Last night’s speaker and film were top-knotch. – Yael Katzir
, who has done documentaries on Women of the Wall, The Yiddish Theater in NY, and The Violins of War……brought with her an advance copy of “Shores of Light”
a documentary of hers about displaced persons camps in the heel of Italy’s boot, right after WWII…..a story mostly unknown…..which included interviews with many children born in those camps…….in 1945, so many woman got pregnant and had babies…..a bit of an answer to Hitler…..and many are still alive here in Israel….(Israel took in all the people from the dp camps after 1948)…….Hopefully, the film will be included in the Boston Jewish Film Festival next year. The Q and A after the film was also great…..Yael is both insightful and charming.
Wednesday, after school, we visited the Alexander Muss High School,
we joined them for lunch.
This school,.started by a Florida rabbi, who felt that young people learning about the Bible, should be able to visit sites where events took place. They provide programs for mostly American high school students ranging from 12 weeks to a semester and also take time to teach what would be taught at that time in each youngster’s home school……It was so impressive….We heard from 3 very articulate high school sophomores about how much they loved the program …..and how hiking through the areas about which they had just read made biblical stories so much more meaningful ….and they also enjoy great freedom here….which of course, they love, too!! We ate our lunch in the school cafeteria, where we noted how each person cleaned their space, and then visited dorm rooms which get inspected periodically so they were pretty clean. I enjoyed visited that school much more than I had anticipated….
A rainstorm has been here all day, but CAARI must be blessed….we are always indoors when it rains….and it stops when we have to move outdoors…..and today was also the windiest I have known in Tel Aviv…..temps in the mid 50’s but as Israel needs the rain….and I know what’s doing in Boston, I know how fortunate I am to be here….
Back on the bus and back to our ‘home’ at the City Hotel.