Where the guys go

October 13, 2006

Jerusalem Post, Billboard; Friday, October 13, 2006

Even the name of this new mega-bar in the Yad Harutzim bar compound of Tel Aviv evokes machismo and self-indulgence. That the Ego Bar was founded by Israeli hoopster Moshe Mizrahi together with the Israeli television channel for men, EGO, only strengthens the impression that the bar is a men's club. While metrosexuals and straight gals who don't mind a little chauvinism seem like its natural clientele, it remains to be seen what kind of people this athletic, male-themed bar

Read More

A bar for valley girls (bar review)

September 30, 2006

Jerusalem Post, Billboard; September 29, 2006

'My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.' The most happening bar-lounge in Emek Hefer, the rural valley just north of Netanya, takes its name from this famous cinematic phrase of The Princess Bride, which follows Princess Buttercup's love for a blonde farm boy. While you may not find any blonde princes or princesses at Inigo Montoya, chances are you'll find strapping Israeli farmboys and farmgirls, since In

Read More

Blue Oranges

May 11, 2006

Last year at the Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, anti-disengagement activist Shifra Hastings of Los Angeles was clad all over in orange, the color of protest, right down to her painted fingernails. She tirelessly handed out free orange ribbons, bracelets and T-shirts -- even orange soda -- to passersby at her booth, speaking to them about the dangers of Israel's planned, unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. Many festivalgoers were more than glad to take orange ribbons and free orange T-shirts, until there were unmistakable ripples of orange among t

Read More

Breakfast Club: the dance-bar (review)

February 17, 2006

Jerusalem Post, Billboard; Friday, February 17, 2006

It's hard to know whether or not Breakfast Club was named after the John Hughes' 1980s coming-of-age cult classic starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Esteves. One of the owners, a bartender with lots of colorful tattoos on his arms and who resembles the Judd Nelson character, said Breakfast (the shorthand name used by Israelis) doesn't care for or want publicity. In any case, the loud tracks of the DJ made conversation too difficult. Perhaps this exclusivity is what make

Read More

Day 12: The End (Until We Return)

August 21, 2005

I refused to go on the bus after being forced out of the Neve Dekalim synagogue. I wasn't about to leave Gush Katif like cattle. I demanded that I at least go to the bathroom, which was fair enough, since the army kept feeding us water in the synagogue -- like patting us on the back and then stabbing us. The girl who took me out of the synagogue escorted me to the bathroom to keep watch. "I can't believe this. I'm 28 years-old with a lot of experience and this 20 year-old girl is dragging me out of a synagogue. It's so humiliating!" "I'm not at peace with this," she said, "but this is the s

Read More

Day 11: Ariel Sharon vs. God

August 19, 2005

Sharon beat God. I was there.  I saw it, with my own eyes.  I saw the ark of the Torah and the tablets of the Ten Commandments above it.  I was in there when those beautiful, earnest, loving young women were praying and singing with all there hearts, with hope still burning inside them.  I felt their passion, their love for Israel, their love for God. I sang with them.  I heard their cries, and I cried with them. "Our Father Our King, annul all evil decrees against us!" "Our Father Our King, have mercy on us and answer us -- for we have no deeds -- act with charity and kindness and de

Read More