Members of the Simon Wiesenthal (SiWi) chapter of BBYO in the Palo Alto/Mountain View area were treated to a visit by Israeli soldier Nuriya Neumann after holding a successful fundraiser for their “Stand Up” cause, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
Travel restrictions imposed by the FAA on U.S. airlines servicing Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport are now in their second day with no indication when they will be lifted. Of course, that is causing all kinds of trouble for people trying to get to Israel or fly back home.
During their high school years, most teenagers wrestle with what seems like endless questions, and very few answers. Questions that, as I now look back, allowed me to explore and connect with my heritage and culture, and to develop my Jewish identity.