24 hours since I arrived back in the US. 24 hours without this group of diverse, beautiful, and supportive people who, in 10 days, became more than my fellow Birthright participants. We all had our reasons for waiting and joining the trip as 27-32 year olds, but the experience we all had would not be the same without each and every person on this trip.
I flew to Newark to meet my @amazingisrael
birthright group with a mixture of anxiety and excitement. I never had a Jewish upbringing beyond knowing my family's religious and cultural connection to Judaism and Israel and observing some customs, never had a bat mitzvah, and have been told that I wasn't Jewish or not Jewish enough. But I went on this trip with hope - hope that the people I meet, places I visit, and sights I see will inspire me to continue to embrace my Jewish heritage. The people on this trip both surprised and inspired me - we were all from different backgrounds and upbringings. We talked, we laughed, we cried, and we bonded. From Jaffa to Haifa to Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and everywhere in between, we learned about each other, spent wayyyy too much time on a bus, and had the experience of a lifetime in our homeland. The connections I made, both with the people and the land, will stay with me for a lifetime. I know now that I am enough, as I am, and that being of Jewish heritage only makes me a better me. It's a feeling of comfort and peace to know that I know myself just a little more, and that this group was there to experience it with me. I can't give enough thanks to the Amazing Israel team, our staff, Rachel and Holly, and our beyond amazing tour guide, Assaf, for everything. This started as a trip of a lifetime for me, but became so much more in the short 10 days I spent in this beautiful country.
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