מילת היום – מסיבה
Milat Hayom: Misibah
Word of the Day: Party
Yesterday was my first full day here. That seems weird since I left home four days ago. It has been really nice to hang out with my friends who live here and be a part of their daily routine. I am staying with close friends of mine from OSRUI, Mara and Josh and their two daughters, Noa and Ella. Noa is almost 3 and goes to Gan just down the street at the Reform Synagogue in Jerusalem, Kol HaNeshema. Josh and I walked Noa there in the morning (well Noa ran most of the way). Jay walking is a serious offense here so when we got to the cross walk and the man is red, he asks Noa, who is that? She answers, Esav (Esau) and when it is green? I thought, Yaakov? (Jacob?) but no, Gumby. Ha!
Noa’s Gan reminds me of our Gan in some ways, energetic Israeli teachers, lots of Hebrew. I like being
at Gan because I can understand everyone at that level of Hebrew. Noa will be a good partner for me to practice my Hebrew. At Gan, they were celebrating two birthdays. So there were balloons hung up in the room that said
Mazal Tov and
hooledet sameach (happy birthday) It was a day full of celebrations or מסיבות misibot because later that day we were going to a 4th of July Party (on erev hag). That evening the party was at the Hendin family’s home. They recently played host to our own Dale Golden while she was studying abroad. Small world! Their daughter, Ayala Hendin is also a close friend of mine from OSRUI. We sat out on their porch and had a BBQ. It was a very nice celebration with lots of delicious food. There were even a few fireworks, though we suspected that they were from wedding celebrations, not 4th of July celebrations.
Kendra Gerstein is the Director of Curriculum and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Sholom of Chicago