Today is December 15, 2019 -

Jewish Geography defines “six degrees of separation” as “the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.”  In 1994, two college students in Pennsylvania created the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” playing on this theory, and today you can download the app.

In the Jewish world, we know that we don’t need six degrees to connect any two Jews, and in fact, we’ve created our own game, Jewish Geography, as a fun way of proving this point.

I was standing in line at a conference registration table in D.C. when the woman behind me introduced herself and asked where I was from.  “Albany,” I replied.  “Do you know Penina, my best friend from camp who was from Albany?” she asked.  “We graduated 8th grade together,” I replied.

Playing Jewish Geography in Israel is the best.

On the Tuesday night of my trip, I was assigned a random dinner partner, who happened to be from Australia.  I commented that on Wednesday, our free night, I would be dining with another Aussie, a former resident of Albany, now living in Modiin.  “Oh, whom do you know from Australia?” she asked.

“Davi Pushett.”

“Oh, Davi’s aunt is married to my uncle.”

“Of course she is.”

On Wednesday night, Phyllis (from Saratoga) and I dined with Davi and his wife.  Five minutes into dinner, we learned that Davi’s niece and Phyllis’ grandson are classmates in a Jewish day school in Manhattan.

Please keep your eyes open for my “Three Jewish Degrees of Davi Pushett” app, available soon.

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