Jessica Band and Jonathan Gerafi in northern Israel
In September 2011, WUJS Israel participants Jessica Band, 26, and Jonathan Gerafi, 28, lived in the same city, in the same building, just one floor apart. Yet, they never spoke to one another during their first month in Tel Aviv. A month later, their friends went out on the town and the two strangers, who both happened to stay in for the night, met by chance and have been together ever since.
As Jonathan explored the quiet halls that October night, he paid Jessica an unexpected visit. “I was like, ‘oh man, I don’t want to talk to anyone right now,’” Jessica, a native of Rockville, MD, remembers. However, after a long and entertaining conversation, she was extremely happy that Jonathan, originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, had stopped by.
Over the next few weeks, they continued talking and growing closer, until Jonathan asked Jessica out...