Hiking to Support Individuals with Special Needs!

I have been consciously trying to live as in the present moment as possible.  I want to appreciate exactly where I am, and what I am doing with my life, at this exact moment, but I find that difficult because I need to book a ticket home to Colorado.  For the most amazing reason of all, my sister Michelle got engaged to a Mr. Mike! Yay for an amazing simcha, however, that means I need to set my mind forward, and begin thinking about my next steps in life.  I will not look too far into my future, because the next four months in Israel I am sure will provide me with opportunities I cannot yet imagine, BUT, I do need to book my ticket home.

I do not want to leave Israel without feeling like I have given back to the community.  I know during the next 4 months, while I am volunteering, I will be doing my part in repairing a teeny part of the world, but what can I do after my program ends until I return to Colorado? Before being accepted to the See Galilee Program, I was planning on backpacking in Israel, and working on organic farms.

Well, I recently found out about a week long Ramah Hiking Trip in Israel!  This hiking trip is actually a fundraiser for the National Special Needs Programs which are a part of all Ramah Summer Camps.  Ah ha, I have found my next way to help out!  I have decided that when my program ends, I will backpack and WWOOF (World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers) and I will end my journey’s in Israel on the Ramah Hike Trip.

I am not one to fundraise, however Camp Ramah is where my Jewish Roots truly run deep.  My Jewish Identity would not be as strong as it is today, had I not attended Camp Ramah between the ages of 12-22.  This post, is one where I am asking you for your support.  I have set a fundraising goal of $2,500 for the Camp Ramah Special Needs Program.  On my week long hike through the negev, I will be hiking 6-10 miles a day.  For each step I take, I will think about you: my friends, my family, my community, my support system, who helped me achieve my fundraising goals.

The Individuals who are a part of the Ramah Special Needs Programs have helped me understand the true meaning of love, and being non-judgemental.  Please click on this link, to read my Ramah Story and help support me on my hike in Israel!

Thank you for your support!

With gratitude, love, and light,

Julie

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2 thoughts on “Hiking to Support Individuals with Special Needs!

  1. hi 🙂
    my name is mayan- im elizabeths cousin i think we met very briefly!
    she told me about you and so i checked out this blog and im left feeling so in aw and inspired–
    you look like you’re on THE journey of a lifetime–good luck!!
    i wanted to say that if you ever get around here please please stop by–for a night or shabat or anything
    we live in tekoa its like 20 min from jerusalem
    good days 🙂 mayan
    mayan702@hotmail.com

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