Team BIEC’s favourite Birthright moments revisited
Jer’s Favourite Birthright Moment
In the past year I have had the privilege of being a madrich on two different Birthright trips, as well as bus hopping onto many other Montreal busses. It is safe to say that my favorite Birthright moment throughout all of these trips, is always kicking it at the hotel the last night of the trip with the whole group, going over the last nine days. It’s crazy to see how fast we all go from not knowing everyone on day one, to becoming a family by day ten. It really makes the trip come full circle, and it’s amazing to get together with everyone and go over all the amazing times we’ve had together over the past 10 days!
Ortal’s Favourite Birthright Moment
Who can remember all the details of their Birthright trip?! I remember waking up groggy and tired, having to climb Masada and complaining the whole way up, but instantly regretting every complaint once I saw the sun rise as I reached the peak. I remember running around and dancing in all the hotel hallways, never wanting to fall asleep as Israeli music played on the loud speakers. I remember being amazed (and slightly in pain) when floating in the salty Dead Sea. I remember how cute our soldiers were in full uniform when they joined our trip. The list goes on and on, as the fond memories are endless. BUT if I had to pick one memory to sum up the intense magnitude of what Birthright is to me, it would have to be the MEGA event! July 22, 2008; all Birthrighters from all over the world came together to celebrate Israel at 40! The Canadians representing Montreal, in a group of thousands of Jews from all different backgrounds, were all holding hands as we screamed, cried and sang! It was truly a night that I will never forget!
Shi 360 performs at the Mega Event on July 22nd, 2008!
Amanda’s Favourite Birthright Moment
It’s very hard to just pick one amazing Birthright experience, because everyday of a Birthright trip, about one hundred amazing things happen! So here is one that really resonates in the front of my mind…
My first time in the Dead Sea…wow! Everyone says you float, but I had no idea what that would feel like! My best description for those of you who have yet to experience it is that you feel like a beach ball floating in the water. The floor is rock solid salt and the water is so beautiful; this was definitely one of my most incredible Birthright experiences.
Jarred’s Favourite Birthright Moment
My favorite Birthright moment stems from my first introduction to Israel. As the bus left the airport, our group stopped to overlook the historical city of Jerusalem. We stood in a circle and gave a nice little L’Chaim, while our tour guide welcomed us all to Israel. It was my first experience in Israel and while I have countless other memories from Birthright and other Israel trips, it’s something that will always stand out in my mind. God willing I’ll have other opportunities to see Israel, but I’ll never get the chance to see it for the first time again.
Shoshi’s Favourite Birthright Moment
This past December, I had the opportunity of leading my first Birthright trip; a truly amazing experience! As both a madrich and a participant on a Birthright trip, the 10 days are always a whirlwind of late nights, early mornings and amazing landscapes flying by your bus window. Some of my favourite moments from my trip are the ones where everything seemed to slow down…even if it was just for a second. One of those moments that stand out the most for me was during our night at the Bedouin tents. A few of my participants and I headed out into the “middle” of the Judean Desert, until we could not longer hear the noise from the tents. Although the sky was too hazy for stars, we sat out in the desert for a long while, sometimes talking, but mostly just appreciating the quiet that surrounded us. Sharing that moment with a group of amazing, new-found friends was definitely the highlight of my trip, and one of my favourite Birthright moments.
Team BIEC would love to hear all of your favourite Birthright memories, so please share them with us by commenting below. And don’t forget to tell all your friends; BIRTHRIGHT REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 10am!!! VISIT http://www.israelforfree.com TO REGISTER!!!