Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Have you been to Israel?” Of the 325 people who responded, 29% said “once”; 28% said “2-4 times”; 11% said “5-10 times”; 8% said “more than 10 times”; and 24% said “no.” Comments were submitted by 67 people. A few follow.
My children have all gone, thankfully — just saving to take ourselves. We can’t wait to go.
Would like to go back, but unsure of the security situation.
Each time I take off from Ben Gurion Airport, I’m already missing Israel and can’t wait to return. My 2020 trip was canceled due to COVID and I hope to return soon. I am so comfortable there and it really feels like coming home.
My next visit will be a permanent one.
Everyone should see what a beautiful home we have.
The country dramatically changed in the 17 years between my two visits.
The first time, I felt welcomed by the people around me. The second time, a few years later, I was yelled at for stumbling over Hebrew, ignored by people unwilling to point a lost visitor in the right direction and generally treated rudely by ordinary Israelis in Yerushalayim. Seems like my home is here, not there
Magical and life-changing. I can’t wait to go back.
Not yet but definitely will in the next few years.
On our list.
Went with an organized trip among three congregations, later in life. It was a great visit and we also gained ourselves inter-congregational Pittsburgh friends.
A totally spiritual feeling while being there.
Birthright trips came about after I was too old for them. I am not in a financial situation that I can afford to pledge and pay Federation a large amount to travel with them. I wish there was a way for people on SSDI who have never been to Israel to be able to travel on a mission trip. It would be an amazing gift to Jews with disabilities to have someone start an endowed grant to do exactly this.
When I was there, I had a sense of belonging I’ve not experienced anywhere else! PJC