Coming to Israel has always been a warm and spiritual experience for me. With each return to the Holy Land, a new connection can be discovered. Through the JNF KKL Educators Mission, we again have had the opportunity to connect. This time, it is through the eyes of an educator. We are here with others who are also here to share their passion for Jewish education and together we are learning new ways to bring Israel education into our communities.
Teaching Jewishly is all about planting seeds – seeds of knowledge that is. We give our students a taste of so many different ways to be Jewish and hope that they are inspired to let those seeds grow within their hearts. Less metaphorically, we went to the Lavi Forest and planted seedlings. With the same care we have for our children, we carefully created a home with a strong foundation, stabilized it for optimal growing, gave it room to breathe, nourished it with water and stepped back to watch it grow.
– Samantha Eichert
Samantha Eichert is the new Assistant Director of Youth Learning and Engagement.