ILSI - Celebrating Shabbat in Israel
Posted on 07/11/2014 @ 06:33 PM
As the worldwide Jewish community turns its attention to what's happening in Israel, we are thinking about our nearly 350 teens who are visiting Israel right now - many for the first time - with us. We monitor the situation constantly and make real-time changes to our travel itineraries in consultation with the Israeli authorities to ensure an experience that is both safe and meaningful. We're also in touch with our staff and teens regularly to help show our support and to remind them that their well-being is our over-arching priority.
We've spoken with teens who tell us that they are so proud to be in Israel at this difficult time and how their connection to Jewish life is strengthened by this communal experience with their peers. The teens are expressing curiosity rather than fear, and they're even having fun along the way. As one teen said: 'We used to think that life was put on hold during such tense times, but the Israelis have shown us how to enjoy our time here despite the challenges.'
We are inspired by their resiliency and know that they will come away with strong friendships, deep memories and a powerful feeling of attachment to the land and people of Israel.
As we say "Shabbat Shalom", we not only welcome the Sabbath, but also pray for peace in Israel.