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What do the UK, California, and NYC have in Common?

Posted on: September 18, 2011

Give up?  They’re places that I’ve received donations from folks.

It’s been 6 days since I first posted about my Israel Trip and the need for donations for the flight.  23 donations later and I’m at a loss for words and overwhelmed by the wonderful generosity of people.  It’s beyond comprehension and I’m flabbergasted every time I open my e-mail account and receive notification that another donation has come in.  Thank you does not seem sufficient. People say it for the most mundane things and sometimes when they are not truly thankful.  It has become a reaction that escapes our lips based on years of manners and training on social etiquette that I’ve often thanked people out of habit when, in fact, that should have thanked me.  It seems over used and to lack any real meaning or significance, but in this case it’s true and it’s all that I have.

I honestly did not think that when I opened my paypal account last Monday night that less than a week later I’d be close to $1000.  But here we are, 6 days later and almost to my goal. How do you repay a gift this great and this large?  How can words ever equal the gratitude that I feel.  I’m not sure, but I hope that everyone who has supported this journey in words, funds, and in spirit know how incredibly grateful I am.

8 Responses to "What do the UK, California, and NYC have in Common?"

Enjoy yourself, get meaning out of your trip, and share your experience. That’s the best ‘thank you’.

You’re so right. I want to soak in as much as Israel as possible.

You can repay me by promoting the JBC forum Oh..and after your trip you stop by and tell everyone how it went! :-)

I’m on it, Dena!

I only wish that I could contribute, but unfortunately my financial situation is dire. I’m from Melbourne, Australia, and adore your blog. I’m not Jewish, but I do love Judaism and the Jewish people – I hope you have an amazing trip to Israel and I can’t wait to hear about it.

No worries, K! Having your support in words means a lot to me and to this experience!

I contributed because I think every Jew should be able to go in their lifetime at least once. Because I know what it’s like to receive a scholarship that makes something JUUUUUUuuuuuuuuust out of reach.

And in no small part because if I don’t get selected for Birthright, I will be living vicariously through you. So you better duct tape a video camera to your head from the moment you leave your door, tefillin style. Or buy a miners’ hat.

I am sure that you will be with us (at Israel) as scheduled.
Happy Rosh Hashana

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