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Wrapping up 2017 Y2I

Our farewell with the Israelis was really something special. Together we viewed and discussed Beneath the Helmet, From High School to the Homefront, which beautifully showed what Israeli teens do immediately following graduation from high school, as they prepare for their national duty in the Israeli Defense Forces. American teens explained to the Israelis what […]

Oh What a Day!

July 12, 12:31 a.m. What a day we had yesterday!  Teens mustered the energy to fully engage in a full day despite our incredibly long day, the previous day, in the desert.  Great attitudes prevailed!  Teens realize our time here is short, and they want to see and do as much as possible. Going to […]

New Adventures, New Friends

It’s amazing we have already traveled thousands of miles over the past nine days, beginning with our 6,000- mile trip from Boston to Tel Aviv, and we have covered more than 4,000 years of history. We already covered hundreds of miles in Israel, with hundreds left to go. By the time our trip is over, […]

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem

It’s been a wonderful couple of days in Jerusalem, beginning with our joyous sheh-heh-cheh-yanu moment, where we recited the blessing marking this special moment time in the lives of your children.  The sounds of shofars and drums welcomed your kids to Jerusalem, as they joyously danced the hora.   We toured from morning until night, […]

Yerushalyim Shel Zahav…Jerusalem of Gold

Yerushalyim Shel Zahav…Jerusalem of Gold

As soon as our tour educator said, “Welcome to Jerusalem!”, the level of chatter on the bus became subdued enough that I took notice. “What are you wondering about?” I asked the boy sitting across the aisle from me, as I observed him gazing out the window. My question was prompted by his rapid transition […]

Welcome Home

As you know by now, we are in Israel! It’s crazy to think this is already the end of the second day for us.  What a beautiful and exciting day it has been, beginning with our arrival at Ben Gurion Airport with a warm handshake and “Welcome Home” greeting, and finally settled in Tel Aviv. […]

Up, up and away!

It’s just 24 hours until departure for our adventure of a lifetime in Israel, and I want to share my excitement with you! It’s been 10 months since the first informational meeting for 2017 Y2I, which has grown into an impressive group of 109 Jewish teens from 28 communities and 38 high schools.  Lappin Foundation’s […]