Job hunting, by Ellen Cohen

I made aliyah a week after I got married at the age of 23. I came here hardly knowing Hebrew so I took a 6 month ulpan. During that time, I went to a job fair at one of the hotels in Jerusalem. I have an MA in psychology and was looking to work with children. I saw a job stand with the word, “gan” in it and assumed it had to do with preschool. I spoke at length with the man who ran the stand (and obviously didn’t understand a word he said) and he gave me all of the contact information, etc. When I got home, I showed it all to my Israeli husband and he said, “I didn’t know you wanted to work at the zoo.” (gan hachiot). So much for my ulpan…

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