Wednesday, May 27, 2009

JR Hotsites Update

Hi Everyone!

Today's hotsites update contains many new additions in the Jewish Blogs, Facebook and Twitter sections. For your convenience I added the direct web address to each section.

Israel: Shopping
-- Holy Land Cakes

Jewish: Blogs
-- The TakeAway @ JTS Library
-- Jewish Thought of the Day
-- Jewish Breaking News
-- Frumhacks
-- The Rebbetzin's Husband
-- Tzvee's Talmudic Blog
-- West Bank Mama
-- A Time of the Signs
-- Jewish Clips and Videos
-- A Mother in Israel
-- Going Home -- Making the Dream Come True
-- Matt / Moshe is Making Aliyah

Jewish: Books

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Aliyah to Israel
-- California to Israel Aliyah
-- I'm making Aliyah with Nefesh B'Nefesh
-- Nefesh b'Nefesh - NBN July 6th, 2009 Flight

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Israel Cities
-- New Jersey/Delaware & Arad/Tamar Partnership 2000
-- Yerucham
-- Miami/Yerucham Partnership
-- Dimona on the Map

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Israel Jerusalem
-- Yad Vashem : Holocaust Memorial Jerusalem
-- Bloomfield Science Museum - Jerusalem
-- Israel Museum - Jerusalem

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Israel Sports
-- 18th Maccabiah Games - Summer 2009
-- iFly Israel

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Jews Around the World
-- JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Keeping Kosher / Kosher Cooking / Restaurants / Food
-- Koshering the Doughboy
-- Tov Pizza Fan Club (Baltimore)

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Mixed Bag
-- Who would you like to meet from Jewish History ?

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Jewish and Israeli Music
-- Famous Jewish Musicians

Jewish: Facebook Groups: Support / Love of Israel
-- Israeli Defenders
-- Support Israel
-- We love the Land, People and God of Israel!

Jewish: Mailing Lists
-- Rishon Letzion Bat Yam Holon
-- Even Yehuda and Area
-- Ra'anana (changed address)
-- Netanya (changed address)

Jewish: Music
-- Klingon Klezmer

Pictures: News Pictures
-- Pixcetera Pictures of the Week
-- MSNBC: The Week in Pictures Archive
-- UPI: Week in Pictures
-- The Week in Pictures on Yahoo! News
-- AOL Pictures of the Week
-- BBC News: In Pictures
-- Guardian: 24 Hours in Pictures
-- Telegraph: Week in Pictures
-- Life Magazine Today in News
-- Telegraph Earth Picture Galleries
-- National Geographic Photos in the News

Social Media: Articles
-- How to Get a Professional Corporate Blogging Job

Social Media: Twitter
-- Training Video - How to Use Twitter
-- Twitter Handbook for Teachers
-- Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators
-- O'Reilly Webcast: Twitter for Business (1 hour)
-- The top 7 mistakes new Twitter users make
-- Ten Twitter Mythconceptions
-- The truth about Twitter
-- TweetMeme - Popular Links on Twitter
-- 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter
-- 85 Comedians to Follow on Twitter
-- Twellow - Twitter Yellow Pages
-- Twellow - Search Israel
-- Twellow - Search Jerusalem
-- Twellow - Search Jewish
-- Tweepz - search, find and discover interesting people
-- Tweepz - Jerusalem
-- Tweepz - Adumim (Maale, Ma'ale Adumim)
-- JBN - Jewish Breaking News
-- Arutz Sheva Briefs
-- Israel21c
-- Israel_News
-- Jewish Day School (Seattle)
-- Jewish World Review
-- World Jewsh Daily
-- Jew Tube
-- Yiddish News
-- Birthright Israel NEXT
-- The Jewish Agency
-- Canadian Jewish News (CJN)
-- Kosher Jerusalem
-- Kashrut News

Direct access to the JR Hotsites index:

Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Have a Happy Shavuot,
Chag Sameach,

Monday, May 25, 2009

Trivia Quiz, Videos and Educational Resources about Shavuot

Hi Everyone!

Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, the first harvest, and the ripening of the first fruits. The two day festival (1 day in Israel) begins on Thursday night, May 28, 2009.

The Jewish Trivia Quiz
has a selection of multiple choice questions about Shavuot.

What are the five names of Shavuot ?
On what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments ?
How many letters are there in the Torah ?
In the days of the Temple what did people do on Shavuot ?
Who married Ruth ?
Who was Ruth the great-grandmother of ?
What is the connection between the number 7 and Shavuot ?

The above questions are examples from the multiple choice Flash quiz. There are two levels of questions and two timer settings. Adults and children will find The Jewish Trivia Quiz entertaining and educational.

To learn more about Shavuot, I have posted on my website 66 links, ranging from laws and customs to games and recipes. Site languages include English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and German. All 66 links have been reviewed and checked this week.

The web address is:


This year I added a new Shavuot section to my YouTube Video sections. Enjoy the videos at:

Please forward this message to relatives and friends, so they may benefit from these holiday resources.

Have a Happy Shavuot!
Chag Sameach!

Friday, May 22, 2009

New Stamps Honoring Israeli Music Artists

Hi Everyone!

I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in April 2009. I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp.

- Israeli Music (12 stamps)

Ofra Haza, Uzi Hitman, Arik Lavie, Ehud Manor
Zohar Argov, Sasha Argov, Meir Ariel, Yossi Banai
Shoshana Damari, Moshe Wilensky, Yair Rosenblum, Naomi Shemer

- Memorial Day 2009

- Polish Year in Israel - Souvenir Sheet

- International Year of Astronomy 2009

The new stamps are located at:

Shabbat Shalom,

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pictures of the Jerusalem Day Flag March

Hi Everyone!

Today I took pictures of the Jerusalem Day Flag March. The celebrations and march started on King George Street, and then went down Agron Street and into the Old City.

I arrived at the Kotel around 7:30pm. When I left at 8:30pm the Kotel plaza was overflowing with people and thousands continued to arrive as I walked out of the Old City.

I posted 252 pictures at:

I also copied 136 of the 252 pictures to Facebook for name tagging. The Facebook address is:

If you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the pictures or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the pictures.

Enjoy the pictures.
Shabbat Shalom,

Monday, May 18, 2009

I Uploaded a New Learn Hebrew Video - Clothing and Accessories

Hi Everyone!

I uploaded a new Learn Hebrew video to the Internet. The topic of the new video is Clothing and Accessories.

The address is:

The updated page also contains past videos that I uploaded.

Feedback is welcome.

Please forward this message to anyone that may be interested in learning Hebrew. Thank you!

Have a good day,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Trivia Quiz and Educational Resources about Jerusalem

Hi Everyone!

Jerusalem Day is celebrated on the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year (5769 / 2009) the day falls on Friday, May 22nd. To avoid conflict with Shabbat, celebrations will take place on Thursday, May 21st.

The Jewish Trivia Quiz
has over 100 multiple choice questions about Jerusalem.

Who built the first temple ?
How many people were involved in constructing the first temple ?
What are the colors of the Jerusalem Beitar soccer team ?
Which animal is on the emblem of the Municipality of Jerusalem ?
What three Jewish holidays is Jerusalem the focal point ?
How long ago was Jerusalem established ?
On what mountain was King David buried ?
How high is Jerusalem above sea level ?
What is the name of the famous art school in Jerusalem ?
What is the length of the wall surrounding the old city ?
When was Hebrew University established ?
Which group defended Jerusalem in 1948 ?
How many open gates does the old city of Jerusalem have ?
What is the name of the largest shopping mall in Jerusalem ?
Who was the first mayor of Jerusalem ?
What was Jerusalem called in the days of Abraham our patriarch ?

The above questions are examples from the multiple choice Flash quiz. There are two levels of questions and two timer settings. Adults and children will find The Jewish Trivia Quiz entertaining and educational.

To learn more about Jerusalem, I have posted on my website 172 links, ranging from history and tourism to photographs and stamps. All 172 links have been reviewed and checked this week.

The web address is:


Monday, May 4, 2009

Educational websites about Lag Ba'Omer

Hi Everyone!

The Jewish festival "Lag Ba'Omer" is Tuesday, May 12, 2009. If you are flying over Israel on Monday night (11th) and you look down out of your plane, you will see thousands of bonfires dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see. There are various customs and explanations for these celebrations.

I posted on my website 38 links to learn about "Lag Ba'Omer".
All 38 links have been reviewed / checked this week.

The web address is:

Enjoy the bonfires!