happy new year

Merry Christmas (Christmas is a season, after all...) and Happy New Year! I must confess that for some reason -- perhaps it was the unseasonably warm temperatures -- I found it difficult to get into the holiday spirit this year. It, of course, was not helped by the fact that there is little evidence of…

safe & well

Dear friends, I've received a number of texts, emails and calls expressing concern about my safety after Trump's announcement declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his intentions of moving the US embassy. Thank you to all of you for getting in touch, and I am sorry not to have written here sooner to…

snapshots of a wild and precious life

Once again, I can't believe so much time has passed since I last wrote... The autumn always feels so busy, especially after all the Jewish holy days are over. The temperatures cool. Pilgrims return. Students are back to school. And meetings seem to multiply. So expect nothing profound from this post. Consider it more a…

welcome to jayyous

Today I had the chance to go to the opening of a skate park in Jayyous, a village in the western West Bank, not much more than a stone's throw from Tel Aviv. The son of a friend of mine is the founder of SkatePal, an organisation which builds skate parks in Palestine and teaches…