By Lindie Henderson, 6/05/2017
Forty-six women began a travel journey on May 21st in Tel Aviv. We had WRJ in common although many of us were meeting for the first time. Our connection began over food and a getting to know you ice-breaker that would unfold over several days... exchanging our favorite books, movies, foods (chocolate was a clear winner), favorite TV shows and more.
We have walked and ridden miles together, always talking, sharing and learning. We wept together at Independence Hall watching the signing of Israel's Independence and singing Hatikvah. We connected with mothers and daughters... Read More
By Heather Lorgeree & Nanci Pompan, 6/01/2017
This blog was co-written by Heather Lorgree and Nanci Pompan. They each share their unique experiences on the Women's Journey to Israel in their pieces below.
"What do you mean you have never been to Israel?," my friends would exclaim when I told them I hadn't yet visited. Birthright wasn't very big when I was in college and the congregational trips never felt like the right opportunity for me. When this trip was announced, an all women's trip appropriate for first-timers, I knew that I needed to sign up. After almost a year of waiting and counting down... Read More
By Sharon K. Benoff & Robin Krieger, 5/31/2017
"Six Days you shall labor and do all your work, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of Adonai your God.” (Exodus 20:9-10) Shabbat is a day of rest. A special day. The days of Friday and Saturday occur automatically, but Shabbat occurs when we make it happen.
Typically, Sharon lights the Shabbat candles at home; recites the blessings over the wine and challah. Currently, Sharon is congregational president and she attends Shabbat services more regularly and finds it calming, rejuvenating, and spiritual.
Robin also enjoys baking challah prior to Shabbat…can you smell it?
In Israel... Read More
By Cheryl Bremson, 5/26/2017
Every year at Passover I've said "next year in Jerusalem." Of course there was that year I lived in Alaska and said "next year in Maui" but that's another story... This year, 2017, is my year in Jerusalem and also my 70th birthday!
We came out of the tunnel into the light and then there it was in front of me: Jerusalem in all her glory waiting for me to learn, explore, and experience. In 2010, Elie Wiesel wrote an open letter to Barack Obama. "When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time, it is not the first time. It is a homecoming." I am blessed to be home. Thank you to the wonderful... Read More
By Karen Biron, 5/25/2017
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 I visited Bental Mountain Observatory for the fourth time. Each time I visit I am in awe of how Israel has yet persisted to survive throughout the years. Lebanon and Syria are a stones throw away and the borders are watched by a few observers stationed at the observatory.
We heard a very educational lecture, "The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border," a field seminar and dialogue with Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Sarit Zehavi, a Senior Intelligence Officer and subject matter expert on the Israeli Northern Border.
After the lecture we had the... Read More