Welcome back to Gilis Good Newsletter #31

This newsletter puts together a little bit about what’s been happening in Israel over the last week. We try to keep it positive.  That’s why it’s the Good Newsletter.  

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Last night the state budget was passed for the first time in 3 and a half years.  I think that’s good news. We’ll see.  

Israeli companies raised a record 8 Billion dollars in October.  That capital injection made the shekel even stronger and, at one point, hit 3.10 NIS to a US dollar.  The Bank of Israel bought 30 Billion dollars to try to lift the dollar and weaken the shekel. A strong shekel makes life difficult for exporters that need to pay employees in shekels but get paid in dollars.  We’ll be keeping an eye on that. 👀

Rosh Chodesh Kislev starts tonight, and sufganiyot are popping up everywhere as the excitement for Chanukah starts to fill the air.  Today is the Ethiopian holiday of Sigd.  I honestly don’t know too much about it, but my 4-year-old is in a kindergarten with two Ethiopian parents that came in to teach the kids about it. So he’ll grow up knowing all about it.  I included an article about it below.

Finally, we’ve begun our Early Bird Special, and through next Friday, November 12th, you can save 10% on your Chanukah order with coupon EB2021.  

As always, I hope to make you smile with some articles and nuggets from the past week.  

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Shabbat Shalom and Good Shabbos.

What does the Ethiopian ‘Sigd’ holiday signify?

Once in Israel, Sigd quickly found a place in the Ethiopian jewish community’s life.

Israeli firms raise $3 billion in record-breaking October

Orca Security, with $550 million, leads 6-figure investment rounds closed in October.
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Israel passes budget after 3.5 years, preventing elections

The Knesset passed the 2021 state budget into law in a 61-59 vote at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning, giving Israel a new budget for the first time since March 15, 2018.

Emirates Airlines to launch daily Israel – Dubai route starting

Emirates Airlines said Thursday it will launch daily non-stop flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv starting December 6.

Recipe of the Week: Hummus

Falafel is a Middle Eastern food with a long history in Arab countries, as well as ancient Israel. The word falafel may descend from the Arabic word falāfil, a plural of the word filfil, meaning “pepper.” .


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Dani Gottlieb

Dovid Borg

Sara Fried

Matthew Loren

Chaya Benjamin

Aharon Dekel

Lily Deitelzweig

Michal Benloulou

Shea Blumenberg

Steven Galitzer

Evelyn Haies

Esther Goldschein

Yitzchak Stavsky

Adam Edalati

Abie Hersh

Sivan Ornstein-Luks

Joseph Lapidot

Yael Jasse

Alexa Szafranski

Nechama Garfinkel

Karl N

Tefilah Lightstone

Jordan Levy-Bograd

Miriam Romm

Ellie Avner

Miss and Love You

Rebecca Cohen

Gabi Mogilner

Chana & Iddo Japhe

Thank You

Gail Haimson

Ori And Joel Katzin

Rabbi Barry Klein

Happy Anniversary

Yehudit Rogosnitzky

Get Well Soon

Eran Dror


Noam Miller

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