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Birthright!

Family and Friends,

I am officially enrolled in JCC Maccabi's BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL trip this winter! Birthright Israel is an organization that takes Jewish college students age 18-26 to Israel for ten days.

I will be in Israel from December 24th to January 2nd. In a few weeks I will have a phone interview, after which they will send me all the needed information (where I am flying out of, what to bring, which specific activities I will be doing, a more complete itinerary, etc.)

I'm particularly excited because my cousin Will and I will be taking this trip together! It will be amazing to experience Israel with a member of my family.

I hope you all will wish me well on my journey! Well-wishers get more souvenirs :)

L'hitra'ot,
Melissa






Who We Are


The educational vision of JCC Maccabi Israel and JCC Association builds upon the history of the Jewish people in Israel by creating a meaningful dialogue between North American and Israeli Jews. With the focus on leadership training and personal development, participants and staff will work from a pluralistic perspective, while dealing with issues of history, spirituality and the role of community in Jewish life.


About Our Taglit-birthright israel Program


JCC Maccabi Israel (JMI) is a thrilling and interactive Taglit-birthright israel adventure. You will experience the incredible culture, history, and people of Israel. Hiking, touring, tasting, floating, and exploring are all part of this trip. As a participant on JCC Maccabi Israel you will have the opportunity to take part in political discussions with experts in the field coupled with exploring Jerusalem, Israel's capital, hiking historical Massada at sunrise, visiting exciting Tel Aviv, enjoying a Bedouin feast, marveling at the breathtaking views of the Golan Heights and much more. While in Israel you will be led by two American staff who are dynamic and passionate about Israel and the Jewish community and two Israel staff an experienced and exciting tour guide as well as a licensed security guard.


Our alumni say that one highlight of our trip is the conversations we have with Israelis. While in Israel you will tour with young Israeli soldiers who will educate you about their Israeli perspectives. The bonds, friendships and love for Israel will undoubtedly stay with you much longer than 10 days.


Shabbat with JCC Maccabi Israel is a personal and spiritual experience. We celebrate the holiness of Shabbat by enjoying the peace and serenity of a day of rest while getting to know one another on a deeper level. While all JMI programs are non-denominational we embrace Jewish young adults from various backgrounds. All of our programs observe Kosher and Shabbat.


JCC Maccabi Israel is a project of four partners; JCC Association, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi USA Sports for Israel and Maccabi Canada. JCC Association is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which was started in 1854 and includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada. Building on the 100 years of experience and the success of programs across North America, with JCC Maccabi Israel, we know you will have an unforgettable journey.


Participants are typically 20+, come from around the country and are typically (though not always) affiliated with a local JCC/JCC Camp/JCC Maccabi programs or Jewish Federation.


Come with JCC Maccabi Israel because we're not just another trip.



P.S. If you're awesome, you already got this in an e-mail.

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lasunshine
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for you. Although, this squashes my chance of meeting up with you when I'm in Orlando. My lapsed catholic self will be praying for you on your journey.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
!!! what!
So you're going to be in Orlando (where I've been twice this past month and will continue to go to) while I'm in Israel?

thanks :)
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
coincidence 2: probably flying out of NYC
lasunshine
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah. we'll be there the 22nd-29th and we're leaving out of JFK.
tally_cat
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sweet. This means that I'm awesome.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
were there doubts?
tally_cat
Sep. 11th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ya never know. Heh.
star
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
So jealous.

And, many well wishes, of course. :)
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
thank you!!
star
Sep. 11th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Could I beg a "souvenir" off of you? *wide eyed* If so: I collect foreign currency. I don't care what the amount is, as long as it's paper. *wide eyed* I'll even pay you back.

Also, you will be taking pictures. Right? Right?
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
totally! All I require are well-wishes :)

I will be taking billions of pictures, or at least enough to fill up my three memory cards for my digital camera :)
tevarin
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations:) It sounds like a really great program.
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is!

If you beg, they let older people in too :)
kolibri
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
let the well-wishing commence! w00t!
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
thanks!
silicon_jesus
Sep. 11th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not awesome :(
So, anyway, i wish you well. My mother was considering a trip to that area in 2006, but scrapped plans for that trip following the Lebanon-Israel war of 2006. Anyway, I wish you well for a safe and happy trip!

And I in no way do this for any souvenirs. I just hope the trip goes really really well. :)
thisgirliknow
Sep. 11th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not awesome :(
thanks!
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