On-Time Arrival!!

Light Supper Before Crashing Out!!

Our trip to Israel could not have gone any smoother than it did today!  The flights from Canton to Philly and Seattle to Philly both arrived on time and Dena and I met up shortly before our flight to Tel Aviv.  It was long, but certainly not unbearable!  The plane was less than half full which gave us both room to stretch out and enjoy a snooze.  I regret to report that airline food has not improved at all!

Arrived at the hotel without a hitch…our room has a small balcony which overlooks Yam HaSuf…the Mediterranean Sea to the west and to the east, the skyscrapers of downtown Tel Aviv.  The city has changed dramatically since I was last here in 2001.  After checking in and a light bite, it’s off to sleep.  Tomorrow is an early wake up and a full day of touring.  Lailah tov!


Shabbat Shalom

Stollen Moments has just concluded and I am holding a small envelope filled with money and notes!!  As many of you know, there are several customs related to travel to Israel and the Stollen Moments chavurah has fulfilled two of those this morning.

It is customary to give the traveler a little “tzedaka” money to give to the poor in Israel.  It is said that this guarantees the individual a safe journey as they become a “malach tzedaka,” a messenger (angel) of righteous giving.  Nothing can befall a person who carrying to tzedaka to Israel for they are on a sacred mission!!

It is also customary to place notes into the small crevices of the stones in the Kotel, Western Wall, in Jerusalem.  Because these prayers occupy a space in one of the holiest of all Jewish sites, they are considered to be closer to God and will therefore be answered more readily!  If you would like to write a small prayer for me to place in the Kotel, please drop it off at Temple Israel by the end of the day on Monday.  I will be honored to tuck it into my suitcase and to gently place it into the Wall on your behalf.

The journey begins…

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The journey begins in just a few days and I wanted to be able to share it with my Temple Israel family. I will leave Canton on the evening of Tuesday, January 26th and following a brief stopover in Philadelphia (to meet up with my friend Dena from Seattle) we will travel on to Tel Aviv. Please pray for clear weather, no delays and calm winds! This is Dena’s first trip to Israel and there is nothing more exciting than being able to experience this amazing country through the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time.  She and I will tour together for 11 days.

On February 7th, John Spera will arrive with a delegation of Rabbis, Cantors, Congregation Presidents and Federation Presidents from the various communities which belong to the Partnership with Israel. Our itinerary is focused primarily on the communities of the Western Galilee with a few days at the tail end in Jerusalem. This will be my first real exposure to the Partnership, its projects and programs and I am looking forward to learning much more and to bringing the information home to Canton.

Keep checking back here for updates throughout the trip. I will post photos and videos as well and hope that you enjoy them.


Rabbi Leah


Please watch here and travel along as we journey to Israel.

….Rabbi Leah