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Ir David: King David’s Real Home

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Many people from overseas have bought luxurious Jerusalem residences in David’s Village, King David’s Court, King David’s Crown, and King David’s Residences, to name but a few David projects. Prices for these homes range from $10,000 to an astounding $25,000 per square meter. Well, I must let you in on a little...

Bad Girls Gone Good at Dolev

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Ulpanat Dolev, Israel—And they said it couldn’t be done… Some girls in Israel are products of dysfunctional families and subjected to emotional or physical abuse. They find it difficult to fit into mainstream society. As a result, they sometimes drop out of high school, often get into trouble and end up with a criminal record.

But there is hope for a better future for them at Ulpanat Dolev in Dolev near Modiin. Among the beautiful hillsof the tribe of Binyamin, is a school and treatment center for 120 at-risk girls who benefit from a warm, nurturing community and professional staff who motivate them to succeed.

Since 1988, the Dolev community and school Ulpanat Dolev developed...

Tens of Thousands Attend Celebrate Israel Parade

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School was out in time to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade, held Sunday on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In its 49th year, there is no bigger demonstration of support for Israel anywhere. The parade, which began in 1964 as an impromptu gathering on Riverside Drive, has grown to 35,000 marchers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. It is billed by Crain’s New York as the 14th biggest outdoor event in New York.

The change in name of the parade from “Salute to Israel” to “Celebrate Israel” reflects a historical change. The parade celebrates all the contributions Israel makes to the world, more than a rally call for a beleaguered nation that it was in the past. This year’s...

Huge Crowd Attends Post-Parade Concert in Central Park

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Music fans of all ages and walks of life came together on Sunday, June 2 for a star-studded celebration of the special U.S.-Israel relationship. The 20th Annual Israel Day Concert was by far the biggest yet, with thousands coming to hear some of hottest musical acts in the Jewish world.

The program began just as the Annual Israel Day Parade (a separate event sponsored by New York’s Jewish Community Relations Council) was drawing to a close, with many of the parade’s participants ultimately finding their way to the concert.

The concert showcased a veritable who’s who of Jewish entertainers. Lending their star power to the event were headliners Lipa Schmeltzer and Edon...

Not Your Average Bais Yaakov Girl

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New York – As a native of the Philippines, Raya Gilan isn’t the typical student for a small, Jewish college in Manhattan. Then again, the more you hear her story the more you realize that almost nothing about her is typical.

A second-year graphic-design major at Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (LCW) in Manhattan, Raya is the daughter of an Israeli businessman and a Filipino woman who converted to Judaism. Raya has many interests and hobbies—from bungee jumping to participating in horse-riding competitions on her own horse—that make one’s jaw drop.

“I’m an only child, so my parents gave me every opportunity to explore my talents,” Raya, 21...

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