2014-2015 Winter Trip

ZOA Student Mission Explores Hevron and Kiryat Arba

Fireworks and grenades.

That’s what we heard coming off of the bus in the holy city of Hevron. We were afraid for the two were nearly indistinguishable.

Hevron is a precarious place. As home to one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Cave of Machpelah, it houses the tombs of the matriarchs More »

ZOA Student Mission Visits the Old City

Yesterday we literally traveled through Jewish history. Many of us have been to Jerusalem before, but this specific tour was unique and eye-opening. We started the day visiting an archaeological site on the Mount of Olives. This site is unique in that it serves as the archeological site of the history of the Temple Mount. More »

ZOA Israel Mission Participant Views Security

Yesterday we saw Syria.

Across the border, we heard rockets and booms and saw a puff of smoke.

And on the Israeli side, there was silence–a deceptive quiet.

Yesterday, we heard from Nir Atir, a former commander in the IDF who fought on the border with Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur More »

ZOA Student Mission to Israel: Day 2

Growing up, we are often taught how to act and develop our values. From a young age we learn that it is polite to say please and thank you, greet people when greeted, and always treat people with respect when in their home. We also learn to respect our neighbors and to treat them as More »

ZOA Student Leadership Trip to Israel: Day 1

So far I have had a wonderful time on this trip on the first day. We went first to Ariel to look at the West Bank situation where it is a very high strategic area for Jewish people. It was my second time in Ariel, having been there before during the summer of 2013 for a More »