For nearly two decades, one of Beth El’s clergy has led an annual congregational mission to Israel. Traveling together in a bus from the Lebanese border in the north to the Negev in the south, traversing the Golan Heights by jeep, bicycling or jogging along the Tayellet running the length of Tel Aviv adjacent to the Mediterranean, and walking along the mystical streets of Safed and the holy ground of Jerusalem, we experience Israel and all its wonders. As an added bonus, we make new and often remarkably enduring and caring friendships among our fellow congregants and strengthen our relationships with clergy.
The last Beth El mission to Israel took place from May 27–June 6, 2015. Beth El memers joined Rabbi Emeritus Bill Rudolph and Gail Fribush on a trip to Israel that focused on the “New Israel: Food, Technology, and the New Political Reality.” This trip was geared towards active adults who have been to Israel before and want to see the many sights not included on standard first-timer trips.
Rabbi Harris is beginning to plan the next Family Mission to Israel for the summer of 2016. Dates and itinerary are being worked on now so start picturing you and your family floating in the Dead Sea, putting a note in the Wall at the Kotel, and drifting down the Jordan River in the Golan. To learn more, contact Rabbi Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.