Wendy Kalman
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Takeaways from a visit in Jerusalem

Kikar HaShoter in Jerusalem, taken by Wendy Kalman

We are back in the United States after having spent four weeks in Jerusalem. Four weeks is not an insignificant amount of time. And while I spent some of it in class or doing schoolwork, we also came back with many memories — places we visited, things we learned, family we met with and oh-so-much food we indulged in. Here is a random list of some of our observations:

*  Climbing Masada’s snake path past the age of 20 or 30 is insane.
*  Walking down Masada strains muscles more than walking up.
*  Street food beats fine dining any day. And there is just so much wonderful food to try.
*  It is dangerous for one’s waistline to stay within walking distance of Mahane Yehuda.
*  Time spent with distant family is time very well spent.
*  People-watching while walking around Jerusalem is always stimulating.
*  Laughing doves have the most annoying sound when you hear them nonstop.
*  The cats of Nachlaot deserve their own coffee table book.
*  Every museum is interesting – whether underground prisoners, the Italian community, musical instruments or even taxes (yes, there is a museum of taxes!)
*  Even with far less tourism than usual, the city is a wonderful place to spend time. But if you can’t go (and right now, it is still limited to first degree relatives and certain tour groups), buy online. 

Lehitraot until next time!

About the Author
Wendy Kalman, MPA, MA, serves as Director of Education and Advocacy Resources for Hadassah The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Previous roles include senior academic researcher for an Israel education nonprofit, knowledge manager at a large multinational as well as roles in marketing and publishing in the US and in Israel. She has presented papers at political science and communications conferences and has participated as a scholar-in-residence at an academic workshop on antisemitism. Wendy lived in Israel for over a decade and is a dual citizen, fluent in Hebrew.
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