Why I went, and how God showed up

I first heard about the opportunity to travel to Israel  with Shoresh Study Tours as part of a CCO delegation almost exactly a year ago. Vince Burens, the CCO’s Executive VP and COO, made the announcement at our annual Summer Institute training event in July 2012, and I think I was among the first to…

Processing the pilgrimage

Since I returned from Israel last week, the most frequent question I’ve been asked about the trip has been, “What was your favorite part?” Close runners-up have been, “What surprised you the most?” and “Did the experience meet your expectations?” You’d think by now I’d have ready answers to these questions. But, as I said…

The Israel Updates

Below are the two messages I sent from Israel to family and friends at home in the States. A quick hello from Israel 19 June 2013, Wednesday, 6:23 PM in Israel (11:23 AM Eastern Standard Time) Hi all! I just returned from our second full day of touring and discovered some rare (if brief) free time…

From Galilee to Jerusalem

It’s a quiet Saturday morning. I’m freshly showered, sipping coffee, relaxing on my living room couch while reading comments that have been left on photos I uploaded to my Facebook page yesterday. I’m not even halfway done with that project. I was going to share a “few” representative pictures for interested friends and family members,…