Kehillah High Israel Trip 2021 Participant Reflections
Before going on the Israel trip, I had some knowledge of the history of Israel and I felt that my connections to Israel and my Judaism were strong. However, after the Israel trip my connections to both my Judaism and Israel grew a lot more than I thought possible.
One major thing that really changed my perspective on Israel was the Yitzhak Rabin Museum we went to in Tel Aviv. The museum was about his life and how he fought in both the 1948 and Six-Day wars, how he went from being prime minister to resigning to being prime minister again. Overall, the museum showed how the State of Israel was so heavily impacted by decisions he made along with others. The museum gave me a better appreciation for Israel and what they had to fight for.
One activity that helped me connect more to my Judaism was when we visited Yemin Orde, the children’s youth village for at-risk immigrant children coming to Israel from all over the world. The village helps to introduce these kids into Israeli society and get them ready for the future.
The village reminded me of the Hebrew word, kehillah (also the name of our program), which means community. The idea behind kehillah is, as a community, anyone is able to accomplish anything. And, that reminded me of how we, as the Jewish people, through Jewish values and lessons and together as a community, can come together to make change.
Overall, the trip to Israel was an amazing experience, and one that I will take with me to college. I will forever carry with me the moments I had and the experiences I was given.