In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem – Interview with the Filmmakers

We had the opportunity to chat with the documentary filmmakers of In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem, premiering in DC, June 7th at Washington Hebrew Congregation.  From the creators of The Hope and Made in Israel comes the new film commemorating the battle for Jerusalem that happened 50 years ago. They discuss their artistic process, connection to the Six-Day War and the ups and downs of filmmaking.

You tell the story of the war through firsthand interviews. What was your process for finding people to interview?

The 17-day shoot in Israel last summer was carried out after intensive research through diaries, radio broadcasts, conducting interviews with experts (such as Member of Knesset and historian Michael Oren) and, of course, with the veterans themselves.

“It was a long process to find these really gripping stories,” said Erin Zimmerman, writer, and director of In Our Hands. “My Israeli production team helped me immensely throughout the arduous process,” Zimmerman stated. Every line of dialogue comes from these records and interviews.

Not all documentaries include historical reenactments. What went into your decision to include them in your film?

“It is important to have the story told by those who lived it. In Our Hands reveals the hearts and minds of soldiers, scholars, and politicians, both religious and secular. Seeing their vivid memories portrayed in historical reenactments brings the Six-Day War to life in a new and unique way,” said Gordon Robertson, In Our Hands executive producer and CEO of The Christian Broadcasting Network.

Shot in Jerusalem on the actual battle sites, more than 100 actors (the film’s extras are real paratroopers) re-enact the deadly fighting at Ammunition Hill and the Old City. Other scenes are replicated at the Rockefeller Museum and the Mount of Olives.

“Most accounts of the Six-Day War are straight documentaries, and the Battle of Ammunition Hill is a sentence or two,” Robertson, said. “No film we know of actually recreates these pivotal scenes and events with such intense accuracy. For new generations of Jews and Christians, In Our Hands is a must-see in understanding the significance of this historic moment in history.

Has this film screened in Israel yet? If so, what kind of feedback has it received?

In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem will debut in Israel on June 4 in Jerusalem. Filmmaker Gordon Robertson, and writer and director Erin Zimmerman, will host the event, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the veterans whose courage brought about the reunification of Jerusalem and, as one veteran put it, “the returning to the nation its heart.”

Do you have a personal connection to Six-Day War?

For Gordon Robertson, the Six-Day War was much more than a historical event. “I vividly remember my father sitting all of us down and explaining to us the biblical significance of what had just occurred,” Robertson said.

“We had a lot of discussions about politics and world affairs around the dining room table, but this one didn’t occur around the dining-room table. This was one where Dad got us all out and we opened the Bible and looked at the verses that were just fulfilled. He underlined it for us. He made sure we understood the significance,” Robertson said, speaking of his father, CBN founder Pat Robertson.

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Spotted in Jewish DC – Challah at Bread Furst

#SpottedinJewishDC this week is a holla at Bread Furst Bakery‘s challah, located in the Van Ness neighborhood. These braided beauties are hand-rolled every Thursday from 9am to 11am, and are then put in the proofer overnight. You can watch this time-honored tradition in their open-kitchen while noshing on their other baked goods. Note – none of their baked goods are certified Kosher.

The recipe is from Head of Production, Ben Arnold, former Range Bread Baker. When we asked General Manager, Eun Yim, about the challah flavor profile, she said they’re “not on the sweet end in terms of the challah spectrum. I may be biased but they’re the best challah I’ve ever tasted.”

Since this bread is only baked Friday mornings, you’ll need to get to the bakery before they run out. Depending on demand, this could be before the end of the day. But, Yim says, you can always call ahead and request for them to put one on hold for you.

Try one of your very own for $7 before tax. And, if you try it, post about it with #SpottedinJewishDC. We want to know what you think!

Spot something particularly Jewish in DC? Let us know about it by emailing or snapping a photo and posting it on social with #SpottedinJewishDC. You may see it here!

 

Stay Up All Night with The Unkosher Comedy Tour

Back by very popular demand, EntryPointDC’s The Unkosher Comedy Tour returns with some of the funniest young comedians of DC. This annual Shavuot tradition will take place on Wednesday, June 7th at RFD in Chinatown. We asked Jewish Person of the Week alum, Stacy Miller, EntryPointDC’s Manager, to give us a preview of the event.

Why did you choose comedy for a celebration of Shavuot? What’s the theme this year?

Traditionally, Shavuot events focus on learning and studying.

We remain awake to show that, unlike the situation of our heavy-lidded ancestors at Sinai, there is no need to bring us to our senses; we are ready to receive Torah. And what could be a better way to stay up super-late than at a rocking comedy show?!

Comedians are storytellers and often share insights about the collective human experience that we all can relate to and learn from. Last year, our Shavuot comedy show theme was revelations. The comedians incorporated stories about a time when something was revealed to them, whether they learned something about themselves or about another person.

This year’s theme is ‘Up All Night,’ since we often stay up until the late hours learning on Shavuot.  The comedians will be adding jokes to their set about a time something or someone caused them to stay up all night and what they learned from the experience.

What can the audience expect?
A night of laughs, libations & l’chaim. This year you also can choose a VIP ticket option for the guaranteed best seats in the house.

Tell us a bit about the performers.

Max Rosenblum, our original host for the event, selected the comedians for the show. He has performed for both NOVA Tribe Series and EntryPointDC, and at our Confessions: A Storytelling Interrogation Show with hosts Perfect Liars Club last September in honor of Yom Kippur.

For this event, he selected a group of comedians that are Jewish, have Jewish content and/or have a lot of stage experience. Alex Scott, Moses the Funny Jew on Twitter, is a Jew of color, #kosher, and an Air Force vet. Naomi Karavani is a correspondent and writer for the weekly, comedy news show Redacted Tonight. Jeff Hyson performed at our first Unkosher Comedy Tour back in 2013.  The first time I saw Yoki Danoff, he was a part of a comedy panel show where he was an expert on all things related to Jewish actors, and he had to compete with the audience on knowing Jewish trivia. Steve Brady is our token non-Jew and he has hosted shows with Max in the past. Our new host, Jon Yeager, tells me he is a proud quarter-Jew and he knows all about Shavuot.

What’s on the menu?
We have drink and food specials all night! Definitely some cheesy and dairy goodness at RFD for the apps and desserts.

For more information and tickets, click here. For more events around Shavuot, check out our Shavuot Guide 2017/5777.

Jewish Newbie of the Week – Benji

As a part of GatherDC’s Jewish Person of the Week feature, we highlight one Jewish “newbie” each month. (Are you new? Do you know someone who is? Nominate them––or yourself––today by emailing Shaina!)

Meet this month’s Jewish Newbie of the Week, Benji!

Benji and I went to coffee in September right after we both graduated. (Want to grab coffee with Shaina to find out how to get more involved in DC Jewish life? Sign up!) Benji has lived internationally, loves to go camping, and is an Eagle Scout! Learn more about Benji in our interview with him below.

Shaina: When you were in college at the University of Southern California, you lived in Argentina for a semester. What was your favorite part about that time?

Benji: I lived in England when I was in second grade, so the novelty of living abroad wasn’t actually so novel… but getting to live somewhere where the spoken language is one that you’ve acquired is a fulfilling experience. I took all of my classes in Spanish, so I actually had a fairly rigorous course load while I was abroad. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the World Cup victories that Argentina had (except for the last pesky game that they lost) and spent lots of time traveling through South America.

Shaina: I hear you love camping and the outdoors. Did you camp at all in college?

Benji: I joined USC’s outdoors club as soon as I got to college, and quickly became active in the outdoors community. I became a guide, led trips for underclassmen my Junior year, and ran the budgeting and accounts for the club my senior year too. California is a beautiful state to travel around, so much that in my last year of college I spent almost as many weekends in the deserts and the mountains as I did at school!

Shaina: Have you always been a fan of the outdoors and camping?

Benji: I started going into the outdoors with my dad and my brothers when I was a kid– at first on family trips but soon after through cub scouts and boy scouts. I spent summers in middle school and high school going to boy scout camps… culminating in the summer I spent working on a low ropes course and performing a nightly musical campfire at Philmont Scout Ranch in the New Mexico Rockies.

Shaina: What is your favorite part about DC?

Benji: I love that DC is a walkable city, even on hot summer days. I lived in Los Angeles for four years, which was a great experience… but I enjoy living somewhere that you can get around with public transit and walk to bars and restaurants.

Shaina: If you could choose any DC museum to get stuck in for a whole day, which would you choose?

Benji: I’m partial to the Newseum, but it’s definitely worth waiting to go when they have an interesting exhibit up. It’s painful paying to go to a museum in DC, but I still recommend it (but only once, maybe twice).

When the Jews of DC Gather… they play Hasbro’s latest version of Jewish Geography!

As a part of GatherDC’s Jewish Person of the Week feature, we are highlighting one Jewish “newbie” each month. Are you new and want to talk about getting more involved in Jewish life in DC? Sign up to grab coffee.

Rabbi Rant: Because I Said So

I remember the biggest temper tantrum I ever had. I was about 5 years old at a baseball game at Wrigley Field. In front of me was a lady with a big bag of peanut M&Ms, and I wanted to ask her if I could have a few. My parents said I couldn’t, and when I asked why, they gave me the answer that set me into a rage: “Because I said so.”

That classic parental go-to has exasperated children since way back when. We count down the days to adulthood when we can free ourselves from the shackles of their controlling and arbitrary ways.

So when it comes to Judaism, how do I react when told that something should matter “because God said so?” I revert to my five-year-old self at Wrigley Field, demanding a better explanation (with slightly less crying).

Few, if any of us, accept that type of religious justification. This makes connecting to the holiday of Shavuot, a day we celebrate receiving the Torah, particularly challenging. Whereas other holidays are less focused on the divine, it would seem the Torah’s significance is inextricably tied to it. We should care about the Torah because God wrote it. Once you bring God into it, there’s really no further explanation needed.

But this is a lazy approach to Judaism, and living a thoughtful Jewish life requires more thoughtful answers to basic questions like “Why care about the Torah?” “God said so” is not a full answer. (It begs the follow-up question: “But why would God say so?”) And it’s only one answer. There are many other compelling answers that aren’t rooted in God at all. (I shared 3 last year.)

Shavuot is a time to ask yourself what the Torah means to you, to entertain the possibility that it has meaning outside of its author / religious authority. It might be that those answers are equally non-compelling. At the very least, we can share some dairy desserts together. I know cheesecake is the classic choice, but I’m going to be enjoying a big bag of peanut M&Ms.

ConGRADulations: A Reflection on Being a Year out of College

First, I want to say congratulations to all of the people who have graduated and moved to DC! We’re so excited to have you in this great city.

Whether you moved to DC without a plan or you’ve  had a job lined up since September, moving to a new place is hard. I graduated a year ago (May 22nd, to be exact), and I knew I was moving to DC. I had gotten a job here at GatherDC, and I was so excited for the new phase of my life.

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After moving here, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of close friends who were here. I had new places for me to explore, new routines to follow (ugh 9 am), and new friends to make. It wasn’t easy. However, there is always comfort in knowing things will work out.

You need to find the places and people you feel comfortable, and over time it becomes easier…over the past year, I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever made. I think this is because when everyone is in a vulnerable place, everyone is more open to exploring that vulnerability together and making closer, better friends.

All the TV shows say #adulting is the worst, and they’re not wrong. However, they’re not totally right either. Being an adult is also fun, challenging, and definitely worth the wait. (Even though you have to pay taxes and might have to deal with weird roommates.) This past year has been one of the best.

If you want to find a way to connect to Jewish life, friends, or activities (believe me, that’s where all of my friends came from), sign up for coffee! We’d love to be your first point of connection in DC.

How to Create a Budget that Works for You

Just like with healthy eating and exercise habits, it’s really hard to stick to a budget. That’s usually because we are trying to stick to a budget that doesn’t make sense for us. So let’s figure out how you can create a budget that will help you be financially successful.

Identify your financial goals

It’ll be a lot easier to stick to a budget if you know what you’re doing it for… sticking to a budget for budget’s sake is a recipe for failure. That’s why you need to identify your goals so that you can see what you’re working towards. You’ll feel a lot more motivated that way.

What is most important to you moving forward? Do you want to make changes in your career, love life, friendships or financial situation? Do you want to travel? Pick out the goals that mean the most to you, and then you can figure out how to achieve them.

Make sure you write those goals down – you’re much more likely to reach them that way. If these goals are big, break them down into digestible steps. This will make it much less intimidating, and also feel more attainable. For example, if you want to save $5,000 in a travel fund by 2018, figure out how much you’d have to save each week to make that happen.

Now that you know your goals, you can build your budget to help you reach them.

(Need some ideas for goals to work towards? Check out these simple financial goals for 2017.)

Figure out how much is coming in

Some of us don’t even know how much our monthly income is. We get our direct deposit and go on with our day. But it’s really important to know exactly how much is coming in each month. You can’t plan ahead if you don’t know what you’re working with.

Look at your past four paychecks. Are they consistent? What’s being taken out of them besides taxes? Add up your monthly paychecks and any other income you typically receive. That’s the maximum amount of money you should be spending on everything each month.

Figure out how much is going out

Look at all of your expenses. These are broken out into fixed costs, flex spending, debt payments, and other priorities. Add them all up to figure out how much you spend every month.

Here are some definitions to help you:

Fixed costs: Any costs that usually stay the same each month. This can be rent, insurance, utilities, or subscriptions. These are the types of expenses that you usually cannot change (even if you want to). Make sure you’re also including non-monthly expenses in this amount. (Read more about preparing for those.)

Flex spending: This is any spending that can fluctuate from month to month. It can include groceries, gas, shopping, dining out, etc. You usually have some control over these amounts.

Debt payments: Whatever you’re paying towards any debt each month. This can include credit card debt, student loans, car payment, etc.

Other priorities: This amount is anything you’re putting towards other goals, like savings or paying extra towards your debt.

To make this easier, link up your accounts to programs like Learnvest, Personal Capital or Mint. They will automatically categorize your spending into different buckets, so you can see where you are using most of your money.

Once you can see how much is going out during a typical month, you can see how that compares to what is coming in. Are you spending more than you earn? Do you have money leftover that you can allocate to your financial goals?

Decide where you can cut back

Compare your spending habits to the goals you just identified. Do they align? If you realize that you’re spending a lot of money on things you don’t value, you can make some changes. Here are some good questions to get you started:

  1. Are there any subscriptions that you are paying for but not using? (ie: gym membership, magazine subscription, ZipCar, etc.)
  2. Are you taking a lot of cabs or ubers when you could walk, carpool, or take public transportation?
  3. Do you go out for lunch every day when you could be bringing your lunch to work?
  4. Is your money going towards the things you enjoy the most?
  5. Do you regret any of your spendings over the past few months?

(Read more about aligning your spending with your values.)

Adjust your spending as necessary

If you’ve realized that you’re spending more than you’re earning, or that your money isn’t going where you want it to, you can make changes. You have the power!

When you look at how much you’re earning each month, minus your fixed costs and debt payments, how much do you have left? That number is how much you should spend on flex costs and other priorities. Don’t go over that number or you risk going into debt. Allocate the number based on your needs and wants. Obviously you can’t cut out things like food, but you can spend less on dining out, while buying groceries more often. You can make coffee at home and bring your lunch to work. You can cut back on unnecessary shopping trips. (Share in the comments how you’re planning to make changes!)

Throughout this process, and as you continue to use your budget, keep your eye on the prize. Track how much closer you are to your goal each month. Print out a picture of your dream house and keep it on your desk. Remind yourself everyday that you’re doing this for an important reason! You’re doing it for YOU! That will make it easier to stick to.

Automate what you can

The easiest way to save is to set it and forget it. Set up direct deposit from your paycheck, or have your bank make scheduled transfers. This way, you don’t have to think about it and you won’t miss the money. You’re way more likely to save when you do this.

If you are working to pay down your debt, set up auto pay or set a reminder for yourself each month. You want to make sure to pay your bills on time, and this will take some of the work away from you. Just make sure you have enough in your bank account each month to pay these bills!

Note: If you’re already living on a bare bones budget, and still have nothing leftover, you might have to bring in more income. Can you ask for a raise at work soon? Perhaps you can take on a side gig, like babysitting, dog walking, or bartending. Another option is to monetize your skills. If you’re an awesome writer or copy editor, put yourself out there for hire!

Do you want a sample budget spreadsheet to get you started? Email me at hello@maggiegermano.com!

This post originally appeared on Maggie Germano Financial Coaching. Want to read more? Check out maggiegermano.com/blog or subscribe to Maggie’s weekly newsletter!

Spotted in Jewish DC – National Museum of American Jewish Military History

Memorial Day, when America remembers men and women who died serving our country in the U.S. Military, is this coming Monday.  In honor of this, our #SpottedinJewishDC this week goes to the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, located in Dupont Circle. We sat down for an interview with Michael Rugel, the museum’s Program and Content Coordinator to learn more about the museum’s history and what you can find within its walls.

How did the museum come to be?
The museum was founded by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. The JWV originated in 1896, when a group of Civil War Veteran in New York formed the Hebrew Union Veterans Association. One of the organization’s goals was to disprove the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews don’t serve in the military. When JWV moved their headquarters to DC, they created the National Shrine to the Jewish War Dead. In 1958, the museum was created by a Congressional Charter as the Jewish War Veterans National Memorial, Inc. In 1984, under the Reagan administration, the museum opened at its current location. George H. W. Bush nailed the mezuzah to the doorpost at the building dedication.

Why do you think it’s important to focus on Jewish, U.S. military members?
It’s important to show that Jews participated in virtually every aspect of American history. In my opinion, the stereotype of the American Jew as intellectual nebbish is still alive today. We want to show that Jewish Americans are very accomplished in a field that some might not expect. When Americans think of Jews in the military, they often immediately think of Israel. People lose sight of how many Jews have contributed to the American military, going back to the colonial era. Over 500,000 served in World War II. These are important stories.

Most of the time, the stories of Jewish service members are the same as service members of any other religion or ethnicity. But there are times when it was very significant that these men and women were Jewish.This includes Jewish brother fighting against brother in the Civil War, Jewish immigrants who left Russia specifically to escape military service – but came to America and volunteered to join the Army, and Jewish American soldiers who liberated concentration camps during WWII.

How long has the museum been at the Dupont Circle location?
Since 1984.

Any tips for our readers who may want to visit?

There are three good upcoming opportunities to check us out:

Friday, May 26th – We’re sponsoring a Memorial Day Shabbat service at Sixth and I (not at the museum). A representative will read the names of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sunday, June 4th – During the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium Walk Weekend, we’ll be open from 11 am – 4 pm, along with 4 other museums in the neighborhoods: Anderson House, Dumbarton House, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House. All of us are open free of charge, with special programming. We’ll have a genealogy expert on hand to answer questions.

Sunday, July 16th – At 1:00 pm, we’re having a talk on Jews and Baseball.  Phil Wood is the host of Nats Talk Live and a long-time radio personality in the D.C.-Baltimore area. He’ll join us to discuss the history of Jews in baseball including Hank Greenberg and others who served in the military.

What do you think the most interesting things to see are in the museum?
That’s hard because there are so many, but I’ll list them!

  • A trepanning kit used by a Civil War surgeon to cut into skull and bone.
  • A WWII POW diary kept by Louis T. Wigdortz while a prisoner at Stalag Luft III. It prompts the question of what it was like to be a Jewish prisoner of the Nazis.
  • A listening station with a first-hand account of liberating concentration camps. Many of the American Jewish soldiers were Yiddish speakers and the only ones who could communicate with the Holocaust survivors.
  • Fallen Heroes – a touchscreen display listing the identified American Jews killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
  • A portable ark and altar created by Chaplain Martin Weitz to honor the “swords into plowshares” theme. The ark and altar used artillery shells and other elements of war to create the ark. He used it to lead Jewish services in the Pacific
  • Hall of Heroes – Features the 17 identified Jewish recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor, dating from the Civil War to Vietnam.

The museum is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Memorial Day (5/29) hours are 1pm – 5pm. The museum is open Sundays by appointment for groups of 6 or more, and the museum also hosts Sunday and weeknight programs on a regular basis.

Spot something particularly Jewish in DC? Let us know about it by emailing or snapping a photo and posting it on social with #SpottedinJewishDC. You may see it here!

Jewish Beyond The Tent Facilitator of the Week – Meleia

Though originally from the midwest, Meleia Egger is now a veteran Washingtonian. She also just happens to be a veteran of GatherDC’s Beyond The Tent Retreat. This year, she will be coming back to serve as a facilitator. We caught up with Meleia to chat about her experience at the retreat, as well as what she likes best (and least) about living in the District.

Where are you from originally, and how long have you been in D.C.?

I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin. I will, as of this September, have been a Washingtonian for seven years!

What do you love best about living in D.C.?

So much! Rock Creek Park. Roof-decks. The food scene. The amazing neighborhoods. The Malcolm X Park drum circle. Jazz in the sculpture garden. The diversity. The happy hour and brunch culture. The healthy/running/yoga culture (to work off the brunch and happy hours). The summer HEAT!

Sounds like you have a lot that keeps you busy! Do you have time for any other hobbies?

Bird-watching, yoga, and spoken word – particularly storytelling and poetry.

What’s one thing you would change about D.C. if you could?

The extremely loud sirens going off so frequently.

How do you connect with your Judaism?

Community, conversation and creativity!

I know you’ve been on the Beyond The Tent Retreat, and you are coming back this year as a facilitator. What do you think the benefits of going on the Beyond The Tent Retreat are?

Connecting to nature, stepping back from your routine, and thinking about what it means to be a Jew in new ways!

What will you be doing in your role as a facilitator for Beyond The Tent this year?

I’ll be leading discussions, modeling vulnerability, and holding space for the participants while bringing my own perspective to it all.

What is one thing you couldn’t get through the day without?

My morning yoga.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  TO SIGN UP FOR BEYOND THE TENT, CLICK HERE!

Meet the Mifgash!

This week marks the arrival of the Israelis from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Reverse Mifgash program. From May 15th until May 25th, 11 participants from all over Israel will immerse themselves in the Jewish-American experience by joining an array of activities from, Shabbat dinners to baseball games to our GatherDC Happy Hour tonight! For those interested in joining any of the activities, check out our list! We spoke with some participants prior to their arrival on our shores to get a better sense of who they are. Read on and you’ll have some nice icebreakers for tonights Happy Hour!

Keren Asaf

I was in the U.S. once before, for my Bat-Mitzvah.

I’m looking forward to visiting the United States, meeting new people with a different way of life, and seeing D.C.

The reason I wanted to participate in Reverse Mifgash is that I was interested to see the Jewish community outside of Israel. I want to meet people and hear about their life and learn what their perspectives are of Israel.

I hope to meet new friends and to feel more committed to my life in Israel and my Judaism. In Israel, we take our Jewish community, holidays, etc., for granted but I guess it is not like that in America.

 

Joe Graham

I have been to the US once, a year ago, visiting family in New York and Las Vegas.

I am most looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with some old friends. I am also very excited about getting to know the culture (both Jewish and general) of the D.C. area.

I hope to take back to Israel great experiences and memories, and also friendships that will last.

 

Dolev Elbaz

I have actually been to the U.S. twice. When I was between the ages of one and three, my family lived in Sacramento, California, where my father studied for his Master’s degree and my mother taught Shalom School (a Jewish day-school). Of course I don’t remember much, but technically I was there. The second time was on a family trip when I was 12 years old (2003). We traveled for about 2 months visiting the West Coast, Chicago, Canada and then the East Coast (including a few days in D.C.). I’m really looking forward to meeting my friends from Birthright and enjoying D.C, with them as an adult. I believe it will be a totally different experience than what I had as a young boy.

I’m excited about the opportunity to experience D.C. and the U.S. with local friends and learn about the Jewish community abroad. I think this is something unique to Reverse Mifgash since we get to meet a lot of people from the Jewish Federation and hear about their work in the community.

I hope to take back some great memories. Secondly, I would like to return with the feeling that Israel has a great Jewish community in the U.S. that supports it. Also, I will be happy to keep in touch with some more friends from D.C.

Adi Amsalem

This will be my first time in the States.

I’m looking forward to being exposed to the daily life of the Jewish community, seeing how Jews live abroad.

I want to enrich my knowledge about Jews as an authentic group in America, and hope to take home some strong memories.

 

Itzhak Zander

This is my first time in the U.S.

 I’m looking forward to seeing people, sites, culture – everything that is different than in Israel!

I really want to feel how Americans feel when they come to Israel with Taglit.

I hope to gain new friends. Besides that, I hope to get a new perspective about  the term ‘community’.

 

Ohad Shturm

I’ve never been to the U.S. before. This will be my first time!

 I’m looking forward to meeting with my friends from the Shorashim bus, back from July 2013. I’m also very excited about meeting with the Jewish community in D.C., going to museums and generally just traveling around somewhere I don’t know. I haven’t done something like this in a while.

I hope I get a chance to learn as much as I can about the way the Jewish people live in the U.S. and discuss all kind of topics.