Me at an archeological dig!
On January 2, 2008, at 6 am, I boarded an Israir plane with 19 other young adults, many of whom I had never met before. We were off to Israel for a 12 day adventure, as part of the Taglit Birthright Israel program- a free trip for Jewish males and females, ages 18 - 26, funded by the Israeli government, the Jewish Federation and some private donors. We had a smaller group than most other Birthright groups, and a few more staff members, but other than that, it was just like any other Birthright trip- busy from morning til night with sightseeing, hiking, tasting new foods, meeting many people, learning about Israel and about each other. Our tour guide, Galit, was incredible and so knowledgeable about all of the places we visited. My photos tell part of my experience. What you can't see are the friendships made, the pride I felt for Israel, and the fulfillment I feel for having been able to enjoy this awesome gift, just as my brother Ari did last year, and other Jewish young adults have been for the past 10 years.
Synagogue in Safed
Our group near Masada, along with leaders and soldiers who traveled with us for a few days. (I’m in front right corner)