My friend Yael D. Bernhard has been planning a children's book about olives for years. This year she finally made it to Kibbutz Gezer in time for the harvest. In spite of the distant sounds of rockets falling, she and her daughter Sage worked alongside the rest of the olive pickers, and after work came back out to the olives to draw and paint.
See what she wrote about her experience on her blog:
At Badra, From left: Barak, Elan, Benny, Tom G., Tom H., Ruth.
Barak and Maya, my neighbors, wanted to help in their own way with the olive harvest. They recently opened a hummus restaurant in Rehovot called Badra, and invited the olive pickers to come eat. So we got all spiffied up and headed for the big city! The place is called Badra, at 173 Herzl St. The food and atmosphere are something special. We ate hummus, Ful, musabachah, homemade chips, falafel, and beer too! Thanks Maya and Barak- you guys are something special!
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I'm Dani Livney, a member of Kibbutz Gezer, and the manager of the Gezer olives. I love it! I also work as a lawyer, focusing on environmental projects and promoting environmental empowerment and education.