Israel Scholarship Recipient Recounts Her Life-Changing Journey

By Hailey Weissman

During the summers of 2021 and 2022 I went to Ramah Sports Academy (RSA) where I enjoyed living with and spending time with Israeli staff and campers. When my time at RSA experience came to an end I was excited to see what my next summer adventure would be. Since my older sister had gone to South Africa a few years ago with BBYO Passport, I knew that they would be the perfect place to look for my 2023 summer adventure. Little did I expect the great memories and friendships that I would make over the three week journey.

Fast forward to July 11, 2023: When I got to John F. Kennedy International Airport to board my flight to Tel Aviv, I honestly was in disbelief that it was really happening; that I was going to Israel for three weeks. 

Not only were these experiences incredible, they also opened my eyes to the cultural diversity that lives within Israel. That being said, if I had one takeaway from this trip it would be to always go into every place you go with an open mind. 

Ever since I came home I have been dreaming about what my next time in Israel will be like, because I know for a fact that I will be going back there to revisit and relive so many of these incredible opportunities. 

This would not have been possible without the Israel Scholarship that I received from the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. I could not be more grateful for the life changing experience you helped me receive and the people that you helped me meet.Thank you!  !הבר הדות 

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