myIsrael 2024

After an unforgettable 10-day journey to Israel, our seniors returned home yesterday. This year’s myIsrael program immersed our students in connection and reflection. The trip balanced the important moments of joy and wonder (Ein Gedi, the archaeological history of the Old City, sunset on the beach in Tel-Aviv) with experiences where our students were able to bear witness and lend support to victims and hostages. 

As the trip progressed our students engaged with students from a local high school in Otef Aza, paid tribute to October 7 victims at the Nova festival site, and volunteered at Pitchon Lev, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Israel. Together they celebrated Shabbat in Jerusalem, stood in remembrance during the siren for Yom HaZikaron, and connected with the land of Israel as they embraced the natural beauty of Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. 

Wrapping up with a tour of the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, our seniors returned with a transformed perspective of Israel. Reflecting on the trip, Ariel S. ’24 shared,“This whole trip has been an amazing experience, both educationally and emotionally. Not only did I renew my connection to the land of Israel, I had countless meaningful and memorable conversations with students, staff, and even some very friendly strangers. While any ending is bittersweet, I know that the memories that will stay with me long after this trip will be ones of beauty and joy amidst the tears. I would like to share a final thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. The impact it has had on me, and many others is truly immeasurable, and I can’t wait to go back.” 

Returning to Boston, our students carry a deeper bond with each other and the state of Israel. We thank Dr. Dalia Hochman, Simon Luxemburg, Cindy Jacobs, Rabbi Hillel Greene, and Na’ama Tamir for their dedication, to ensuring this journey’s success. 

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