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Orit Rappaport
Orit and her husband, Ira, came to Judea and Samaria in 1975. Initially, they moved to Ofrah, but for the last thirty years they have resided in Shiloh.

A religious community in the Ephraim mountains of southern Samaria, belonging to the Binyamin regional council, and established 5738 (1978). Tel Shiloh and its visitors' center, where the remains of ancient Shiloh have been the modern town of two hundred and thirty families.

"I have very clear memories of those days [starting new communities of Mehulah and Mevoh Horon]. I found it hard to believe that we would succeed. It was quite amazing watching a handful of inspired young men who thought and believed that they could overcome all. For me that was a real lesson in resolution and faith. I had the great privileged of witnessing the birth of these communities from the first."
Pesto with Olives
By Orit Rappaport


  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
  • Walnuts
  • 6 Large cloves of garlic
  • Bunch of basil (no stalks)
  • Bunch of Parsley and Coriander
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of pitted green olives
  • Salt


1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor until a thick consistency is achieved.

Alternatively, you can use a blender or mortar and pestle.