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Overheard in NYC

April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
by Avi Mayer Assistant Executive Director and Managing Director of Global Communications at the American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Avi Mayer

Get to my hotel. Informed my room is on the third floor. I know better than to accept a low room in Midtown Manhattan. Ask for a higher floor. Offered something on 10. “Anything higher?” I ask. The guy offers to show me a room on 22. “Great,” I say, and off we go.

As we take the elevator up, he asks what brings me to New York. I tell him I live in Israel and come here for work every month or so. We keep chatting.

He shows me the room. It’s great. I take it.

As we head back to the elevator, he asks where I live in Israel.

(I am familiar with this line of questioning)

Me: “I live in Jerusalem. Have you been?”
Him: “Yeah, I did Birthright in 2014.”

(Of course he did)

Me: “Oh, cool. How was it?”
Him: “It was amazing. Life-changing.”


Me: “That’s so great. Have you been back since?”
Him: “Nah, I’d love to, but it’s hard with work.”

(An opening)

Me: “Have you heard of Masa…?”

Aaaaaaaand scene.

Only in New York, kids. Only in New York.

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