Holiday Hospitality in Beit Shemesh
Ambassador Shapiro had the pleasure of being hosted by local officials, female entrepreneurs and American residents in the rapidly growing town of Beit Shemesh. The first stop was the mayor’s Abutbul sukka and the nearby synagogue. In recent years, Beit Shemesh has become increasingly religious and the Ambassador had the opportunity to hear how different sectors are living together. Later he toured Mahuta, a women’s health center, and learned about innovative business projects of about a half-dozen women. In the afternoon, he stopped by the home of David and Ziva Shapiro and talked with a group of Americans living in Beit Shemesh. To top off the day, the Ambassador dragged Embassy staff to the local Shapiro brewery to sample several popular beers. Many thanks to the gracious hosts of Beit Shemesh for their hospitality. What a way to celebrate Sukkot!

Photo Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
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