2014 Y2I…A Teen’s Perspective

Places you go make for a nice memory, but the people you are with in these places create unforgettable memories that last a life time. When I came to Israel alongside the Y2I group, I promised myself to make multitudes of friends and beautiful memories; and that is exactly what I accomplished.

Although this trip was not at all what I expected it to be, it was like a fairytale to me. Almost every person I met carried this optimism and open mindedness that I grew attracted to and learned to love deeply. However, myself, I was guilty of becoming pessimistic and negative towards the future of the trip due to complications that were unforeseen by all. Eventually I realized that no matter how terrible and unfair a situation is, it is up to the people within the dilemma to either sink to misery and despair, or stay afloat smiling happily. And for the most part, no matter what happened, no matter where we went, everyone made the most of it and made every second count.

Having lived and breathed Israel for a little over a week has me head over heels for this little yet unbelievably strong country. The sites, the citizens, and the company came together to paint a beautiful mural that I will hang forever in my heart until the day I die. I am not a religious man, but I am a Jewish man, and forever will be my own man, no matter what anyone tells me. This small journey opened my eyes to the importance of staying true to one’s Jewish roots and to keep those roots strong and sturdy.

My name is Steven Stoianov, I am American, I am Russian, and I am Jewish, and Israel will always be a
place to call my home. For that I will always love and thank this young state for allowing me to be a part of a community that lives and breathes love and happiness for all of its people.

Steven Stoianov, Swampscott
Written in Tsfat, Israel

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  1. Jay Okon says:

    Very well said, my friend!

  2. Marla Rosenthal Laflam says:

    Beautifully written ! looking forward to meeting Steven … Also, Debbie Thank you for everything, you have been wonderful through this whole experience. Safe travels!
    See you around 2am Thursday morning,
    From Peabody MA

    Marla Laflam

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