April 09, 2019
Beautiful brave woman voting while her grandson watches. When he reaches legal age, he will remember this day.
September 17, 2018
|With Gaby, from Eritrea|
Meet four among English Level 3 students who completed the course along with a hundred more students of English (Levels 1 and 2), Hebrew (Levels 1-3), computer basics, Photoshop, photography, and pattern making and sewing! All classes are held in Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station.
|With Omar, from Darfur|
|Fellow teachers Hal and Judith flank Shibli and Ibrahim, both from Darfur|
Way to go, earnest dreamers working hard six days a week and attending night school two to four times weekly. Next semester begins in a few weeks.
September 08, 2018
|Rosh Hashanah greeting card and honey cake|
On September 9, 2010, Atlanta neighbors nine-year-old Taiwanese Peter Chiou and his mom, Sophia, gifted me the Rosh Hashanah greeting card and honey cake shown in the photo. Their greetings and cake remain timely and fresh.
The delightful Chiou family from Taiwan were my neighbors when veterinarian Tony Chiou was conducting research at Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center. With Sophia, also a veterinarian, we shared foods, customs, books, and ideas. Just before Rosh Hashanah, I described our custom of eating apples dipped in honey, symbolizing hopes for sweetness in the coming year. They soon surprised me with their gifts.
This post was originally published September 9, 2010, 5771 in the Jewish calendar.
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June 18, 2018
|Be'eri (on the far right)|
I rode with my cousins from Jerusalem to Tekoa, just south of the city to attend their granddaughter Be'eri's ballet recital. The annual event showcases youth dance ensembles in the settlement. Be'eri —Hebrew, for my well was our draw.
Post-recital at her home, a "caravan" — Hebrew, for trailer Be'eri changed into a sequined shirt in honor of my Tel Aviv street Calico.
Our family feasted on falafel with all the trimmings followed by blessings of thanks for the meal.
Be-eri's elder sister and a cousin blessed outdoors.
Close to nightfall, quick introductions to special neighbors — horses, several members of a cat colony, and sheep in the distance and a selfie of those whom the lens could capture. Hugs all around when my cousins and I left to return to Jerusalem from where I continued by bus to Tel Aviv.
Tekoa is a Jewish settlement (population: 4500, in 2017) on the edge of the Judean desert. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. Entering and leaving settlements requires passing through a checkpoint. While the location is off for me, think cognitive dissonance.
May 15, 2018
|Images from “Jerusalem in Detail”|
Israel Museum | Oct. 1917 - April 2018
May the holy month of Ramadan that begins this evening be affirming and that you follow tenets of your faith in safety — observing teachings that root your community to its origins and bind you as a people of social, spiritual, and personal reflection, cleansing, and renewal.