It's in the headlines almost every day, but the Middle East seems like another world. It is. But some of our neighbors--folks we know or know of--are making lives there. WTOC recently spent some time in Israel with Savannahians, and this week we're bringing you their stories and some Coastal Empire connections.
We spotted JCB construction equipment all over Israel, including a project at the Western Wall. Maybe not made in Savannah, but a cousin nonetheless. A closer connection, an after school program for Ethiopian Jewish kids. Counselors spent time in Savannah, and Savannah donations help buy supplies.
Barry Segal, founding director of the Joseph Storehouse, pointed out some donations to his charity from Savannah. "Palates three and four just came in from Savannah," he said. "We thank you."
Segal's been to Savannah, and his charity has a warehouse in town. Folks across the Southeast donate to help Israelis in need. "Israeli ships actually come through the port of Savannah and bring goods to us here in Israel," Segal told us. "So Savannah plays a significant role as a bridge builder here with Israel. A wonderful interchange between Jerusalem and Savannah."
The interchange made possible by the connection from the port of Savannah to the port of Haifa, on Israel's Mediterranean coast. Courtesy of Zim Shipping Lines, one of Savannah's largest, and based in Israel. "Savannah is situated in a wonderful place," said CEO Yoram Sebba. "It has a very large...hinterland which you can attribute to the port, with quite good access to many places."
The sights and sounds of Israel are amazing. Very different cultures, and very different from life here at home. Sunday Evening we'll take you there for a look at life in Jerusalem. Not just the view from the headlines, but from folks with strong connections to the Coastal Empire. That's Sunday evening at 6:30pm on WTOC.