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I moved from dank, dark North Manchester, U.K. to Karmiel, Western Galilee, Israel in March 2010. It is, believe me, one of the sunniest, loveliest towns on earth. With a background in local Jewish journalism I continue to write freelance. I manage several blogs, have  appeared on Technorati and Blogcritics and now contribute to the online magazine, 'Live Encounters'. My main blog is Alwayswriteagain (http://wwwalwayswriteagain.blogspot.com

Saturday, 23 October 2010

My Brother’s On The Mend!

My Shabbat (weekend) was kick-started by an outstandingly good piece of  news. I spoke to my brother yesterday!

Julian, who as many of you are aware, was severely injured in a traffic accident near his Ramot Bet, Jerusalem home on Monday 06 September, was able to enjoy a full telephone conversation and even mentioned recuperating at home within the foreseeable future.

He has been at the Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital since the accident, which happened when a woman drove through a red light on Golda Meir Avenue, crashing into a moving van.The driver of the van lost control of the vehicle and drove onto a traffic island where Julian and several other people were standing.

Now it’s time to thank the scores of people – close relatives, friends, warm acquaintances from the U.K. and the United States as well as Israel  – even shocked strangers and my virtual friends on ‘Facebook’! - who all offered prayers, good wishes and on-going encouragement when they heard the  news.

It would be invidious to single out people by name, instead I’ll mention organisations, communities and their leaders: So, in no particular order, on behalf of the family I offer more thanks than I can express to:

  • Prof. Charles Sprung and his team at the Intensive Care Unit, Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem.
  • Julian’s devoted friends from the synagogue near his home in Jerusalem led by Rabbi Kannai.
  • My  own congregation, Kehillat Hakerem in Karmiel where regular prayers were offered by Rabbi Reuven Resnick and a neighbouring community, The Beit Knesset at Amit led by Rabbi Mike Schultz.
  • Sha’arei Shalom North Manchester Reform Synagogue led by Rabbi Norman Zalud.
  • Menorah Cheshire Reform Synagogue led by Rabbi Brian Fox.

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