Throughout this trip I’ve learned more than I’ve ever learned in school.
I knew some things about my culture, but the people we’ve come in contact with opened my eyes to so much that I should have already known about. I came into OU not knowing anything about the Jewish culture, but I had nothing to worry about. All the Jewish kids answered every question that I asked. I even enjoyed every Shabbat services. I danced, prayed, and even attempted to learn Hebrew…it was so much fun. Despite the differences I really enjoyed everything, I feel like we are a family now. We check on one another to make sure everything is okay, tried new things, and really came out of our comfort zones. So as I conclude I know for a fact that this is not the end, its actually a new beginning to our journey called life.
Kirstin Kearns, Strawberry Mansion High School, OU 2010