Her first word: Jerusalem
Israeli consul general Belaynesh Zevadia of Houston was the most interesting aspect of Thursday’s well-attended service of solidarity and hope at the JCC. A good rebuke for the uneducated who think Jews are a particular race, she is one of fourteen thousand Ethiopian Jews who have immigrated to Israel. Alas, the microphone wasn’t that good and she was hard to understand, but she epitomizes something she said in San Antonio in 2006: “Everybody knows about the Israeli conflict. Nobody knows about what’s going on in Israel.” Thank Big Media’s laziness for that. She also said the first word she spoke as a child was "Jerusalem." Mr. B. and I enjoyed the service, especially the cantorial singing and the prayer for the safety of the IDF. But we had to leave early to get home in time to make supper for Mrs. Charm.