This intersession, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Israel with Johns Hopkins Hillel through Birthright, also know as Taglit. Birthright is a free 10-day trip to Israel granted to every Jewish young adult, and I chose to go with Hopkins Hillel. This trip was eye-opening and wrought with meaningful discussions and unforgettable experiences. With my Hopkins peers by my side, I was able to tap into my conflicted Jewish identity and understand the culture behind it, as well as the complex history that gives it meaning.
This jam-packed trip left me feeling fulfilled, grateful, informed and definitely exhausted, which is why my mind is far too cluttered to recap in full! Luckily, my friend Olivia (hi Olivia, you’re amazing!!) documented the whole trip through short clips of video, which she compiled into this wonderful video that I’m so excited to share:
I am so grateful for this experience, and mostly, to have experienced it with Hopkins. I just returned to campus yesterday, and today I’ve already met up with some of my Birthright friends and found Israeli food with them in Baltimore! It just shows that after this trip, I not only have memories to hold onto, but also friendships which will only grow back on campus. Hopkins Hillel is such a warm, welcoming community for all Jewish students, regardless of how they identify or practice. It is a small but special and representative piece of the larger Hopkins community, which I simply cannot wait to return to after this long break.
Please enjoy this random assortment of photos from the trip!