Today is August 20, 2019 -
I am a Zionist. I support Israel as the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people. I say this unapologetically and without qualification.
I married a woman who was born in Israel. Together, we financially support Zionist organizations, including (but not limited to) the Jewish Agency (through Jewish Federation) and JNF and AIPAC. We invest in Israel Bonds.
We host Israelis. We talk about Israel around the dinner table. We bring or send our children to Israel–often. Our youngest has been “only” three times, with his next trip planned for February with Federation’s Teen Mission (details in process). Our kids are more comfortable walking the streets of Jerusalem than the streets of New York City.
There are many incredible opportunities for kids to visit Israel, including free or highly subsidized trips. There are trips that cater to denominational, political, culinary, activity, or advocacy preferences. There are gap-year programs and semester-abroad programs. There are volunteer or intern opportunities.
Our daughter Jenny has taken advantage of most of these opportunities. She’s been three times with her family for family simchas. She went on her eighth-grade class trip; she went for a summer with NCSY (with an added week to learn advocacy); she went on Federation’s Teen Mission; she went on a Birthright trip, and she went for a semester abroad.
This weekend Jenny graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Rochester and, at the same time, received notice from the Jewish Agency that her application for Aliyah has been accepted. Mazal Tov!
So, I repeat last week’s question, “If we’ve raised a Zionist, can we be surprised that she’s making Aliyah?”
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