On losing a close friend

It has been awhile since I have been able to write on Modest Jerusalem. I like to think that my breaks from posting are those times of reflection, exploring, taking in the world (aka regular daily life!) and waiting for the right time to let it all out and share. Sometimes it comes out in …

Urban Sustainability in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Events, workshops, & lectures. April-May 2018.

Happy Spring from a blooming Jerusalem. 🌺 If you haven't already seen the signs coming up around the city, during the months of April and May 2018 a variety of environmental, cultural and urban nature organizations have organized various events, workshops, lectures, courses, conferences and tours around the theme of urban sustainability in Jerusalem. Check out the …

Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American and Israeli Jew apart

For me, Lag BaOmer is the holiday that sets a Secular American Jew and a Secular Israeli Jew apart. Growing up in a secular Jewish-American background, with a large Jewish community in Central New Jersey who mostly went to Reform and Conservative synagogues, Jewish life was mainly centered around the major holidays. Rosh HaShana, Yom …