I seriously can’t believe its already November 1st! NOVEMBER! Not only where did this past month go, but where did the YEAR go?!? But, the fact remains that yes… it’s already holiday season.
Holiday season in Israel isn’t exactly like Holiday season in the rest of the world….
…but, thanks to Help-Portrait, its starting to feel a little like holiday season to me. Last year was the first year for Help-Portrait Tel Aviv, and it turned out to be such a blessing. This year, I’m expecting nothing less.
IN FACT, I’m expecting so much more! Last night I had a meeting with Professional Fashion Photographer, David Kutcher, who will be taking all our portraits this year. To say that I’m excited about this, is an understatement… I’m THRILLED!
Not only is he a FANTASTIC photographer, but he’s going to bring an entire studio with him to set up in my place.
A BLESSING BEYOND A BLESSING!
And after all… the purpose of being blessed is to in turn to bless others, and I KNOW that his work will do just that!
This year’s world cup has left me disappointed and dismayed, seeing Brasil leave so early. I was expecting them to win it all, but I guess they will just have to pull out all the stops for 2014, when its on home turf. In order for some cheering up, I’m pulling out Brasil memories of better times. This was down in Cascavel, southern Brasil, where we took a group to do an English Camp. One night we went to Churrascaria for dinner and they had this wierd bull out in the parking lot. I think I was dared to climb up on it (don’t know why else I would) so here are the pics:
You have to look VERY closely at this picture to be able to pick anything out, but this so resembles my life as of now. This is the view from my window, looking down to the lot below. On the very left is the TV and crowded all around it are little heads of Sudanese men, watching. It is actually a Sudanese bar, and anytime there is a futbol (soccer) game on, they all gather and watch it. Its soooo African style: old couches, chairs, and tables, and junk all around, but no one caring at all. They blast the TV, and if I stand at the window I can see/hear play by play. Its comical is what it is. I apologize for the quality of the picture, but its a last minute IPhone pic. (and its very dark) hehehehe.
I like fun, new categories to play around with so I’m gonna give it a try. Some foto’s will be recent flashbacks…. and some not so recent! Here’s one from my teaching days, back at ICS Rio. This was the night of our School Christmas Program, me with my 5th graders. (Who are now Juniors/Seniors!!!) Fun times 🙂
I am super excited about an excursion I am putting together for this Friday, 11.12.09. It’s actually a world-wide outreach happening on 12.12, but since 12.12 is Shabbat here, I need to do it one day early.
Help-Portrait is a way to give back to the community via photo’s. To make a long explanation short, photographers will be offering their services free of charge to those in need. We will be creating portraits as keepsakes for families who might not be able to afford professional pictures at all.
How am I getting involved???? I have decided to put together Help-Portrait Tel Aviv for the Sudanese/Eritrean Refugees who I work with. Most of them have NO pictures what-so-ever of themselves and their families… and this is an excellent opportunity to give them this gift for the holidays. I have been recruiting like crazy: volunteers to help out on Friday to come and give of their time and services. We will also be providing gifts for the children, cookies, coffee, tea etc. A time to let them know that we love them and value them.
How can you help???? I need your prayers on Friday!!! I have literally put this thing together in less than a week, and its starting to crunch down on me. The weather is calling for rain, and that will just complicate it even more. I want this to be a blessing to them, but also not a burden to us.
Take a look... Here is the promo video from Help-Portrait, giving a background on how this all started:
A few other links you might want to check out:
The official Help-Portrait Tel Aviv group website
The facebook event I created
Can’t wait to see some smiling faces!
My friend, Val, asked me if I have any pics with the view from my varanda. I have two, which I took when the storm clouds were coming in for our first rain of the year a couple weeks ago. Keep in mind they’re from my phone, so not the best quality….
and here I am, happy as can be with my coffee, sent by another dear friend, Joseph, a month ago. Even though I’m not sippin on Holiday Latte’s, I’m still enjoying a bit of Starbucks flavor….
and lastly, here is a picture from a shelf in my room, reminding me everyday about my darling African Intern, Rishelle, who bought me a Rhino Bush Baby before she left….
I’m back! From camel riding to scuba diving, here are a few moments from my weekend: (to see ALL the pictures click here)