Welcome back to Gilis Good Newsletter #34

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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The ten-year-old in the photo made an amazing discovery when she was sifting through Temple Mount dirt the Waqf dumped when they did some “construction project” back in 2005 or so.  Anyway, here’s the best part.  The coin is pure silver and was made in the Beit Hamikdash.  That’s right, it’s dated from the year 68 AD, the second year of the great revolt, by a Cohen that has joined the rebellion. So it’s one of only a few actual artifacts we have that originated in the holy temple. 

Tehran, the Israeli drama series about an Israeli spy in Tehran, won an International Emmy this week for best drama.  We hope to have good news about the city and government in Tehran, speedily and in our days.

Israel signed a historic defense memorandum of understanding with Morocco.  It seems like that’s regular news nowadays.  In other news, Belgium decided to label Israeli products from Yehuda and Shomron with special labels.  I guess that’s a pressing need there.  

Israeli kids are now eligible to get vaccinated against covid19, and 8000 have already received the shot.  Corona numbers have been and continue to be at a simmer.  Let’s hope that trend continues.  

Unfortunately, we had a terrorist attack on Sunday morning when a Hamas terrorist opened fire, killing 26-year-old Eli Kay, a South African Oleh, and wounding four others, 2 of them seriously.  


Thousands mourned him at his funeral and while I like to focus on the good news, we’re also mourning Eli Kay and wish his family to be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

Chanukah is right around the corner and our elves have been hard at work putting together all the Chanukah orders to be delivered over the chag. 

If you still haven’t placed your Chanukah order, there is still time! Order today and send a “sweet hug” to your friends and family in Israel.

We wish you all a beautiful, warm, happy, and meaningful Chanukah.

Just a reminder that every Chanukah, we partner with the Michael Levin Base and an organization known as Achi Achi, which delivers sufganiyot to IDF soldiers all over the country. It’s a beautiful initiative, as Chanukah is often cold and rainy, and while everyone is going to parties and having fun, these soldiers are standing on the front lines, protecting that right. So it’s even more special when we show up with fresh sufganiyot for our Chayalim. You can help support this initiative here.

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In Morocco, Gantz signs Israel’s first-ever defense MOU with an Arab country

Defense minister due to meet Moroccan military chief, the foreign minister later in the day; state visit is also first of IDF personnel in uniform to the North African kingdom.

11-year-old finds ‘Holy Jerusalem’ silver coin likely minted in the Temple

The coin–14 grams of pure silver-carries an inscription that according to the experts refers to the High Priest headquarters.

Israeli TV show ‘Tehran’ wins International Emmy award for best drama

The series, created by Moshe Zonder, is broadcast on Israeli channel KAN 11 and on AppleTV+ internationally.

Thousands of mourners attend funeral for terror victim Eli Kay

26-year-old’s brother urges crowds to better their ways in his memory, saying sibling will ‘be at peace,’ Diaspora Minister Shai vows those responsible will be punished

Recipe of the Week: Sufganiyot (Israeli Donuts)

I have no idea if these will taste like Israeli Sufganiot but in my experience, any freshly fried dough product covered in sugar should be delicious. Enjoy!


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Michal Levine

Sylvia Faham

Sophia Jacobson

Meira Entin

Bailey Kopstick

Charles Feldman

Rebecca Michaels

David Edwards

Daniella Lewinger

Jacob Digiacomo

Gabriel Katz

Binyamin Berman

Victor Hoffman

Shira And Elad Sadot

Einat Karmi

Amit Guelmann

Alex Byer C/O Glenney


Daniel And Varda Brief Light

Maya Yehezkel

Miss and Love You

Rebecca Nussbaum

Ben Sahalon

Noah Bradshaw

Saadya Levitt

Jacob Dincin

Thank You

Reut Weitzman

Ayelet Gal-Oz

Liron Jacobi

Helen Eisen

Sagi Arad

Rina Abadi Sova

Shay Sharon

Mazal Tov

Scott J Hirsch

Naavah Braun

Harel Miler

Happy Chanukah

Ariel Fishman

Family Gitlin

Nitzan Rimon

Justin Winawer

Eli Rosenberg

Yitzchak Lindenbaum

Alex Goldman

Moshe (Michael) Jacobson

Moshe Wieder

Avigail Rimmer

Aaron And Zahavah Sieratzki

Jake Bareket

Ezra Schapiro

Ari Yeger

Shoshana Brunner

Tehilla Robbins

Yisroel Rosner

Assaf Yavin

Alex Brand

Dorianne Gould

Saul Myers

Gonie Aram & Family

Alexa Jakubowitz

Dina Halberstam

Hannah Kleid

Sophie Adams

Mikey Fishkin

Tzvi Motechin

Avi Zimmerman

Yehoshua Kashton

Ross Wolff Boys

Noah Reicin

Aharon Teigman

Audrey Honig

Gavriel Singer

Daniel Smith

Elan Finkelstein

Franklyn Cohen

Galit And Assaf Farkash

Jerry Natkin

Molly Cohen

Estee Greenberger

Zach Weitzen

Shmuel Hook & Family

Azriel Goldberg

Asher/Zach Neuman

Avi Weitz

Kayla Frenkel

Abby Yeger

Josef Wortman

Izhak Konan

Shmulik Shalev

Hadas Mor

Roy Melzer

Ena Pugatsch

Sam Kruger

Miriam Gelbstein

Benalex Mendales

Daniel Gamulka

Uriel Sussman

Shira Levitt

Family Benjamin Beiser

Mendy Hoffman

Yisroel And Esty Hoffman

Chaya Sokel

Hadas Dubrawsky

Shmuel Hook & Family

Coby Lipskier

Ruksy And Stephen Mauskopf

Elisheva Bekritsky Bekritsky

Noa Saitowitz

Devorah Miriam And Nachum Rybak

David Zviel

Nogah Bregman

Ravit Forte

Abigail Koenig

Chaim Yaakov And Michal Fedowitz

Scott Siege

Lee Nadler

Siev Family

Avrumi Lewis

Clay Debber

Greenberg Family

Beitar Greenberg Family Greenberg

Oryah Bensalmon

Family Zellman

Nava Lippman

Daniel Glick

Yehuda And Nechama Novick

Sarit Cohen

Tanya Zauderer

Alexandra Zelman

Daniel And Shira Neuman

Danielle-Hodaya Bongard

Avi Moskowitz

Alex Brand

Sam Agronin

Dani Armon

Moshe And Sara Kuperman

Osher, Chavi, Super-Baby Shoshana, & Super-Aunt Shana Chechik

Faye Hochberg

Sam Lynn

Gabe Lovy

Avi And Tsivya Dobuler

The Rose Family

The Seidman/Klein Family

Nadav Stamper-Kurn

Aharon Dekel

Eitan Szteinbaum

Rosenbaum Family

Avigail Musai

Moshe, Liora, Ori And Aviv Musai

Alon, Sharona, Eden, Bar, Sagi

And Noa Vino

Debra, Donny, Avishai, Noam,

 Elitzur And Merav


Max Miller

Steven Smouha

Raizl Borg

Ruchamah Borg

Dovid Borg

Marcia Chiger

Noah Mogyoros

Joseph Seidman

Chaya Ziegler

Maya Greenstein

Matan Marcus-Neuman

Marlene And Stuart Horowitz

Meira Kavesh

Judah Regev

Bari Diamond

Joel Weinstein

Etai Barash

Tova Miller

Jonah Frenkel

Isaac Baraka

Emily And Maya Meyer/ Yakovee

Moshe Loew

Avi Loew

Ben Meyers

Eli Schuchman

Dalya Zupnik

Josh Fitter

Erica Weintraub

Emily Weintraub

Cameron Fields

Daniel Ackerman

Cameron Fields

Dorianne Gould

Saul Myers

Gonie Aram & Family

Alexa Jakubowitz

Mitch Rich

Isaac Schapiro

Ella Newell

Miriam Schottenstein

Reuben Melzer

Ruby Hoffman

Ezra Jacobs

Judah Katzenberg

Pamela And Dov Solomon

Eli Rubin

Judy Melzer

Chaim & Miriam Sharoni

Eliyahu Benhaim

Neshama Adina Benhaim

Issac Bassoul

Ari Moskovits

Daniel North

Devora Fuchs

Avi Rizel

Matt And Yael Bitton Krieger

Ezra Luber

Abie Dayan

Rabbi And Mrs. Shmuel Zucker

Sean Littman

Chaya Leah Weinick

Hailey Rubenstein

Tehilla Wolf

Ariella Unterberg Gabbay

Avigayil Richelson

Aliza Leit

Katie Friedman

Moshe Inger

Avital Sobel

Yisrael Einhorn

Adina And Yedidyah Rosenwasser

Renee Greco

Rena Torczyner

Marcus Breman

Dina Blank

Tzvi, Bracha, Nechama Aliza And Binyamin Blonder

Reuben Azose

Shai Cohen

Rebecca & Effie Silberman

Ethan Garson

Family Freilich

Leora Niderberg

Shira Stein

Judith Pierprz

Michal Fund

Yehoshua Wyckoff

Etel Leah Zeitlin

Binyomin Zeitlin

Nancy Schwell

Laelah Aaron

Shmuel Kligman

Chaya Benjaminson

Judah Chesir

Adir Koenig

Abigail Koenig

Rikki Orrin

Yogev Karny

Ira And Avigail Hisler C/O Mishpachat Lichtenson

Julia & William Macdonald

Andrea Glube

Shaindel Gross

Benny Gluck

Hillel Jacobson

Gavriel Singer

Eliezer Pavel

Liam Ellmann

Niv Loberant

Yonaton Wiesen

Bloomenfeld Family

Noah Shatkin

Itay Sharon And Uzi Ziv Sage/Sunbelt

Malka Drang

Sharon & Russell Roberts

Alex Drogin

Aden Light

Gili Hart

Logan Spector

Zachary Davidson

Sonya Schreiber

Yonat Stav

Ellen Cherrick

Orah Wilens

Yehuda Mirwis

Joshua Aziz

Lev Cohen

Iftach Hanan

Ben Benny

Joshua Lechtzin

Moshe Yehudah Perlstein

Devra Huja

Moriah Meyers

Zach Meyers

Gwenn Normile

Mordechai Shekhter

Ari Goldberg

Jack Hanan

Cameron Fields

Chaya Benjamin

Hillel And Chaya Lester

Joshua Krause

Shoshana Cohen

Ness Mavorah

Neshama Fedowitz

Sarah & Shana Gorin

Folkman Family

Lea Orbach

Merle Fisch

Mor Shivek Elad

Keren Marom

Erez Mishli

Uri Pearl

Lior Porat

Or Reznitsky

Michael Sheridan

Nimrod Klinger

Harel Miler

Noam Banon

Moshi Blum

Gabi Castellan

Eyal Elad

Tal Feigel

Mariya Gvozdev

Dan Hayoun

Jacob Hertz

Daniel Hirsh

Hadar Itzikowitz

David Januszewicz

Iris Burstein

Asaf Azar Alen Debensason

Janna Zelichenok

Daniel Landis

Eytan Libkind

Perri Schwartz

Susan Bern Leibtag

Avi Balsam

Sophie Adams

Isaac Anderson

Yael Krantz

Michael & Esther Goldberg

Yitz & Debbie Feigenbaum

Amir Ben David

Pavel Kaplin

Izhak Konan

Shmulik Shalev

Hadas Mor

Roy Melzer

Ena Pugatsch

Sam Kruger

Miriam Gelbstein

Alice And Mark Lebowitz

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