Pizza And A Pepsi
"The response to
the project has been
ctive duty Israeli
for us," Kuchar says.
soldiers are munch-
"The soldiers love to
ing on pizza in the
get the pizza and soda,
field, at roadblocks,
and are very happy to
on army bases and during
hear that the pizza
guard duty, thanks to an
was bought for them
ingenious new project of
by people overseas —
and to see the mes-
The three-month-old ven-
ture allows worldwide sup-
Israeli soldiers enjoy pizza.
Rabbi Alon Tolwin,
porters of Israel to order pizza
director of Aish Detroit
DORFMAN and Pepsi-Cola to be delivered to the men
in Birmingham, says: "This is one of the kindest and least
and women of the Israel Defense Forces, sta-
expensive ways yet to help Israel. Many of the Aish guys have
tioned primarily in Judea, Samaria and
been called into active reserve duty and their wives have
reported that this a great way to boost morale on the front."
"Pizza is very popular in Israel and is something that
The cost of a cheese pizza and Pepsi for a patrol of five sol-
Americans and others also relate to well," says Menachem
diers is $16.95; for a section of 10 soldiers, $31.95; for a pla-
Kuchar, chief executive officer of the Marksman Testing
toon of 30 soldiers, $89.95; and one pizza and Pepsi sent
System Ltd., which owns IsraelVisit, an online site for Israeli
each week for a month, $61.95. Also, for $2.59 per person,
shopping and information.
IsraelVisit will arrange for an ice cream truck to drive up to
"So we picked pizza as the product to make this connection
the soldiers with ice cream cones.
between the soldiers and supporters outside Israel."
The Web site for the project states that "deliveries are coor-
The undertaking is an extension of the organization's annu-
dinated with the security forces and thus, pose no security
al Purim project, in which mishloach manot (Purim parcels)
are sent to soldiers. "We felt that people overseas wanted to be
Orders may be placed for 18-inch kosher pizzas and a large
able to connect with our soldiers in a very tangible way, more
bottle of Pepsi, occasionally substituted by Coca-Cola-products,
often than just on Purim," Kuchar says.
depending on the kosher supervision of available pizza restau-
"This connection is both in giving the soldiers something
rants. Once orders are made, by fax or e-mail, they are for-
physical — like a pizza and soda — as well as letting them
warded to Israeli pizzerias, thereby eliminating what could have
know that people around the word support them and what
been quite a hefty, long-distance, delivery charge. ❑
they are doing."
An additional benefit of the project, he says, is to local
restaurants and pizzerias in Israel. With tourism lagging, the
For information on ordering pizza and Pepsi for
project is giving them some much-needed business as orders
Israeli soldiers, e-mail Shimon Aharon at
are delivered from the Israeli eateries.
shimon@israelVisit.co.il or access the Web site at:
Many donors have taken advantage of the option to
accompany their orders with a personal message of encour-
Orders may be faxed to 011-972-2-625-9050.
agement and thanks to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Chaya Masha Stock and
daughter Itta Henya
Stock 6 of Oak Park.
n discussions of Israel's demo-
graphic stability, it is often
related that Israel contains only
about 35 percent of the world
Jewish population. It might surprise
you to learn what percentage of world
Jewry resided in Israel during Second
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der and have no graves. Only memory
has remained. They can only live in
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annual "Nine Gates Festival of
Czech-German-Jewish Culture" in
Prague, in a speech to the Czech Senate,
as quoted by JTA.
"You are all strangers to me, yet I have
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you my whole life. And that's because
all of us in this room were part of this
secret subculture. We've all grown up in
this extremely peculiar, very specific
way, a way that is only specific to our
place and our time in history."
— Lisa Lipkin of Chicago, a professional
storyteller and daughter of a Holocaust
survivor; at Living the Legacy, a June 30-
July 2 conference for descendants of the
Shoah and families, in Chicago, as quot-
ed by JUF News of Chicago.
"Lighting candles is the act that signifies I now have a 25-hour
break from the world. I am not going to work now; I am
going to rest. When I light the candles, I pray for my family,
for marital peace and for the ability to instill within my son
love for Judaism and HaShem."
— Rochel Leah Burstyn, mother, Oak Park
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Since things didn't work as we'd
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Things wound up completely. tsrnisht.*
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