Four Days in Israel

My trip didn’t start off too well… I arrived at Athens airport, flying EL AL and I am second in line when some big Israeli guy with gold chains and shirt open to waist, steps in front of me and stands in line. I said “this is a line” and he turned and told me to F –OFF! Called me “stupid woman” and all I could think was this is why I haven’t been back to Israel in 30 years. If you read the first chapter of my book, it describes what happened in 1987, when I was strip searched for a 15 dollar US parking ticket!

On the beach with Timma 

On the beach with Timma

The Security which was half Greek and half Israeli were very good, as I went through all the security procedures they all apologized and I ended up in business Class! I arrived in Tel Aviv and had to take a train for about an hour; when I went to buy my ticket they told me my Visa was no good in Israel. I paid cash for my ticket and got on my train only to discover my Blackberry wasn’t working!! I couldn’t call my friend Timna, who was supposed to be picking me up at the train station. People on train were very helpful with calls etc. and guess who was sitting in the same train car as me of course, my friend from airport but he proceeded to move on! I arrived and my Blackberry came back on and my Visa worked and Timna was there waiting, so all was well in the world!! I had met Timna in India a few years ago and I had told her I would never visit Israel again; yet here I am… Timna lives in Zichron Ya’akov on the Carmel Mountain in a most beautiful part of Israel! She lives in what I would call a compound with her 3 children in one house, her brother Ohad in another and her parents Hiam and Ofra in another! The family business is the running of a shop and factory for the Tut-Neyar Paper Mill which they own; this factory makes the most beautiful Japanese Paper, as they were all trained in Japan. Their factory also produces all kinds of products such as lampshades, stationery and murals etc. which are all very lovely.

Beautiful sunset in Israel

Beautiful sunset in Israel

The rest of my trip was amazing! This family was not religious but traditional. Friday night dinner was just great food, good conversation (heated sometimes) and everyone getting together on a Friday night. I forgot to mention the Pope was also in Israel this same weekend, so that added another dimension to the dinner table chat. What impressed me the most was the relationship between Timna and her 3 children (all in their twenties). They all really like being together, and if we were going somewhere every one would just jump into the car. I visited an amazing Kibbutz that had a large greenhouse, with water and biology projects happening. It was one of the oldest in Israel and it also had a first class acrobatic studio, where Timna’s daughter took lessons. I visited BK center with Sister Gabi (small but lovely by the sea). We went to Tel Aviv for few hours where I stayed in Timna’s parents beautiful apartment in the center of the city. I had to get up at 2 am to go to the airport for my flight back to Athens. What I will take away from this trip is all the beautiful flowers, trees, the fresh fruit and vegetables which were awesome and that the family all loved to cook!! All in all just a great 4 day adventure!! It was wonderful to visit such a gentle Family and a gentle part of Israel. Thank you, Timna!! My last blog from Athens will happen next week, when I can tell you about all the very cool stuff I have been doing here, before my June 12th re entry to Canada.          

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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5 Responses to Four Days in Israel

  1. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Thank You

    See you soon!

  2. bkjoanne says:

    See you soon Nomad

  3. bkjoanne says:

    Sounds like an amazing adventure wherever you go – Canada welcomes you back next week – stay well until then, thanks for the memories 🙂

  4. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty Just re-read the first chapter of your book, as I had forgotten about the strip search! What an experience! Looking forward to seeing you soon; our phone # is 416 691-6352 if you want to phone us before your arrival. I hope you can give us some idea of timing nearer the time! Love as always Prue

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