12th Grade Israel Trip

As our students prepare for college and their next stage of life, we want to provide them with tools to dive into Jewish life on campus and in the wider world—with knowledge, self-assurance, and joy. For this reason, each year in February, our clergy team leads a group of 12th grade students on a week-long trip to Israel, as research and testimonies show that travel to Israel is one of the most powerful ways to create formative Jewish memories, deepen relationships with clergy and community, and form a personal connection with our Jewish homeland.

By empowering students with knowledge supported by personal experiences, we will enable them to embark on the next stage of Jewish life with pride, a strong relationship with Israel, and the ability to participate in their campuses’ complex discourse on Israel.

Interested in being a part of our 2020 group? Please email JLLAdmin@wrtemple.org for details.

“We woke up early and drove to a nearby public school called “Yad Be Yad,” or “Hand in Hand,” an integrated Arab-Israeli school. We took an amazing tour and met a fascinating tenth grade student who told us about the reactions people have to her controversial schooling decision. Each of us were blown away by the negative and positive backlash, the insane hoops the school had to jump through, and what a radical change this represents in society. We saw young Arab and Israeli kids sitting next to each other, playing together, and making Purim masks together.”

—Sydney G. and Emma L.

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2019-05-29T21:47:55-04:00

—Sydney G. and Emma L.

“We woke up early and drove to a nearby public school called “Yad Be Yad,” or “Hand in Hand,” an integrated Arab-Israeli school. We took an amazing tour and met a fascinating tenth grade student who told us about the reactions people have to her controversial schooling decision. Each of us were blown away by the negative and positive backlash, the insane hoops the school had to jump through, and what a radical change this represents in society. We saw young Arab and Israeli kids sitting next to each other, playing together, and making Purim masks together.”

“This day showed us how different people with vastly different lifestyles have all interpreted Zionism. Whether that means living in a place where most people would never travel to, or living in the middle of the desert, people all over Israel are finding connections to the land that is so sacred to them.”

—Sophie K.

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2019-05-29T21:48:28-04:00

—Sophie K.

“This day showed us how different people with vastly different lifestyles have all interpreted Zionism. Whether that means living in a place where most people would never travel to, or living in the middle of the desert, people all over Israel are finding connections to the land that is so sacred to them.”

“It is important for us as seniors to learn about the complexity of this conflict and how it directly affects both groups of people, so that we can properly advocate and inform others about it on our various college campuses.”

—Hanna E. and Hannah S.

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2019-05-29T21:49:08-04:00

—Hanna E. and Hannah S.

“It is important for us as seniors to learn about the complexity of this conflict and how it directly affects both groups of people, so that we can properly advocate and inform others about it on our various college campuses.”

“It was a really incredible experience to be able to meet kids our age who live across the world, yet still have so much in common with us.”

—Jordana K.

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2019-05-29T21:49:45-04:00

—Jordana K.

“It was a really incredible experience to be able to meet kids our age who live across the world, yet still have so much in common with us.”
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