Grassroots initiatives help keep the home fires burning

Grassroots groups jump in to offer support, assistance and companionship to the many loved ones of troops sent to Gaza.




War wraps autistic Israelis in anxiety

How a southern residence for autistic adults is managing – barely – to keep residents calm and safe.




Israel uses social media drives to get behind its soldiers

Socks, underpants, pizzas, and snacks – Israelis launch impromptu crowdfunding and benefit drives for IDF soldiers and citizens on the frontlines.




Peace anthem from an Israeli bomb shelter

‘The Voice’ contestant Sara Merson offers touching rendition of Matisyahu’s pro-peace track from an Ashdod shelter.




A story about love’s triumph over war

Engaged couples in Gaza-area communities still get the wedding of their dreams thanks to a volunteer effort to relocate the ceremony and party to safer venues.




A smart watchband, fun floss and other Israeli inventions

Israeli products seeking crowdfunding support include a monitor to make sure kids aren’t left in the car, and a gadget for swallowing pills.




Jokes and videos that will give you goose bumps

Israelis turn to YouTube and dark humor to overcome tension during Operation Protective Edge.




Despite the missiles, it’s business as usual

Israel may be under sustained rocket attack but at ISRAEL21c, like everywhere else in the country, it’s business as usual.




PhotoMania goes mobile

An Israeli app that turns ordinary photos into extraordinary works of art.




My chickens and the Tyrant

When an ISRAEL21c writer’s yard serves as a set for an American TV series, her poultry want their turn on camera.