Conversations with my Rabbi / Lori Mendel
Blog #4, April 15
GETTING A LOT OF HELP
When I decided to come to Israel (1986) I was living in Los Angeles and working in the development office of a big hospital, a Catholic hospital, but the medical staff was all Jewish! When I went to resign to my boss, Sister Mary Esther, I told her, “Sister, I am going to the holy land.” She smiled and said, “Bless you, my child.”
On the Board of the Hospital was a man (Jewish) who I had met during events I had produced for the hospital. When I told him I was going to Israel he gave me the name of friends of his. When I got to Israel, they were kind enough to invite me for a Friday evening and then a party of all their chevre. Among them was Adi Amorai, who at that time was Deputy Finance Minister.
When I told Adi that I was an olah, he made sure I could meet some of his colleagues. He gave me a list of names and contacts that I was able to put to use to find work. You can read about Adi in my book, The PLACE I LIVE the PEOPLE I KNOW.
This is why I am here. I have told Rabbi Ayala that maybe some Israelis feel scrunched and feel they have no privacy, but I relish the connections, the lack of anonymity, the informality, the give and take, the BELONGING.