Audrey Kadis


Audrey Kadis

We just came back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris with the MJs (Matt & Jess and Madeline and Josh). Great food, great experiences and best of all great company.

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem April 13th 2014

We were scheduled for a tour of the tunnel under the Western Wall at 11. We went down to the Wall early and both Jack and I left notes praying for the same things. A little later we watching a group of police escort a young man shackled at his hands and feet shouting “Allah Akbar” through the plaza. We thought it was an isolated agitator. This was our second tour of the tunnel. Since we had done this 20 years ago, the tunnel had been substantially extended. Seeing the stones of the second temple is very moving. Along the way you pass two huge stones, the larger of which is 45 feet long and weighs as much as 2 fully loaded 747s. It is a mystery how they were ever put in place. On our ... read more
Israeli Democracy

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra April 12th 2014

We were scheduled for an early pick-up and did out best to comply, but we had a hard time getting going. First, we couldn’t find the Petra tickets that we were supposed to have. After we gave up and left the hotel, it took about 15 minutes for us to realize that we’d forgotten our passports. When we got back to the hotel, they told us they’d found them within 2 minutes of our departure, but had no way to contact us. We had planned a hike to the Monastery, one of the major buildings in Petra for this day. Ali met us near the entrance to Petra and we boarded a beat-up four-wheel drive and headed off up the mountains. The four-wheel drive had several problems, the most significant being that the exhaust leaked into ... read more
In a cave at Petra

Middle East » Jordan » South » Petra April 11th 2014

We were picked up about 7:15 (actually the guide was there at 7:15, but Jack was dealing with camera stuff for a bit) and headed toward Petra picking up our guide, Ali, on the way. Petra is too incredible to try to describe in words, I’ll add when I can add pictures. My memories were that it was unlike anything I had ever seen and the place did not disappoint. Ali gave us background and helped us climb to places that we would not have seen without his knowledge and help. Since he has been a guide for 23 years he knows everyone. He also has special relationships with some of the vendors. Early on, he and the proprietor of a shop told me that if I wanted to support a charitable project set up by ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa April 9th 2014

I started work at 6 am writing up step-by-step instructions for the data prep work that needs to be done in Haifa. Breakfast was a surprise. The Dan had already koshered its main kitchen for Passover so there was no Hametz, bread. All around me I could hear guests complaining. In Israel, Passover is a big deal. Schools are closed for a week before Passover so women can clean their kitchens. Having school closed so much is a real problem for working Moms. I thought I was going to work through lunch, but the best laid plans…..Jack, Hilla and I went back to Silgan’s for more salad. Israelis make the best salads! I ended up working until 4 and as I departed I was given a small gift made by the parents and children of the ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa April 8th 2014

Day 3 stated with a couple of hours of productive updating of the application. While I worked, Jack went of to take picture of mother’s and their kids at the Center. Our walking tour began when we met Moshe and his wife at 11. We began outside the hotel at the top of the Carmel and we walked down the steps to the water. This is not a 5-minute stroll as the top of the Carmel is over 1,000 feet above the water. As Haifa grew up the mountain, stairs were built to enable people who mostly didn’t have cars, to get from the industrial neighborhoods to the residential neighborhoods. Haifa is an upside down city where the wealthy people live up on the mountainside and the poor people live down by the water. It may ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa April 6th 2014

CJP paid for my airfare and for my hotel in Haifa in return for my work on the system for Parents at the Center. They are certainly getting their money’s worth! We arrived at the hotel in Haifa and since we had the “CJP” affiliation and the hotel was empty they upgraded us to an Executive room. It is one of the top hotels in Haifa and I can’t say I minded being surrounded by such nice furnishing. Having been at this hotel before, I was looking forward to their Israeli breakfast, a huge buffet with fruit, salads, cheese, and cappuccino. I was not disappointed. Sunday, my workday began at 9 AM at the Parents at the Center facility. Here’s a link to a recent article I met with Hilla, Oshrat and Liron all day ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District April 3rd 2014

I’m back at the hotel after our day with Uncle Shmulik and I hardly know where to begin. After getting caught in traffic and then horribly lost in Abu Ghosh, we finally connected about 10:30. Shmulik served in an Israeli administration that was invited in years ago when the village was nearly bankrupt. The Israeli government built roads and sewers, the kind of infrastructure projects that actually change people’s lives. Since he had worked in this village of 7 or 8,000 people for six years he knew almost everyone whose path we crossed. Our first stop was at a large, newly built mosque in the center of the town. Our guide was Jabar, a building inspector who had worked on the building for the 3-1/2 years it was under construction. While I knew that very Orthodox ... read more
Modest dress to visit the mosque
Mosque in Abu Ghosh

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District April 2nd 2014

We arrived at our hotel about three. It is such a modest hotel that we had a hard time finding it. The lobby is nothing to write home about but the bathroom is new, the bed is great and we are across the street from the American Embassy, should the be a reason that we need to see the ambassador. It was a glorious day and our hotel is 1 block away from the Mediterranean so we went for a walk along the promenade. The sun was shining, people were on the beach and everything felt "normal". It struck me how unusual this is relative to what is happening in the surrounding countries of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. I watched movie recently about two teenagers, one in Gaza and one in Tel Aviv. In the ... read more
Gym by the Sea

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District April 1st 2014

We left Boston on the first nice day of the year. On our flight to New York the pilot announced that there was an equipment malfunction so we would be coming in fast, but we didn't have to worry because we were landing on the longest runway at JFK. We hit the ground hard, but it was pretty uneventful after all. El Al's security was the know it and love it personal interview. It is very reassuring that they actually look you in the eye, ask questions and listen to your answers. The flight over was long, but I was clever enough to remember that El Al's food is inedible so I brought some of my own and there was a good movie I'd been wanting to see, Mr. Banks. I got some sleep and the ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France May 27th 2012

Jack took these pictures of our wonderful family. We were so lucky that all of us could spend this week together.... read more

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