Rabbis Without Borders: A Celebration of New Friendships

February 14, 2017

"Most of us live in a bubble – the bubble of our friends, our family, our workplace and our community. Last night, I had the opportunity to go outside of my bubble and break bread with a group of recent Syrian refugees. As a member of the New York board of Rabbis, I was invited to participate in a friendship dinner through UNICEF. I was part of a small group of Jewish and Christian clergy who were there to welcome these immigrants to our country.

We started the evening by entering a room off to the side that had been turned into the children’s playroom, where a ping pong table, markers and large paper, puzzles and more were the center of entertainment for these children. There was a table filled with pizza and drinks, just like any American kids would enjoy. I quickly sat down on the floor to play with one of the children. He spoke no English, nor I Arabic, but we could definitely communicate. As a colleague noticed me playing on the floor with the little boy, and then shared this scene with the group, I realized that I could have gone home after that initial interaction and, Dayeinu, it would have been enough...."

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By Rabbi Debbie Bravo, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com