Gayle and Hillel

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Our story

Yes, it's been quick. Some of you getting this e-mail might say, "I didn't even know they were dating!" But our experience just goes to show the truth of the statement that "when you know, you know." That is the truth for us, in any event. We are old enough (ahem) to know what we want, and to recognize that we have found it.

We met at our friend Gila's fabulous housewarming party at the end of June, and a week later, went on our first date to Tel Aviv's Fiesta Latina, where we got to eat together, drink together, dance together, talk together, and navigate crowds together--all pretty good ways to check out compatibility.

We started spending more and more time together, and soon we realized that we didn't want to be apart. Gayle's parents' visit to Israel gave us a chance to make that decision public and official.

That's it. Our history is short and sweet. We've instead been spending a lot of time talking about the future, and we're excited about our prospects. We will "raise a house in Israel," as the Jewish saying goes. We will keep trying to make each other's days brighter and easier as we pursue our separate careers and enter into the joint adventure of raising children. We will always have an open guest room and a cup of good French press/plunger coffee to offer to the friends and family, near and far, who are part of our lives.

About Hillel

Hillel likes to say that he was raised in a Canadian household in Israel. After immigrating at the tender age of 6 months (with parents Pauline and Jerry, brother Jason and sister Rena), he grew up in Jerusalem's Baka neighborhood. At the time, the Coopers were one of only two Anglo-Saxon families in the area, and Hillel and his friend Daniella (more about her later) went to school prepared to fight off the taunts of the Moroccan kids.
He entered a different world in 7th grade (Grade 7 for the Canadians) when he was accepted into the Rubin Academy for the Arts, where he played oboe.
His army career was varied: He was accepted into the paratroopers, naval officers, and pilots courses, but ultimately served in the artillery.
Afterward, he served in an elite police unit, learning essential relationship skills like rapelling, knot-tying, and search and rescue.
Now, he chases down software bugs in the quality assurance department of Pelephone, the first mobile phone company in Israel.
He is a devoted dancer, learning salsa, hip-hop, modern, and other styles.

In the hills of Judea and the courtyards of Jerusalem...

...will be heard the sound of gladness, the sound of joy, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride!

We are delighted to announce that we are getting married. The wedding will take place in August, 2007, somewhere in the hills of Judea (or perhaps the courtyards of Jerusalem).