Goals & Gratitude

It’s been about three months since I packed up my things and moved across the world to Israel. Things can be disorienting, strange, and uncomfortable when you move to a new country regardless of how much you prepare yourself mentally. There have been challenges that I anticipated (sharing a room, lack of certain creature comforts, homesickness) and those that were unexpected (how much the language barrier would impact me and cultural differences between schools in the U.S. and Israel). But even with these challenges, there is a strong feeling of appreciation for the people and things in my life here that make me feel at home or provide comfort, distraction, or happiness that is unlike anything I have experienced. Below are some of those things. … More Goals & Gratitude

First Tastes of Israel

Today’s guest post was written by a Rachel Greiner, a participant on the Camp Tawonga – Yahel summer program in Yavne, Israel. Designed for teens entering 11th and 12th grade, the program, which is run in collaboration with our Israeli partner Friends by Nature, provides teens with a unique opportunity to build relationships with Ethiopian-Israeli teens … More First Tastes of Israel