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The posting below is excerped from 'Baltimore Israel & Overseas', a blog from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. To read the full posting, and more from a recent visit to Ashkelon and elsewhere in Israel, click the 'more' link below.

Nearly everywhere I have visited ov…

'The scary uncertainty has become routine'

This blog posting about living near Gaza was contributed by Ilona Lichtenstein, 25, who moved to Israel from Belarus 19 years ago with her family. She lives at the JAFI Ibim Student Village near Sderot.

I live in Ibim, a student village which is also an absorption center for young people wh…

Adorable kids hug adorable stuffed animals to ward off missile trauma in As

Below is a blog posting from Sigal of the 'Focus on Ashkelon' blog, who has kindly granted us re-use permission. She visited a kindergarten in Ashkelon to see the kids and their Hibuki therapy stuffed animals, which kids in rocket-range areas of Israel are given. During red alerts, the kids…

Sderot hit by kassam for first time since late Feb

In a nice bit of timing, YNet published an op-ed by Jacob Shrybman, "Rockets Have Not Stopped" on Monday, 5/17. Just two days later, I found myself on the UJC @JewishEvents twitter feed posting an item saying "First kassam to hit home in Sderot since late Feb; several treated for shock. JPost…

Sderot essay contest's compelling entries

I belatedly came across the Sderot Media Center's 'creative writing' project, which asked Sderot residents, young and old, to write about their lives. A handful of the entries (essays, poems & stories) are translated into English, as are videos of a few of the entrants.

Here's an excerpt fr…

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