This is the fourth installment of our “My Israel Story” series. All week, we’ll be sharing personal photos and stories from our staff about their connection to Israel in honor of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) on May 10-12. We look forward to sharing even more of our Israel stories and experiences this summer at camp!
“My second trip to Israel in 2012 was my most powerful experience there. I went on Jewish National Fund’s Alternative Winter Break trip. My college, Temple University, went on the trip with college students from other schools to do community service and engage with the physical land in Israel.
I loved seeing Israel from such a pure and real perspective. We learned about many of Israel’s challenges, and we were able to help first hand. For example, we planted a garden and built a hut at an Ethiopian village and picked oranges for the homeless at Leket Israel. In the media, Israel is portrayed as such a violent, extreme place in many cases. This trip taught me that the people and challenges there are so real, and there are ways to help. I’ll always remember that genuine, true connection I felt on that trip.”
– Tara L., Unit Head