My semester abroad revealed how fast friendships form and how easily Israel could feel like home. 

It took a high school experience in Israel to treasure a Jewish community in Illinois. 

No long showers? No loud music? Constant threat of rocket attack? Welcome to the town of Sderot, Israel.

A simple spud connects the horrors of the Holocaust with the joys of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. 

We fight to live, we don’t live to fight.” We were 40 inquisitive teens with a thirst for knowledge, and Rabbi Yotav Eliach instilled in us the importance of separating fact from fiction. Rabbi Eliach is a Write On educator and principal at Rambam Mesivta High School in Lawrence, L.I.
In the case of Israel’s struggle for existence, only the facts dictate to whom the land belongs. Understanding the facts and learning their value defined our Write On For Israel summer experience.