Week 6-7- High Holy Days Madness, Travel, and Embracing Our Differences

The high holidays in Jerusalem have been so full of activity that I have missed a week in my journaling. It’s times like these: Just as you are ready to process your experiences, you are hit with something else that draws your attention.  So here goes a short update and reflection. Yom Kippur made Jerusalem […]

Week 5 In Jerusalem: My Adopted Family, Lost in Translation, and Eating Well

Happy new year for those who celebrated this past week. Just like I have been adopted by Jonos family at home, I have now been adopted by his family in Israel. On Friday, he and I took the bus to Tel Aviv to stay with the same family we had stayed with when we first […]

Week 4 in Jerusalem: My IDF Squad, Antisemitism From Home Hits Home Here, A lesson That the Others are Human

Chag Sameach, Happy New Year. I am writing this from Jono’s aunts house where I am staying for the vacation. It is located in Telmond, a suburb in the middle of fruit fields outside the limits of Tel Aviv.  I’ll start with how I spent Shabbat last weekend. Through my friends on the program, Jono […]