Jewish National Fund

Chloe's Fundraising Project

This past winter break, I was lucky enough to experience the incredible country of Israel thanks to Taglit-Birthright Israel, a generous organization that provides a free trip for thousands of Jews around the world. During these 10 days, I had the opportunity to explore key landmarks of historical, national, and archeological significance that reflect Jewish history and the roots of my heritage. I witnessed the rich culture and pride that holds this country together and was inspired to the utmost degree. My Jewish identity was strengthened on this trip and my personal, religious, and political ideologies were molded and cemented. Moreover, the unique perspectives offered by the seven amazing Israelis who joined us on the trip broadened my vantage point; the bonds I formed will last a lifetime.

One of the most memorable moments of this trip was finally getting the chance to have a Bat Mitzvah at the top of Masada. Growing up, religion took a backseat as my mom raised my sister and I singlehandedly and consequently, struggled to make ends meet. Therefore, the opportunity to have one amidst my 47 new friends and a country I so adored was exceptional. It was this very moment when I made the pledge to return to Israel.

For the last year and half, I have been pursuing my master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I will graduate this June and then my career will take off. Thus, it seems most realistic to make my return while I still have "breaks" and before I become a working professional. Accordingly, I am determined to make my way back to Israel this March through the Jewish National Fund's Alternative Spring Break. On this week long volunteer trip, I would have the opportunity to make a personal impact by fostering connections with Operation Carmel Renewal to help rebuild Northern Israel from the devastating December 2010 fire.

This is where you come in. In order to actualize this mission, I am aiming to fundraise $1,500. This money will go directly to Operation Carmel Renewal. From personal experience, I know what it's like to feel bombarded by these type of posts; however, please take a second to consider the formidable impact you could have on a country that faces perpetual hardship. It is easy to get lost in our own bubble and day-to-day routine but from experiencing it firsthand, I know that making a connection to something bigger than ourselves can yield a profound effect and immense gratitude. Any amount is significant, any amount matters. Thank you :)