Welcome back to Gilis Good Newsletter #30

Hey there, it’s Hillel.

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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Tomorrow is the 10th Jerusalem Marathon.  I’ve been lucky enough to run times in the Jerusalem marathon, but I won’t be running tomorrow. So tomorrow’s marathon is a make-up marathon.  You may have noticed the date on the photo above, 20/03/2020.  There was no marathon on that date as the world was scrambling about dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  So we’re finally having that marathon, and it’s tomorrow. The marathon usually is in the spring, right before Purim, adding a carnival feel to the whole event.  

It’s an incredible feeling running through the old city and the streets of Jerusalem.  I’m sure it’s a nuisance to most residents, but many line the streets to cheer on the runners.  I hope tomorrow’s race will be similar.  Good luck to all. 

Please note: Due to the marathon there will be no deliveries tomorrow in Jerusalem.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

7-11 is coming to town.  The convenience chain stores have committed to opening 20 branches in Israel.  I’m curious to see what that’ll look like.

A major imports reform is being pushed in the Knesset, which should decrease prices on tons of products. Unfortunately, it’s become expected that prices are often a third to double higher for many items.  This reform is supposed to change that. 

Pass the popcorn.  🍿

Fabric, an Israeli robotics company that makes it easy for companies to set up fast turnaround e-commerce fulfillment sites, raised 200M in its Series C funding round, making it the newest Israeli Unicorn.  


That woman in David’s kitchen just received a package. Here’s her story. 

Meet Sharon Katz.  Sharon has a daughter, Lily, that is studying in Machon Maayan.

Earlier this year, she called to place an order. When she mentioned that she was from Chicago, I asked her, “How about it, if you don’t pay for your delivery and when you are next here, anytime during the year, you can pay me for your order in Romainian hot dogs!” For those that don’t know, Romainian hot dogs are the BEST kosher hot dogs in the world!

Sharon was shocked but agreed!!

Three months later, I received a phone call from Sharon, “Guess where I am?”

She arrived tonight with a VERY generous supply of hot dogs AND 4 rib steaks!

My meat angel and New BF!!!

Thank You, Sharon!

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Shabbat Shalom and Good Shabbos.

Israel to allow vaccinated or recovered tourists to enter starting November 1

But government says no entry for travelers coming from ‘red’ countries or from places seeing outbreak of new AY4.2 strain; Russian vaccine not okayed, for now

Fabric joins unicorn club with $200 million Series C

The Israeli startup which develops robotic solutions for the fulfillment center industry is valued at over $1 billion following its latest round

First public Israeli flight lands in Saudi Arabia

New immigrants from northeast India landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in a special operation to bring these descendants of the Tribe of Menashe to Israel.

Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s crisis is escalating

UNILEVER IS paying the price for playing with politics.

Recipe of the Week: Hummus

One of the most classical Israeli dishes. The American grocery version is revolting to many Israelis, so if you feel that way, know that it’s not difficult to make delicious hummus at home. Here’s how you do it.


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Tamar Ginsberg

Rachel Rosenblum

Joelle Kuperman

Iara Zeigerman

Jake Resnick

Elina Rosenberg

Yosef Fleischman

Chaim Goldberg

Jake Teller

Gillian And Lenny Solomon

Yehuda Schonfeld

Ella Rose Tav

Adina Teibloom

Sara Kaplinsky

Shoshana Braverman

Effi Nettleton

Ari Ginsberg

Sammy Schoen

Avi Melamed

Henry Wechsler

Shoshana Braier

Daniel Yefet

Miss and Love You

Matthew Greenwald

Binyomin Stern

Rabbi Shlomo Rosengarten

Shira And Elad Sadot / Berkman

Thank You

Michael And Karen Raskas

Cheryl Frankel/Burnat

Micky Rosenfeld

Happy Anniversary

Tsippy Schlanger


Malka Lasry

Chen Cohen

Aaron Tzach

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