Let it snow

By Hagit Galatzer


Winter has already came, photo by Efrat Gilad

As people who originated from a hot and sweaty country, we have a soft spot for snow. To us this is a magical white substance, falling gently in light flakes and covering everything in a majestic white blanket. Especially alluring are the mountain tops we see all around us, so we ignore the fact that snow also means bitter cold, and decide to go skiing. Since we ski a lot, at least once or twice every season, every ski trip requires searching and sorting through mountains of gear. read more

After the Holidays, finally

By Hagit Galatzer


Hummus, photo by Dana Berenson

“After the holidays” is what procrastinators say in Israel when they finally run out of excuses. It is that time of year when people finally go back to work, school and reality and it arrives around mid-October, after a whole month of high holidays. For us, Israelis outside of Israel this time only arrives on January, after two intensive holiday seasons and quite a few extra pounds. But before we say “talk to me after the holidays” we have to brave the longest holiday of them all: winter break. There are three main options to tackle this 2-weeks disaster, a visit to the motherland, an all-inclusive vacation in a sunny destination or a “stay-cation” – where you get to stay home and have no vacation. Calorie wise, the most dangerous option out of the three is of course the family visit to Israel. read more

Anat Barak – Nutritionist

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 Anat Barak, certified nutritionists. I’ve seen Anat in a couple of lectures and was always happy to learn new facts about the food we eat and feed our children. I was surprised to learn that olive oil, although great for salads, is not recommended for frying or roasting, for high temperatures, avocado oil is best. Or that you don’t have to buy everything organic, stick to a list of 12 fruit and veggies (topped with apples and greens) and you are good to go. read more


The Seatelon writers in alphabetical order:

Nurit Asnash – “A cake for Shabat”, delicious cakes and little stories.

Erez Benari – “It rains here”, a guide for newcomers to the Seattle area.

Erez, originally from Haifa, has been a resident of Puget Sound since 2008. He works for Microsoft as an information security engineer and is an avid writer and artist. Back in Israel, Benari has written for many popular publications including Maariv, Calcalist, Walla and Mako. In the US, Benari has written for JTNews, TechFlash, Bellevue Business Journal and the Federation’s Jewish in Seattle Magazine. In his spare time, he volunteers for Akim, creates steampunk art works and performs stand-up comedy. read more


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

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