Is there a Jewish cure for flu?

Dear readers,

I am writing this week from the comfort of my iPhone and bed. Somehow on the way back to Hong Kong, I caught the flu. I am resting now and recovering. It takes 14 days so will just be a hermit for another week or so.

Some things on my mind this week are my upcoming trip to Israel. Major issues in the Jewish world and what we can do to improve it. Lastly, how I need to recover from flu this week so I can make a Junk Trip that I signed up for next Saturday (ūüėĄ). (google Hong Kong junk trips for more info)

Until next week readers!

Jeremy Ben-Ami, CJM Docents, and more….

According to Wikipedia, Museum docents are “educators trained to further the public’s understanding of the¬†cultural¬†and¬†historical¬†collections¬†of the institution.” ¬†Last Sunday at the CJM, I met a kind enough docent who chatted with me re: Chinese Jews over an early dinner. ¬† She is educated in her field, but semi-retired, with a lot of energy left! ¬†I was able to pick her brains on the subject and received a few books to boot to further my own education!

Furthermore, yesterday at a World Affairs Council event, I got a strong dose of Israel from Jeremy Ben-Ami, author of A New Voice for Israel. ¬†The conference room was packed and I stood for 3/4 of the event. ¬†Jeremy gave a brief background on himself and his book and saved the bulk of the time for questions…and boy…were there a lot of questions! ¬†Israel is such a “sensitive” and “touchy” topic I have realized…..I was able to get his autograph and shared with him my project to promote Chinese and Jewish relations.

Disclaimer: ¬†allofasuddenpartJew is non-partisan, as of today. ¬†I may or may not change my position depending on future learnings. Please also excuse any grammatical errors as English is not my first language and I cannot afford and editor. ūüôā

To birthright or not to birthright, that is the question.

At my regular job in the finance industry, I have a lot of Jewish or quasi-Jewish co-workers.

In passing conversation with our Intern one day, whose dad is Jewish, mentioned to me the Taglit-Birthright Israel organization.  I googled it when I got home and below is a quick summary from their site of what they do:

“Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26 from around the world. Taglit Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between private philanthropists through The Birthright Israel Foundation; the people of Israel through the Government of Israel; and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel).”

Well, I am not in their age range but I did discover “some” Jewish heritage, however small… I wonder if I should apply? How do you prove if you have Jewish heritage or not, I certainly do not look Jewish.

Next steps, I will be checking out their events and going to meet some people involved with this organization.  More to come!