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We opened our visit to Shoham with a gathering at the municipal building. Mayor Gil Livne welcomed us and joined us for the evening. Rabbi Rinat Sefania of Kehillat Shoham led us in a Tu B’Shvat Seder which concluded with singing and dancing. It was a wonderful evening reengaging with our friends in Shoham.

The day started with Mayor Gil Livne giving us a tour of Shoham. The first site we visited was a memorial to the fallen soldiers of Shoham. We then walked through their beautiful health club with swimming pools and state of the art fitness center.

Next up was Shoham’s new industrial park. Because of its proximity to the airport and central location, Shoham has become a major Israeli logistics center. Hmm, that sounds familiar…But, in contrast to Memphis, Shoham’s industrial park also contains an ancient archaeological site- the remains of a Byzantine-era church and burial cave.

After the short hike to the site, we visited Five Stones Winery, a new boutique winery in the area where David killed Goliath- hence the name, Five Stones. We sampled delicious wines while standing in the vineyard. What’s extra special about this winery is that it got its start with a low-interest loan backed by our overseas partner, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). With JAFI as a guarantor, the banks are more willing to lend to emerging businesses.

Following lunch in a cave at the Mony winery, we headed back to Shoham for our joint Steering Committee meeting.


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