SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Y2I, I have to give it to you – you were right about all of it. The life-changing experiences, the lifelong friends that I didn’t know existed yet, the memories, the beautiful places only found in paradise (aka Israel), the connection to my Jewish identity, all of it.
It’s a true miracle that I was even able to go on this enchanting adventure with so many different moving parts put together by so many hard working and passionate people. People willing to spend their time, effort, and money to send a hundred Jewish American teens to Israel is an act so inspiring and shows how much this purpose matters. This is a gift, more powerful than any gift anyone will receive, with an impact so strong and so emotionally touching that saying thank you will never begin to be enough.
Being someone who has never been to Israel before, I was more than blown away by what I saw and what I learned. The strength that the country has, along with the confidence and bravery of the people living there, has been transforming to witness. Y2I was the gateway that showed me this new world of sacredness and warmth that was felt all throughout the country. Seeing new places every day; places my dreams aren’t even creative enough to come up with, the unimaginable that somehow made it to this planet … to this holy land. I can’t describe in words what it felt like being there. It’s something only you can see yourself and feel what it’s like.
Thank you Y2I and to everyone that supports it, and to Israel itself for the true experience of a lifetime, in my case a feeling of a lifetime.
Julia Miller, South Hamilton