Posts filed under Israel Girl

Israel is high on rule bending for medical marijuana

Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes Israeli entrepreneurs succeed because they challenge authority, question everything, and don’t go by the rules. Schmidt’s statements not only apply to Israel’s high tech businesses and start-up companies, but also to Israel’s budding medical marijuana industry, writes "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on September 16, 2016 and filed under Opinion, Israel Girl.

Haredi women making great strides in high-tech sector

Haredi, women, and high-tech: three words you never expected to exist harmoniously in the same sentence. In Israel, the hottest social debate continues over the economic effect of Israel’s religious population and what should be done to ameliorate the resulting economic pressure on haredi families and on the state, writes "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on September 2, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Opinion.

Taking Risks: The Israeli Way

Over the last 13 months, I’ve witnessed my own transformation as the aliyah experience has challenged me, encouraging growth and risk taking. I didn’t realize the extent to which my mentality had changed until a recent phone conversation with my mom. I spoke with her about my plans for that evening, only to realize how much the plans entailed completely stepping out of the proverbial “box," writes "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on August 26, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Opinion.

East African Lawyers Look to Israel for Negotiation Tactics

In the wake of expanding East African-Israeli relations, African nations often reach out to Israel for know-how on a range of topics: water conservation, energy, agricultural productivity, counter-terrorism; and now you can add business negotiation to that list. "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee explores this emerging cooperation between Israelis and Africans in her latest piece. 

Posted on August 18, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Opinion.

Lessons learned through an Israeli healthcare debacle

When I made aliyah over a year ago, I was warned that it would be hard. With no family here, many people gave me their contact information and an open invitation for any assistance when needed. But for me, for the first year, it really wasn’t all that hard. Thanks to a great absorption experience, a steady job and an amazing support system, I felt great about my choice to make aliyah. I didn’t need much assistance and had nearly 100 percent positive experiences. That is, up until this week, writes "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on August 11, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl.

Israeli Musical Diplomacy: A Win over BDS and Israel Naysayers

Steven Goldstein’s connection to Israel predates his now-renowned acting and operatic career. He first came to Israel at just 15-years-old and has returned many times, including through what became his first formal opera training. But now, amid an ongoing push by supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to pressure artists to avoid Israel, Goldstein hopes to use his talents and experience to combat these efforts, writes JNS "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on August 4, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Israel, Features.

Living in Israel and dealing with loss from abroad

Living in Israel comes with many hardships, some of them known and some of them unknown. I expected certain dilemmas with the language, bureaucracy, cultural immersion and finances, for example. But there is one thing that I did not expect to deal with when I made aliyah, namely, experiencing loss from abroad writes "Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee. 

Posted on July 27, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Israel, Opinion.

Jerusalem pride parade goes beyond the LGBTQ community

"Israel Girl" columnist Eliana Rudee praises the extent to which the Israeli police worked to ensure marchers' safety at Jerusalem's 2016 gay pride parade. She writes that she is thankful for the Israeli public’s progressiveness on LGBTQ issues; significant police and political support; and the safe space that Israel offers for the Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim LGBTQ communities. She left this year's Jerusalem parade with hope and confidence for the future.

Posted on July 22, 2016 and filed under Israel Girl, Opinion, Israel.

Reflecting on my first aliyahniversary

One year after making aliyah, Eliana Rudee writes that she is no longer a “new” immigrant, but rather, just an immigrant. Goodbye discounts and goodbye receiving some slack for Hebrew mistakes. But all in all, it has been a phenomenal year full of growth, introspection, challenges, and successes, writes Rudee, who also announces the transition of her column from "Aliyah Annotated" to "Israel Girl."

Posted on July 7, 2016 and filed under Aliyah Annotated, Opinion, Israel, Israel Girl.