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The Butavia family

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It was mid-December last year when we arrived in Jerusalem after traveling through Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt.  We came to Israel knowing no one, but trusting that we would meet people and make new friends.  After traveling by bus … Continue reading

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Road Trip Part 2

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It’s been over a week now, but I did make another road trip with friends from Succat Hallel and wanted to share some of that with you.  We had the joy last January of seeing the ancient city of Akko, … Continue reading

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Julee’s 3 day birthday celebration

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It was the lovely Julee’s birthday yesterday, and we celebrated several times with multiple parties and people.  Here are the pictures of the birthday girl and her friends: Shay and Smadi did a great job of helping us kick off … Continue reading

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Road Trip

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We hit the road yesterday with some 20 friends to travel the “spine” of Israel, the mountain range running north and south through the middle of the country.  This is early Old Testament bible country, the places Abraham and his … Continue reading

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Our team

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Greetings from the COD, this is a quick post to say that we are well, thriving, learning so much, meeting some great and interesting people along the way of this pilgrimage that continues from one day to the next.  This … Continue reading

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A Prayer for You at the Wall

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Praying at the Western Wall The Western Wall of the Temple Mount is as close as the Jews can get to the site of David’s and Solomon’s temple to the Lord. Built nearly 3000 years ago, it was the place … Continue reading

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Holiday in Shehkanya

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We returned last night from a few days with our friends the Gerassy family in the north of Israel.  You may recall that we met Shay last December when she was waitressing in a restaurant we went to. We subsequently … Continue reading

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The Olive Tree

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This Olive tree caught my attention recently.  Olive trees are everywhere around here, but this particular olive tree is on the temple mount, on the east side and hugging the wall, as close as it can possibly get to the … Continue reading

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these days…

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Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives Julee and I are nearly three weeks now in Jerusalem, and settling in to patterns, habits, likes and dislikes. Actually very little to dislike: the calls to prayer (not because they are loud and … Continue reading

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