Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #48!

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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As I’m writing this, the Ukraine war with Russia began when Russian troops invaded from multiple locations. As a result, Israelis in Ukraine are being encouraged to leave via western border crossings, and Ukrainian Jews are being called to make aliyah. We pray for peace for all Ukrainians in these scary times. #pray4ukraine
Spring is in the air as most of the week we enjoyed beautiful weather. The almond trees are now in full bloom, and Israelis, including Gili’s founders, David and Gail Ehrlich, as pictured above, are flocking to the south to see the fields of red anemone flowers in what’s become a yearly event known and marketed as the Red South

Tomorrow ends our early bird Purim special. If you haven’t yet placed your mishloach manot orders, get to it asap to save 10% on your order with coupon code purim2022. Order today!

In other news, Shterny Wolf, the Chabad Shlicha in Hanover, Germany, has won the Lower Saxony woman of the year award. Shterny was widowed when her husband Binyamin died suddenly at age 43, leaving her with seven children. Shterny didn’t stop for a second from building the Chabad center named for her late husband, and she’s become an icon for the Jewish community in Hanover and all Germans in the region. Mazal Tov. You can read all about it below.

On February 12th, an Israeli strawberry was certified as being the world’s heaviest by the Guinness World Records, clocking in a whopping 289 grams. By comparison, the average strawberry is about 15 grams, and iPhone 13 is 174 grams.

Three Israeli companies were named in the Cleantech Global 100. BreezoMeter, a company involved in forecasting and monitoring, was named in the resources and environment category. Future Meat, a company developing lab-grown meat products, was named one of the 12 companies cited for agriculture and food. Finally, FSight, a company optimizing power distribution, was named in the energy and power category. Congrats!

This week, four new Supreme Court justices were appointed. Among the appointments included Justice Khaled Kabub, a Muslim, and Judge Gila Kanfi-Steinitz, a Mizrahi woman. Congratulations!


Finally, Israeli researchers from Bar Ilan and the Galilee Medical Center have gathered the most convincing evidence to date that increased levels of Vitamin D can help covid-19 patients reduce the risk of severe illness or death. #takeyourvitamins

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Israeli study offers strongest proof yet of vitamin D’s power to fight COVID

Bolstering previous research, scientists publish ‘remarkable’ data showing strong link between vitamin deficiency, prevalent in Israel, and death or serious illness among patients

Hanover Shlucha is Presented as “Woman of the Year”

German political journal Rundblick Niedersachsen picked Chabad Shlucha Shterna Wolff as their “Lower Saxony Woman of the Year.” She dedicated it to her late husband and Shlichus partner Rabbi Benny Wolff OBM.

Guinness certifies world’s heaviest strawberry in Israel

The Ilan berry clocked in at 289 grams (about 10 ounces), whereas an average strawberry weighs 15 grams.

3 Israeli companies make the Cleantech Global Top 100

BreezoMeter, Future Meat, and FSight were named to the list compiled by Cleantech Group.

Recipe of the Week: Kosher Moussaka

Mousaka is a popular dish pretty much everywhere eggplant is grown. Israeli mousaka is different because it’s kosher. No cheese or butter in our mousaka, just delicious eggplant, tomato sauce, and chopped meat. I’m considering it for Shabbat. I’ll update you next week.


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Yehuda Lieberman

Arielle Greenbaum

Yoni Abrams

Michele Tsur

Tzivi Bak

Morey Schwartz

Yonah Tarzik

Meirah Gefen Schwartz

Jacob Levieddin

Sofia Jalenak

Max Burdeen

Sendor Bree

Cina Coren

Yoni Kleinman

Miss and Love You

Jenny Meislin

Michelle Goldwasser

Brouria Kolin

Thank You

Mrs Kitov

Happy Anniversary

Sally Moghrabi

Roy And Chana Karp

Get Well Soon

Beni Romm


Shai Lamdan

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