I decided that I wanted to go to Israel after I found out that my grandfather was Jewish on my mom’s side. He came from Nazi Germany and had to hide his religion because they were not letting other Jews into our country. My mom and my dad said that they agreed it would be important for me to go and learn about my history and culture. When I got off the plane there were men with huge machine guns in Tel Aviv, and this was a normal way of life. I had to get a rental phone israel residents were able to get because I wanted to be able to call home whenever I needed to do so. It was so important for me to be able to go and learn what my Jewish background was all about. There was no better way than for me to go to Israel that is completely covered with history and culture.
I learned a little bit of Hebrew before I left but I learned that most people there spoke English and that was a way for people to be able to communicate with one another. My parents made me call every night, even though I am in my late twenties, just to make sure that I was okay and they were nervous as there have been terror strikes there in the past. I learned that I was there during a very peaceful time and they had not had a lot of terror attacks in the past few months. I felt really safe as their military, the IDF is every where you seem to turn and they like to make sure that they have their presence felt. It was one of the best trips that I ever experienced on my own and I’m glad I went.