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Reflections of Israel by Kim Soderberg

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

Since my teen years, I’ve had the “travel bug.” World Cultures was my favorite subject in school and I found it fascinating how so many different kinds of people there were in the world. I had many wonderful adventures (mostly in my teens and 20s), but nothing can compare to the experience I had in… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Melissa Plotkin

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

People will say, “You don’t know/understand until you experience it.” That was me. I have been doing diversity and inclusion work for the IDEAS Center/York JCC for over 6 years and I’ve never been to Israel. I’ve had family and friends who have gone, but it wasn’t until I went back in November 2019 that… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Lien Luong

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

Going to Israel was an incredible learning experience. I grew to better understand and appreciate Jewish culture and religion. I knew several cultures and religions call Israel home, but I never knew just how vastly diverse it is. The experience opened my eyes to so many different ethnic groups and cultures within Israel that I… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Michelle Zeller

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

The months lagged as I waited in anticipation for the adventure of going to Israel to come to fruition. I looked at it as an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the Jewish peoples in Israel. What I got was so much more… I had no idea that the trip that included co-workers… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Jen Landis

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

Going to Israel was a blessing. I am lucky to be part of such an amazing facility that would offer this to their employees. Ever since I was a young girl my grandmother wanted to go to Israel. When I was asked to be part of the JCC team that was going, I initially said… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Emma Nowak

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

Before this trip, it was difficult for me to imagine what life was like in Israel. I usually try to step outside of my own perspective, but Israel seemed like a world away, different customs, different food, different language, different people, etc. Where would I even begin? Without experiencing it first hand, all those differences… read more »

Reflections of Israel by Matt Scarpato

access_time May 1, 2020 - By amber

Before I had the opportunity to travel to Israel, I did not consider it to be in my top 10 travel wish destinations. After I had the wonderful opportunity, I would easily rank it in my top 3! Our trip to Israel gave me the feeling that I was on the edge of my seat,… read more »

Reflections of Israel: Then & Now

access_time April 27, 2020 - By amber

In November 2019, a group of JCC staff and board members went on their first ever trip to Israel. In honor of Israel’s independence Day, we are happy to share their reflections. “Israel was a once in a lifetime trip that I was so blessed to go on. It was an experience I would not… read more »

Full Circle

access_time November 13, 2019 - By amber

By Gina Kohr Today, we come full circle as 24 individuals on our way home excited to share unique experiences with loved ones, community members, and coworkers. The past 10 days we have walked many miles and traveled many destinations and eaten so much food that I don’t know when I will ever be hungry… read more »

We Have Choices

access_time November 12, 2019 - By amber

By Jon Liss At breakfast, we learned that Israeli forces had assassinated a well known terrorist in Gaza. Then rocket attacks began into southern Israel and parts of Tel Aviv. Fortunately, as of this writing, there haven’t been any significant injuries in Israel, but some buildings have been hit. Iron Dome has been about 90%… read more »