By Dan Seligson, CJP Staff, Israel Advocacy
It’s not often – okay, maybe never – that you get to see an incredible place with a professional athlete. Even rarer that the athlete is actually a really nice guy who just happened to CATCH A GAME-WINNING PASS IN A SUPER BOWL SENDING THE ENTIRE SIX-STATE REGION INTO A CRAZED STATE OF BLISS!
Yes, Julian Edelman, the Patriots wide receiver/trick-playtouchdown pass thrower and all-around mensch decided to visit Israel and take twelve Boston-area young Jewish leaders with him.
A trip this good needs its own hashtag, and Julian himself decided that it was #IsraelTyme.
Throughout the tour, we sailed, biked, swam, learned, prayed, hiked, basked, posed and ate (a lot).
And all along the way, we shared our experiences with social media, giving a better picture of the incredible journey we had.
Not Julian’s first time on a long board, but the first time on a long board along Tel Aviv’s beautiful beaches.
Savoring the delicious chaos that is the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.
A slightly longer than expected but stunningly beautiful hike through the Ramon Crater.
Julian’s new jersey.
The pre-Shabbat crowds at Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda.
Probably worth mentioning that the food in Israel was outstanding.
Of all the nice backdrops in Israel, we chose an Israeli mushroom truck in a gas station parking lot for a photo. pic.twitter.com/XwjNGVYik1— Alex Goldstein (@alexjgoldstein) June 29, 2015
And everyone had a chance for a selfie. Some even with a giant mushroom as a backdrop.
Others with some more meaningful scenery.
#IsraelTyme lasted only a week, but there’s much more on our incredible journey we’ll be sharing in the weeks to come.