These 2 weeks, Nathaniel and I are in Israel for four wonderful reasons:
-Visiting family and friends.
-Celebrating the engagement of our grandson, Yoav, to lovely Noa.
-Celebrating the publication of my memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, in Hebrew by Yad Vashem, Israel's national museum and research center on the Holocaust.
Welcoming our Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) this coming Monday and Tuesday.
The celebration at Yad Vashem opened with a greeting from Ella Florsheim who, along with Yasmine Garval, was so helpful in the publication process. Then Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto, my initial contact at Yad Vashem, spoke beautifully about the memoir, and what it means for it to have been published in Hebrew. We then made a L'Chayim (toast) over Israeli wine, and then enjoyed a lavish spread of pastries and fruit with a number of Yad Vashem staff members.
We were joined in the celebration by family and friends including our son Michael, his wife Rachel; Gavriel, our grandson, his wife Ariela; Dahlia, our granddaughter; and two close and dear friends, Lisa & Elimelech Cohen.
After the celebration, we went to the Yad Vashem Bookstore, where I was warmly welcomed by Hila, and store manager, Dianna, and given a prominent spot close to the entrance to sign books. There I had the opportunity to meet and speak with several Yad Vashem visitors from around the world.
Nathaniel and I take this opportunity to wish each of you, and your loved ones, a healthy, happy, sweet, and peaceful Jewish New Year!