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May 28, 2010  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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My fair Knesset member

Israel’s Knesset members are set to attend a government sponsored finishing school to learn how to better represent Israel abroad after completing their classes on improving self-confidence, public speaking and dressing for success. Attendance at the classes will not be mandatory, but highly recommended, Ynet reported. The new program was initiated after several lawmakers admitted to difficulty in meeting the challenges of confrontation in front of audiences around the world.

Emanuel’s son Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem

Zach Emanuel, the son of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem Sunday, May 30 at the Davidson Center in the Old City of Jerusalem. The hour-long ceremony, during which Zach and his cousin Noah read from the week’s Torah portion and delivered a d’var Torah, was held near Robinson’s Arch, located at the southern wall excavations area near the Western Wall. About 50 people, most family members, participated in the ceremony. They arrived in secrecy and under heavy security early in the morning, according to reports.

There had been fears that extremists would disrupt the ceremony. Press was also prevented from entering the area. Activists had heckled the Emanuel family three days earlier as it toured the Old City of Jerusalem. One activist also filed an unsuccessful complaint charging that the Emmanuel family’s plans were illegal since the Davidson Center is not licensed for such events.

The King is dead, long live the ranch

Burger King will close its doors in Israel this summer after losing out to a local burger chain. The 55 Burger Kings will be renovated and reopened as Israeli Burger Ranch restaurants. Burger Ranch first opened in Israel in the 1970s, and now has over 50 restaurants throughout the country, Israelis appear to prefer an Israeli-style burger to Burger King’s American-style Whopper, the company said. Burger King joins Starbucks, Wendy’s and Dunkin’ Donuts as American franchises that did not make it in the Israeli market.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s Israel announced it is launching a new lower-fat hamburger. Israel’s Big Mac already has 30 percent fewer calories than a Big Mac in the United States; now it will have only 9 percent fat compared to the 19 percent fat of an American burger.

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