2017-08-02 / Columns

Travel with us and you’ll never be the same

Federation President

If you are looking to take a life-changing trip, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you have never been to Israel or Eastern Europe, or you’ve had the opportunity to do so before, join Federation on one of its upcoming missions/ trips and I guarantee your perspective will never be the same.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is hosting its ninth annual Heart to Heart mission from February 4- 8, 2018. Embark on a life-changing odyssey and uniquely inspiring journey with other like-minded, smart, motivated women from across North America. Spend five amazing days in Israel, exploring the country’s rich culture, embracing your spirituality, and seeing your Federation dollars at work and how we truly help those most at risk. Hopefully, you’ll come home energized and raring to turn your passion into action right here in South Jersey.

From April 8-18, 2018, Jewish Federation will be joining the International March of the Living mission to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance, and hate. The trip will include stops in Krakow, Warsaw, Prague, and Berlin, as we honor the past and explore Jewish roots and revival.

Then, in October of 2018, our Federation will be joining all other Federations from North America in Israel, culminating in the JFNA General Assembly. It will be JFNA’s 88th annual gathering of Jewish communal leaders and will celebrate Israel’s 70th.

Space is limited for each of these trips. If you’re interested in reserving your space now— before tickets even go on sale—please contact Ronit Boyd, director of our Center for Impact & Innovation, at rboyd@jfedsnj.org or (856) 751-9500, ext. 1188.

If you can’t make it to Israel or to Eastern Europe with us, there is no shortage of opportunity to study our past, to honor the memory of the Holocaust, and to celebrate Israel’s 70th right here at home. There are a number of events in the works throughout our South Jersey community and Jewish Federation system in the coming months. You’ll start seeing information about these events in the near future. As Israel’s 70th nears, Federation will be working closely with our family of agencies and all our area synagogues, day schools, and organizations to plan a community-wide celebration next April. Stay tuned for the details as they become available!

It is our honor and pleasure to provide you with these opportunities to honor the past, embrace the present, and celebrate the future, as Israel turns 70.

Yom Huledet Sameach (Happy Birthday) Israel!


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