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Ellis Shuman

Israeli author, travel writer, book reviewer

Ellis Shuman is an American-born, Israeli author, travel writer, and book reviewer. Along with his wife, Jodie, he was a founding member of Kibbutz Yahel. After working for several years in the hotel industry, he today writes and edits online marketing content. In the years 2009 - 2010, his job was relocated to Sofia, Bulgaria. His writing has appeared in The Times of Israel, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Israel Insider, and a wide range of Internet websites. His collection of short stories, The Virtual Kibbutz, was originally published in 2003. His novel Valley of Thracians was published in 2013 and his novel The Burgas Affair was published in 2017. Ellis lives with his wife, children, and grandchildren on Moshav Neve Ilan, outside Jerusalem.

The Magnificent Bahá'í Gardens Of Akko, Israel

Across the bay in Acre (Akko in Hebrew) are additional finely landscaped gardens. These surround the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, the final resting place of the founder of the Bahá'í faith and the religion's holiest site.
22/02/2017 16:33 GMT

Prayer Of The Mothers

Hundreds of women - Israeli and Palestinian, secular and religious, young and old - all marching in white. They marched from Metula on Israel's Lebanese border, from the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, from Tel Aviv and from Eilat. They marched through the streets of Jerusalem; they marched to the banks of the Jordan River near the Dead Sea.
06/12/2016 12:02 GMT

Hike These Mountains To Discover How Beautiful Bulgaria Really Is

What is special about the Rila Mountains? The magnificent views, the sharp contrast between rocky peaks and fields of purple wildflowers; the ice-cold water; the sensation of walking in snow and in the warm sun; the feeling of being on top of the world. And, more than anything else, the wonder of discovering the breathtaking natural beauty of Bulgaria.
28/10/2016 10:34 BST

The Colors of Tel Aviv's Carmel Market

Tel Aviv is truly a city that never stops. With 14 kilometers of Mediterranean beachfront, promenades, sandy beaches, numerous cafes and restaurants, fancy hotels, trendy nightclubs, and endless blue horizons, Tel Aviv is a must-see destination on any visitor's Israel itinerary.
12/07/2016 13:06 BST

When in Belgium, Drink the Beer

There is much that makes a visit to Belgium an incredible experience. In addition to the role Brussels plays hosting the headquarters of the European Union, the city attracts tourists from all over the world.
30/09/2015 11:07 BST

Following the Footsteps of Orpheus

A sign declaring the birthplace of Orpheus greets visitors to the village of Gela, high in Bulgaria's southern Rhodopes Mountains.
29/07/2015 15:19 BST

I Celebrate Ramadan! on My Own. In My Backyard.

My wife and I recently attended a get-together of Jerusalem Jews and Palestinian Muslims from the neighboring villages. Thank you David Brinn for inviting me to what is a regular interfaith gathering that meets a bit irregularly. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
23/06/2015 11:04 BST

You Can't Write a Novel While Driving, but...

In my other pocket was my smartphone, a phone I would only use in case of an emergency. But I was confident that I could handle the walk. Come on, guys. I do this exercise walk quite a bit and it would be better defined as a power walk. I walk quickly.
11/06/2015 14:22 BST

Five More Things You Need to Know About Twitter

Here is an example of how I found people with common interests as me. I am an author (or at least, this is how I describe myself). I have a literary agent. People who follow a literary agent are for the most part, aspiring authors like me.
08/06/2015 10:51 BST

Hope for Tomorrow at the End of the World

Antarctica is the "coldest, windiest, tallest, and most deserted continent on Earth," according to Bulgarian author Ludmila Filipova, yet it "has been alluring people for the last two centuries of human history."
22/04/2015 09:53 BST