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“Community and Culture Foundation. For the administration, please press one. For accounting, press two. For coordinators, press three. For the secretary, press zero or hold the line.”
Elka pressed three.
“For Yael, please press one. For Chanita, please press two.”
Hmmm… If there was any chance of extracting some information, it was only from Chanita. Elka pressed two and sat down on her rocking chair as she quickly reviewed in her mind what she planned to ask. She couldn’t reveal that Margalit had told her something regarding the expected grant, but on the other hand, she also couldn’t just start asking questions out of the blue.
“Good morning, Chanita speaking.”
“Hello, Chanita. This is Elka Cohen, from Yokne’am.”
“Oh, Elka, how are you? We received your most recent reports. Seems like you’re doing a very good job at your place.”
“You mean the reports from before Pesach?” Elka relaxed a bit. Chanita herself had opened up an avenue for her to ask questions.
“Yes. Your winter activities were quite impressive.”
Chanita, an older, traditional woman, admired and somewhat understood the Chareidi lifestyle, and had always been very friendly with Elka. Still, Elka had to be careful. “Yes, the winter was quite successful, baruch Hashem. Noa contributed a lot toward that.”
“Noa? Which Noa?” Keep Reading…