May 20th, 2006


A familiar face

This morning I went to synagogue, as per normal. I'm starting to feel a bit less of a complete stranger there as quite a few people have started coming up to me to introduce themselves and chat. I still find the nusach, the style of service, a bit jarring, but I'm sure I'll get used to it, and they're nice and friendly which is far the most important thing.

Anyway, at the kiddush, the food and socializing after the service, I nearly fell over when a very old friend of mine walked in. Collapse )

Just wow. DY is in Stockholm with one of those groupings of young European mostly Progressive Jews; now I know that this particular group is based in Stockholm, I should definitely get in touch with them. Anyway, it was so cool to see her, and she introduced me to various people and it was all social and nice.

At DY's invitation I attended a panel discussion after the service with her Jewish education group. The discussion was a bit rubbish, being very badly moderated; the individual speakers had quite interesting things to say, but they were not interacting either with eachother or with the audience. And the moderator was not only not promoting discussion, but actively stifling it by repeatedly diverting the topic to his agenda. Quote of the afternoon, though: So, speaking as an outsider, what's your view of the human race?

I went home briefly to drink tea and sort a couple of things out. When I came out to come to the lab and go online, I got caught in a really intense rainstorm. So I am soaked through even though I was wearing a mostly waterproof coat. On the plus side, the sun was shining through this downpour which caused an extremely impressive double rainbow.
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