Cohort 12

The 12th cohort of travelers headed to Israel this year on March 11. Twelve JCCSF staff members, two from the Peninsula JCC and two from Palo Alto JCC comprise the group, along with leader Jhos Singer.

The annual seminar is funded by a generous grant from the Sanford and Linda Gallanter Foundation, and allows JCCSF staffers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the beauty and complexity of Israel first-hand. Check in daily to follow along with this cohort's journey.


Day 4: March 15, 2018

Adrian Breitfeld and Jane Skinner

Is there hope?

The day started with me asking the same question I've been asking since '95 (since Rabin's assasination) there hope in Israel for peace? I went to Israel in 2007 and left without an answer, so this time I'm hopeful but with no high expectations...[Read More]

The Salad Trail Greenhouse

Day 3: March 14, 2018

Colleen Horn and Chris DiPietro

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

The morning started with a lot of laughter at the breakfast table. We were reading the blog Jhos wrote Day 1, where he mentioned... [Read More]

Ben Gurion's Grave

Day 2: March 13, 2018

Cyrus Mallare

As I finally settle in my room, I tried very hard to get some rest. I finally fell asleep at 4:30 am which I only then had gotten up at 5:30 am. To say the least I was really worried as to what we were going to be doing for the day. [Read More]

Depart from SFO to Israel

Day 1: March 12, 2018

Jhos Singer

One by one we find each other – a few in the check-in area, a few going through security, there's Anastasia, Emily and Koee catching a bite to eat, Hether and Colleen having a cocktail – within an hour we have coalesced into a group and begin to move as one. [Read More]