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Modiin: A Healthy City

public transport in Modiin, starting January 1, 2005. The new bus operator will be chosen in a few weeks.

By: Michael Harlap

Residents who wish to express their requests and suggestions may turn to Mr. Yossi Lenman, who’s in charge of the Citizens Services Center in Modiin (Merkaz Sherut).

The City Council of Modiin has decided to join the “Israeli National Network of Healthy Cities”. The network includes about 30 Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and Haifa. The network was initiated in 1990 by the Ministry of Health together with the World Health Organization and representatives from various government offices and other private institutions that are interested in promoting health matters. Michael Harlap, Deputy Mayor, heads the project on behalf of the city of Modiin. The activities of the “Healthy City” project focuses on promoting the health of the citizens by developing appropriate projects.

Aliya and Absorption During the past few weeks, several groups of people interested in making Aliya (mostly from France and South Africa) visited Modiin and are considering settling here. The Jewish Agency (the Sochnut) together with the city council of Modiin are planning to promote a project called, “At home together”(“Babait Beyahad”), which includes joint activities for new olim and tzabras in Modiin. They are intended to develop and strengthen the connections between olim and tzabra residents.

The concept of the “Healthy City” project includes the health of the individual, the family, the community, the organization and the city as an integral and comprehensive unit. According to this concept, health means not only curing sicknesses but also preventing it by maintaining a healthy way of life and quality of life.

Michael Harlap, Deputy Mayor, City of Modiin 08-972-6006, Michael@modiin.muni.il.

Within the framework of the project, a health profile for the city will be prepared within three years and a health strategy will be developed together with the various health organizations working in the city.

Public Transportation Further to many requests and questions received, the Ministry of Transportation published a tender for new

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Why We Live in Israel … By: Rachel Green Many people often ask me why I made Aliyah and why I left family, friends and financial security to be here. Despite the difficulties, it seems that it’s the silly little things that I see and experience on a daily basis that strengthen my commitment to live here and appreciate the decision that I made just a short two years ago. Seeing the children in gan setting a flock of doves free on Yom Ha’atzmaut, hearing the attendant at the gas station say, “Shabbat Shalom” as I’m filling my car up with gas on a Friday morning, smiling at my daughter after the clerk at the bakery gives her a cookie while I’m buying challot or seeing a man davening with his tallis and tefillin in the morning sun on the side of Route 443 while driving to Shilat. There’s no other place in the world where these little things can happen on a free and daily basis. Cherish them as I do. Please share your feel good stories with us by e-mailing modiinfo@013.net.il.

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Sammy, Continued from page 1 above is common practice with Internet service providers, phone companies, cable companies, etc. All you need to do is look at your latest credit card and bank statements in order to find these monthly payments. If you see that automatic increases have occurred you can call your service providers and ask to join the latest ‘special deal’. There is usually a deal that they will offer you in order to keep your business. As a matter of fact, even if no automatic increase has occurred, you can always call your service providers to find out about the best deals available. This way you can cut some costs without affecting your standard of living. If you would like this column to address a specific topic or answer your questions, feel free to email Sammy at: sammybiz@netvision.net.il. Sammy Fejbusch is the founder of New Insight Consulting Ltd., advising corporate and private clients on financial issues. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from Hebrew University.

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On Motzei Shabbat, July 17, Dodo Pollock will be hosting the ESRA Modiin 48+ Group, and will be giving a lecture on the poet, William Blake. For further information, please call Stella Padeh 08-9727169 or Joan Lester 08-970-3952. The ESRA Scrabble Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Interdisciplinary Centre, Marlaz at 8 p.m. For further details, please call Stella 08-972-7169.

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Write or Wrong

an individual. So, it was decided … many e-mails later, many opinions later … that you have to press an extra button to respond to the entire list. This being the case, why I am still reading personal e-mails. What starts as a list question turns into a personal conversation. Tip: Either pick up the phone (if you don’t have the person’s number - e-mail only him for it), or please do us a favor and stop pressing “respond to all”!

By: A concerned Modiin e-mail list subscriber Do you ever feel frustrated? Angry? Annoyed? Hungry? Tired? Itchy? Well, if you have ever felt any of these emotions, the forum to go to seems to be the Modiin e-mail list. I’m just an innocent reader who subscribes to the list to find out about the goings-on in Modiin, but I seem to receive more than I bargained for. I once in a while post a message to the list, but mainly sit at the computer and press the delete key about a hundred times a day (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point).

Ah, the list moderators. I’ve read and reread the FAQ and to be honest, I still don’t get it. It says we’re supposed to act in a mature and civil manner, yet how is it that mature and civil adults are haggling over new cell phone number configurations? Why is it acceptable to write numerous blasphemous messages about our deputy mayor? Let’s do this: enforce the rules that matter and relax the rules that are baseless.

Let’s take a moment and think about the hot topics over the past year. The most recent one: Flies. Have you ever heard of calling an exterminator instead? A few months ago: Earthquakes. Did you forget what the “news” is? I turned on the TV to see that it really happened. Brace yourselves - the list is not the only source of information. But let’s not forget my all-time favorite: Hot dogs. For all you list subscribers, enough said right there. For those of you who aren’t list subscribers, I apologize for the inside jokes, but you can still get the gist of the ludicrous correspondence.

What’s my point in all this? Before you write, stop and take a moment and decide if it’s pertinent. Then make sure you’re not offending anyone. And only then should you press the send “to all” button. But now I must sign off and hand wash my dishes which are getting crusty from NOT having two dishwashers. This article was written simply as a public service announcement. If you choose to make it a list topic than you haven’t read a word I wrote. Why aren’t I signing my name? Well, I think that’s pretty obvious.

About a year ago, there was even an entire conversation about responding to the entire list versus

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Summer Pasta Salad

• Wash and cut the vegetables per the individual instructions above.

By: Allen Rosen

• Cook pasta, drain and rinse with cold water.

Summer is always a good time to enjoy light and refreshing pasta salads. With an endless assortment of available pastas and fresh vegetables, all you need is a little creativity to whip up tasty and colorful dishes. This recipe combines a colorful assortment of vegetables with flavorful and easily prepared seasonings.

• Coat a wok or skillet with olive oil and heat on medium flame. • Sauté basil for 5 minutes. • Add the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes. • Add the onions and zucchini and sauté for another 3 minutes.

Ingredients: 250 grams of tri-color spiral pasta

• Add the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes.

15 broccoli florets 15 cauliflower florets 2 carrots cut into medallions

• Once the vegetables are cooked until al dante (following these timing instructions), add the mixture to the cooked and drained pasta.

15 zucchinis battonet (2 zucchinis cut into 15 spears)

• Add salt and pepper to taste, the sugar and the lemon juice.

15 sun-dried tomatoes (reconstituted in water for 5-10 minutes, drained, and sliced into thin strips)

• Mix thoroughly.

1 large onion cut into large slices

This dish is delicious by itself or as the perfect accompaniment to any type of grilled or baked fish.

3 tablespoons olive oil

Allen Rosen is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in the food service industry for over 15 years, most recently as a manager at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem and in many fine food establishments both here and in the United States. You will soon be able to sample Allen’s culinary skills when he becomes the new managing partner of Modiin’s very own ParCafe, located on the top floor of the Country Center shopping area. Look forward to enjoying their expanded menu and full catering services.

1 large bunch of fresh basil (first remove, wash and dry the leaves, then chop finely) Juice of 1 lemon 4 large cloves of garlic (put through a garlic press or chopped finely) Salt and pepper to taste 1/2-1 teaspoon of sugar to taste Preparation time: 30 minutes (includes preparation of the vegetables). Vegetables are sautéed in stages to allow for their varying consistencies.

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