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Joy of Israel Premiere – Cooking with Cowboys


WATCH NOW: With gratitude to Hashem and to my partners 12 Tribe Films and Nefesh B’Nefesh I present to you the premiere episode of Joy of Israel with Jamie Geller, the highly anticipated food and travel series and sequel to the Joy of Aliyah documentary. Because you asked for it and because we heard you, this first episode will show you a slice of every day life, a part of Israel that doesn’t get much press and a dish that’s a far cry from falafel and hummus… Poyke! (Although hubby calls it Hokee Pokee!) “What is Poyke?” you ask, just watch and learn. And by the way, for the record my kids were NOT unbuckled and standing while I was driving, I was parked at the time, that I would NEVER allow :-) .

Join me and my family the first Tuesday of every month as our aliyah adventure continues. The Joy of Israel with Jamie Geller is my new food and travel show and will follow our adventures as new Olim. Together with you, we will explore the wonderful land of Israel, the place we now call home.

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62 Responses to Joy of Israel Premiere – Cooking with Cowboys

  1. avatar says: shoshie

    This video is amazing- it made me cry just like the joy of aliyah videos. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! :)

    • wow – really? mind if I asked what made you cry? anyhoo I am so happy you enjoyed and that you cried (assuming it was a good cry :-)

      • avatar says: shoshie

        Of course it was a good cry :) ! Its just a beautiful inspirational video Me crying happy tears is just confirming that Aliyah is what we want to do! I am so looking fwd to seeing the next video :)

  2. Love this video-what a great idea! It could be a great tourism ministry advertisement for our wonderful country. Yasher Koach. I might try the recipe today for Shabbos.

  3. Okay, sooooo much to say! You are Israeli now!!! First of all, love your comment about the unbuckling :) You are hilarious and we know you would never drive while your kids are unbuckled. I love that you are doing something special each month. What a wonderful idea. I love this video and I can’t wait to watch them monthly.

  4. avatar says: rrk

    Its just amaizing how your enjoying your stay for good. Enjoy!!!!!

  5. avatar says: franwoolf

    Great video!
    Can we get the recipe for pokye?

    • OOOH Fran – you want measurements? that’s like measuring cholent (which is so hard) I will work on it and get back to you all with a complete recipe!

  6. What fun to share your family’s adventures! Keep ‘em coming!

  7. I can never thank you enough for sharing Israel with us. I may never see Israel, so seeing it through yours and your family’s eyes is wonderful for me.


  9. Looked like so much fun! We call that Poytjie in South Africa. Pronounced Poykey Poy (as in boy) and tjie (as in key). Then while eating, everybody sits and discusses the different ingredients they use!! Lamb is also great with a hint of curry powder.

  10. I can not wait to see next months.
    Keep up the good work.

  11. Looking forward to next month.

  12. Hi Jaime…this was a wonderful and delightful video! Thank you so much for sharing your Family,yummy recipie and your journey to Israel! I’m looking forward to your monthly video. May Hashem bless you and your beautiful family.

  13. This is the cutest thing ever! Looks like to much fun!

  14. Thank you for continuing your Joy of Israel series so that we can all catch a glimpse into your life and journey in the Holy Land. It’s inspiring and amazing!

  15. avatar says: c.zelasko

    What a big Mitzvah you have. Watching this video, I am reminded how much Hakaras HaTov that I have to Hashem that I live in Israel almost 37 years. I remember taking an Egged tour of the Golan almost 40 years ago and seeing that same view across the border.
    May you and your family have many happy and healthy years in Eretz Yisroel.

  16. avatar says: sina

    jamie, i loved this episode. I can’t wait to see more.

    ps. i love that you use itranslate, I was totally thinking you were going to whip out a dictionary, lol

  17. Great first video.We live in Dallas,Texas.Hope to someday visit your beautiful country.Especially the cowboy connection to Texas.

    • Yes totally! Who knew Israeli Cowboys look the same as Texas ones?!?! I said to my husband across the world on another ranch there is some cowboy speaking a different language that wears the same hat, belt, boots – it’s incredible how we are more alike than we are different.

  18. So inspiring as always! Sounded like an awesome birthday for you daughter and a great day for your family!

  19. Love anything about Israel! Thnaks for sharing!

  20. As fun, informative, and charming as Jamie’s Joy of Kosher Cooking. Kol ha’kavod from Mitzpe Ramon!passengers

  21. avatar says: Bill Kase

    Just returned to USA from milking cows in upper Golan & all you say is great. What a country. Making Alyiah soon With Hashem’s help

  22. avatar says: Letitia

    That was really great! Made me want to be in Israel even more then I already want to. It’s so beautiful there! Thank you very much for sharing!

  23. avatar says: sam

    it is very nice god bless you n His Glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. So is there any PARSNIP in Israel?

  25. avatar says: sheri

    Israeli Cowboys, who knew! Very cute video.

  26. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It makes my heart long for Israel. Someday….

  27. avatar says: Abigail

    Shalom Jamie,

    I can’t tell you how much your Aliyah journey has impacted me and my family. G-d willing we are planning to make Aliyah to Modiin sometime next year. I have smiled and cried through all of your Joy of Aliyah videos and been so deeply inspired and touched by the amazing adventure you and your family have made in going home to the Land. I pray someday to meet you when I get to Israel (we’ll be practically neighbors). :)

    Oh and I loved this video! I live in TX (Austin, so we don’t have much in the cowboy dept) but I really enjoyed learning that there are Israeli cowboys. Nice to know I’ll still be able to find a piece of Texas when I get to Israel.

    p.s. My Mother took your amazing brownie recipe and made it gluten free (so delicious!). If you’d like her version let me know where to e-mail it and I’ll send it to you. It’s kosher l’Pesach!

    Baruch HaShem for you & your family. You have no idea what a gift you have been to so many people’s lives. You’ve been part of our kitchen’s, part of our hearts and now part of hope in making Aliyah.

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