Audio: Judy Avraham Chai: Living the Land of (Goat) Milk and Honey

Judy Avraham Chai raises goats, chickens and olive trees, makes cheese and wool.
5/24/2013, 2:46 PM

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Judy Avraham Chai grew up in London, the daughter of a spice merchant, and she soaked in her love of nature from her businessman grandfather. Though she did not grow up in a religious household, when she was ready to travel the world, her mother suggested she spend a year in Israel. That one year turned into a lifetime.

She married an immigrant from India who studied Torah under the spiritual leader of his community. Together they have build up the Chai Farm in Moshav Mevo Modiin. They grow 30 varieties of olive trees, raise exotic birds in danger of extinction, and they raise chickens and goats. Judy makes a variety of cheeses from the goat milk, and wool products as well.

Judy and her husband have turned the Chai Farm into an ideal place to visit, even creating an air-conditioned glass-enclosed structure for parties. The farm is completely wheelchair accessible, and Judy brings groups of all ages, teaching them to herd and milk the goats and feed the chickens, and spin goat and sheep's wool.

They have created a miniature garden of Eden.

Tune in to hear why they limit their goat herd to 40 heads, how they assist others in starting their own herds, and how they keep the farm running despite the fact that Shabbat is a complete day of rest.

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Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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