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Michal Tawil
Michal came to Judea and Samaria with her husband Raphael in 1993. They lived in Efrat for eight years and for the last nine years they have been residents in Alon Shvut.

Alon Shvut
A town belonging to the Gush Etzion regional council. It was established on the 20th of Sivan, 5738 (1978), adjacent to "Lone Oak," a historic oak tree, which became a symbol of the Gush after its fall in the War of Independence. Today, Alon Shvut numbers well over 700 families and is one of the largest communities in Gush Etzion.
Carrot Muffins Recipe
By Michal Tawil


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/5 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. baharat
  • 1/2ct. peeled, grated, squeezed ginger
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar (or 1t. vanilla essence)
  • 3 grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of water


1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the vanilla, ginger, and carrots.

2. Slowly mix in the wet ingredients (oil, eggs, and water) until a soft and even consistency is formed.

3. Transfer the mixture into muffin tins (silicone molds are highly recommended).

4. Bake at 180C/350F for 20 min.

*These muffins can be prepared from any fruit you may have at home: pears, apples, peaches, blackberries, dates, and even from pumpkin and zucchini.