Shaul Amir sends his holiday greetings from Israel to his many friends in Boulder and Colorado.
Shalom From the Holy Land
Shalom to all my friends in Boulder and Colorado.
We have just finished lighting the last candle in the Chanukiah (Menorah) with big hopes for a miracle, the release of Gilad Shalit from captivity. Unfortunately this did not happen and we are all hoping to see him home before the beginning of 2010 which is around the corner. The holiday season brings out the good in people and maybe our enemies will feel a little bit of the holiday spirit and let Gilad celebrate the coming new year with his parents.
It is at this time of the year that one remembers all his friends and I would like to take this opportunity and wish all my friends in Boulder and Denver Colorado Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. May the coming year be a happy year full of fulfilled dreams and peace around the world.
With best wishes to all,
Shaul Amir served as Shaliach to Denver in the early 1990’s and again as Director of Allied Jewish Federation’s Israel Center from 2002 – 2006. He now lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Kika, and serves as ISIME’s Director in Israel as well as the Vice President of REAL Housing Ltd. He writes occasional updates and columns for the Boulder Jewish News.
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