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  • 23 References 17 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Hebrew (modern); learning Spanish
  • 69, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • I am a retired congregational rabbi, trying to reinvent m...
  • Dang: If only I were as intellectually curious back when ...
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About Me

The International House of Random has reopened.

Preamble: Life is not binary. Our options are more nuanced than "yes or no." Are we accepting guests? It depends: are you solely interested in crashing on our couch (or sleeping in our outdoor loft - see pic) or are you interested in meeting us and having us meet you? Is our house pet friendly? It depends on the type of pet that is traveling with you.

There: I've vented. Do I feel better for it? A little.


To enjoy the journey and to share the joy


Laughter and a kind word brighten the day. I aim to be a source of both.


Build bridges. Complain less, say "thank you" more. We're all in this together.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


My wife and I were Servas hosts - and occasional Servas travelers - for close to 15 years. We enjoyed meeting people from diverse backgrounds, especially those who allowed themselves to feel at home chez nous. Couchsurfing has all the advantages of Servas but without the bureaucracy.


  • gardening
  • hiking
  • teaching
  • schmoozing

Music, Movies, and Books

Depends on the day and my mood. Some days salsa, other days Afrobeat.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Cuba, England, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Turkey, Uganda

Countries I’ve Lived In

Israel, United States

Old School Badges

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    5 Vouches
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