About this blog
Allison Kaplan Sommer is a veteran journalist and blogger who has covered events in Israel and the Jewish world for The Jerusalem Post, JTA, The Forward. Originally from Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S., she reported from New York, Washington DC, and then moved to Israel – another small state - 20 years ago. Today, she lives in Ra'anana with her husband, three children, and trusty minivan. Her blog is part of her ongoing mission to address the question she hears constantly from friends and family abroad: "So what's it really like living in Israel?" She hopes that by chronicling the unique mix of the extraordinary and mundane that makes up the fabric of Israeli life – its routine emergencies – she will come closer to finding the right answer. Her writing offers a window into Israel's culture, politics, gender issues, and always-complex relationship to the Jewish Diaspora and the rest of the world.