It’s hard to believe it’s already Friday of the winter missions. So many months have gone into the planning of these programs and in 3 short days we will all be on our way back home.
On all of the missions our students are growing, and having eye-opening experiences which will leave them impacted for the rest of their lives.
After a full week of teaching English and Art on Counterpoint Israel winter camp, the students had a Beit Midrash session that was incredible- it was the first time that ORT brought all the students into the shul to learn in this style, and it was extremely successful.
In Nicaragua and Mexico our students have been working alongside farmers, learning about the culture of those for whom they are doing service. Both have learned how to communicate when language is a barrier while still developing meaningful connections. Community members in Nicaragua taught our students how to make a baseball out of paper and t-shirts, the ultimate lesson teaching them how to be resourceful with what they have.
On Jewish Life Coast to Coast we’ve visited Houston, San Antonio and now Dallas. Our students have taught in three schools, met with two Pastors (one of whom was Pastor John Hagee) and interacted with a 27 year old father of three who is starting a school for his community because if he doesn’t there will be no Jewish school in the community. Every stop we’ve made has left us inspired, and contemplating how we can further impact the greater community.
We look forward to all of our students returning to campus safely on Sunday and to sharing more highlights with all of you upon their return.
Aliza Abrams, LMSW
Department of Service Learning and Experiential Education Yeshiva University