I posted a picture of cherry tomatoes because they are one of my favorite foods and I had no idea before birthright that they were invented in Israel! I’ve uploaded a screenshot of this post from instagram.
I liked BIH on Facebook
I downloaded Kosher Near Me. I learned that one of the only kosher restaurants within 10 miles of my house is one I have been wanting to visit for a few years, anyway. I also learned southern MD has a lot more options than northern VA or DC. I would recommend the app to friends in southern MD or those willing to drive there.
I followed BIH on instagram
My most meaningful moment in Israel occurred at the Western Wall on Shabbat. It was my first time seeing all the people gathering, praying, singing, and dancing. Being able to place my hands on the wall and pray was extremely meaningful to me - I will never forget it. I think it is important for Jews to go on birthright because it is an incredible privilege for which our ancestors have been praying and fighting. It gives Jews a deeper connection to Judaism and the land.
Last night my roommates and I enjoyed a Shabbat meal at home. We made a tofu and vegetable dish with bread and enjoyed white wine. My roommates are not Jewish, so it was fun to be able to teach them about Shabbat. The most enjoyable part was having them ask questions and be genuinely interested. I hope to do it again.
Last night, two of my roommates joined me in lighting shabbat candles, which they had never done before. I explained to them the significance of lighting the candles. Having them join me so openly and willingly meant to me that they supported me more than I knew before.
It was interesting to hear the different opinions on the history of the refugees. I learned about who qualifies as a refugee and why the number has increased.
I researched CyberArk which is an information security provider with which I work in my career. It was founded in Israel. It has expanded to the US and several other countries and established a US headquarters in Newton, MA. I found it inspiring that it was founded by a group of security engineers like me and is now a widely-known company.
Friday night I was at a friend's house telling my friends from home about my birthright experience. One girl, whom I do not know well, kept expressing that Israel was unsafe, that she wouldn't want to go there, and she didn't understand the conflict with the Palestinians. I explained to her the root of the conflict, the opportunities for peace, and the military protections Israel provides for its citizens. Unfortunately, the history behind the conflict is not well known in the US. I felt proud that I could make a very small impact by explaining it to a few more people.
I read an article about recent developments in the tension between Israel and Iran and Iran-backed forces in Syria. I learned about an Israeli plane that was shot down and the subsequent statements made by Israeli politicians and military leaders.
We gathered in NY for a mini-reunion. We talked about real life and memories from the trip. I’m so glad to have made real friendships from the trip that carry on to everyday life.
I lit Shabbat candles in my new candle holders from Israel. Lighting candles is a symbol of calm in my house which parallels nicely with Shabbat.
I had a Shabbat dinner hosted by my Taglit friend Dan. He invited all Taglit friends in the area. It was very special that we were able to gather so soon after our trip.
I had my bat mitzvah at age 25 during my birthright trip. I did not read from the Torah. In my speech, I shared a story about the most spiritual moments in my life. My bat mitzvah was a very special day for me and I will never forget the hugs I got from my Taglit Mishpacha after my speech.
My birthright trip inspired me to commit to learning Hebrew. By doing so, I believe I can deepen my connection to Judaism and Jewish history.
I chose to like the Jewish National Fund on Facebook because I admire the causes and efforts they promote.
We invited our birthright mispacha over for Shabbat dinner. We made chicken, pasta, and sautéed vegetables along with an assortment of appetizers and (premade) cookie desserts. I loved lighting the candles, eating, and enjoying a night together. I would love to host Shabbat dinner again.
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AboutThe 100 Point Challenge is an opportunity for returning Taglit-Birthright participants to TRY a variety of Jewish activities, find those activities that they LOVE and want to continue to LIVE. Bring Israel Home participants can choose to complete any Jewish activity that speaks to them to earn 100 points. 50% or more of the American participants in a participating Taglit-Birthright bus must earn 100 points on the Bring Israel Home website within three months after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to earn a Bring Israel Home reunion. The Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge is divided into two milestones. Participants must earn 50 points within the first month of returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to qualify for the following milestone. After achieving the first milestone, participants have two months to earn their final 50 points of Jewish activity. The milestones are clearly outlines below:MilestonesMilestone 1: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 50 points of Jewish activity in the first month after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience. Milestone 2: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the two months after achieving Milestone 1. Travel Stipends*:
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At The Maimonides Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers with a choice of over 100 locations nationwide. The program meets 1x a week for 10 weeks and includes an exciting Shabbaton Weekend Retreat. The weekly meetings include FREE food, along with dynamic discussion on HOT topics relating to Israel and Judaism. Upon completion, Fellowship participants typically receive $300-$500 CASH or a FREE/Highly subsidized trip!
Take part in interactive classes from the comfort of your own home with the JU Max online learning program. Classes are all live, online, and interactive with top notch presenters. Participants who complete the entire class will be eligible for a FREE TRIP BACK TO ISRAEL and can also receive college credit*. NOTE: JU Max is only available to students and young professionals who do not live near a local Maimonides Class option. To see the list of local options, CLICK HERE.
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