We went to Kabbalat Shabbat services with Rabbi Stacey Blank at Kehilat Tzur Hadassah which is a reform congregation in Kehilat Tzur, a suburb 12 miles southwest of Jerusalem in the Judean Hills with a population of 1,500 people.
After services, our group split up and we went to Shabbat dinner with local congregants. Our dinner with Alena and Gail and their children Gabi and Sasha was amazing. They made us feel so welcome and they prepared a wonderful meal for us. Erin and Alex enjoyed talking to Gabi and Sasha about High school and middle school in Israel. And Alex and Sasha turned out to have so much in common that we joked that they were long lost twins. We enjoyed our evening with our new Israeli friends so much and we were sad to leave.
Yesterday was Shabbat so we are planning to sleep in and then go see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum.