ATID is the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis advanced leadership program. Part of every ATID class is a trip to Israel. These are accounts from the partcipants of ATID IV, who are traveling through Israel in February 2016.
Post written by Aaron Girson
The morning kicked off on-time with a panelists from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Jewish Agency, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The representatives shared a comprehensive overview of each organization's work.
The panelists discussed interagency cooperation, the needs of various Jewish communities within and outside Israel. Needs of the Russian, Ethiopian, and other communities were discussed. The Federation's allocation process and other funding matters were also reviewed.
We boarded the bus and departed for the Old City. Prior to entering the city, our guide shared a brief overview of Jerusalem's history from biblical times until modern times. We entered Jerusalem through the Zion Gate and walked the rooftops of the Old City for an look at the four communities living side by side.
After the rooftop view, we walked down 2,000 years of history to view the old Roman market area and took a brief beak for shopping and a lunch of various treats in the Jewish quarter. We then gathered in two lines, closed our eyes, and were guided forward to our next stop.