Well, I am done with my internship (as are most of you others, I know). And that is another thing that I can add to my list of things I will miss from this trip. I must admit, I was a little bit surprised to recognize nostalgia growing within me as the day wore on. [...]
A few weeks ago I went to Tsfat for Shabbat. It was a last-minute trip; plans were finalized literally on the bus there. Speaking of the bus ride, let me talk a little bit about this wonderful Friday afternoon experience. Since we didn’t plan very much ahead of time, we caught the last bus to [...]
One of the most well-loved services provided by the center is the “adoptive families” program. Through this program, lone soldiers are connected with a family, a couple, or a single “adoptive” parent who would like to host one or more soldiers for shabbat. Most of the adoptive families in Jerusalem live in Yemin Moshe.
Yesterday, I was walking up HaNevi’im when I passed Ethiopia Street. I remembered seeing a crowd on their way to a wedding last month, so I made a left onto the street to try and find the church.
The church is midway down the street, with the front gates on the right side. Raised above [...]
The other day, I met up with a Smithie who had returned home to Jerusalem for a bit. It was great to amble about the streets of her city; I kept repeating that I “couldn’t believe that she was in Jerusalem”, which obviously was not really my phrase to utter, seeing as it’s her that [...]
I haven’t laughed so hard since I read Running with Scissors. In his memoir, Joel Chasnoff tells the tale of a U.S. lone soldier volunteering for the IDF, or the story of how “a skinny Jewish kid from Chicago fights Hezbollah.” Joel Chasnoff, author and stand-up comedian, presents the good and the bad of army [...]
Today, I went to the Mount of Olives with my boss in search of a tombstone of her grandfather and great-grandparents. Most of the scanning of the old documents I’m doing are from these 3 people (the Palestine and Kosher Wine blog was about these people, if I have my generational math correct). Anyways, we [...]
At different points during the day, I feel like we’re inching towards August 1st, at other points, we’re speeding so quickly. I cannot believe our time here is just about done. While I loved my internship, I’m very happy to be done. I can’t wait to go home and feel like, for the first time [...]
I was really bummed that I didn’t get to go on the trip to take the bedouin kids to the sea. I’ve been extra bitter about it because the girls who help out at the summer camp I work at keep asking for us to arrange a trip for their kids too. 1. I don’t [...]
Today was my last day at camp and…I’m like totally experiencing extreme separation anxiety. I realize I haven’t actually been posting much about the camp but I think that’s mostly because, why would I reflect academically on such a good thing? I’ve worked with little kids before, but I’ve never had this much control over [...]