Thirteen years later, I had the privilege of traveling to Israel (photos below) on a birthright trip with Oranim [shout out to my fellow birthright-ers on bus 819!!]. Again, I was asked, "What is your Hebrew name?" and again I was told that it was Yaffa, not Shayndel. My friend Kerry was also on this trip with me, and she decided that Yaffa was the perfect "nickname" for me, so when we returned home, she continued to called me Yaffa. The nickname was so popular, it caught on, and now, my husband calls me Yaffa at least 20 times a day - I think he even says it in his sleep. He has even given a nickname to the nickname and sometimes calls me Yaf.
Do you have any great stories about how you got your nickname?