15-20 days out of every year, I'm called up to the Israeli army to do my reserve duty. I serve as a paramedic in an IDF paratrooper unit. My squad is made up of others like me; people living normal lives who step up to serve whenever responsibility calls. The oldest in my squad is 58, a father of four girls and grandfather of two; there are two bankers, one engineer, a holistic healer, and my 24 year old commander who is still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Most of the year we are just normal people living our lives, but for 15-20 days each year we are soldiers on the front lines preparing for a war that we hope we never have to fight.
Recently I watched a documentary film titled "The Silent Exodus." This film tells the story of Jewish people living in Arab countries in the Middle East and being forced out of their lands. Between 1946 and 1974 a million Jews from Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya made their exodus for home, Israel.
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On September 11, 2001 approximately 5:30 AM in the morning, my life was about to change forever.
On August 17, 2011 Tani Zarelli spoke to the Gig Harbor Republican Women’s Club in Gig Harbor, WA about her journey to discover the heart of Israel. She also discussed some of the misconceptions and positive thing about Israel. Tani wants to thank all the people who came out to hear about her love […]
It has been a couple of hard years for everyone in the United States. The economy is crashing around us, people have lost homes, jobs and businesses. Threats of terror are making headlines, books are being written and our email box loads up with all the doom and gloom of impending threats. Then there is […]
Independence Day in Israel was a powerful experience. The day of mourning for the fallen soldiers ended Monday night, and immediately the atmosphere changed. People were in the streets dancing, music playing, flags waving. These were just some of the things I saw as I drove to my friends Rafi & Inbal’s home at 10 […]
There is touring Israel, and then there is experiencing Israel. I am grateful to my friend Tani Zarelli for the latter.I’m not sure she was even aware how well she planned my stay. Before my 10 hour difference body knew it, I was lunching with some of her Jewish friends in Jaffa (Yafo). Bought a piece […]
It’s May 8, 2011 and today is Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day. A siren sounded over all of Israel, and the state came to stillness. Cars and people stopped everywhere for a few minutes to remember the soldiers who fought and died for this land. I stood on the balcony of my apartment, and […]
It is my honor to introduce a guest writer and dear friend, Raydeane Owens. Raydeane and I have been friends for 10 years. We have walked through my political life together at times, worked together, and shared some of life’s joys and struggles as two women in leadership roles. For the last week […]