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Shalom from Jerusalem
Shalom from Jerusalem

My name is Suri Goldstock and I am twenty two years old and I like to say that I have "Up syndrome." I live in Israel in the holy city of Jerusalem with my family. I was born in Los Angeles, California. My family moved to New York when I was only two months old. I was raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. For my elementary school I was in an inclusion program and for eight years I went to the same school as my older sister Dvori. I made so many friends there and they are still my friends today. I attended a special high school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York called the "Bi-Y," which means Bilingual Yiddish program. I graduated from High School with my best friend Hudy. 

On my 20th birthday my family and I moved to Jerusalem. I was sad to leave all my good friends but now we talk on the phone, skype, and send letters to each other. And lots of my friends have come to visit me in Jerusalem. Even though it was hard to leave New York, I am adjusting to life here in Israel and of course I am meeting new people and making lots of new friends. I like people. My mom says I am a "people person." 

I love music, I am learning to play guitar. I also love singing, dancing, drawing (my parents have some of my pictures framed and hanging on their wall). I really love cooking. My sister says my food is delicious and she likes how I prepare everything. She likes it so much that she makes videos of me cooking so that other kids can learn how to cook too. But I cant just have fun all the time so I work five days a week in a sewing workshop. I like sewing but the best part of my day is walking back and forth to work. I like to shop at the mall, which happens to be right on my way home. Of course the walking is also good exercise for me. But to help me stay in shape I also have Judo class once a week. It is on Monday nights and I love my Judo class. I have the best teacher and all the girls in the class are so nice and lots of fun to be with. 

The hardest part of living in Israel is the language. Because I only speak English I go to a special school called an ulpan where I am learning to speak Hebrew. It is hard work but I know that if I keep studying I will learn to speak Hebrew. Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace but it also means hello and goodbye. So shalom from Jerusalem, love Suri G.

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Tzipporah Hahn, United States, NY
2/27/2013 1:44:41 AM
Wow surie! I really enjoyed your story. You said your favorite part of your day is your walk to and from your job. I would love to read another story about why the walk is your favorite part of your day. Whenever I get to go to Jerusalem I also love walking everywhere. I walk and think about all the people in the chumash that walked on the ground before us.

Naomi Geffen, Israel,
2/27/2013 1:40:59 AM
Looking forward to meeting you one day, Suri. Thanks for your beautifully written and informative posting.

Moshe Yosef Wertzberger, United States, NY
1/27/2013 7:49:42 PM
Suri, the story was great! Moshe

Hudy Klein, United States, NY
1/27/2013 7:48:20 PM
Suri, I love your story, your best friend, Love Hudy

leah beck, United States, NY
1/27/2013 7:45:33 PM
Suri, Way to go, it was great, and so proud of you, Leah & kids

Zalman Lefkowitz, United States, NY
1/22/2013 2:54:23 PM
beautiful written stores

Judy Corrales, United States, FL
1/20/2013 8:21:05 AM
Go, Suri, Go!!

yael shoshani, Israel,
1/19/2013 1:34:56 PM
loved your story! love you suri! you are a wonderfull example for all of us

Don Goodman, United States, NY
1/18/2013 10:45:26 PM
Blessed is Our Creator!!! Would love to see more stories about Suri and her experiences in the Holy Land of Israel!!!

Judy Corrales, United States, FL
1/17/2013 12:01:28 AM
What an independent young woman you are, Suri! All those acitivities! I'm sure that you will learn hebrew real fast. Keep up with your good work!

Helen Gottesman, United States, FL
1/15/2013 9:11:49 PM
Suri, What a lovely story.My son also has DS . I wish he wrote as well as you! He is 18. Helen gottesman

Carola Kolm Roy, United States, OK
1/15/2013 8:17:49 PM
Love the story and it is wonderfully written. You go Suri. Greetings from Lawton Oklahoma Carola

Nancy Parks Mleczko, United States, MA
1/15/2013 7:26:23 PM

Nancy Mleczko, United States, MA
1/15/2013 7:23:12 PM

Hana Lopes, Israel,
1/15/2013 7:18:00 PM
sweet :)

Francine Root-Adler, Israel,
1/15/2013 2:45:47 PM
Suri, you are an amazing inspirational young woman. I'm a lot older than you and my biggest, maybe only problem, is Hebrew. when someone wants something badly and are willing to anything (not the 3 immoral things we are not allowed to do) to attain that goal, they will be successful. You certainly are proof that hard results in success. We live in Karmiel, in Northern Israel. I hope I get a chance to meet you.

pamela lynn buttery, United States, NJ
1/15/2013 11:59:32 AM
i have none

Lief Henley, United States, MS
1/15/2013 7:00:06 AM

Tom Dahlke, United States, CA
1/15/2013 12:54:03 AM

RLDirks, United States, WY
1/14/2013 10:56:31 PM
This is a very inspirational story, Suri! You are a very busy young woman! G-d bless you with your Hebrew studies; I too am trying hard to learn Hebrew. Shalom, Laurie

RLDirks, United States, WY
1/14/2013 10:29:22 PM
Yours is an inspirational story, Suri! You are certainly a very busy and industrious young lady. May G-d bless you in your study of Hebrew; I too am studying hard. Shalom, Laurie

RLDirks, United States, WY
1/14/2013 10:27:09 PM
Yours is a lovely inspirational story, Suri! You certainly are a very busy young lady! Good luck with your continued Hebrew study; I too continue to work hard at learning Hebrew. Shalom, Laurie

Sandy Wasserman, United States, FL
1/14/2013 10:26:20 PM
You are an amazing young lady..........and I am certain that you must have wonderful parents who hopefully are as amazing as you are.

Carol Fine, United States, CT
1/14/2013 9:19:57 PM
Wow! That really IS a great story and beautifully written! Hope you win, Suri. You are obviously a wonderful, beautiful, and loving young woman. I hope I get to meet you one day! Love, Carol

RLDirks, United States, WY
1/14/2013 8:34:28 PM
An awesome inspirational story! You are one very busy young lady. Good luck with the Hebrew, Suri!

Anita Kronowitz, United States, NM
1/14/2013 7:09:24 PM
A lovely and heart-warming story. Thank you Suri for sharing!

Yale Harlow, United States, CA
1/14/2013 7:08:15 PM

Jackie Fishman, United States, CA
1/14/2013 6:19:43 PM
This is a most wonderful, beautiful story, and Suri should be an advocate for all peoples of all ages, how to overcome and make the best (which she is the best) of all situations. Her parents deserve so much credit, along with Suri.

Iris Zaft, United States, CA
1/14/2013 2:56:22 PM
Loved the story

Sara, United States, NY
1/14/2013 2:38:19 PM

Hana Levi Julian, Israel,
1/14/2013 2:01:51 PM
Well done! Yasher koach, Suri!

Vernon Soudyn, United States, CA
1/14/2013 1:57:54 PM

Isabella Soliman, Egypt,
1/14/2013 11:22:09 AM
Suri is special, really she got the UP in everything. God bless her and protect her with all the love she deserves.

bebe, United States, AL
1/14/2013 11:21:49 AM
Very good, Suri!

Miriam Leaf, United States, NY
1/14/2013 11:13:33 AM

Jay Goldberg, United States, NY
1/14/2013 9:59:57 AM
Wonderful, Suri.

Chaya Kaufmann, United States, NJ
1/14/2013 9:26:16 AM
Suri is the best!!!

michael goldstock, United States, NY
1/14/2013 8:57:25 AM
Nice Suri

Rabbi Eliezeer Goldstock, United States, NY
1/14/2013 8:55:35 AM
super story

Sara Fehler, United Kingdom,
1/14/2013 6:17:17 AM
Well done Suri, this is rly gr8! x

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