With uncertainty ahead about how to celebrate my Bar Mitzvah in the midst of strict rules about large gatherings, we have decided to take a virtual trip to Israel to learn about the country, to learn about Tzedakah and the work that Jewish National Fund does for Israel and to have some fun along the way.
I have been to Israel twice - once in 2010, and once in 2017. I hope to be able to travel back there again soon to see all the amazing places I'm learning about on my tour.
As I learn more about Jewish National Fund's efforts to build communities in Israel, I hope you can join me by supporting the organization. Donations of any size make a difference!
Today, we visited Ketef Hinom, The City of David, The Kotel and the Kotel tunnels, the Temple Mount, and Machane Yehuda. The highlight of day 1 for me was learning about Biblical archaeology.
Today we visited Caesarea, saw the model of the Second Temple and Shrine of the Book, Masada and the Dead Sea, the world's longest Salt cave, and Sderot. I learned about JNF initiatives to help build communities in the less populated areas of Israel, and also how JNF helps families in border towns such as Sderot which suffers from constant rocket attacks from neighboring Gaza.
The highlight for me was Masada and the Dead Sea.
Today, we visited Independence Hall, the Ayalon Bullet Factory, AMHSI (Alexander Muss High School in Israel), the Israeli Air Force Museum, Timna, Tzippori, and Tzfat.
My favorite part was learning about the Ayalon bullet factory.
Today, we went to Rosh Hanikra, Tel Faher, Atlit, Buza Peace Ice Cream, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Har Hertzl, Sarona, and planted a tree.
My favorite part of today was learning about the spy Eli Cohen.
My favorite part of the week:
That's too hard, I loved every moment equally and had a great time. To those of you who were able to join me, I hope you did too!
Thanks to all of your amazing support, I'm increasing my goal in the hopes of raising even more money for Israel. Thank you!
This fundraiser is part of a special Jewish National Fund program called Plant Your Way which introduces kids to fundraising and giving back to Israel. Should I be lucky enough to travel to Israel in the near future, this program also makes me eligible for a grant to help with the costs of travel to Israel. Thank you again for your support!