Monday, January 26 – Community service, Sorona & Speaker

Report by Rosalie Whitehill
Shalom again,

walking through Sorona
Watching news of the snowstorm hitting Boston causes me to shudder, but just for a moment, and then the joy of being here, where the temperature dropped into the low 60’s today is so all-encompassing, that I feel even warmer.  Hoping you all retain power… more ways than one!!!
So back to all the things that just keep getting more and more wonderful……After a fine morning at school, our group visited Sorona, a restored community started by German templars in the mid 1800’s.  Actually it is being restored to have fancy shops and many cafes…..but we had a guide who told us all about the history of the settlement.  She was an actress who played the part of a German woman who was part of that community……she was about the funniest person I have heard in Israel,…..and of course, our time with her was so very entertaining, as well as informative… can google ‘German Templars in Israel’…..if you want to know more, as she certainly intermingled lots of facts with her hilarious patter…..Suffice it to say, I would have loved to bring our guide home with me….I laughed all afternoon.

Gil Hoffman
Our speaker that nite was Gil Hoffman, chief political reporter for the Jerusalem Post…….whose topic was Who’s Who in the Elections…..and I was eagerly looking forward to learning who the candidates are and what their platforms include… I have not been following the upcoming election…middle of March… closely as a few of the participants in our group…….even though I knew Hoffman’s political leanings are opposite to mine….most of the time.  But for the first 15 minutes, Hoffman talked about why Israelis don’t trust Obama.  and the rest of his talk was short as he wanted to focus on questions….(I think he knew that with so many Americans, he would get questions about Obama and Netanyahu) so needless to say, I was very disappointed…..and I am still as confused as ever about the Israeli election.  One bright spot is that our guide, who is an avid reader, has brought several articles from Ha’aretz (a more liberal newspaper) on our trips and reads them to us……and I am learning more from him.  Hoffman wasn’t all bad….no one ever is… he gave us this acronym for helping Israel……it’s EASY………Education, Advocacy, Solidarity and Your money!!!!
Enjoy the pictures 

The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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