Hi everyone! I’m Bryan Spiegelman, I have been an active member in Young Judaea my entire life. Young Judaea has instilled in me an incredible passion for the State of Israel. As it happens, this summer is my last as a "camper.” This July, together with many of my friends, I will be going to Israel for 4 weeks with a program called Machon through Young Judaea. This is an educational program that will allow us to experience all of Israel from North to South.
Israel is a huge part of my daily life and I am sure it is very important to you as well. As a Judean, I have been taught to love the country of Israel, to be a proud Zionist and to love the language and the culture of our people. I know that this program is the next step in my education as a responsible Jewish adult.
Part of the Machon program involves mitzvoth. For my project, I chose the JNF “Plant Your Way to Israel” project. This program raises money for the planting of trees in Israel - making Israel a green and environmentally safe place to live for present and future Israelis. If you choose to donate, the money donated will go to planting trees all over Israel in your names. You will then receive a certificate of appreciation, and I will receive a portion of the donation from JNF towards my travel expenses.
Many of you have been to Israel and so have I; however, I don't really remember most of my experiences in Israel because I was so young. Now that I am 17, I hope that by going to Israel I will learn much more about our people and enjoy the most amazing country in the world.