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Israel - The People Make the Place - Part 1

Save A Child's Heart

Women are so fantastic. They don't need language to communicate. When I visited the Holon headquarters of 'Save a Child's Heart' with my camera I didn't ask people to pose. They just did, choosing the people they wanted a souvenir with. Here an Ethiopian mom who was brought to Israel with her son so he could have his heart mended by pediatric surgeons hugs an Israeli woman who volunteers twice a week at SACH headquarters. An heartwarming image!

Yiddish + Accordians

I went out grocery shopping in Tel Aviv early this morning and came across this woman with bold red hair playing the accordian.
Me: English?
She: No English. Russian?
Me: No Russian.
She: Yiddish?

Aha! I do speak a bit of Yiddish (learned from my grandfather) so now we could chat. I found out that (1) Yes, I could pay her for taking her photo. (2) She comes from Russia - the Ukraine. (3) This fabulous woman with the bright red hair is 81 years old and this is how she earns some money.

Ashdod Market

I went to a concert in the city of Ashdod with friends. We stopped off at their Wednesday market which was an incredible place for people watching. I spied this guitar player who is a proselytizer, someone who tries to convince you to convert to his particular religious sect. Yet one more clue that I am in Israel where countless variations on the theme of religion are played out every day. As a traveler I learn with each encounter.

Ethiopian Brothers

What a treat! On an early morning walk along the sea in Tel Aviv I came upon these two young men. After I took this photo (they were perfect models) we chatted, and this is what I learned. (1) They are cousins (their mothers are sisters). (2) They proudly identify themselves as Ethiopians, Jews and Israelis. (3) They both served in the Israeli army but the cousin on the left stayed on to work for the army. His job is to drive food and water to the soldiers wherever they are on duty. Cousin on the right was quick to tell me how dangerous the job was and how proud he was of this cousin. They both had gorgeous smiles and paid me the ultimate compliment. Cousin on the left is very shy. He doesn't usually talk to strangers. Journeywoman was the exception. Happiness :)

Ballet dolls

My granddaughter is a ballerina. When I travel I try to add to her collection of ballerina dolls. Today I met Daphna in the craft market in Tel Aviv. She creates papier maché dolls and I asked her to make a special ballerina for me. She finished a lovely one this afternoon and together we chose the hair color that best suited the doll. We picked the 'hot pink' fluffy stuff and Daphna named the doll, 'Pinkie.'

Stylish makeup

In a Jerusalem coffee shop it was this woman's bright orange jean jacket and stylish make-up that caught my eye. She came in with a group of other women. I asked if I could photograph her and she consulted with the oldest in the group who seemed to give her consent. So there amidst the clatter we chatted. Nihat is a Muslim living in Jerusalem, she is 44, married with four children. Her oldest son is 20 and in university. She speaks two languages - Arabic and English. When I complemented her on her English she explained that she had studied computer programming in the USA for two years. At this point her friends were being seated so she excused herself to join them. She left with a lovely smile saying, 'Nice to meet you.' My answer? 'Nice to meet you, too.'


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