In a campaign to buycott Israel this holiday season, CIJA (Centre for Jewish and Israel Affairs, formerly Canadian Jewish Congress) is recommending eight Israeli products – one for each candle.
1. SodaStream. You can make your favourite sodas, all in your own kitchen and its eco-friendly with no half- empty soda bottles to return.
2. Elite Instant Coffee. This instant coffee is a staple in almost every home in Israel. Smooth and rich, and delicious. For variety, add a teaspoon of cocoa and top it with milk.
3. Ahava beauty products. Made with active Dead Sea minerals.
4. Blue Box . Each month, subscribers receive a selection of high quality products, like Dead Sea salt, artisanal soap, Mediterranean spice blends, olive oil, wildflower honey, Ethiopian tahini and more, from hand -picked vendors across Israel. Each box also contains a postcard with the featured vendor’s personal story -connecting people who love Israel to local Israeli small businesses.
5. Israeli wine. Among the best in the world. If you are in Quebec and have access to an SAQ,
try Petite Caste, a red from the Jerusalem region. If you are in Ontario, you can’t go wrong with anything from Barkan Vineyard ,especially their Chardonnay or Shiraz.
6. Naot. Comfortable and stylish, shoes and boots for all seasons.
7. A new book from an Israeli author. The Transforming Fire, by Jonathan Spyer, a brilliant and moving analysis of the region through the lens of an IDF combat vet. Sharon: The Life of a Leader by Gilad Sharon, son of the late Israeli PM. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah, destined to become a modern classic. Journalist Matti Friedman’s Pumpkin Flowers, an Israeli soldier’s story. Beaufort by Israeli Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, a haunting novel of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
8. A flight to Israel on El Al. Buy yourself a ticket or send a friend or family member.
Doris is a multimedia journalist with many years of experience. She has worked in radio, television and print journalism and writes on a variety of topics, especially the crucial issues in Canadian and Jewish life.