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Israel unlikely champ in global real estate

Here's a very interesting article from AP's wire service... JERUSALEM – Israel, despite perennial fears of war, has emerged as one of the hottest — and least likely — property markets in the world: Since real estate collapsed around the globe in 2008,...

Highest Beachfront Penthouse in the Country – in Netanya

Over Chol HaMoed Sukkot we were in Netanya and were invited by the owner of the highest beachfront penthouse in Israel to see it. It is two stories high with an incredible view. Includes it's own outdoor pool and hot tub as well as indoor sauna. Rather than...

R’ Shmuel Veffer on Arutz 7 “LandMinds” Radio Show

I was about to post some new homes we have for sale in Yavne'el when my friend David Willner called offering to interview me on his "LandMinds" show on Arutz 7 radio. Is there a future for Diaspora Jewry? How can we connect them to Judaism and the Land of...

Ra’anana – Drive Through – and Dinner with Friends

For a long time, Ra'anana has been a community of choice for English speakers who want to live near Tel-Aviv. There are a number of vibrant synagogues catering to the South African, American and Canadian immigrants. We had a number of Toronto friends in...

Givat Yearim – Moshav Near Jerusalem – Funny Video

(Watch this and try not to laugh) Our real estate business model is primarily based on finding properties in Israel for people living abroad. They describe what they are looking for and we help identify potential communities and properties for them. A...

Who Saved the Israeli Economy?

The Israeli economy's rate of growth has returned to the levels prior to the start of the sub-prime crisis in the summer of 2007. The growth in GDP can be explained by an impressive rise in exports of goods and services - almost 16% on an annualized basis...

Klezmer Music Festival in Tsfat

Last week was the Klezmer Music Festival in Tzfat. People come from all over Israel (and the world) for the mult-day event. There are bands everywhere throughout the Old City of Tzfat. Vendors sell cotton candy, crepes and other fast food while jewelers and...

How to buy a used car in Israel – Funny Video

The taxes and duties on new cars in Israel are so high, it makes a lot of sense to buy a used car. But I've never bought a used car ever, and in Israel, it's hard to know whom you can trust. I got a referral from my insurance agent, Yirmi, whom I do trust...

Remembering IDF Memorial Day at Kibbutz Degania Aleph

Our son Shalom transferred to a new army base in the Jordan Valley this week. After dropping him off, I passed by Kibbutz Degania Aleph (the first Kibbutz in Israel founded 100 years ago) on my way home and had a flashback to Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial...

Horsing around the Golan with Villa Rimona Zimmers, Yavne’el

It's only a short drive from our Zimmers in Yavniel to the Golan Heights. Take a breathtaking drive up the mountains to Chavot Ramot Stables above Ramot on the Golan Heights. The views are stunning and you can spend the afternoon riding the country...

Fireplanes put out brush fire in our backyard in Yavne’el

The hot, dry summer weather has caused an outbreak of brush fires around the Israel. This week we saw some of the dry weeds and grass on the hill - Har Yavne'el - behind our home break out into flames. Chana quickly grabbed her camera and got some amazing...

Drive through Zichron Yaakov and Memory Lane

Summer vacation is time for Israelis to visit family and friends in different parts of the country. If you are lucky enough to live in "tourist country" like we do in Yavne'el near Tiberias, or our cousin Bina and her family does in Zichron Yaakov, then you...

Yikes! There’s a Rabbi in our Garden.

Rabbi Shmuel Silinsky is a amazing teacher of Tanach and Mishna at Aish HaTorah in the Old City of Jerusalem. However not so many people know that he has a degree in agriculture and was a "gardener to the stars" in Beverly Hills before coming to Israel. We...

Nissim and Esther Ohayan visit Villa Rimona

Nissim and Esther came with their son Raphael to visit us for Shabbat at Villa Rimona in Yavne'el. Before they left Sunday morning, they joined us for breakfast. Here's how they summed up their mini-trip to the Galil to celebrate Esther's birthday.

Rebbetzen Lori Palatnik of JWRP visits Villa Rimona

Our dear friend and colleague, world-renowned author and lecturer Rebbetzen Lori Palatnik of the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (JWRP) stayed with us at Villa Rimona over Shabbos recently along with the Jesmer family. Lori and Tzivia Jesmer had just...

Country Vacation Apartment for Sale – Yavne’el Israel

Lovely, well maintained 2 bedroom apartment for sale in Yavne'el. At NIS 500,000 this could be a great vacation apartment for anyone living in the center of the country looking for a base in the Galilee. Ten minutes from the separate beach on the Kinneret and...

Mini-Israel Tourist Attraction with Village Israel

If you are looking for a great family-friendly tourist attraction while you are visiting Israel, try Mini-Israel. My sister and I took a few hours recently to check it out and had a great time! Here's a one-minute mini-tour of mini-Israel...

Vacation at Villa Rimona – What they’re saying!

If you are looking for a Family Friendly, Frum, Zimmer in the Galilee then our home, Villa Rimona in Yavne'el is the place for you. We are 9 minutes from the separate beaches on the Kineret and 18 minutes from the mehadrin restaurants in Tiberias... Here's...

Be our Neighbor – Villa with 2 Zimmers for sale in Yavne’el

Since we've moved up to Yavne'el in the Galil, we've been surprised how much interest there is among other people like us to move up here. The relatively inexpensive prices (compared to the center of the country) combined with potential income from Zimmers...

Shmuel and the Holy Cows

Chana and I took a break this week when our neighbor Laura invited us to visit one of the local attractions that would be of interest to our Zimmer guests. Her friend Daphna organizes visits to her family dairy farm cald "Mi ve Moo." We had a great time. The...
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