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Idan Raichel is in the house!

Idan2Idan Raichel brought his unique sound to San Diego, performing the music that has become the ”soundtrack of Israel”.  Raichel beckoned the audience at the Lawrence Family JCC to get on their feet and move to the upbeat music.  After the concert, he signed autographs and posed for pictures as the little girls squealed in delight.  This was Idan’s 4th visit to San Diego, and he is always welcome!

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Mystery Donor

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We have a mystery on our hands! A few Sundays back, we found a $100 bill in our donation box. If our generous donor is reading this and would like to reveal his/her identity, we’d be happy to send you a donation receipt. If you want to remain a person of mystery, that’s okay too.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Open Window Policy

Guests from France

Guests from France

As the Volunteer Coordinator for the House of Israel, I arrive around 11:00 Sunday mornings so that I can arrange the House, turn on all of the videos, and put bourekas into the ovens so they will be ready when we open the doors at noon.

This Sunday, around 11:15, there was a knocking at the window. I looked up, and there were three fresh-faced young people looking at me expectantly. I opened the window and they said “Ma Nishma!” (how are you), letting me know they were Jewish and spoke Hebrew! I asked them to please come back when we open at noon, and they seemed a little disappointed. I asked where they were from, and they said “France!”

They pointed to the tent where the House of Colombia was setting up their food, and asked “Kosher?” Oye , where do you think you are?!  I told them, “No, the only place you will get Kosher food in the Park is here at the House of Israel!”

They looked a little hungry to me, and being a good Jewish mother, I handed them some hot bourekas through the window. They were very grateful, and promised to return. We were so happy when they came back later in the afternoon and spent a long time talking to our Board Member David, who happens to be French as well. We hope you have a wonderful trip, and safe travels home. Au Revoir!

Thanks to Becky G. for the photo.

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“Fused” Digital Art Reception at the House of Israel

The House of Israel was hopping Sunday night June 8, hosting a reception for a very special art exhibit, called “Fused”.

Early in 2013, Smadar Samson, Curator of the House of Israel, put out a worldwide “Call to Artists.  The artists were asked to submit art that reflected their compelling connection that ‘’fused’’ them to Israel. All year long, artists from around the world digitally submitted their works, which included paintings, watercolors, glasswork, collage, multimedia, sculpture and even poetry.

Thank you to Gary Jacobs for the photography.  Enjoy the pictures from the reception celebrating the opening of “Fused”.

“Fused” can be found at www.fusedartisrael.com

HOI President Amnon greets long time supporter Dr. Arnold Flick

HOI Curator Smadar Samson greets guests

HOI Board members Helene Held and Galiah Bukszpan

Guests enjoyed “Hebrew” brand beer, Israeli wine, and Sabra liqueur

Touchscreen monitors display digital images of the art; selected works are mounted above.

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2014 Lawn Program

The House of Israel 2014 Lawn Program was a huge success!  We served over 200 Shwarmas, gave away Israeli tomato plants, greeted hundreds of visitors, and entertained all with singing and dancing. We couldn’t have done it without all of our dedicated volunteers.  A hearty ”THANK YOU” to our friend Lou who videotapes and shares all of the Lawn Program events.   And thank you to the community who came out and celebrated the day with us!

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House of israel, Balboa Park, San Diego, 2014 Lawn Program

Rose bouquet inside the House

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Volunteers serve Schwarma, Israeli Salad, potatos, and matzoh

Due to Passover, we could not serve pita bread and rice, which traditionally accompany schwarma

Volunteer Sylvia made 200 cups of non-dairy chocolate mousse, topped with a macaroon

Children decorated ‘houses’

200 tomato plants, grown from Israeli seeds, which were given away to visitors

Thanks, Jeff, for donating the tomato plants!

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Purim 2014

We celebrated the holiday of Purim with bright sunshine, many visitors from around the world, and Hammentashen baked by parents at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

And thanks to our friend Yaron who sent the Israeli flag toothpicks all the way from his home in Israel!

 

 

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Get Your Name Written in Sanskrit?!

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In exchange for having thier names written in Hebrew, our Guests wrote our volunteer  Guy's name in Sanskrit!

In exchange for having thier names written in Hebrew, our Guests wrote our volunteer Guy’s name in Sanskrit!

Eduardo is one of our newest volunteers. If you don't speak English, that's ok, he can speak Spanish, Italian, Portuguese....

Eduardo is one of our newest volunteers. If you don’t speak English, that’s ok, he can speak Spanish, Italian, Portuguese….

House of Israel Welcomes Rabbi Lenore Bohm, Director of Waters of Eden

The House of Israel was thrilled to have Rabbi Lenore Bohm volunteer, and greet our guests.

The House of Israel was thrilled to have Rabbi Lenore Bohm volunteer, and greet our guests.

Welcome Waters of Eden

Guests from Jamaica and Kenya

Guests from Jamaica and Kenya

Guests from Around the World

Guests from Mexico and Spain visit the House of Israel

Guests from Mexico and Spain visit the House of Israel

Guests from Russia visit the House of Israel.

Guests from Russia visit the House of Israel.

Guests from Scotland Visit the House of Israel.

Guests from Scotland Visit the House of Israel.

HPR Officer Installation 2014

On Saturday night, the House of Pacific Relations celebrated the installation of officers for 2014. Representatives from the House of Israel were happy to party at the “Town and Country” in Mission Valley with all the other Houses!

We clean up pretty well, don’t you think?!

Top Row : Galiah, David
Bottom Row: Smadar, Helene, Amnon, guest Susan

Presidents of all of the Houses

The tradition of installing officers for the House of Pacific Relations goes back to 1935, when the organization began.  The House of Israel came into existence in 1948, a short 3 months after she became a state; and we have been a proud and active member ever since.

Look what we found in the archives!  In 1970, the president of the House of Israel, Yearl E. Schwartz, was elected President of the House of Pacific Relations.  We are proud to continue the tradition of leadership and involvement.