Tuesday, February 01, 2005

So are you still looking for a job?

Well, I guess the answer is yes...until something permanent comes along.

Two days ago I had an interview at Yad Ben Zvi which is a research institution. (Yes, a LIBRARY....a real LIBRARY!) I thought there was no way they would hire me...my Hebrew isn't good enough, they want me to catalog etc... But, she told me to come back the next day to meet the director. I thought it was just a courtesy. So I came back the next day and met the director. For some reason the woman who had originally interviewed me started speaking to me in English (I don't do interviews in English, unless everyone is an English speaker). He told her not to, and I never switched to English. It turns out the director and I had some common "bonds"
  • I volunteered in Beit Shemesh, and he is from Beit Shemesh.
  • I learned at Pardes Institute, and he taught there.
Anyway, he said if he could get money for an internship for me from the Department of Immigration (Misrad HaKlita) then he would take me immediately, but he needed to see what they can do...

He handed me the Annual report for the institution (in Hebrew, of course) and told me to get practicing my Hebrew. I guess this is a good sign.

I'm not going to think about what I will do with my commitment to the Jewish Agency. We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

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