… and you can, too: Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project Israel Experience
What was I thinking? Even just for the cost of airfare, I can’t afford it!
And what about the fact that I can’t stand groups of women???
Telling question from the FAQ:
Question: Is there time to shop?
Answer: There will be several opportunities to shop during the Jerusalem portion of the trip, as well as time to purchase Ahava Dead Sea products before leaving Masada.
SHOP??? I was happy that Ted brought back souvenirs for a few people after our trip, because even though I glanced at a few windows (“that might be nice for Sara”) I doubt I’d ever have bought anything on my own.
If and when I get to Israel, I want to do it on my own terms. I want to be a lone wolf; I want to hitchhike! I want to take buses and trains, to roam wherever and do whatever, and you cannot do that on a $#!% tour.
Can you say MIXED FEELINGS?
And yet. And yet. It’s only an application form. They might say no, and even if they say yes, I might say no. Ted’s vacation schedule might not work out; the MONEY might not work out. It’s not really just the cost of airfare… I’m sure there are dinners out, urgent chocolate bar needs, tips, I don’t know what. And souvenirs.
I would need free time. Time to wander and stare at stuff and just be ME… in Israel. My own FAQ:
Question: Is there time to bugger off, skip town, sleep in, be grouchy and antisocial… in other words, just be ME?
I have said many times I would do almost anything to get back there. Maybe this is what I have to do.
Disappointing postscript: despite absolutely NO indication anywhere on the website, it seems the trip is for NON-Orthodox women only. Despite the fact that the concept was pioneered by Lori Palatnik with a 4-day Utah retreat that included Jewish women “from all walks of life…married, single, older, younger, observant and non-observant women.” Sigh…