November 26, 1998
The Power of Israel
By Sarah Tuttle-Singer
My name is Sarah -- actually, it used to be Sarah, but that was before I went to Israel and experienced the best summer of my life. A summer that changed me forever.
In one summer, I made new friends, saw sights that brought history alive, learned more Hebrew and Judaica than textbooks had ever provided, and discovered a sense of home -- and of myself.
One of the great things about taking a teen trip to Israel is that you meet and travel with kids of your own age, learn together, share adventures and experiences and form friendships.
The truth is I'd never been away from home for more than two weeks, and that was for vacations with family members and friends on the East Coast. I was apprehensive about going to Israel -- so far away and different -- and without the anchor of friends or family members.