Jennifer said connecting teachings with real-life Israeli interactions brought the seminar full circle and she learned a lot about relationships during the trip.
She explained, “We work in child welfare and our job is helping families build relationships with each other and communicate with each other. I think the trip reiterated how important those things are everywhere in the world.”
Theresa said seeing all the different people praying at the Western Wall was a powerful sight and she enjoyed watching a woman and her fiancé take wedding photos.
“It was in that moment I realized they want the same thing we all want,” Theresa mused. “They just want peace. They just want safety for their family’s security. It dawned on me that even though we are worlds apart, we are still the same.”
Both Jennifer and Theresa took this incredible experience home with them to Jacksonville. As Myron I. Flagler intended, studying and understanding the significance of Jewish peoplehood now inspires their daily work. They are already implementing their new knowledge of relationships and acceptance at JFCS.
Details about the next The Myron I. Flagler ILS will emerge in the next few months for those that wish to apply.