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June 15, 2018  RSS feed
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Chabad brings busloads of Bulls on Birthright trip to Israel


Students show their USF pride with Bull horn gestures while on their Birthright trip to Israel. Students show their USF pride with Bull horn gestures while on their Birthright trip to Israel. Chabad of USF recently took its largest group ever of Jewish students at the university on their Birthright trip to Israel,.

Rabbi Pinny Backman, director of Chabad at the University of South Florida accompanied the group.

It took two buses to carry the 57 USF students to the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea and for visits with Israeli soldiers and other sites during the 10-day free trip.

“When I stood in front of the Wall, I felt a special connection, not only with G-d, but with Judaism as a whole,” said student Danielle Britton. Another student noted that “From Tiberius to Tel-Aviv, everywhere we went blew me away.” He took note of how he met an Israeli soldier his own age, but was amazed by how different their lives were, adding, “I will never forget [the trip] for the rest of my life.”


Hunter Luboff at the Western Wall. Hunter Luboff at the Western Wall. He and another student, Hunter Luboff both found their visit to the Wall on Shabbat the most moving part of the trip. “I was fortunate to go up to the Wall and at that moment touching the Wall, I felt a connection to my Jewish heritage that blew me away,” Luboff said.

He also took note of how he met an Israeli soldier his own age, but was amazed by how different their lives were. This trip had a tremendous impact on my life and something I will never forget for the rest of my life,” Luboff said.


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