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From: Matty Cohen
Date: 17/01/10


Shalom from Haifa, my home for the next three months.

My name is Matt Cohen, and I’m representing the Boston Federation on Otzma, a 10-month volunteer-based program in Israel.

During this part of the program, we live and volunteer in the partnership communities with which our individual North American Jewish Federations work. Since Haifa and Boston have been sister cities for over 20 years, I have the privilege and opportunity to live and work in Israel›s third-largest city, along with three other friends from Otzma

This is the first of what we here in Haifa hope will become a regular update highlighting the Haifa/Boston Connection›s events and programs across the city.

And what a first week it›s been for us from Otzma. Already, we›ve experienced Haifa’s beauty, from the palm trees lining the streets to the views of Akko and Nahariya across the bay.

One of the great things about being here has been meeting the volunteers of the Young Leadership Division of the Haifa/Boston Connection.

They’ve been a great welcoming committee, bringing us gift baskets and planning a whole itinerary of events for us to enjoy our time here.

Liel, a member of the YLD, works as a broadcaster and producer at Radio Haifa 107.5 FM and invited us to the studio last night to watch her show. She›s on air from 10pm-midnight,
so we sat in on the show and even got to give a quick little shout-out during the program

Keep your eyes peeled for the next picture of the week...