Winter in Israel – a Day on the Beach

Children playing on the beach, Israel 2013

Children having fun on Netanya Beach on a beautiful winter day

It is the midst of winter in Chicago, Illinois, and in Israel, but what a difference. While my friends in the Windy City are weathering 1°F (-17°C), I am vacationing in Israel and enjoying a spring like 68°F (20°C),
Today I spent a glorious day on the beach in Netanya, about 18 miles north of Tel-Aviv. Here are some photos I took on the beach.

The Modern Jewish Nomad

no·mad  (nmd)

1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.

2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer.

One of my son’s favorite questions on our short ride to school in the morning is “Ima what am I” and it goes like this:

Son: Ima, am I German?

Me: Yes, Abba’s mother (paternal grandmother) is German, she came to Israel when she was a little girl.

 Son: Am I Ukrainian?

Me: Yes, my Saba (mother’s grandfather) came from Ukraine to Argentina.

Son:  Am I Argentinean?

Me: Yes, I was born in Argentina and moved to Israel when I was 7 years old.

Son: Am I an Israeli?

Me: Yes, Abba was born in Israel.

And by the time I pull up by the drop off lane we wandered through Europe, America (north and south) and Asia. I tell him the story of our ancestors and I can see through the rear-view mirror how he fills with pride as yet another country is added to his heritage. Continue reading