WOW, WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN! Security checkpoints, planes, buses, taxis, slippery Jerusalem stone, wheelchairs, jeeps, tunnels, laughter, tears, COVID, stories, stairs, windmills, Israeli dancing, deserts and desserts, gondola rides, Masada, Dead Sea, shuks, a lost phone, kibbutzes, Zionism, secularism, bomb shelters, Arab-Israeli perspectives and insights, Holocaust survivors, visonaries, graffiti, history, sirens of remembrance, […]
APRIL 25 – MAY 31 MINNESOTA JCC SABES CENTER & CAPP CENTER GALLERIES RECEPTION: MAY 2 • SABES CENTER • 6–8 PM (Artist talk with photographer Linda Passon-McNally at 7 PM) Join us for this artists reception in celebration of the gallery exhibit, Landscapes of Home: Vision of Sovev Kinneret Reception featuring work by Israeli artists Amos […]
Passport that doesn’t expire until 2024, check. Detailed 12-day childcare calendar for my family with every moment of our kids’ lives spelled out and color-coded, check. Anxiety paired with a pit in my stomach at the thought of going abroad for the first time in ages, check. Exhilaration to return to the holy land for […]
Sorry, this one’s a little late & after the long weekend, friends. I’m guessing (hoping?) I’m not alone in September sneaking up on me. Last night, I saw the first leaves of the year drop with a gust of wind… but then, my spirits were picked right back up watching everyone go to school for […]
The secret is that though we have rarely been welcomed, we always do the welcoming.
They say nothing brings people together like the cold, right? Well, “they” clearly never dealt with a polar vortex. Fortunately, February looks to be… um… seriously!? This can’t be right. It’s still winter out there, huh? Hoo boy. Well, let’s just say, we need to find something to do before we go kokh m’shuge. Get […]
My first Shabbat service in more than 20 years was in Jerusalem. An atheist Jew, sitting on a hard, limestone terrace with my wife, a secular agnostic, under a hazy, thick night sky with 19 other couples who, outside of similar demographics, we barely knew. Our Rabbi invited us to join him in prayer if […]
About three and half years ago, Shaked and I packed my car up with all of my stuff in Miami, and started a long road trip back to where I grew up – here in the Twin Cities. See, Shaked was trying to decide if she’d join me in Minnesota, but before that, she wanted […]
Greetings all, and happy new year! We’ll be trying something new out this month – Ian Fishman, who recently joined me (Charley) for a week in Israel with Honeymoon Israel. Ian wanted to take a crack out this month’s GTFO – so get ready! Starting the New Year Off Right Makom Fridays Friday, January 4th […]
Rabbi Goldstein, who speaks English and Hebrew, is a sought-after guest on Israeli television and radio, addressing the concerns of the Masorti movement.