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From December 19 - 28, 2010, JOEs from around the world experienced a most memorable Reunion in Ecuador.  For the 50+ JOEs who attended this once-in-a-lifetime experience -- which included trips to Guayaquil and Quito -- the gathering was always enjoyable and, at times, emotional.

All the JOEs and their families who attended wish to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts and unprecedented generosity of Johnny Czarninski, the leader of the Jewish community in Guayaquil, who surprised us daily with special touches that none of us will soon forget.  Johnny, his family, and his talented staff were unbelievably gracious and made all of us feel welcome and at home.

In Quito, we want to thank Offir Adaki, a former Israeli now living in Ecuador, who provided outstanding assistance.  He and his tour company, Ecuador Nature, were excellent.  We are happy to recommend Offir and his company to any JOEs -- or anyone -- who is planning a trip to Ecuador.  Offir can be reached at and his Web site is

If any JOEs wish to submit additional materials related to the Reuinion, please send them to Ralph Grunewald (

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