Tevel B'Tzedek

Jewish Volunteers Staying Stoic In Ravaged Nepal

Second quake complicating rebuilding efforts for small band of workers.

Contributing Editor

A team of 40 Jewish volunteers in Nepal watched in horror on Tuesday as a second earthquake wrought more death and destruction on the country — and as more of their hard work was reduced to dust.

Tevel b’Tzedek volunteers rebuilding quake-destroyed homes in Nepal.  Courtesy of Tevel b’Tzedek

How Yakira Met Michael

Jewish Week Correspondent

Yakira Wiesel was the only girl on the crowded rooftop of a rickety bus. She was in Nepal, on a nine-hour ride, heading toward the Frozen Lake Trek. She heard some of the guys speaking Hebrew, which was comforting for a 20- year-old Israeli girl. When the bus began to shake, she turned to one of them and asked: “Can I lean on you?” Michael Azulay, who was 23 at the time, was happy to oblige. He recalls: “I immediately felt an attraction.” 

Yakira and Michael Azulay: Their road to destiny went through Nepal.
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