Show me the Nazis!

Orit has been making waves in German media with a viral video documenting her “Nazi” hunt at a Munich beer hall. Watch what happens…

Die machen ja dicht: Schabbat in Berlin

This is the second in a series of articles on life in Berlin for Fluter, a political magazine for young adults sponsored by the German government. Here Orit discusses what it’s like to observe the “German Shabbat.”

The many faces of Dresden

These days, most people don’t associate the capital of the German state of Saxony with its historic beauty. The infamous Anglo-American firebombing of February 1945 turned the Old City into rubble, killing an estimated 40,000.

Berlin Becomes A Musical Playground For Israeli Artists

“You can live in honor and pay your rent and make music and meet great musicians and travel in Europe,” says Magal. “Berlin is kind of the center of Europe and more special things could happen; the place is really open to different accents, styles and things that sound less generic.”

Ivanka Trump at W20 Summit in Berlin

Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2017 First daughter Ivanka Trump entered the lion’s den in Berlin on Tuesday as a panelist at the W20 Summit on women’s economic empowerment, where she was heckled for defending the attitudes of her father, US President Donald Trump, toward women. Trump’s visit to Germany came at the invitation of German …

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Lost and not found: mystery shrouds Holocaust-era household items

JNS, April 18, 2017 At an antiques flea market in Berlin, one of several stands proudly displays two Hanukkah menorahs for sale. The husky, white-haired seller, who wears a Soviet hammer-and-sickle pin for show, explains how one of them probably came from Königsberg, a former German city in modern Russia. The other is easy to …

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Was Grandpa Really A Nazi?

Some descendants of Nazis are opening the books to their family’s dark past. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, ‘Jerusalem Post’ takes a closer look.

Judische Allgemeine Features Orit

Jerome Lo, reporter for the weekly Jewish newspaper in Berlin, Judische Allgemeine, has profiled Orit in its January 20th issue.

Orit featured in Italian newspaper, Il Foglio

Italian journalist based in Berlin, Daniel Mosseri, has profiled Orit and her activities in Berlin for the Italian literary magazine, Il Foglio.

A Silent Night in Berlin

Jerusalem Post front page story, December 21, 2016 BERLIN – At the entrance to the family-friendly Christmas market in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, the difference in vibe between tonight and previous nights could already be felt the minute one walked through the brick corridor leading into the large courtyard. A sign at …

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Dies ist Dschihad (Cicero Magazine)

Die amerikanisch-israelische Autorin Orit Arfa war nach Deutschland gekommen, um endlich normal leben zu können. Seit dem Anschlag in Berlin spürt sie die gleiche Angst wie in Israel, auch weil viele Deutsche die Gefahr nicht sehen wollen

Start-up Berlin

Modern Tel Aviv is just over 100 years old, and today enjoys a reputation as the center of the Middle East’s “Silicon Valley” made into the stuff of legend thanks to the book Start-up Nation. With Israel and Germany having celebrated the jubilee of their diplomatic relations last year, the new phase of the Berlin-Tel Aviv partnership, and more broadly the German-Israeli relationship, is now ripening in the field of start-ups.

Team Trump Pulls Tense Jerusalem All-nighter

Jewish Journal, November 11, 2016 An hour before the initial election results came in, attorney Marc Zell, co-chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, took out a chart of American states and crunched numbers. He predicted Donald Trump would take Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina — that’s 44 electoral votes. “If Georgia is too close to …

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Making Aliyah to Berlin

Now those feelings of enthrallment I felt as a new Israeli have come back for Berlin.

Israeli Yehuda Poliker brings Greek-infused music to UCLA

Jewish Journal, Nov. 2, 2016 Yehuda Poliker was born in a Haifa, Israel, suburb two years after the founding of the State of Israel, to Greek Jews who survived the deportation from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz. Today, he is considered an Israeli musical icon, having reached career peaks coveted by any Israeli artist: hit singles, platinum …

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Orthodox Life Blossoms in Berlin

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, September 30, 2016 A few years ago, Yael Merlini wasn’t sure she and her family could stay in Germany. Her children, ages 7, 11 and 15, were the only Jews in their school in Giessen, a town near Frankfurt. The Jewish population numbered fewer than 400, mostly elderly Russian Jews. …

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Oops, he did it again!

Move over Gal Gadot, Israel may soon boast an Israeli-made wonderman. Asaf Goren’s superhuman abs have gotten the attention of Britney Spears – and her giggling girlfriends. In her new video, “Make Me,” the queen of pop and her girlie pals taunt a hottie into bringing his hottie friends to an audition. Petah Tikva native Asaf Goren, 25, was one of them.

Is Germany in Denial – and In Trouble?

“Germany’s in a state of denial,” Broder said over tea at a café near the ritzy Ku’damm street, sprinkling the conversation with the blunt, incisive descriptions for which he is famous. He clarified that “Germany” refers to the government, intellectual elites, and the mainstream media. “The rank and file are totally different. The rank and file are always considered to be a little bit stupid, uneducated – how you say? – retarded. They’re not.”

Der Holocaust Ist Vorbei

In letzter Zeit ist der Holocaust zu einem Prüfstein geworden für diverse moralische, ethische und politische Diskussionen oder Entscheidungen.

The Holocaust Is Over (Op-Ed)

The Holocaust is over. I have no authority to make this bold claim, for if I were to believe it then my background as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors on my father’s side would be irrelevant, and no Jew directly victimized by the Holocaust would have any increased moral standing in commenting on the place of Holocaust memorial in today’s society.

Germany, I’m crazy about you!

Und jetzt, da der Terror auch Dich betrifft, trifft es mich so viel stärker als bei jedem anderen europäischen Land, das vom Terror heimgesucht wird. Wenn ich höre, wie Freunde sagen, dass Du es verdient hast.

A German-Israeli love story

“I still walk in the streets of Israel and Tel Aviv or whatever sometimes, and I think to myself, isn’t it amazing that everyone around me is Jewish? It’s fascinating to me in a way. More than being a good Jew, I’m actually a good Zionist. I really believe in the Jewish state, and it’s amazing how it worked out after all that happened.”

The German-Israeli Romantic Exchange

During last year’s jubilee celebrations of the Jerusalem-Berlin diplomatic relationship, much fanfare was made about economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and academic collaborations, but one topic went little discussed: German- Israeli romantic relations.

Israel-German Congress aims to ensure support for Jewish state

Shifting Israel-German discourse away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Holocaust and toward the countries’ common values and interests emerged as a new strategy for Israel advocacy at a time when third-generation offspring of the World War II era are distancing themselves from Nazi crimes.

A love letter to Germany, from the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors

And now, when a terror attack hits you, I feel more pain for you than for any other European country victimized by terror, even as I hear friends say Germany deserves it, that it got what’s coming, especially for indiscriminately opening its borders to scores of migrants from antisemitic Muslim countries. But I feel your pain, and I want to fight for you, almost as much as I want to fight for Israel.

My love letter to Germany goes viral in Deutschland

Just recently, he translated my “Love Letter to Germany, from the Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors”. The comments I have received from Germans are very heartwarming, indicating that the seeds of a true Israel-German friendship and partnership exist, and that the two nations could fight darkness together. On his pages, the letter has received over 1500 shares and likes.

Summer in Berlin, from West to East

For those seeking a summer weekend in temperatures that are unpredictably mild, or who want to delve into this creative, multicultural city for more than just Germany’s dark past and tortured history, here’s a mini-weekend guide taking you across the city, from west to east:

Follow My Berlin Footsteps

One of the advantages of living in Berlin, at least for the summer, is the fact that you walk a lot. Even though public transportation is excellent and you don’t need a car, walking on the wide sidewalks is so pleasant in the mild weather. With my iPhone’s “Health” app tracking my steps, I was able to compare how much walking I do in Berlin versus Tel Aviv and Los Angeles (where I drive). Here is a weekly average: (Based on a random sample – we’ll see how this changes now that I got a bike!)

Beth Hart’s Courageous Premiere in Israel

Her appreciation for Israel, however, predated her encounters with her Israeli crew and the Bible.

“It was weird, and I think part of it comes from being raised by my mother, and my mother always having a love and respect for Israel, and always hearing that, so I think I was already open to that energy and it just connected.”

The Trashy and Bizarre Israeli-founded Berlin Music Video Awards

“Most bizarre” and “most trashy” are just some of the categories that made the 5th annual Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVAs) stand out. The weekend-long indie awards event was founded by Aviel Silook, an Israeli man from Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa, who sought to provide an open platform for celebrating video and performance acts—big and small—from across the globe.

The Jewish boy who drives German girls crazy

“We’ll push our way to the front,” my friend, a staunch Charlie Puth fan, told me right before the Charlie’s concert in Postbanhof Club in Berlin on May 14. “The Germans will probably stand around politely. We have the Israeli chutzpah.”

One Israeli call away from Charlie Puth

Puth was only one call – or rather one message – away when a mutual friend introduced me to Puth’s Israeli music director and guitarist, Asaf Rodeh, ahead of his Berlin concert, which happened to coincide with the Eurovision song contest. Rodeh arranged a “meet and greet” with the pop star for us.

My Inspiring Encounter with L.A. Holocaust Survivor Joshua Kaufman

Just that day Yehoshua was denied the opportunity to testify at a Nazi war criminal trial against a former Nazi SS guard. The judge’s refusal, citing lack of necessity for the testimony, was an emotional and physical slap. Yehoshua had hurt his knee a few weeks earlier but decided he must travel to Germany to seek justice. He had prepared his words, how he had lugged dead bodies out of Auschwitz gas chambers, pulling them apart as they stuck together during their murder.

Revolutionizing the coffee shop and supermarket industries

“People want to buy a product at a fair price,” she says. “Cofix represents fairness. It’s the same with Super Cofix. We’re very fair with the customer. With all our products, we try to offer the best prices. We give them the possibility to choose two for NIS 5 and mix and match products. You don’t have that anywhere else.”

Reaching Higher Awareness

Two conferences highlight the rise of Romance and New Age literature.

WARNING GERMANY!

A new refugee is storming your shores.
She is known to be extremely dangerous. Some people call her a radical. In some countries, she has a price on her head. She is a woman with a vengeance, a defender of her people. She’s sometimes armed – with biting humor, a sharp tongue, and irony.

The Settler EP is out!

I’m excited to share with you a special moment, a small dream come true! We are about to celebrate Purim, the holiday of Jewish salvation because a brave woman Esther spoke out to the Persian monarch about her wish to save her people. But it’s more than just a tale about Jewish egoism – it …

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About the Berlin Blog

“An Israeli refugee in Berlin” is a blog in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, chronicling the life of Orit Arfa in Berlin in the Summer of 2016, as she delves into city life, German-Israeli relations, the refugee crisis, and the Tel Aviv-Berlin connection.

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