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Why I now love Israel!
Mount Zion teen Ani Sward travels with NFTY in Israel

Ani Lizeyda SwardOver the summer, I spent one month in Israel with NFTY’s (our Reform Movement’s teen) summer program. With three options to choose how you want to see Israel with NFTY, I choose the Adventure Program. I spent a month traveling all over Israel with 45 other teens from all over the United States, and spent a week with 13 Israeli teens. We saw everything, and did everything, all while learning about the history of the Jewish people, and the history of Israel. I never thought it was that big of a deal to go to Israel even though everyone around me spoke of it and how important it is. However, after being there for a month, I fell in love with Israel, and its people, my people. I loved every moment from sleeping under the stars in the Negev desert, going on hikes, and just spending Shabbat with my friends. Thanks to Mount Zion’s scholarship fund, and my parents’ support, I was able to have the best summer I’ve ever had, and the greatest experience of my life.

Mount Zion’s Congregational Israel Trips

Look back as Mount Zion members reflected on their experiences while in Israel in 2012, 2014, and 2017.

Check out video montage from Mount Zion’s last Israel trip 2017!

To read a number of daily blogs describing the experiences of your fellow Mount Zion Temple congregation members on their two-week family congregational trip to Israel led by Rabbi Adam Stock  Spilker, read blog here.

The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Featuring: Ari Shavit
Sunday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Mount Zion Temple

Watch video from “Reconciliation not Revenge” – Mar 1-3, 2013

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Thank you to Nancy Hauser for the videography and editing, Scott Russell and John Risken for uploading to the internet.

Other Israel Related Links

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Israel on the World Wide Web

A compendium of news, advocacy and opinion sites about Israel and the Middle East prepared by the Mount Zion Israel Committee can be read on this list of Israel web sites