Reflections

  • Discovering an ancient market in Jerusalem

    May 19, 2014

    YvonneEdit2JERUSALEM — Trying to find my way to the Western Wall through the winding streets of the Arab Souk in the Old City of Jerusalem, I was distracted by the sultry scarves…
  • Pilgrimage

    May 16, 2014

    Pilgrims at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher kneel at the Stone of Unction, where Christians believe Jesus’ body was anointed after crucifixion. Photo: Evan Simko-BednarskiJERUSALEM — On our last full day in Israel, a Sunday, I walked the Via Dolorosa, the street in Jerusalem’s Old City that Christians believe traces Jesus’ final walk to his own execution. It was a day that Professor Goldman’s advice about the trip came in particularly handy. He had told us that we would be ...
  • Dining-in In Israel

    March 22, 2014

    View of the Old City in Jerusalem (The Land/Evan Simko-Bednarksi)We celebrated shabbat in Jerusalem this evening and had dinner in pairs with several Jewish families. Below are reflections from the evening. * * * After shabbat service at the synagogue, we walked home with our dinner host, Linda Gradstein, and two of her friends: Becky, an old friend who was visiting from Minneapolis, and Tehillah, a neighbor ...
  • Dining-in In Palestine

    March 20, 2014

    One of our hosts, Souad, prepares warehek diwali (stuffed grape leaves).On Wednesday evening, we ate dinner in the homes of several Palestinian host families. Here are recaps on what we did and what we learned from each of our families. Dinner at Jeries’ House – Shayna, Patty, Yvonne and Harry Tonight, we ate dinner in Beit Sahour at the home of a Christian Orthodox Palestinian family. We ...

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