From the Heart

  • Written by JONATHAN SPILLER
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:00
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Editor’s note: Jonathan Spiller, 29, is an activeYachad participant and lives on his own in Watertown. The following are his words, unedited.

Ifeel Yachad Boston has changed my life in so many ways. It has given me a place to belong to. I have always dreamed of joining a Jewish organization where I can meet new people and make new friends and no one cares how old I am.

I have had really fun times at events so far. First event I went to was 11/25/12 Sunday bowling at King’s Bowling in Dedham.When I arrived with my parents and sister I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t nervous just really excited to make new friends and talk to lots of people. I started talking to people right away, we talked about bowling and my love for skee ball and ice cream, then more people arrived. We started bowling, I had never done the big bowling balls before, but I love trying new things and I learned very quickly how to bowl using the big bowling balls. Everyone gave me high fives, I really appreciated that and I appreciated everyone was very nice and welcoming, I didn’t want the bowling event to end but all things do come to an end, but I will go to more events. By the end of bowling I knew I made lots of new friends and they really were true friends that wanted to talk to me. I even had two Facebook friends after the bowling event.

Everyone convinced me to go to the Yachad Chanukah party at Young Israel Brookline. So I went, it was so much fun. A good friend of mine even asked me to read a Dvar Torah speech. At first I was nervous but it was really an honor for me that a friend of mine asked me to read his speech. Of course I said yes, I practiced a lot. I thought to myself when a friend asks you to read a speech you do it because it is a good thing to do for a friend. That friend held the microphone for me. I didn’t look at any people just at the paper as my Aunt Rachel and others told me to do so. At first I hesitated, but then I just kept reading until I got to the end. I really had fun doing arts and crafts at the Chanukah party, playing dreidel and hacky sack in the hallway of Young Israel. I hope to play hacky sack more times at events with friends of mine. I look forward to going to more Yachad Boston events. It will always be a part of my life, as well as all the new friends that I have met.

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