Y2I Testimonials

Y2I: A Life Changing Experience

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Abby Avin,

Marblehead

I now have a very strong Jewish identity because of my Y2I 2019 experience

Joshua Barosin,

Georgetown

So when I think Israel, I think of being deeply connected to not only my history but the history of others.

Jadyn Gross,

Marblehead

Thank you for opening my eyes to see new and better things than what I would just see at home.

Taylah Baseman,

Gloucester

I fell in love with the culture, most definitely the food, my religion, and most importantly, the Israeli people.

Rachel Goland,

Swampscott

The beauty of the country, the feeling of being at the Western Wall and other religious sites and more amazing Israeli things gave me a connection to the country that I didn’t know I could foster in only two weeks.

Sam Gutin,

Marblehead

During my final days of being in Israel, I felt truly connected to Judaism, what it means to be Jewish, the culture, and the community.

Nicole Michelman,

Peabody

I feel more Jewish overall, and more connected to the global community of Jews.

Leah Katz,

Beverly

This trip played large roll of solidifying my Jewish identity and helped me better understand my roots.

Jared Hass,

Danvers

As I embarked on my journey through Y2I, I realized that there’s more than one way to be Jewish and feel connected to Judaism.

Emma Keith,

Newburyport

As I finish my last two years of high school and go on to college, I am prouder than ever to call myself a Jew.

Adriana Kotler,

Lynnfield

This trip came at a time I needed most, at a time when I was questioning my Jewish identity due to the anti-semitism going on at my school.

Ari Menes,

Reading

Being a part of a friend group that’s Jewish, it’s strengthened my Jewish identity and makes me feel normal. I didn’t have that before, and having it now is amazing.

Jessica Sapozhnik,

Salem

My ideas about Israel have completely changed, and now when people say negative things about Israel I am able to correct them and share with them my experiences from going there.

Sophie Bendoris,

Wenham

There must have been thousands of people at the holy Western Wall while we were there, and at this moment, I was as proud to be Jewish as I have ever been in my life.

Charlie Mack,

Beverly

Y2I gave me the real meaning of being Jewish.

Jenna Tabenkin,

Georgetown

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