Saturday, November 18, 2017
Both brothers Malcom and Angus were born in Scotland.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
My friend Joe and I traveled with our temple in Bellevue, because of the small number of us who were able to make the trip, we were joined by the Temple Beth El from St. Petersburg, Florida. Within the two groups, there were contrasts. The Florida group was lead by their charismatic and learned rabbi (bottom picture on right), we were lead by our Cantor David Serkin-Poole. Each made valuable contributions to our visit. The Florida group was all couples, along with a daughter and seemed to know each other well, while our group mostly left spouses at home and were getting to know each other. Joe and I flew over and back on Air Canada's 787 (middle picture).
It was on this trip that we realized how perilous this country's existence can be. While we visited the Golan, we could see beyond the borders of Syria and Lebanon, both generally hostile countries toward Israel. The trip gave us context into the media's coverage of the country.
The two great cities Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are so close, yet so different. Tel Aviv, is the stylish, cultural center of the country, it is where the State Of Israel was born and is recognized diplomatically as the "capital" Jerusalem (top picture), little more than 50 miles away is so different. It is the spiritual city. It is the hub of three major religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The Arabs and Jews often coexist in harmony. You can often hear the Muslim calls for prayer throughout the day. Arabs are often working alongside Jews.
Our guide Shari (bottom picture left) did an outstanding job teaching and reporting and helping us get to know the country that we love.
There is a lot to be proud of in the State Of Israel, the country was developed from a desert to a fertile country and seems in many ways so peaceful, but being a young country, with so many security issues (you see soldiers both men and women throughout the country) there are so many questions.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Instead of resting in retirement homes, this program allow seniors to learn and perform crafts which allows them to feel a sense of purpose. Their craft are sold at a gift shop and can also be purchased online.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sherman has not missed a game since he entered the league in 2011 so there is little indication on how the team will play going forward.
Friday, November 10, 2017
You probably would not picture a luxury hotel on a kibbutz (Israel's social experiment), but between our time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that's exactly where we were. We spent a couple of nights at The Pastoral at Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Northern Israel.
In the lounge, there was nightly entertainment. This Israeli folk duo, was joined by a food server to sing the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah".
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Gordon walked in space in the Gemini 11 and flew around the moon in Apollo 12. After retiring from NASA, he briefly became an executive for the New Orleans Saints Football team.