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Amichai’s Jerusalem Journey 2014

Dear Lab/Shul friends – 
I want to share some news with you  – from Jerusalem. 


I arrived here last night with my family, excited for our adventure : Half a year’s worth of a sabbatical in Israel. Why?  it’s a long story but suffice to say that it worked out for the kids, and for the grown up’s, and we’re all thrilled – esp. my parents who are living in Jerusalem and very glad for serious quality time with their American grandkids. 

I even took a leave of absence from JTS for the semester – leaving me with precious time to be with my parents, kids, family – and delve into working on a book I’ve been thinking about for a while. Stay tuned for updates. Maybe a draft by the summer. (You in publishing? want to help? talk to me!) 

You won’t even have a chance to miss me. I’ll be based in Jerusalem through Mid-April only – and coming back three times in between now and then for different Lab/Shul programs and events, starting with our Shabbat Dinners on January 24th. Meanwhile: Lots of skype calls and emails keep me in daily communications with many of you. 

I’ll be uploading postcards/blog posts from here and would love your feedback. Visiting Israel? Let me know – maybe we can meet here and I can show you some of my favorite cafes.  (Think Lab/Shul Israel trip 2015!)
To schedule a meeting during my upcoming NYC visits bet. now and mid April, or to arrange for a skype call/meeting, or just say hi – please be in touch with me directly: [email protected] 

I’m grateful to the Lab/Shul board, staff and growing number of volunteers that are making sure we are solid and in good shape and making it so much easier for me to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. This is our first year together as a community-in-process and it feels like a genuine blessing to have so many hearts, minds and hands invested in this emerging co-creation.  We have many exciting new events and programs coming up in 2014, as well as few innovations that I look forward to share and build with all of you.  More details coming next. 
Keep warm, See you soon,  and peace from Jerusalem