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Special request:

I am on the board of Connections Israel, a 501c3 charity that does projects for people in Israel; we focus on the IDF though not exclusively.  We are ramping up our project to give Purim baskets to IDF soldiers throughout the country.  Last year we did over 2,000 baskets and would like to blow that number out of the water.  Here is the video from the 2018 effort:

Link if the video doesn’t work… it seems to be spotty.


If you support Israel, please…

  1. Share this video with friends / groups that could contribute
  2. Adopt a unit (a unit of 30 soldiers is $450)
  3. Post on FB / LI / twitter / whatever about this drive to get more donors

Let’s get to 4000 baskets this year!!!  Please help.

Here’s the donation page link: DONATE TO PURIM 2019

I’m tickled pink they even made a page for my fundraising efforts….

Again, please join me in the DRIVE FOR 4000!

Spent a couple of days in Tel Aviv with most of the daylight hours on the beach.  Warm enough for us New England types, but a little chilly in general.  The kids had a blast though.


View from the hotel room.  I definitely got “husband points” for making sure we had a sea-side view.



Interesting that swimming was prohibited (not that this stopped some people).  The waves were pretty choppy… especially the second day.



What amazed me was how clean the beach was.  I’ve been on some US beaches where the sand was one big cigarette tray.  Ewwwww.  Perhaps it was cleaned up and with few people because of the winter, but still – amazing!



View from the hotel roof at night.



Nothing replaces my joy at seeing Old Glory fluttering, but this is definitely – and firmly – in second.



Hotel lobby.


Charitable appeal for an IDF soldier

Brothers and Sisters:

I’ve touted CONNECTIONS ISRAEL as a great organization in Israel helping IDF soldiers. And in full disclosure I am on the Governing Board of this group (as a volunteer).

We’ve been informed that there is a border patrol soldier whose parents passed away from cancer within the last two years, and is currently living with their twin in Haifa.  They want to continue to serve but financially may have to leave the service. This soldier needs funds for basics like toiletries, rent, clothing, and so on.

I’ve given $50 to Connections Israel. You can go to their donation page:


And then to paypal where you can enter, in the special instructions, “FOR THE BORDER PATROL SOLDIER.”

This will ensure the donation gets to the right cause.

Thank you, and G-d bless. Everything helps. And please forward to others / share this information.

Many hands make light work. We’re Jews. We dig deep to help our own.

Make an IDF soldier smile for Purim

Purim is just around the corner, and IDF soldiers break out into smiles when they get a gift basket from Connections Israel.

For $15 you can give a basket for one soldier.  For $450 you can give an entire unit of 30 soldiers baskets.


Please consider this 501c3 charity in your giving.


BLEG: Keep an IDF soldier warm


For only $90, donate a fleece jacket to an IDF soldier.  It’s simple, it’s easy, and not only does it help an individual, the money goes to Israel’s economy.  And it’s tax-deductible!

Connections Israel: Fleece Donation Page

Full disclosure: I am a volunteer member of this 501c3 charity’s Governing Board.

Chag Channukah Sameach! (Support the #idf)

Tonight will be the first night of Channukah, and for the first time my children have their own Menorahs to light.  But in looking online for Channukah images – at my daughter’s request – I found this Menorah:


I am conflicted:

  • On one hand, it’s probably the tackiest thing I’ve ever seen, and highly irreverent
  • On the other hand, it’s imaginative and certainly captivating to kids

And for Channukah, please support the IDF.  I now wear my support for Israel’s military.  Will you join me ($5 donation to www.connectionsisrael.com, a 501c3 charity) gets you this bracelet.  Or perhaps a fleece coat?

Like I said, I wear my support for the IDF.  And in full disclosure, I’m on the Governing Board of Connections Israel.  That’s how serious I am about this charity.


Support the IDF: A Channukah Donation Request

Donate to help our ally, Israel.

Click here to help for the coming Channukah holiday.


Click here to donate winter gear.

Click here if you want to adopt a unit.

Connections Israel is a 501c3 entity, which means that by donating you are not only helping the only democracy in the middle east, but you get a valuable charitable gift to use to wrest back part of your taxes from the maw of the federal government.


CHARITY BLEG: Purim baskets for IDF soldiers

I am on the Governing Board of Connections Israel, an approved non-profit in both the USA and in Israel.  Thus, I not only contribute, but am lending my name to this excellent organization.

We are driving to provide care packages to IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) troops for the holiday of Purim, when Persian schemers attempted to destroy the Jews there.  The story of the Jews’ success in foiling the schemes and plots is particularly relevant today.

If you’ve enjoyed my Job Search Article Aggregates, my Jobs In New England posts, or even chuckled at all the various humor I’ve posted including my anti-diet pictures… please do consider contributing.

Notice:  This will repeat until Purim is over.