Brandeis – BGU 2013

I can genuinely say that I would not be where I am today without Jeff and his program. When I first joined the program, I honestly did not know what I was getting myself into. I had just come to Israel for the first time, I had no real Jewish educational background, and I was not even sure what to make of Judaism in my life. Although I had so much fun and learned a lot through the trips, shabbat dinners, and learning programs that Jeff arranged with other Jewish students, what made the biggest impression on me was Jeff‰Ûªs heart and his actions, and that of the madrichot of the program. I‰Ûªve made such a special connection with the madricha of the program and we still keep in touch to this day! My connection to Hashem, Eretz Yisrael, and Am Yisrael was cultivated and has grown by seeing that of Jeff‰Ûªs. His determination to spread the light of Judaism through the generations inspired me to gradually enrich my own life with Judaism and Torah after experiencing what it meant to live a Torah led life. I did not walk into any of this expecting to want to come back to Israel every year and become a shomer mitzvot person. This program was my stepping stone and it‰Ûªs with this program and Jeff that I‰Ûªve had some of my best memories in Israel. Once you make a connection with Jeff, he‰Ûªs always there.

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