Gefilte Fish Out of Water

Sunlight of the Spirit
May 2, 2009, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Pot Luck


Today I rode with friends to Jerusalem to take part in the second day of the Israel Roundup.

A Roundup is a convention for people in recovery – AA, alanon, overeaters anonymous.  Any 12-step progam is welcome; it isn’t officially an AA thing.  There are meetings and workshops and fun and fellowship.

In America, they’re mostly LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) events and can be quite elaborate.  I like to go to the Florida Roundup in Miami each March.  It has a huge nighly meeting w/ 1,400 people, workshops all day long, plus tons of hot, sober queens in speedos by the pool, a dance, a play, drag bingo, etc.  And it’s at a resort in Miami Beach.  I usually go for a week and make a total vaca out of it.

This was a little different.  It wasn’t expressly LGBT.  It was just meetings and workshops – nary a bingo card waving drag queen in sight.  But I got to meet really nice sober people from other parts of Israel, including Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana and more.

The ride from Tel Aviv takes only 40 minutes.  Israel is small, dude.  You blink and you’re there. 

img_1883One cool part was that I went to my first ever AA meeting in Hebrew.  It was a 3-speaker meaning, meaning three different people shared their experience, strength & hope for 15-20 minutes, or “what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now.”  I sat in the section in the back for people who only spoke English.   A supercool young woman translated the whole meeting into English for us.  She was really good, too.  We weren’t missing a beat.  It was like watching a foreign leader on TV, where you still hear the speaker in their original language but also hear the translator in voiceover on top of it.  And of course, one or two Hebrew speakers nearby had to turn around and be like, “Shh, can you translate a little quieter?” and we’re all like, “Um, no, why don’t you move away from our section and sit in one of the other 50 empty chairs in another part of the room, Selfy McSelfish?”  Oops, Resentment Alert!

Anyway, had a great time.  Thanks, AA.


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