Earlier this year I applied for a trip to Israel with Birthright Israel, a foundation working 'with the Government of Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Hayesod, as well as the 30,000+ Birthright Israel Foundation donors each year, we work to ensure that Birthright Israel remains a gift to young Jewish adults for years to come.'
At the end of the month I'll be celebrating Hanukkah and bringing in the new year in Israel with Birthright Israel travel group Shorashim!
We'll hike, swim in the Dead Sea, eat a lot of amazing food, and learn about culture and history. The list of things we're going to do in just one week's time is pretty impressive, and exciting. Plus, warmer than the 0-degree weather we're experiencing right now in New England...
Over the years I've come to realize that I'm personally not a traveler in the common 'tourist' sense; I don't like to travel just to sight-see, creating an itinerary and covering a million and one 'sights' in a day, waking up at 6 a.m. and starting all over again. Rather, I like to travel to immerse myself in the environment and learn about its history, observing the contemporary culture as I walk around and explore. I don't feel pressured, or feel as though 'this is my only chance' to see that city, or that country, even if I never do return.
And this trip with Shorashim is no exception. We have an itinerary, but the activities are spread-out, and we have time to appreciate what we're experiencing.
I'm really looking forward to the trip, and learning more about Israel and my family's religious roots. I can't wait to get back and share some photos of my own, too!