Friday, October 17, 2008

Jerusalem Learning

MaTaN Celebrates a Birthday

Rachel and I attended a twentieth anniversary celebration of MaTaN: Machon Torani L'Nashim aka Women's Torah Institute. Rachel learned at MaTaN and is now teaching for them. MaTaN has centers around Israel, as well as programs around the world. Tens of thousands of women have now passed through their doors. 600 alone study in MaTaN Raanana.

Of Women and the Passing of Time

We've come a long way, baby.

The King David Hotel

The event was held at the King David Hotel, still the plushest and nicest hotel in Israel, not only in terms of building and history, but in terms of service and food. And it's kosher, too. Yum.

Just Off the Side of the King David Hotel

The King David's sukkah (actually, they have several) is large. Over 500 guests attended the event, and we all had lots of room, as well as room for a stage, band, cameras, dozens of serving staff, and so on.

The Miracle of Modern Communication

Guest speakers included the mayor of Jerusalem and Elie Wiesel. Elie comes to Jerusalem a few times each year, but on this occasion he had a sudden, last minute personal reason that he couldn't make it. Luckily for us, he was able to talk to us (and see and hear us) live via internet, so he could still give his speech.

Limmud in Jerusalem

Rachel also attended the first of two days of a city-wide massive learning festival taking place in Jerusalem called Sha'arayich. Unfortunately, the organizers are doing pathetic PR work, so attendance was pretty light on the first day, despite some top notch speakers.

Me Exhorting You

The second day will be on Sunday; if you're not coming to Games Day, take advantage of an incredible free and generous opportunity in your city.

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