This year I had the privilege of going on the Gesher Israel Program. In this program we were partnered with Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) to go on a month-long travel through the Holy Land. We started in Ein Gedi and we ended in the Golan in a kibbutz called Ayelet Hashachar. For me, this was an eye-opening experience into the different types of Jewish people who live around the world. I have never travelled to Israel before so it was an amazing experience being able to see how one can live as a Jew openly and proudly. I have always wanted to join the army but visiting Israel was the confirmation I needed. My favorite place we visited in Israel was the Golan Heights. We visited one of the last handmade shoemakers in all of Israel and we visited Tzfat and the beautiful shul there. Overall, I could not have asked for a better Israel experience, and I am so glad I got to share it with my Schechter friends and community!