May 15, 2018

2018 Ramadan Mubarak to my Muslim and Ismaili friends

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.

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May 04, 2018

In Tel Aviv: Reunion with Amir Habaya at Frishman Beach

Amir Habayba and I at Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom, 2003
Our first reunion since Amir Habayba and I met, in 2003, in the Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom (Arabic and Hebrew for Oasis of Peace) cooperative village! The years and distances (he is now a UK citizen living in Belgium) vanished with bursts of laughter and joy in sharing memories, updates, ice cream, crushed watermelon drinks, and many hugs.

Here we are today.

At the Tel Aviv seaside Calypso Restaurant, 2018
Amir's beloved friends Rola Shehadeh, Khaled, and their ADORABLE Lolo with whom he drove from Jerusalem to spend a beach day, joined us, expanding the friendship circle with everyone babbling in two of three languages — Arabic, English, and Hebrew!

With Rola, Khaled, and ADORABLE Lolo