community who are also local business owners. Why search far? Everything is here close to home, with a friendly and welcoming smile.

Today we are meeting Ayelet Kapitulnik, a certified Yoga instructor and the owner of Prana Yoga studio. Ayelet has been my Yoga teacher for the last 5 years and she is also a dear friend, so although I’m happy to recommend her, a part of me wants to keep her all for myself…

Ayelet discovered Yoga after she got bored at the regular stretches and conditioning classes. In her first Yoga class she was asked to simply sit and look within, a surprising request and even more surprising result, “Looking inward I discovered amazing and endless depths and I didn’t get why I haven’t tried it before.” Even though the initial experience was very powerful, it took years of practicing twice a week as a student, before the Yoga became a way of life. It was a long and bumpy road full of emotional and physical challenges and also supportive and inspiring teachers that kept her going. read more

Spice it up

By Hagit Galatzer


November is here and you can feel it in the air along with the cinnamon and spice fragrance bursting out of every corner Starbucks. Indeed nothing says fall like pumpkin flavored coffee. And fall here is the real deal, with color-changing trees, chilly winds and rain that goes on for a good season or two. This is not the flimsy and elusive Israeli fall which only truly exists in kindergarten stories. There they teach the kids about the Nachlieli bird, the Hatzav and the falling leaves while the sun is smiling outside causing a mild heat wave. The Hebrew word for fall is STAV which sounds a little like “Stab” and the Hebrew word for the first rain of the year (interestingly, there is no such word in English…) is YO-RE which also means “Shooter”, this may explain some of the recent fall activities they experience over there. read more

Our Holocaust by Amir Guttfreund

By Hagit Galatzer

ourHIf you kept a diary and documented every single day of your childhood, including what you had for lunch and what you played in recess every day at school, the result would probably be a not-so-interesting grocery list. In his novel “Bishvila giborim afim” (Heroes will fly for her) Amir Guttfreund takes such a list and turns it into a delicious novel, documenting both his and the young state of Israel coming of age story. Of course this is only expected from someone that managed to write an amusing Holocaust story, ok, maybe not amusing, but not only sad. In his highly acclaimed novel: “Our Holocaust”, Guttfreund tells a young boy’s and his cousin’s quest to decipher the secrets of their family and neighbors, all Holocaust survivors that live, along with their personal demons, in a small neighborhood in Israel. In the secrets and stories that unveil, vast historical deeds are reflected through a personal perspective. You will cry but also laugh getting to know the fictional characters and their real, or almost real, stories. read more

Catch the Jew! By Tuvia Tenenbom

By Hagit Galatzer


In the Israeli section of the Redmond library, the lower shelf is dedicated to political books, biographies and other boring books. Usually I don’t even bother giving them a second glance. To me books are a gateway to different worlds and a chance to forget my own troubles for an hour or two. But something in the cover, maybe the combination of the smiling face of Yaser Arafat and the title “Catch the Jew!” caught my attention. A closer look reviled that this is a journey in modern-day Israel, “trying to capture the inner soul of the state of Israel”… read more

High Holidays

By Hagit Galatzer


The Jewish holiday season is almost over and we can all breathe and relax a little from the temporary insanity that possessed us. It all starts with the all-important questions: “Who will we celebrate with?” and “Where???”

You would think that we left all this behind us, back in Israel, along with the pressure-cooker otherwise known as the Israeli family. No more guilt trips, taking turns with his\her family and all that stress. Finally we can celebrate in peace and quiet among best friends… read more

Summer in the Northwest

By Hagit Galatzer


Photo by Ronen Engler

Among the changes we experience as Israelis living in America, like calmly driving (including yielding of our own device!) and waiting patiently for the elevator to empty before going in… we also started to talk about the weather, well, mainly to complain about it. In Israel the weather is pretty boring in the summer and it doesn’t take much to be a weather person in August: “It’s going to be really hot today”, and “it’s going to be even hotter tomorrow…” But in Seattle, the weather is a meteorologist wet dream. So the unusual hot summer we all complained about disappeared and went back to good old Washington weather – 50 shades of gray wetness. The weather people may say a cold front arrived from Alaska and caused the barometric pressure to drop and all that, but I will tell you it’s my fault. read more

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