Participant Blogs

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, and my excitement is at an all-time high! I’m lucky to be part of this trip.

I have no doubt this is g…

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, first to Amsterdam, but, semantics). I am beyond excited for this trip; excited about exploring, learning, meeting n…

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 to observe. One of the biggest takeaways from the trip is that foreign assistance is often most effective when it is done in partnership with local co…

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 of tikkum olam (repairing the world). We begin with the fact that each of us comes from a different Jewish background. Religiou…

The Jews of Guatemala City

By: Eli Katzoff

I want to take a moment to tell you about the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat experience I just had 3,519 miles (driving) from my home. Specifically, in a small Reform synagogue in Guatemala City. This incredibly warm and friendly community meets regularly in one of the most s…