ON AN early morning at JEWISHcolorado, Michal Peleg-Uziyahu arrives clutching a cup of coffee but never takes a sip. Her rapid-fire words, a delicious blend of decaf and the real stuff heavily accented English and Hebrew omit the opportunity.
Peleg-Uziyahu, who became Israels shlicha (emissary) to Colorado in 2011, is leaving her Denver-based post in mid-June of this year.
Spurred by memories, accomplishments and intimations of the future, the almost 38-year-old Israeli from the Negev is amiable, animated, funny, dedicated and emphatic.
I was oh my gosh 34 when I came here, says Peleg-Uziyahu, who arrived with her husband Amir, their daughter (now 10) and twin sons (now eight). It wasnt really a hard move.
First of all, it was my decision and my husbands decision. We thought it might be a nice adventure.
I was for working for the Negev Development Authority then, and we wanted to stay in this zone of doing something for the community and public service.
Peleg-Uziyahu knew Raz Arbel, Denvers former shaliach (2007-2009), whose departure carved a temporary halt in the shlichut program in Colorado due to lack of funding.
I was in the process of training to be a shlicha at that time, she recalls. Suddenly I get a phone call: Colorado is back in the game. You will be interviewed. Lucky me, I was chosen to come here.