Our Busy Week in Tel Aviv
Escape Room – Corona Edition!
This week the madrichim created and set up an amazing interactive corona-virus themed Escape Room. Each apartment entered the room and were challenged to escape in under 45 minutes. The Madrichim were in a separate room, watching and communicating with the students through a camera. In this picture, the boys of Hashuk are trying to decipher the Morse code that will lead them further in the game. With puzzles, riddles, and a video of Bibi Netanyahu playing on a screen, the students did a great job piecing together the clues to escape!
We asked Evan Mcmahon to share about his experience interning at the Eritrean Women’s Community Center:
“My name is Evan McMahon and I’m from Chicago, IL. Throughout the past weeks, I have begun interning at the Eritrean Women’s Community Center – an organization that aims at providing support, guidance, and empowerment to the Eritrean asylum-seeking community in south Tel Aviv. The center allows these women to find community in a place that often regards them as outcasts. ⠀
During my time working at the EWCC, I have coordinated the food packaging and distribution days in which local volunteers come to the center to help give out necessary food aid to the asylum-seeking community.⠀
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit this community especially hard, so our efforts to provide food and financial support to these women and their families has been extremely important. Other than helping lead volunteer initiatives, I have begun to help the center transition into our technology heavy age by working with them on things from social media to creating a electronic case management system. Whether I am physically lifting boxes of pre-packaged food or at the computer helping with tech related issues, there is truly never a moment when I am not immersed in both Israeli and Eritrean culture. ⠀
I am so lucky to work at a place where at one moment I can hear Hebrew and then I turn a corner and there is a conversation in Tigrinya (the Eritrean language). This cultural exchange has been a wonderful addition to my time in Israel and I can’t wait for what my future at the center will bring – personally I’m hoping it involves more yummy African food.”