Welcome to the Israeli Melting Pot, one of the most unique and different boxes we have ever created here at Israelibox. One of the most interesting parts of Israel, if you ask me, is the exceptional diversity and background of the Jews that make up Israeli culture today. Each group brings its own story, traditions, foods, and so much more to Israeli society, to create a true melting pot of cultures. Here in Israel, you can find Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Northern African, Persian, Ethiopian, Russian and so many other Jews that come together to share a religion, with vastly different interpretations and representations. It’s magical! This month I invite you to join me in understanding and experiencing some of the different backgrounds that make up the Israeli Melting Pot.
What’s inside your Melting Pot IsraeliBox?
4 Greeting Cards with Traditional Ethopian Drawings and Words – Rokmot
Give the gift of Ethiopian culture with these greeting cards, a replication of the unique embroidery work by the women of Rokmot. With the bold colors that are traditional in Ethiopian art, these cards feature the words ahava (love), todah (thank you), chibuk (hug), and mazal tov, together with their Amharic translations.
Iraq: Bahart Spice by Ayelet Spices
Bahart is a traditional spice mix used in the Iraqi kitchen, specifically in “tabit”, the famous Iraqi chicken dish. Tabit is a slow cooked cholent dish whose variations can be found in a wide range of kitchens. The mix features black pepper, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and is perfect with any slow-cooked meat dish! Check out the recipe on our blog.
Egypt/Syria: Mixture for Majadara Rice by Derech Hatavlinim
Derech Hatavlinim is a family business, having grown spices for over fifty years. Today, the Derech Hatavlinim has become a trademark for high-quality Israeli spices. I chose to add this Majadara mix to highlight the Middle Eastern kitchens and their affinity for strong flavors and spices. Add this mix while cooking rice to make traditional “Majadara”. Be careful! Once you start eating Majadara, you’ll never go back to plain white rice!
Tripoli (Libya): “Mei Zohar” (Orange Flower Water) by Pereg
The story of Pereg starts (appropriately) in Libya back in 1906, where Avraham Prig and his family lived and breathed spices. When they made Aliyah in 1948 (and changed their name to Pereg meaning poppy seed), they started spreading their love for spices throughout the land of Israel, with future generations of the family being born into the family business (and love of the land!). Mei Zohar (orange flower water) is made through a purification process from the buds of citrus fruit. North African Jews and specifically Libyans use it while making mallabi and sachleb (recipes on our blog!) as well as rubbing it on their hands for a refreshing smell at various life events.
Poland: Kitchen Towel by Hapolania
At the end of the day, in each of us (or our mothers!) lives a Jewish Polish mother who loves to worry and loves to love. With that concept, Michal Fishbein created “Hapolania”- the Polish Woman. Her creative and witty designs bring out the true Polish mother in each of us and put a smile on my face each time I look at her products. This dish towel says “Careful- It’s hot! Eat – It’s getting cold!” the perfect summary of the Polish mother dilemma. Hapolania has a unique line of products featuring these “Polish” phrases that all of us use every day without even noticing it!
Happy Hanukkah! This month is dedicated to one of the most unique, exciting and beautiful holidays in Israel and throughout the world… Hanukkah! Hanukkah in nicknamed the “holiday of lights”, which can be seen on the window of each home throughout the country during the celebratory holiday. It’s an opportunity for us to get together with family and friends (after nearly two years that we didn’t have the chance), to eat some of our favorite (fried!) foods and bask in the holiday atmosphere. I simply love Hanukkah in Israel and the feeling in the air. If you haven’t experienced it… you must!
What’s inside your Hanukkah Box?
Hanukkah Candles by Larger than Life
This year, Larger than Life has come out with a special line of Hanukkah products, with all proceeds going towards building special day cares that are sterile and safe for kids with cancer. When you light these Hanukkah candles, remember that you’re shining light onto the lives of these special children.
Pomegranate and Raspberry Jam by Aunt Berta
Aunt Berta’s family arrived in Israel in the 1960s, creating wonderful jams, dressings and sauces with the goal of maintaining the taste of the fruits back in their village in Europe, from her kitchen in Zichron Ya’akov. This pomegranate and raspberry jam will add an Israeli twist to your sufganiyot this Hanukkah season.
Lemon Pickle Spread by The Well Delicatessen
Sigal and Inbar Shafat, the couple behind “The Well Delicatessen” create the best dips, spreads, and more using local products from the Galilee. Lemon pickle spread is a favorite of many here in Israel including on the famous “Frikesee” sandwich, a Tunisian specialty that is served on deep-fried bread (great for Hanukkah!). Check out the recipe on our blog this month!
Nes Gadol Haya Po Dreidel by Emanuel
Yair Emanuel, one of the most prominent Israeli artists today, makes Judaica products from his studio in Jerusalem that adorn the homes of Israelis and Jews worldwide. This dreidel features the letters נ, ג, ה, פ – standing for Nes Gadol Haya Po (a great miracle happened HERE) and the gorgeous scenery of Jerusalem. Play with children or friends for a reminder of the great miracle that happened during Hanukkah here in the Holy Land!
Hanukkah Cookie Cutters, Decorative Arch and Confetti
Who doesn’t love decorating for Hanukkah? This month I’ve gathered a variety of fun Hanukkah decorations from some of my favorite decoration stores that help us get into the holiday spirit and come together to celebrate the holiday of lights. These decorations are just a glimpse into the amazing products you can find here during Hanukkah to make your holiday a bit more fun and festive!
There’s so much to say about Ivrit (Hebrew!), I don’t even know where to begin. The connection between our country and religion’s history to our current everyday language, the beauty in the words, the fact that Hebrew is the only ancient language to have been revived, it’s all fascinating.
Hebrew today has become a symbol of our culture, integrating words and phrases that epitomize who we, the Israelis truly are. I personally feel a great connection to our language (more on that later!) and am fascinated by its history and current day status.
In this box, we’ll explore the Hebrew language and everything that is wonderful about it.
What’s inside your Ivrit Box?
“Happiness” אושר Wood Mandala by Ma’arag
This mandala features the word אושר meaning happiness. Made by the people with disabilities at Ma’arag, this piece is the perfect way to bring a piece of Israel, and Hebrew into your home.
60% Dark Chocolate with Coffee by Holy Cacao
This 60% dark chocolate bar features roasted coffee flavors for a super delicious treat.
“A Moment for Myself” Graffiti Bookmark by Ofek Vertman
This bookmark features graffiti and Hebrew sayings from Tel Aviv, to remind you of the Hebrew language, even if you’re reading in English! On the top of the bookmark you’ll find אני אוהבת אותך – I love you as well as עם ישראל חי – the people of Israel live. On the back, רגע לעצמי- a moment for myself- enjoy it!
Hebrew letter silicone baking pattern by Havaya Home
Bringing Hebrew into your kitchen has never been easier! Create letters out of chocolate for cakes, gummy bears, fondant, or any other fun idea that comes to mind when you’re in the kitchen.
The Chef is אני Apron by Izy
This apron will help complete the Hebrew experience in your kitchen with its fun play on words. “The chef is אני” aka “The chef is me” saying on your apron will bring a smile to your face and improve your Israeli cooking (we promise!).
Welcome to the lowest spot on Earth… the Dead Sea! The Dead Sea (or the Salt Sea like we call it in Hebrew) is one of the most famous spots in Israel, with its overwhelming beauty and magical powers of healing. While the Dead Sea is one of the biggest tourist sites in Israel (and for good reason), us Israelis love to visit to get away for a weekend, enjoy the spas and great hotels in the area, the beautiful hikes, and of course, the one of a kind products that are available in the area only. This box features everything that is amazing in the Dead Sea area. I love these products and I’m sure you will too!
What’s inside your Dead Sea Box?
Dead Sea Mud Soap by Adva– This Dead Sea salt features Israeli olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, salt, mud from the Dead Sea and more. Perfect for all skin types for your body and your face, you’ll feel like you just got a great treatment at the Dead Sea after using it!
Organic Garlic Salt by 424 below sea level – It wouldn’t be a Dead Sea box without some salt! 424 Salt creates Dead Sea products that are collected by hand, dried with natural evaporation, and certified as 100% natural. This organic garlic salt brings the Dead Sea straight to your table while adding a touch of garlic for great flavor for any meal.
Medjool dates by Naot Semadar – On any drive to the Dead Sea, you can’t miss the gorgeous palm trees along the way. Naot Semadar creates natural and organic products, featuring some of the best dates available in the country. This month’s box contains a box of Medjool dates, the super juicy and amazing dates that all Israelis love to eat. Want some inspiration for how to use them in your kitchen? Check out our blog this month!
Dead Sea Mud Cleansing Face Mask by Sabon Michal – Michal Levi, founder of Sabon Michal, creates amazing, natural cosmetics products that will keep you (and your skin) feeling connected to the essence of Israeli products. Dating back to 2007, Sabon Michal is a small family business that has developed a name for exceptional quality here in Israel. This face mask features mud straight from the Dead Sea. Just close your eyes, lie back, and pretend you’re floating in the sea…
Ein Gedi Nourishing Fennel Seed- Carob Herbal Tea by Shalva Tea- David Ross, founder of ShalvaTea, fell in love with Israel when doing his Masters in Forestry at Yale, and eventually made Aliyah after studying the Carmel Forest fires of 2010. He collected herbs to connect to the land of Israel which eventually led to the birth of Shalva, meaning peace, calm and tranquility. That’s what Shalva is all about. Made from pure Israeli herbs, each sip is filled with the feeling “shalva”. This mix features cactus flower, sage, and dandelion green together with fennel (straight from Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea) giving you a unique and delicious blend.
In this box, we’re bringing you the best of the land of milk and honey while celebrating the beginning of a new year.
Shana Tova u’metukah – Have a good and sweet new year!
What’s inside your Rosh Hashana Box?
Honey Cream with Apples and Cinnamon by Tzuf
This honey cream with apples and cinnamon is created through a unique process that turns the honey into a delicate cream with an amazing texture that is airy and soft. It’s perfect to add to crackers or bread, to use in baking or as a drink!
Shabbat Candles by Simon Bees
These candles are made of beeswax, the perfect way to the spirit of Rosh Hashana to your holiday table (and they are a gorgeous decoration!).
Olive Oil by Anshei Hazait
This high-quality Israeli olive oil is cold pressed with a slightly dominant flavor and slight bitterness. You’ll love it!
Pomegranate earrings by Hila Assa
These earrings, coated in 24k gold, feature a pomegranate in a design created specifically for Israelibox. There’s no better way to dress up for your Rosh Hashana meal or services.
Hanging Paper Mache Pomegranates by Yad LaKashish (Social Product)
These pomegranates (in a range of colors) will decorate your home with the special meaning behind our Cause of the Month.
Israel is packed with amazing food but there’s one meal that really stands out above the rest… breakfast! Israeli breakfast is rich, fresh, full of flavor and variety, and simply fabulous. Israelis love to get together to eat breakfast and brunch throughout the week and particularly on the weekends, eating at both home and restaurants throughout the country. Israeli breakfasts typically feature a variety of salads, breads, eggs, dips, spreads, drinks and more. While we can’t ship you an actual Israeli breakfast (unfortunately!) this month’s box will give you the tools and raw materials to get you started on creating your own meal right at home. B’teavon (enjoy your meal!)!
Black Coffee Mug by Tzipor Hanefesh
Enjoy your Israeli dose of black coffee as part of your Israeli breakfast in this mug made by the amazing people at Tzipor Hanefesh. The mug features the words “yom tov matchil b’café tov” meaning “a good day starts with good coffee”. Don’t you agree?
Shakshuka Spice Mix and Za’atar Spice by Ayelet’s Spices
Inspired by her personal no-gluten, no-sugar diet, Ayelet invites her (online) shop visitors to “do the Shuk” right from their own homes. With unique flavor combinations, these spices will boost your cooking while supporting a family-run Israeli business. This month’s box features two different Ayelet spices: Shakshuka mix and Za’atar spice. Adding Israeli spices to your breakfast will give it the perfect authentic twist that you’re looking for.
Eggplant and Mint Spread by the Well Delicatessen
The Well Delicatessen is a boutique store founded by husband-and-wife team Sigal and Inbar in Rosh Pina, a perfect location for a great Israeli breakfast. With no preservatives or artificial flavors, you can truly taste the freshness in each product. This eggplant and mint spread adds a unique twist to your breakfast table while maintaining traditional and delicious Israeli flavors. Warning! It’s addictive.
Black/”Mud” Coffee by AgroCafé
It’s no surprise that farmers (including coffee growers) face challenges today. AgroCafe was founded with the goal of helping farmers and coffee growers to face challenges presented by weather, the soil around them, and water by creating groundbreaking technology to meet and beat these needs. This month’s box includes black or “mud” coffee which Israelis love to drink alongside their breakfast (and in your enclosed cup!). Check out our blog for the best coffee recipe!
Middle Eastern Style Serving Bowls from East Jerusalem
Wander the streets of the shuk in East Jerusalem and you’ll find a wide range of gorgeous ceramics and products to decorate your home. Israeli breakfasts not only taste great but they are also presented in a beautiful and inviting manner. This set of small serving bowls is the quintessential way to present your breakfast, just like we do in Jerusalem J
This month’s box was born out of my burning desire to do something to help southern Israel’s small businesses in the aftermath of the latest conflict last month.
Israel’s south is gorgeous, full of agriculture and amazing people who have unfortunately had to suffer under difficult circumstances in the last twenty years.
This month we’re focusing on the south, on the small businesses that were hurt by the latest round of violence and on the things that make the south so special.
What’s inside your South Israel Support IsraeliBox?
Citron Hand Cream by Arugot
This hand cream is made from citron extract, shea butter, and other herbal extracts creating a rich and super smoothing cream.
Black Olives in Salt by “Anshei Hazait”
These black olives in salt are the perfect snack or addition to your meal. Just close your eyes and pretend that you’re in the olive fields of southern Israel!
Apple Jam & Chardonnay Wine by Ptora
This apple and chardonnay wine jam is made from a family recipe with no preservatives.
Handmade “Ain Li Eretz Aheret” copper Israel stand by Rami Zamir
Rami worked together with IsraeliBox to create this unique piece that is the essence of the crisis in the south and all of Israel. Made by hand, out of copper, this stand features the outline of Israel and the saying “Ain Li Eretz Aheret” (I have no other land). It’s a powerful and exciting statement coming from an artist that has been living under the threat of rockets for years. It represents what we truly feel here in Israel everyday: this is the only place for us.
Jerusalem… one of the most exciting, interesting, historic, gorgeous cities in the world. Israel’s capital city brings together the old and the new in a magical combination of culture, religion, people, cuisines and architecture. Just wander down the streets of Jerusalem and you’ll instantly feel why the city is so unique. This month’s box is all about Jerusalem (one of my favorite cities in the world!). Each piece comes from a special location within the city, whose stories can be told through their products. Are you ready to bring Jerusalem into your home? Yalla, let’s go.
What’s inside your Jerusalem IsraeliBox?
Jerualem Magnet by Yad LaKashish
Made by Yad LaKashish, this Jerusalem magnet will add a bit of Jerusalem flavor to your home, with a special meaning behind it. The work at Yad LaKashish gives the elderly a feeling of empowerment and belonging, and you’ll feel touched each time you look at your magnet.
Hanging Magen David with Jerusalem imprint from the Old City
This Magen David, straight from the Old City, is a magical way to bring the feeling of the Old City straight into your home.
Memo Pad from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
This memo pad is from the “Jerusalem in Detail” exhibition and features an Arabesque design from the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in the 14th century by Yishai Ben-David. Every time you jot down a note with this pad, you’ll think about the wonders of Jerusalem!
Dried apricot “leather” by Rosemary- Mahne Yehuda
The smells, the colors, the hustle before Shabbat begins on Friday… this is Mahne Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem. When snacking on this dried apricot roll, close your eyes and pretend you’re in the middle of Mahne Yehuda… you won’t regret it.
Pesto-flavored Tahini by Mamlechet HaChalva (Chalva Kingdom)
This Pesto Tahini is a spin on traditional tahini, and will add a great, Jerusalem flavor (with a twist) to your table.
Am Yisrael Chai (the Jewish Nation lives) is not only a popular saying but a sentiment and feeling that is constant here in Israel. Israeli pride is a deep part of the Israeli people who don’t take for granted for a second our existence as the land of the Jewish people. This month Israel celebrates two important days: Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) on April 14 and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) on April 15. It’s a time for remembering those who have sacrificed themselves for our country as well as to celebrate our existence! This month’s box is dedicated to Israeli pride and to our soldiers, who protect us every day and are one of the biggest sources of pride in Israel.
What’s inside your Israeli Pride IsraeliBox?
Leather case with travel prayer engraving and Book of Psalms by Amiel Leather Design –
This piece is a traditional gift given by mothers to their sons before being enlisted. It has the travel prayer engraved on the back (to keep them safe!) and a small Book of Psalms included. Soliders typically put their dog tags on the necklace and keep the case on them throughout their service.
Magen David Candle by SHEKEL–
This gorgeous Magen David shaped candle made by our cause of the month, will look great on any surface in your home and even more spectacular when lit!
Honey Beer by Negohot –
This month’s box includes Negohot honey beer, the perfect way to celebrate Israeli Independence Day.
Sunflower seeds by Garinei Afula –
Garinei Afula is an Israeli supplier of nuts, seeds, spices and more that has been around for decades. Based in Afula in the north of Israel, you’ll feel like a real Israeli while snacking on these seeds alongside your honey beer (they’re incredibly popular with soldiers!). How do you eat them
Large Israeli flag –
This month’s box includes your own Israeli flag (made in Israel, of course!), the perfect way to show your Israeli pride all year long.