The vans pulled out this morning en route to the airport on the first leg of the long-awaited Class of 2023 Israel trip. Helping our students to forge a strong connection to Israel in Middle School—at a crucial life stage when they are learning more about themselves every day and developing their identities—increases the chances they will maintain that relationship into the future. In this way, the trip does not signal the end of their day-school career, but rather the beginning of their lifetime commitment to their Jewish heritage, the State of Israel, and the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and around the world.
The two-week, “hands-on” CDS Israel trip is designed to give our students a meaningful, intense, educational, emotional, and focused taste of their Jewish homeland. How do we fill their days and nights? Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Tzfat. Trekking through deserts and floating in the Dead Sea. Visiting historical sites and museums. Ascending Masada at sunrise. Making friends with other teens in our sister cities of Karmiel/Misgav. Engaging in social justice projects. And much, much more.
Many thanks to all of you who support our Israel Auction to make this trip possible, along with the incredible generosity of the Class of 2023 Parents and Families, Adina Preis Endowment Fund for Community Day School, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, The Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund, The Timothy Glick Israel Scholarship Endowment Fund, and The Wimmer Family Foundation.
Please share this blog with friends, colleagues, and family, and stay tuned for regular updates from Israel over the next two weeks in photos, video, and words!