* Israel Trail 2009-2010 Recap

Despite a 2-month suspension of hiking due to my retinal detachment in November, we completed 10 hikes on the Israel National Trail this (academic) year for a total of about 140 kilometers. It’s hard to be exact on the distance measurement. I activate the GPS recording when we commence walking, and stop it when we reach the end of the hike. Sometimes our hikes include a kilometer or more on a “connector” trail to the point where we pick up the Israel Trail. I’ve also accidentally paused recording a few times, and have had to estimate the length of the unrecorded segment. It’s really not critical. Eventually we will have bragging rights to 940 kilometers – the official distance of the trail. So far, we’ve done about 200.

The Trail is For Me!

The Trail is For Me!

Three of our regular hiker couples went off — independently of each other — to discover New Zealand this year. First were Saraleh and Avner Halachmi – check out Avner’s travel blog (in Hebrew). Then Ilan and Miri Berman took off – check out their gorgeous set of photos. Finally, David and Ruty Aloush made the journey. Varda also missed a couple hikes. As a result, Yuval and I are the only ones with a perfect attendance record.

Our group has coalesced very nicely, and I am no longer adding new names to the distribution/ invitation list, with one exception. We have a handful of unattached and hiking-without-husband women in the group, and I’d be happy if a similar number of men-on-their-own would join us and provide some gender balance.

Every hike this year was a pleasurable and memorable experience — with weather, terrain and social mix creating a different flavor each time.

You can take a look at our journeys through my collection of photos from the Israel National Trail.

Next year I intend to hike a couple 2-day segments south of Arad, which will probably entail hiring logistical assistance. I’m soliciting recommendations and advice — if you have suggestions, please post a comment or send me an email.


* Get Set for our Second Hike on the Israel National Trail

In light of feedback and requests following our first hike, this is the plan for our second hike.

(1) The date remains as originally planned: Shabbat, June 6. Sorry, cannot be changed! Please confirm your participation by May 30.

(2) In addition to the 19 people who hiked the first segment, another 12 people are also on the list. If I do not receive 20 confirmations by May 30, I will let you know spaces are available for newcomers.

(3) We will slow down the pace a bit to keep the group together. Specifically, we will stop more often — as a group — to snack, sing, chat, view the vistas, learn about the sites, and to simply enjoy moments of pleasure and comradarie on the Israel Trail.

(4) Varda Ingels has volunteered to share her knowledge about this segment of the trail. She also recommends that we sing Palmach songs (Avner, take note!).

I have found a good online reference (and recommend you save it!)

Meeting Point: We will all meet at the segment END POINT — in the parking lot of the Paz – Yellow gas station at Messilat Zion, just south of the Shaar HaGai interchange.
See map.

Meeting Time: 6:45 a.m. We will leave most of our cars at Messilat Zion, and take a few cars to Latrun.

Start Point: Latrun
Start Time: 7:30 (or sooner, if we organize quickly)
End Point: Paz – Yellow gas station at Messilat Zion
Route Length: 9 km (probably 10, since we will begin with the trail around the Armoured Corps Museum that we shortcutted)
Difficulty: easy
Time: about 4 hours, including rest stops
Route: Segment #22, according to guide book by Zevi Gilat

Hiking shoes
Water: 2-3 liters in backpack or carrier
Hat – mandatory!
Food for the hike
Change of clothes/shoes (leave in car at end point)

PDF file with a map of the area and our hiking route.
Can be printed on A4 paper.


Lisa S. Mishli

POB 11006, Maccabim – ­Modiin 71908

Cell: 054-539-0821    Tel: 08-926-1131    Fax: 08-926-1289 

Technical and Marketing Communications                                  2006-present
  • Marketing collateral, website content and technical documentation: Servotronix, Atmor,  Babylon, Ginger Software and IQWind
  • Technical writing and editing, demo productions, RAD Data Communications
  • Technical writing and instructional design, Comverse training department
  • Weekly e-newsletter for Kehilat Shalhevet Hamaccabim, a Conservative congregation (Hebrew/English)
  • Press releases and photography for the Modiin Orienteering Sport Club (Hebrew)
Marketing Writer and Marcom Manager, Babylon                                  2004-2006
  • Researched and wrote B2B marketing collateral, newsletters, white papers, case studies, press releases.
  • Designed and developed new B2B website: babylon-enterprise.com.
  • Wrote and maintained all website content. SEO. Google Adwords.
  • Scripted and supervised production of multimedia presentation.
  • Marketing activities also included positioning, product and domain naming, sales support, search for investors and business partners.
  • Wrote technical documentation: system administrator guide, tutorials, HTML help.
Marketing Communications Manager,  RoboGroup                                1999-2004
  • Managed design, production and maintenance of company’s websites.
  • Wrote and edited all web content. Websites: intelitek.com, robo-group.com, learnmate.com, memcall.com.
  • Wrote and managed design and production of marketing collateral: brochures, sales kits, presentations, multimedia/video presentations, newsletters.
  • Wrote and edited technical marketing documents: product specifications, release notes, technical support notes, proposals and bid responses.
  • Researched and wrote white papers, articles and lecture notes.
  • Managed marcom staff (webmaster and Hebrew writer) and outside contractors (graphic artists, translators, printing vendors, production studios).
  • Coordinated translation projects for local and overseas markets.
Technical Writer/Documentation Manager, Eshed Robotec                  1989-1999
  • Established and developed the company’s technical communications unit and documentation archive.
  • Managed in-house technical writers and translators; supervised writing and translations by subcontractors. Sole technical writer during various periods.
  • Wrote, edited and updated software and hardware user manuals, training manuals, textbooks, laboratory exercises and teacher guides.
  • Supported software development: usability testing, user interface design, source text editing; produced online help for a major software application.
Photographer, Writer and Translator (Heb>Eng), Freelance                1983-1999
  • Feature photography for local and national press, municipalities and organizations.
  • Public relations photography for PR firm specializing in technology sector.
  • Wrote articles and photographed for English-language publications.
Teletext Producer and Operator, Maccabim-Reut Municipality             1988-1996

Preparation and broadcast of electronic bulletin board to local community on cable network. Updated daily.

Computer Skills

MS-Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Adobe Acrobat, HTML and Internet tools, Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, various software utilities. Touch typing in English and Hebrew.

  • 2005-2006: Various online marketing webinars; MarketingProfs
  • 7/2005: Creating Corporate e-Newsletters; one-day seminar, In Other Words
  • 5/2004: FrameMaker; intensive 3-day course, MicroType (Shlomo Perets)
  • 2000: HTML and Webmastering; 30 hours, Degem Multi-Center
  • 6-7/2000: Marketing on the Internet; 24 hours, Israel Export Institute
  • 4/2000:   Marcom for Technical Writers; one-day seminar, In Other Words
  • 3/1998:  Windows Help Design; two-day seminar, TDS-Solutions
  • 1980-1982:   Advanced studies in writing, public relations and photography,University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • 1979:  B.A. English Language and Literature, Teaching Certification,University of Haifa – Oranim

English (mother tongue), Hebrew (fluent)

Born and raised in Connecticut, USA

Israel and USA citizenship

Married, 3 children

Available for travel abroad