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I can't believe I forgot to take photos of the first T-Day dinner MoBob and I have ever hosted. Oh well. I can only say that Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey is an amazing technological innovation.

On Thanksgiving Eve MoBob and I went to the Jewish Community Center to assemble "healthy snacks."

There were over 200 volunteers.

MB got to work.

Lots of families took part - we were across from a French family.

Healthy snacks under construction.

The finished product.

On the Saturday after, MB and I went with N. and her visiting sister to Mt. Vernon. It was pretty cool - my favorite part was the special exhibit on George Washington's teeth in the museum.

Obligatory shot of MB with sheep.

MB trying out the rake.

Aladdin the camel.

The best way to keep warm.

K, N, and MB at the wharf.

The beautiful Potomac.

More sheep.

Mt. Vernon in gingerbread.

Today we're going back to the JCC to see the exhibit on Albanian Muslims who hid Jews during WWII.

When post-World War II Europe found itself devastated by the loss of its Jewish population, Albania was the only country to boast a larger number of Jewish people than it had housed prior to the Holocaust. Over 2,000 Jews from Albania, Greece, Austria, and Italy were hidden in the homes of Albanian Muslim families throughout the War. Norman Gershman, an American photographer fascinated by these stories, traveled to Albania and Kosovo to chronicle the tales of the righteous Albanians and their devotion to Besa, an Albanian code of honor, which means "to keep the promise." In Gershman’s meetings with righteous Albanians, each photo subject referenced his or her Besa—faith and honor—as the source of personal courage in rescuing Jewish people during the Holocaust. As Basri Hasani, a righteous Albanian, describes, “My door is always open to someone in need.” It is the Besa of the Albanian people that Gershman captures in his photographs. Gershman’s portraits serve as representations of the character of each individual depicted, as well as historical documentation of the Albanian Resistance. Each portrait, which often illuminates the presence of an artifact, is accompanied by a personal statement of the individual’s honorable act. Through subtle portraiture, Gershman is able to communicate the honor, faith, and altruism of Albanian rescuers during the Holocaust. An exhibition of Righteous Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII was first honored at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the United Nations. This extended exhibition of Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII comes to us from Hebrew Union College.
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On December 1st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC), four_alarm commented:
Ooh, fun! I've never been up north, but I'd love to go to see all the historical stuff that deals with the beginnings of our country.

That would be an interesting exhibit to go see. I wonder if our local Holocaust museum has done an exhibit like this before.
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On December 1st, 2008 11:40 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's definitely worth it - M's the lucky one since he's already been to Monticello.

If I recall correctly the exhibit is a traveling one. The Holocaust Museum here in DC has a permament exhibit on non-Jews who helped Jews during WWII, it'd be nice if the photos were part of that.
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On December 1st, 2008 03:51 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Don't tell me--MoBob cut his hair after seeing how AWESOME his 'fro looked in that hairnet.

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