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May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan, 5775
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One Injured in Gush Etzion Stone Throwing Attack

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Arab stone throwers lightly injured a woman near the Husan Bypass in Gush Etzion, which is between Efrat and Betar, off of Highway 60.

The stone throwing is continuing against IDF troops arriving at the scene.

The injured woman is being treated for minor cuts and panic, but she doesn’t need to be taken to the hospital.

One Injured in Attack Near Efrat

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A person was injured in an Arab stone-throwing attack on Road 60 between El Hadr (Beitar turnoff) and Efrat North in Gush Etzion.

Stones hit a bus’s windshield, and one person was lightly injured in the face.

Child Labor

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

No, these aren’t illegal child laborers making Matzah in some underground sweatshop. It’s a bunch of kids making Matzah in an underground Chabad House in Efrat.

The Efrat Marathon

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Lately it seems that everything interesting is happening in Efrat.

On Friday, hundreds of runners of all ages (apparently dogs too) took part in the Efrat marathon.

Efrat’s IDF Training Drill

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

IDF soldiers, reservists and local security units participated in a massive training drill in the town of Efrat, Gush Etzion, reenacting an infiltration of terrorists into the settlement, on March 02, 2015.

The IDF’s central command called a surprise training exercise in the West Bank to test reservists’ alertness and to prepare for the possibility of a possible escalation in Judea and Samaria.

Efrat is a beautiful town!

Efrat IDF Training on Map

Injured IDF Training Drill

IDF Training in Efrat Woods

Adar Art in Efrat

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

On Thursday evening, students at the Orot Etzion Boys Elementary School in Efrat reenacted different Biblical scenes as part of an interactive live art/Torah exhibition for the month of Adar.

Every floor, corner, class and even staircase of the school (think Jacob’s ladder) showed off exhibits and models the students put together by themselves.

In the exhibit above we see the story of Bilaam (yes, that’s a real donkey inside the school).

The sheep near the Beit Midrash seemed a little scared.

Below is a a 4th grader’s model of Joshua’s battle at Beit Horon made out of play-dough (each figurine shows a lot of individual detail):

Battle of Beit Horon in Play-dough

Battle of Beit Horon in Play-dough

Power Outage Midday Before Shabbat in Gush Etzion

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Although I am living in what is regarded as a religious Zionist community just south of Jerusalem this year, in many ways it is pretty similar to the community in which I have lived, just outside of Philadelphia, for the past 20 years.

There are some differences, though, and they became more glaring this past Friday afternoon.

I was trying to finish both my work and my preparations for Shabbat when, around noon, the power went out. All of it. Luckily, my daughter and I had already made several of the dishes we planned to serve. We were hosting 11 19-year-olds for Shabbat, and given all the dietary needs – vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and hungry meat eaters – we had started cooking early.

I’ve already made challah on a grill when my power went out one Shabbat in the States, so figured I could do that here as well.

But why had the electricity gone out? Was it just my house, as has happened many times – almost always on Fridays, just to keep me on my toes this year – or was it the whole neighborhood?

I messaged a number of my friends on the block. We were all without power.

SuperSolAisle

no electricity in the Deckel SuperDeal in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

My neighbor Shari called to say that she was leaving the food market that serves our immediate neighborhood. The electricity was out there as well, apparently it was out throughout Efrat, as well as some other of the local communities, including Neve Daniel and Allon Shvut.

Shari said I should go check it out: the lights and refrigeration were all out at the SuperDeal. Undeterred, the employees at the registers were dutifully writing on pieces of paper the names and phone numbers of each customer, what they were taking, and what each item cost. Credit cards couldn’t be used, of course, and the registers run on electricity anyway.

Yael Meir, cashier at SuperDeal, writing out customers' orders because the electricity was out. Feb. 6, 2015.

Yael Meir, cashier at SuperDeal, writing out customers’ orders because the electricity was out. Feb. 6, 2015.

Yael Meir, the 23-year-old college student cashier whom I recognized from shul, told me the electricity had gone out about an hour earlier. She was completely unfazed. She said that a text message went out explaining that the authorities were trying to fix the problem, which was expected to be resolved within an hour or so.

Another neighbor said she heard an act of vandalism caused the outage – that either Arabs had cut a power line or burnt down an electrical pole. Although several people said they had heard this also, all said it was just a rumor; no one seemed bitter. I asked the person in charge at the market, the one who gave me permission to take pictures inside, whether he knew what happened to the electricity. He was sitting on a bench outside, in the sun.

“No, no one has said what happened. A few people said it might be vandalism, but no one knows.”

Deckel Strip Mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

Deckel Strip Mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

The SuperDeal market is in a small strip mall, and although the market was largely empty, the pizza parlor and The Scoop deli had customers.

Baruch Rosenstark at The Scoop, in the Deckel strip mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2105.

Baruch Rosenstark at The Scoop, in the Deckel strip mall in Efrat. There was no electricity midday on Friday, Feb. 6, 2105.

 

Manning the counter at The Scoop, 18-year-old Baruch Rosenstark (I know his mom, also from shul) explained that although there were customers, the power outage meant that all the ice cream was likely going to be ruined, as was the iced coffee which is usually sloshing round and round in a small tank of crushed ice.

On the other hand, a dad originally from Teaneck and his four children were sitting at the table eating a meal. The dad said they wouldn’t normally eat out on a Friday afternoon, but they couldn’t cook any food for lunch, so they came out to eat.

Stephen, another Efrat resident, told me that his seven-year-old daughter was stuck in an elevator when the electricity went out. While the young girl was inside, another neighbor began pounding on the elevator door, thinking someone was purposely holding it up. The girl calmly informed him that the elevator was stuck. At that point she had been trapped in the elevator for 2o minutes. The fire department finally arrived and rescued her after being trapped for 45 minutes. She emerged, cool as a cucumber.

Within another hour, the lights flickered a few times, and then all was restored. In time to complete cooking for Shabbat.

A power outage just hours before Shabbat in the States would have been a major calamity. And no one would be purchasing groceries “on the honor system” there. In Efrat, the outage barely merited a shrug.

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