Posted July 20th, 2012
By Alex Willick, Otzma
Ask any Israeli for their vote on best hummus place in Israel, and in general, they’ll all give you a different answer. There are, however, a few places that are known State-wide as having exemplary recipes and preparations. Noteworthy hummusias include Abu Hassan in the Old City of Jaffa, Hummus Abu Ghosh outside Jerusalem, and Hummus Sa’id in the Old City of Acco, which I visited earlier today.
It was packed with native Israelis who elbowing their way to the next open table and eager to take part in this epic culinary experience. Luckily, I went with the head coach of the middle school basketball team I help to coach. He’s 6’5” and weighs about 260. We did not have trouble getting a table.
A bona fide child of the Tri-State Area, Alex Willick was born in Bergen County, NJ, raised in Westport, Connecticut, and subsequently lived in New York City. He graduated from Colgate University in 2009, where he studied music and philosophy, both of which continue to be passionate areas of study. He has spent the last few years working for the Jewish community in New York City, including a year and a half at UJA-Federation of New York and some time at Heeb Magazine.
Since the summer of 2011, Alex has been living in Israel as a member of Project Otzma, and he is happy to have the opportunity to live and serve with the people he loves, in the country he loves. After a year of living in places that tourists rarely have the opportunity to visit, he cannot wait to be back and making Israel an even greater part of his identity. In August, 2012, he will be beginning his graduate studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and will be a candidate for a Master’s in Jewish Experiential Education with a specialty in Israel Education in 2014.
Alex is also a musician, writer, and photographer, and his blog can be found at AriInIsrael.tumblr.com.