I haven’t drank milk yet, but I ate a delicious homemade desert last night consisting of honey and pureed dates with a sesame seed topping. This was in Haifa, at a hummus and falafel restaurant loosely translated as “Owl Humus.” It was unknown why it was called Owl, according to the five Hillel Haifa students (from Haifa University and the Technion) who treated me and Debbie, Jim, Julie, and Nicole to dinner.
Yesterday was a long day, as our 11-hour flight from New York was delayed three hours until we rose into the sky due to an alleged suitcase that someone checked without checking in him/herself. El Al security being what it is, we stayed in the crowded Boeing 747 plane.
This morning in Haifa’s Dan Carmel Hotel included a lavish breakfast spread, a talk by representatives of MATI Haifa (a small business development center that supports entrepreneurial innovation) and later a visit to the Neve Yosef Community Center that aids Ethiopian Jews to settle into the East Haifa neighborhood. I don’t think I ever met an Ethiopian Jew before, and enjoyed the experience.
Before checking into this pastoral guesthouse in the Upper Galilee community of Kfar Blum, we toured and tasted wine at Dalton Winery, a 12-year-old vineyard that allegedly sells its seven varities in the Boston area, most likely in Brookline.
Tonight will include an official welcoming dinner with the ~300 UJC singles and couples, who we haven’t met yet. I heard a rumor that the Boston and New York groups will go off and drink together.