Our Trip to Israel

Earlier this week our Federation professional team returned from an incredible journey to Israel. We attended the 2023 General Assembly where our professional team did a deep dive into our national system, and international work, which included breakout sessions on the current state of the Israeli democracy — many of you saw the news regarding the protests that took place — a remarkable site visit to the JDC headquarters as well as hearing from President Isaac Herzog.

We observed Yom HaZikaron with 6,000 attendees at Latrun and we participated in the transition to Yom Ha’atzmaut with over a 100 Federations represented. We also went on a jam packed two-day mini mission for our Sacramento group which included driving south to Ashkelon and visiting the bomb shelters our community so generously sponsored, a visit to the Western Wall, an incredibly powerful visit to Yad Vashem, and even a delicious food tour of Machane Yehuda market (life changing hummus!).

We are so fortunate to have had this once in a lifetime experience and we look forward to sharing more details with you and our community and to putting many of the ideas and programs we learned about into action here in Sacramento!

Shabbat Shalom and Am Yisrael Chai!

— Willie Recht, CEO

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