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by on July 21, 2014
Guests from France

Guests from France

As the Volunteer Coordinator for the House of Israel, I arrive around 11:00 Sunday mornings so that I can arrange the House, turn on all of the videos, and put bourekas into the ovens so they will be ready when we open the doors at noon.

This Sunday, around 11:15, there was a knocking at the window. I looked up, and there were three fresh-faced young people looking at me expectantly. I opened the window and they said “Ma Nishma!” (how are you), letting me know they were Jewish and spoke Hebrew! I asked them to please come back when we open at noon, and they seemed a little disappointed. I asked where they were from, and they said “France!”

They pointed to the tent where the House of Colombia was setting up their food, and asked “Kosher?” Oye , where do you think you are?!  I told them, “No, the only place you will get Kosher food in the Park is here at the House of Israel!”

They looked a little hungry to me, and being a good Jewish mother, I handed them some hot bourekas through the window. They were very grateful, and promised to return. We were so happy when they came back later in the afternoon and spent a long time talking to our Board Member David, who happens to be French as well. We hope you have a wonderful trip, and safe travels home. Au Revoir!

Thanks to Becky G. for the photo.


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