Karen White

Karen White, a member of Temple Emanu-El in San Jose, CA, lives with her partner and her two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She travels regularly to Israel for work and writes about parenting, and other things that make you go "hmm," with a Jewish perspective.

How Weddings in Israel are Different

Karen White

Ha-na’alayim b’seder?” I asked the blue-shirted security worker lining up bags on the conveyor belt at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. “Are shoes OK?” I knew the answer – I could leave them on – but I asked because I wanted him to talk to me in Hebrew.

Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut: The Juxtaposition of Extremes

Karen White
At a Tel Aviv cafe, I met Shani, 24, an intelligence officer with the IDF. In my quest to understand more about the Israeli observance of Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day), she told me, over coffee, the story of why she’s chosen a career in the army.