A week and a half ago, I returned from Israel, having – for my first time – led a Taglit Birthright Israel trip. It was quite a trip and there is much to say about it! Look for future posts about the trip on this blog
One thing that struck me was hearing many participants say how more excited they were for exploring their Jewish identity than they had before. I was very glad to hear that. However, one thing I learned – having gone on the trip – was that the trip is really a spark for exploring one’s Jewish identity in contradistinction to being the place where one fully explores it.
Thus, the task ahead of us (my wife and I were the trip leaders) is to leverage the participants’ experience and to help guide them on their continued Jewish journeys now that we’re back. Although we had a small get-together with some of the participants in the days following our return, we hope to have other get-togethers, as well as other follow-up meetings. There is much work to be done!