Participant Blogs

Kenya & Uganda July 2019

  • Fair Trade Judaica

    By Olivia and Alex

    As Americans visiting Guatemala this spring as part of CJP’s Project Inspire, we were privileged to meet with the leaders of MayaWorks...

  • Cassava Fries and Jewish Goodbyes

    By Erika Kane

    Sadly, our Project Inspire adventure is coming to an end. I am writing this post from the Entebbe airport where we are waiting to board the first leg our flight...

  • Reencountering the Familiar

    By Jordi Goodman

    Today has been a parliament-filled bureaucratic day that, I regret to inform you, I will not be able to process for quite some time. That being said, as we sit...

  • A Culture of Community

    By Patrick Morse

    After yesterday’s super long adventure, we didn’t have to wake up until a luxurious 7a.m. (the latest of the trip so far!). The hotel breakfast delighted us...

  • Well. What. A. Day.

    By Rebekah Diamond

    We started our day bright and very, very early - leaving the beautiful country of Kenya for Uganda. We had a lot of luck with the infamous Nairobi traffic...

  • A Day with Kenya’s Wildlife!

    By Meri Winter

    Today was all about the amazing wildlife of Kenya! We started the day at a giraffe sanctuary called Giraffe Center, where we got to feed giraffes and learn about them.

  • A Mingling of the Nations

    By Oren Petraru

    “The United Nations was set up not to get us to heaven, but only to save us from hell” - Winston Churchill. This message was loud and clear during Project Inspire’s...

  • Get Inspired, Inspire Others

    By Yeshi Mengistu

    Hello, everyone! I am very excited to share something special that I am about to experience. Next week, I will travel with CJP on Project Inspire to Kenya and Uganda...

  • Israel in a New Context

    By Kaila Fleisig

    Hello, readers! As I’m writing this, we are exactly 12 days from standing in Boston Logan Airport waiting to board our flight to Kenya (well, technically...

Guatemala April 2019

  • Partnering for Success

    By Alex and Olivia

    As our stay in Guatemala comes to an end, it’s helpful to reflect on the development efforts we have been privileged...

  • Tikkun Olam & Beyond

    By Juan Gilces Coronel & Val Bekker

    A theme of Project Inspire is to explore the notion of global Jewish citizenship and how it translates into the Jewish value...

  • The Jews of Guatemala City

    By Eli Katzoff

    I want to take a moment to tell you about the Friday night kabalat Shabbat experience I just had 3,519 miles (driving) from...

  • A day at the farm

    By Jen Goldberg

    International development. Aid. Social responsibility. What do these terms mean? What are the ethical and moral implications? How does one’s culture impact...

  • HERstory in Guatemala

    By Meggan Levene & Stephanie M.

    It’s election season in Guatemala -- but not just the one that’s getting all the international media attention. Our visit to Colegio Naleb...

India December 2018

  • Am Israel Chai

    By Clara Scheinmann

    In the Jewish tradition, we are taught to ask questions. After returning from a week in India with the CJP...

  • YOMO (You Only Mumbai Once)

    By Chad Brodsky

    Why was the cow not afraid to cross the road? Because all the cars mooo-ve out of the away! This joke came to mind...

  • Israel in Mumbai

    By Emily Kates & Allie Pinosky

    On day two of our trip, we got a real sense of the endlessness of Mumbai. The city is home to 22 million people and growing...

 

Kenya September 2018

  • Head. Heart. Hands.

    By Lauren Cooper

    I didn’t know much about Israel’s extensive development agenda around the world. That changed when I signed up for a study tour run by Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies...

  • Passion for Future Leaders

    By Lexi Knopf

    Today was a day full of passion—passion for the future leaders of Kenya. We started our day at the Hospital Hill Primary School in the Westlands sub-county of Nairobi...

  • When We Share, We Inspire One Another

    By Danielle Shusterman

    Today’s adventure of a day started out with a 4:50 a.m. wake-up call from the front desk, wishing me a very good morning. Every day in Kenya we’ve woken...

  • The 42 Not-So-Lost Tribes of Kenya

    By: Cory Bolotsky

    As Jews, we are all descendants of tribes—12, to be exact. While many of the tribes are “lost,” the majority of today’s Jews are Israelites, descendants of Jacob’s son...

  • Ecology and Education

    By Erin O’Connor

    Leading up to my bat mitzvah, my rabbi asked me to write an essay about my favorite Jewish holiday. While most pre-teens would likely pick Hanukkah or Purim, I selected Tu B’Shvat...

  • Merging Knowledge and Culture

    By Stephen Hassman

    I am from Boston and am currently in Kenya to learn about the partnerships taking place here with Israel. That’s a lot of cultures to keep track of, but today we...

  • Passion, Peanuts and a Pop Star

    By Jennifer Atlas

    Today was our third full day in Kenya. We visited two farms and an arts center, and met a former Israeli diplomat who became a Kenyan pop star. At first glance, agriculture, art...

  • Gratitude and Rafikis (Friends)

    By Hallie Bregman

    Three days ago, I left my 18-month-old daughter and dog to depart on a journey of a lifetime. It was hard to leave, hard to miss important moments at home and hard to travel...

  • Jambo! A Swahili “Hello” From Kenya

    By Jordan Liderman

    After 24 hours of travel, Project Inspire has arrived in Kenya! Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport feels like a fitting welcome of what’s to come for the Project Inspire...

  • Preparing to Embark, Learn and Sing

    By Jonathan Sclarsic

    In just under a week, I’ll be boarding a plane with my CJP Project Inspire cohort on our way to Kenya. The ocean between here and there feels like a universe away...

  • Rethinking Israel in the World

    By Cory Bolotsky

    For me, it’s meeting incredible entrepreneurs in Herzliya, it’s eating the best hummus I’ve ever found in a hidden nook deep in Jerusalem’s Old City, it’s spending shabbat...

 

Kenya February 2018

  • Inclusion, Community, and Kindness

    By Staci Weber

    As I reflect on the last week with my peers, Israeli Embassy constituents, and Kenyan leaders and pioneers, three words most resonate - inclusion, community...

  • A Shabbat Safari Adventure

    By Erica Weinstein and Debbie Grossman

    Shabbat Shalom from Nairobi! Friday night we joined the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation for services and dinner with the community. Some of us went to the traditional...

  • Harvesting Israeli Knowledge

    By Lauren Glaser and Scott Rosen

    Following an inspiring day in hot and humid Kisumu, the Israeli ambassador to Kenya, Noah Gal Gendler, graciously welcomed us for dinner at his official...

  • Hello Future, Karibu (Welcome!)

    By Ross Chanowski

    “Excuse me, I’m a journalist. Can I ask you some questions?” These are not the words I expected to be surprised by in the morning. We had just spent the early hours...

  • Learning by Listening

    By Rachel Kohn

    It’s officially Day 2 in Kenya! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for less than 48 hours as our packed itinerary and incredibly welcoming community of Kenyans has left...

  • Touchdown Nairobi

    By Tal Havivi

    Touchdown Nairobi! We've arrived in Kenya’s capital city, just south of the equator. Our day began 26 hours ago at Logan airport, when we wished Boston farewell over a couple...

  • Why Project Inspire?

    By Lauren Glaser

    When I tell people that I am going to Kenya with Project Inspire, their typical response is, "Safari?" "No," I say, curious what their next guess will...