I went on my first Federation mission in 2007. My roommate on the mission was my friend Lisa. I knew her before, but being on the trip with her was a bonding experience and we’ve been in each other’s inner circle ever since.
The trip, two buses full of young adults from across the country, was both a Federation site visit trip and one which followed the biography of David Ben-Gurion. We started our first day with a visit to Atlit, and then to the farm Ben-Gurion first worked on when he made aliyah at age 17, Sejera. I remember it as the place where this photo was taken:
Can you tell we had come off the plane, had traveled for a couple hours beyond that, and were on little sleep and no makeup? I think the excitement and happiness radiated through the tired and out of the photo. It must have, because this photo, taken by a Federation photographer, has ended up on many Federation and Federation agency websites, including the JFS in Baltimore and something in San Francisco. The latest is the front page of the Miami Federation‘s website, where you’ll see us like this:
It’s my only modeling gig anywhere, anytime. I’ve loved the occasional call or email from a friend with a link, “hey, this chick looks so much like you.” Yup, just like me.
And I love the words “I am Jewish” pasted on Lisa’s forehead. We’ve both had it invisibly pasted there for our whole lives anyway! Yay for Captain Obvious striking again!
Another photo of Lisa from that trip, where she is dressed in an IDF coverall, has also made the Federation rounds and onto posters promoting support for soldiers – and she’s never even been in the IDF!