“Israel is like a distant cousin that I care about but I never call.”
This is one of the best descriptions I have ever heard about the relations between Jews in the diaspora and Israelis. Jews in the diaspora care about Israel. They donate money, attend demonstrations, sign petitions and even help pass laws that will help our little country. But the one thing they don’t have is a person to talk to, an Israeli that can share their thoughts and experiences of life in this beautiful, if not somewhat tumultuous country.
This, quite simply, is the reason for personal tourism. To introduce YOU to Israelis so there is someone to call. A new friend that can tell you what’s happening and can be warmed by your message.
If you have ever felt like you want to do something meaningful but are not sure how, this is my suggestion. Engage in a Personal Israel Phone-a-thon.
- Go to your federation and get the phone numbers of Israelis in your partnership community.
- Organize a group of friends (don’t wait for an organization to do it for you)
- Call (don’t email) and say: “Hi, my name is Dan and I’m calling from San Diego. I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you here.”
If you’ve ever participated in a fundraising phone-a-thon, you already know the feeling. It may feel a little embarrassing but believe me when I say that the reward of this phone call will be so much greater than pledgine $1000 donation.
It is important to call and make it personal. If you want to practice, give me a call. I would love to hear from you. 054-256-6877
Living in Israel at times like these can often feel lonely. A few kind words from someone abroad can make all the difference. So pick up the phone today. I look forward to hearing from you.