According to Wikipedia, Museum docents are “educators trained to further the public’s understanding of the cultural and historical collections of the institution.” Last Sunday at the CJM, I met a kind enough docent who chatted with me re: Chinese Jews over an early dinner. She is educated in her field, but semi-retired, with a lot of energy left! I was able to pick her brains on the subject and received a few books to boot to further my own education!
Furthermore, yesterday at a World Affairs Council event, I got a strong dose of Israel from Jeremy Ben-Ami, author of A New Voice for Israel. The conference room was packed and I stood for 3/4 of the event. Jeremy gave a brief background on himself and his book and saved the bulk of the time for questions…and boy…were there a lot of questions! Israel is such a “sensitive” and “touchy” topic I have realized…..I was able to get his autograph and shared with him my project to promote Chinese and Jewish relations.
Disclaimer: allofasuddenpartJew is non-partisan, as of today. I may or may not change my position depending on future learnings. Please also excuse any grammatical errors as English is not my first language and I cannot afford and editor. 🙂