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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Iyar 28, 5769, 5/22/2009

      Jerusalem Celebrating Zionism!

      I'd like to remind you that I post here infrequently, but I usually post on Shiloh Musings and me-ander daily. So you can read more there.

      Zionism Alive And Well

      Last night my husband and I attended the Second Annual Jerusalem Day Moskowitz Zionism Awards.  That meant that I had the great pleasure to be in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day. Unlike what I saw on the official government TV station, the celebrants in the Jerusalem streets were young, young and religious.

      The general Israeli public is so far removed from our history and heritage.  In terms of demographics, these are the kids who will be the majority very soon.

      The Moskowitz Zionism ceremony was at Ir David, David's City.  It's an amazing place, and I must go there "as a tourist."

      One of the Prize Winners was Ronit Shuker.  She and her first husband, the late Yossi Shuker, were the main leaders in establishing  Shvut Rachel, Givat Achiya and Meshek Achiya Olive Oil.  I don't know the other prize winners, but I must say that Ronit is even greater than all the praises heaped on her by the Moskowitz Prize committee.  I pray that she and her family enjoy good health and many blessings.  The audience was full of her neighbors from Shvut Rachel and Givat Achiya.  It was very thrilling.  I've known her since she married Yossi.  They were my older children's youth leaders.  After my daughter's engagement, one of the first things she did was to bring her chattan (fiance`) to Yossi, who was then hospitalized.

      On our way home, we went with friends to their son's apartment in one of the Jewish buildings near Har HaZaitim, The Mount of Olives.  The view of Jerusalem was surrealistic.Yes, a very thrilling and wonderful way to celebrate Jerusalem Day!

      Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom