My journey to Israel began without me knowing a fraction of the Judaism I know now. Almost everything I have learned has touched my heart in a special way. I feel a connection to Judaism unlike anything I have experienced before.

In the short time I have been at the Mayanot winter session, I have learned more that I thought possible about Judaism, the Torah, relationships with all sorts of people, how to live a fulfilling life, and more.

I am so thankful for this experience and for the friendships I have formed. It is amazing to me that these three weeks feel so much longer because I have learned so much and formed such close bonds with girls here. We are all from very different backgrounds, and I appreciate how comfortable and accepted I feel around everyone. 

By: Karen Podorefsky, current Mayanot Student from, Hopkington, MA
(Taken from the Mayanot 7th Annual Anniversary Pamphlet)