It’s the first day of school tomorrow, and this always makes me a bit sentimental. Living in a small country, there are certain dates that bring everyone together – and September 1 is one of those dates. School starts for the entire country on the same day (until they get into high school, that is)… Read More And So It Begins, Again
And I’m back. Yesterday, we left Solomon Souza in action as he created a graffiti art piece on one of the walls in the office where I work. He was commissioned to do this work as part of a project on Jewish identity being created by Jerusalem U and Micah Smith. We left off around… Read More Gal Gadot Arrives in Gush Etzion!
Just another day here at my office in Gush Etzion…or not at all. Today, Jerusalem U, Micah Smith and Solomon Souza are working on something awesome in the basement of the building where I work. If you’ve been to the Machane Yehuda Shuk in the last number of years at night, then you know that many… Read More Solomon Souza Brings Graffiti Art to Gush Etzion
Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad…Gilad Gilad…Gili This is the number of Gilads that the Shaer family knows have been named in memory of Gil-ad Shaer since his murder along with Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Frenkel in June of 2014. On Friday, Gil-ad’s parents, Ofir and Bat-Galim, joined with the families of these young Gilads in Gush… Read More A Celebration of Gilads
Josh and I had such a gloriously fantastic day today. My office very generously gives us the day off for Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), and this year we took full advantage of that opportunity. We left first thing in the morning and headed for the city. We wanted to enjoy the vibrancy that is modern… Read More The Ancient to Modern Story of Jerusalem
Before Purim, my ten year old told me that they had a project to do at school. The school put together care packages to deliver to soldiers on their bases before Purim, and his class was in charge of writing notes to accompany the packages. Eliav wrote his note to his soldier with his full… Read More Eliav’s Soldier
On Friday while I was taking a walk around the yishuv, I laughed as I saw the busloads of tourists pouring onto the road towards our water tower. They were headed, as they always are, to our lookout, Mitzpor HaElef. Little did the producers of the movie “Field of Dreams” realize how true their expression would… Read More 1000 Meters of Wonder
My two oldest boys go to school 45 minutes south of our house in a program that I’ve written about a few times called Sussya. It’s a magical place that places a great deal of emphasis on molding the boys into upstanding, thoughtful, generous people. At the same time, they teach the kids all about… Read More Lessons Learned at the Lone Tree
When we first moved to Gush Etzion, one of my friends in Jerusalem declared, “What are you going to do out there in the boondocks? There is nothing to do there.” In the 12 years that we’ve lived here, we’ve been amazed at how wrong she was. Gush Etzion is growing by the day… Read More The Wonders of a Wood Workshop
Today is our Aliyaversary. We got onto the plane 12 years ago today with two little boys, a baby on the way and our whole lives ahead. I still can’t believe we did it or how rich and vibrant our lives would be as a result. But as I reflect on 12 years, there are… Read More Mazal Tov! It’s the Sussmans’ Only Bat Mitzvah!