Tuesday, November 8, 2011
REUNIONS AND HOSPITALITY
It was so great to finally meet up again with my old ‘real’ friend and current ‘e-friend’ Ros Adam.
We haven’t seen each other since we were teenagers, and I’m not going to tell you how long ago that was (but it’s not far off half a century !) but we’ve been in email contact for the last 3 years since we reconnected over a book project Ros was editing for our hometown, Leicester.
Our get-together was short and sweet as Ros was on her first visit to Israel( you can read all about it on her blog )and only had a week to site-see. Next time I hope we’ll be able to spend longer together.
Living in Israel, we’ve had many reunions with long lost friends . It’s a rare Jewish soul that doesn’t find its way here at some point.
Many teenagers, take a year off between school and college and visit Israel for a year. Some volunteer on a kibbutz or come to learn the language and some girls come to study in a religious seminar and boys to spend a year in yeshiva.
During their stay, there are always those ‘out’ Shabbatot’, when the kids are expected to make their own arrangements for Shabbat and go and stay with someone.
This is how we’ve come to meet many of our friends’ children. Our address and phone number have obviously been entered into their electronic address book for just such an occurrence and we’re happy to host them and their friends who may not have a full address book to choose from.
It’s all part of the enjoyment and privilege of living in Israel.