July 15, 2011
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ
As some of you know, Wendy and I just returned from a trip to Europe, where we had a variety of interesting Jewish experiences. Well, it's good to be back home and over the next couple of weeks I'll share some of those stories with you. We attended Shabbat services afloat and at historic synagogues in two different countries, and learned of ancient synagogues at some of the great cities of antiquity, now astounding archaeological sites, and met interesting Jewish people from very different places. It was both gratifying and surprising, as travel in the Jewish world so often is.
One of the most surprising Jewish experiences took place during a very pleasant conversation with a man on our cruise ship while we waited in line for tender-boat tickets to go ashore at the island of Santorini, Greece. He and his family live in Connecticut and travel a great deal.