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It’s always great to be in Israel.
Returning on the Jewish Federations of North America Campaigners’ Mission last month with Russ Jennings was no exception. Russ, one of our Men’s Division co-chairs, was a great roommate. He inhaled every piece of information and every impression from the site visits and experts that spoke to us. See his article on page 7.
We arrived in Israel amid the controversy over the “Temple Mount,” which caused much friction and seemed like it might spark something bigger in the conflict than it did.
When we entered Jerusalem, we were told we could not go to the Kotel. Two days later, however, we were allowed to visit one of the holiest sites to the Jewish people. I had never experienced this kind of apprehension over a visit to the Kotel, and I hope it never happens again.
Israel still does its magic and the people we met still have their unwavering support of our “home country.” People are still making Aliyah from countries all around the world. There are still young people coming to make Aliyah and join the IDF My friend Julie, from Delaware, is an inspiration to all of us. She is a “lone soldier” in the Israeli army. She came to Israel without parents at 24 and is still in the army (and very proud of it).