One week till Israel

As I write this, I am exactly one week away from ending my three hour layover and boarding a flight from New York JFK to Tel Aviv. I am going to be visiting Israel for the first time. Of all the vacations I have taken during my adult life, this is the trip I am most excited about. I say ‘my adult life’ because I am sure as a five year old I was jumping around the house the day before my first Walt Disney World experience. I am staying at a hotel on Herbert Samuel in Tel Aviv, right along the water. I am excited to spend the first couple days exploring Tel Aviv/Jaffa before my wife and I concentrate on Jerusalem during the latter part of our trip. The thought of experiencing a Shabbat in Israel is blowing my mind as well. We have a tour booked to head to the Dead Sea for an hour or two. I just couldn’t go to Israel without that experience happening on the first trip. I also have an Old City tour booked to help us get our bearings before doing solo exploration. I know that it is going to be an amazing trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am already planning what to do the 2nd time around and I haven’t even left on my first trip to Israel yet!

About the Author
Ryan Fagan is originally from Southwest Florida, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is employed in the financial sector and is active at Shir Tikvah, his Reform shul. He recently converted to Judaism after being raised in a Catholic household. He also goes by his Hebrew name, Aviv.