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Erez & Vered

 Erez and Vered

Erez was born in Jerusalem, his parents were from Morocco and Iran. At a young age he moved to the village of Kochav Hashahar, Where he served in the IDF’s paratrooper brigade. After his discharge he knew he would return to working the land, his first love. His wife Vered’s family history is particularly impressive: her Jewish grandmother, Liesje de Vries, was 15 years old when World War II hit the Netherlands.
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Baruch & Batya

 Batya on Pottery Wheel

Batya and Baruch met in Jerusalem. He was from Michigan, She was from San Diego, California. It was a match made in heaven and now some 20 years later, along with 6 children, many stories, and much hard-work, they are living in the beautiful settlement of Itamar. Baruch is a musician and tour-guide while his wife Batya works creating ceramics. Before moving to Itamar they had lived by the Galilee in the city of Tzfat, a very musical, artistic, and spiritual hub in Israel. But they knew something was missing and they wanted to be part of it.
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Shlomo & Elnatan

 Shlomo and Elnatan

The beginning of Sabaneto Soap began long before soap was ever a thought in Shlomo Keshets mind. It started when he and his wife, Na’ami welcomed their 4th born son into the world. Elnatan was born with Down’s Syndrome into a family of six boys. As Elnatan grew, Shlomo understood his responsibility as a father to give his sons, especially Elnatan the ability to sow into the Land and the communities of Israel. For many years Shlomo had worked as a manager at an Olive Oil company . . .
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Ariel Alon

 Ariel Alon

In the early 1980s my father, Hanoh Alon  was a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he then decided to make a switch in his job about 5 years after moving to Ofra in Samaria. He decided to start growing organic medicinal herbal tea and making unique blends. First, he grew the herbs on half an acre, picked and dried them on the roof of our home, then cut them and made the wonderful blends. 
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Shimon & Sarah

 Shimon and Sarah

Itamar Cosmetics was founded in 1994 with a vision to return  to the roots, and produce perfumes and natural cosmetics. In those days it was a revolutionary idea and scholars and experts believed that the manual production and natural cosmetic preservative, no aluminum, and no color is not perfect either, and certainly not economic. Yet they did it - they collected thousands of plants, established a laboratory, and began producing perfumes.  Shimon was trained in France to make perfumes and cosmetics, and brought his knowledge all the way to the hills of Itamar.
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Baruch & Shimrit

 Foychtvanger Family

Baruch is no stranger to the secrets of Beekeeping. For over 50 years his family has been involved with beekeeping in the Land of Israel. As a young man Baruch used to work with his father at the hives during his vacation. This bred his love for beekeeping and he later decided to establish a boutique Bee honey factory in the settlement of Negohot located just outside the city of Hebron.
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Jo Zander

 Jo in Chocolate Factory

Jo Zander came to the Land of Israel in 2003, He began his journey by working in some restaurants but never really found his footing in the restaurant world. Going back as long as he could remember, Jo had always wanted to get into chocolate. His family had been bakers for four generations and as a young child he had worked in his fathers bakery, giving him his love for baking and specifically for chocolate. Jo began making chocolate full time in 2007 with Zev Stender.
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David Ross

 David Ross enjoying a cup of tea

Shalva Tea was founded in 2014 by David Ross. While earning his Masters Degree in Forestry from Yale University, where he focused on rain forest conservation in the tropics, David took a U-turn and decided to travel to Israel after the devastating Mt. Carmel wildfires of 2010. There he spent a summer researching the causes and potential solutions to these kinds of fires, including how letting the land naturally regenerate will allow for a more healthy plant diversity and ultimately safer forests.
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