Checking in with Ramah Seminar in Israel!
After Nivonim, we encourage our Ramahniks to participate in Ramah Israel Seminar in the summer before they return to Palmer on tzevet (staff). This is a wonderful program of Israel exploration and education! Our Ramah New England contingent is having a great time on Seminar.
Here’s an update from Ayelet Wiederhorn:
On the days leading up to Seminar, I was a little nervous because there would be so many new people in one place. However, before our flight even took off, I had made a bunch of new friends. I made the decision to go on the Poland trip in addition to Israel, and it was extremely powerful and meaningful. I learned so much about my history and Jewish identity, and became very close with everyone on my Poland bus. I feel that this trip to Poland really prepared me for the next part of my summer in Israel.
Having visited Israel many times before, I was worried that the trip would feel repetitive. However, I could not have been more wrong. We are one week into Seminar, and it feels like I am in Israel for the first time. Being here with so many old and new friends is amazing and I feel more connected with both the land and the people here with me. This week we did many things I have done before like kayaking down the Jordan river, or shopping in Tzfat. We also did many things I have never done before like going on a boat ride on the Kinneret or waking up at 3:45 to see the sunrise. Whether I had already gone to these places or not, the experiences felt new and exciting, and I could not be happier here.