We are writing this together because our Journey to Israel was a trip that for years we had always wanted to take. . .
Our Journey was made even more meaningful and special because
it was made with our Rabbi and our Temple Community. A community that started out being just a gathering of some friends and acquaintances and ended up becoming a truly connected community. People, who we may have been acquainted with through temple, were no longer just acquaintances, bonded as friends.
Each day was filled with more excitement and spirituality than the previous day. This was the land of our ancestors – the land of the Jewish people. It was so much more than standing on some ancient historic site. The trip gave us new insight into the lives of the Israeli people from before the Common Era right up until today. The teamwork of our guide, Zvi, and Rabbi Bellush enabled us to learn, laugh and even shed a tear. This was all enhanced by our volunteer head-counter and photographer, Bruce Silverman.
Tel Aviv is a modern bustling city full of the vim and vigor of youth, with fine restaurants and nightlife, not unlike Manhattan. However when you see the City of Jerusalem, at the overlook for the first time, something happens to you – it actually will move you to tears. (Tears of joy and tears of “we finally made it.”)
We saw, we learned, we experienced spirituality in so many places – at Mevasseret Zion (a Reform Synagogue), at the Wall, Havdalah under the stars, Yad Vashem. We could go on and on! This was the experience of a lifetime made even better by sharing it with our Rabbi and Arnie and those of our Temple Community.
It is our hope that one day we will return.