My roommate, Bonnie threw a Shabbat/Hanukkah dinner party –all paid for by Birthright Israel. I don’t really understand, but they’re this charity that sends young Jewish adults to Israel for a 10-day trip. And they also give money to host Shabbat dinners. Right now $14 per person, up to 16 people. Our last one, it was $18pp. So all this food and booze was free. That’s a sweet deal to be Jewish.

Bonnie got all this fish. Lox, smoked salmon and herring. I liked the herring on the cracker. She got some of it at Russ & Daughters. They didn’t believe her when she said she wanted lox. They kept insisting that she was thinking of smoked salmon (the stuff they call lox at the bagel store). They even make her taste it to make sure. The lox were a lot saltier.

All in all, it was a lot of fun. I learned how to play dradle, gamble with chocolate coins and get drunk on Hebrew beer. It was like that last time with that bottle of Manischewitz.

Birthright Israel – NEXT Shabbat website

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