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Copley Square, Boston, MA — July 12th
We arrived bright and early and began the process of setting up our sound system, Open Forum tent, cleaning the buses, and doing trash pickup. We can't welcome people into even this sample of our life if it is dirty! Under sunny skies, we began doing traditional Israeli folk dances. Many gathered around us for the next few hours, clapping and smiling as we danced. Then the musicians shifted gears and played Irish and other folk tunes. Soon after this, alas, the predicted rain we had avoided the last few days (as it fell on neighboring cities) caught up with us in Boston.
Even so, we encountered many people, the homeless
and the prosperous, and all sorts in between
— people like us. At an interesting exhibit
at the Boston Public Library called "Perceptions
of a New World," Andrew Peter met some people
he had seen earlier. As he was talking to
them about our life, they asked, "Are you
with the Twelve Nations?"
A young woman who lives in Rhode Island had seen the article about us in the Providence Journal the day before and drove to Boston to see us. She had actually been a part of us years before in Providence and a friend of Chassidah, Qatan’s wife. She was so happy to find us again, and even talked to her from our bus. What a wonderful outcome from a newspaper article!
The rain served us well as our tents were havens
for many passersby. Perhaps the most memorable
was Garland who turned out to be an old friend
of the bridegroom, Lev Anav. However, we didn't
know that until later. He was a black man who
stopped under the musicians' tent and, not long
after arriving, started to sing to our brothers
the old beautiful songs known as Negro spirituals.
He was a totally uninhibited, kind person. Eventually,
he said he knew someone named Chris from Dorchester.
Those of us present didn't think anything of
it until Garland said, "He's got really
We met Jim and his wife who have had hopes and dreams about community living for several years now. They stayed and talked for a while. His wife is going to go to school there in Boston and, like her husband, was quite taken aback to meet us.
And there was Reginald, a street person who
reminds us of Ebed Melech. He went to the first
Woodstock in 1969 and really liked our spirit,
staying with us for the rest of the day after
finding us. He even joined in on several of our
dances. Also, there was Rebecca who wants to
visit the Community in Boston this weekend since she's at a crossroads
in her life. Andrew had met her at the library,
and she came to see us at our buses. Growing
up with her hippie father, she had memories of
another way of life, and of the alternative energy
house her father had built.
More coming soon!!!